Tummy Tamer

Ease digestive woes with apple cider vinegar and water.

| December 2017

The Apple Cider Vinegar Companionapple cider vinegar, by Suzy Scherr (The Countryman Press, 2016), explores simple ways to use one of nature’s most versatile ingredients. From cleaning, to cooking, to keeping your hair shiny, apple cider vinegar is a cupboard staple. With just water and apple cider vinegar, you can naturally treat digestive problems.

I do my best to eat a balanced diet; drink plenty of water; take in the recommended amount of fiber; and consume dairy, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar in moderation. But sometimes — usually due to stress, eating on the go, or a day or two of loving food just a little too much — I end up in a state that can be characterized only as “gastrointestinally challenged.” When this happens, I reach for apple cider vinegar, which I like to think of as my intestinal reset button. Because the vinegar mimics the acidic environment of the stomach and helps food to break down, it effectively reduces symptoms of reflux, heartburn, gas, bloating, abdominal pain and cramping, and constipation — they’re often caused by having too little stomach acid rather than too much. It also helps considerably with diarrhea: pectin, iron, and acetic acid, which all occur naturally in raw apple cider vinegar, combine to form a fibrous gel that helps soothe an irritated digestive tract and bulk up stool to slow things down.

To Ease Indigestion:

• 1 cup cool or room-temperature water
• 2 to 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, depending on the severity of your discomfort

1. Combine the water and vinegar in a glass.

2. Sip the drink slowly, over a period of 20 to 30 minutes. Relief should come gradually over this period.

To Soothe a Stomachache and/or Find Immediate Relief from Constipation:

• 1 cup cool or room-temperature water
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

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