Sip Your Way to Good Gut Health With Vinegar
It’s easy to forget that apple cider vinegar has been consumed for centuries as a potent health remedy. And while it may not be your idea of a beverage, taken as a shot in the morning will help detox your gut and aid digestion. It delivers a myriad of other health benefits too.
As a fermented substance, vinegar contains probiotics which support the function of the GI tract. The consumption of these has been shown to reduce constipation and intestinal inflammatory conditions.
Why Is Your Gut Health So Important?
Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut.” In integrative medicine, the gut is seen as the gateway to health. The health of your gastrointestinal system is extremely important to your overall well-being. It’s largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems. Beneficial bacteria in your digestive system have the capability of affecting your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency. It’s important for hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response, and your ability to eliminate toxins. Not to mention your overall mental health.
Douglas Lord, M.D talks about the gut as the “second brain.” Digestion, mood, health, and even the way people think is being linked to their “second brain.”
“The Enteric Nervous System, or ENS, is what scientists are calling the 100 million or so nerve cells that line the entirety of people’s gastrointestinal tracts. The main role of the ENS is to control digestion. In doing so, it communicates back and forth with the brain as to the overall health of the body’s gut, and in turn, its immune system.
The connection between gut health and mood has been known for some time. Individuals suffering from bowel-disorders such as Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or leaky gut are more likely than others to also suffer from autoimmune diseases and mental issues, such as depression and anxiety. Symptoms related to poor gut health can be as obvious as abdominal pain, bloating after meals, reflux, or flatulence. Also less obvious like headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and immune system weakness.”
Vinegar’s Other Health Benefits:
- Prevents blood sugar spikes and subsequent crashes keeping insulin levels balanced.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Is good for circulation and contains a good dose of Vitamin C.
- Helps lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can act as a natural home remedy for acne.