If you’re having trouble with your gut and finding it hard to ‘get things moving’, we might have the solution for you. This drink made with apple cider vinegar and honey will do wonders for your digestive system. Both these ingredients have specific properties that can help you maintain a healthy digestive tract.
If you wish to try out this drink, make sure to get raw organic apple cider vinegar and raw organic honey. Raw apple cider vinegar isn’t pasteurized and still contains “the mother”. The mother is the culture that contains a host of beneficial bacteria that continues to ferment the product. Raw honey is also an important step because heating kills the probiotic goodness that it naturally contains.
Here’s how you can make this drink.
Recipe For Apple Cider Vinegar And Honey Detox Drink
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 8 ounces warm water
- Shake the container of apple cider vinegar to stir up the unfiltered sediment at the bottom.
- Add two tablespoons of this into the water.
- Add in the honey and stir until it dissolves.
- Drink this in the morning or anytime throughout the day.
- Use a straw as the vinegar has the potential to erode tooth enamel.
Now that you know how to make this drink, this is how it helps your body.
1. Promotes Healthy Gut
Raw apple cider vinegar contains acetobacter which is a good bacteria for digestive health.1 The acetic acid in the vinegar may also improve gut flora.2 Raw honey contains probiotics which can help the growth of gut flora and help maintain a healthy gut.3
2. Prevents Bowel Disease
The acetic acid in vinegar has been shown to prevent and decrease the spread of ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. A study with mice showed that including acetic acid in their diet reduced inflammation-inducing proteins and also increased gut flora. While there haven’t been studies conducted in human models, this proves to be a promising discovery for those suffering from the condition.4
3. Absorption Of Minerals
Apple cider vinegar not only contains several nutrients and minerals but it also helps the absorption of them into the body. Apple cider vinegar contains magnesium which may aid the absorption of calcium which is essential for bone health. This drink may make digestion more efficient this way.
4. Contains Fiber
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the juice of fresh apples. Apple skins contain pectin which is a kind of fiber. Fiber is essential to maintain regular bowel movements and may help if you are feeling constipated.
5. Breaks Down Food
The vinegar contains high levels of acetic acid which helps to break down food faster. In addition to this, honey contains enzymes which are also designed to do the same function.
6. Fights Cancer
The vinegar contains antioxidants like catechins which can help fight free radicals that accelerate cell damage and have a role in cancer growth.5 Honey contains a substance called eugenol which has been shown to inhibit and prevent the growth of cancer cells in the colon.6 This makes it a great addition to your diet to maintain colon health.
- Apple cider vinegar may have blood thinning effects, so if you are already on medication that does so, consult your doctor before including it in your diet.
- Prolonged use of apple cider vinegar in excess may lead to a reduction in potassium levels.
- It may also have interactions with medication like diuretics and prescription laxatives.
- Undiluted apple cider vinegar may cause excess acidity in the stomach.
Now that you know all the great benefits of drinking this concoction, go ahead and get yourself a bottle of raw apple cider vinegar to experience the effects for yourself.
|↑1||Štornik, Aleksandra, Barbara Skok, and Janja Trček. “Comparison of cultivable acetic acid bacterial microbiota in organic and conventional apple cider vinegar.” Food Technology and Biotechnology 54, no. 1 (2016): 113.|
|↑2||Shen, Fengge, Jiaxuan Feng, Xinhui Wang, Zhimin Qi, Xiaochen Shi, Yanan An, Qiaoli Zhang et al. “Vinegar treatment prevents the development of murine experimental colitis via inhibition of inflammation and apoptosis.” Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 64, no. 5 (2016): 1111-1121.|
|↑3||El-Arab, Aly M. Ezz, Shenouda M. Girgis, Eman M. Hegazy, and Azzat B. Abd El-Khalek. “Effect of dietary honey on intestinal microflora and toxicity of mycotoxins in mice.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 6, no. 1 (2006): 6.|
|↑4||Shen, Fengge, Jiaxuan Feng, Xinhui Wang, Zhimin Qi, Xiaochen Shi, Yanan An, Qiaoli Zhang et al. “Vinegar treatment prevents the development of murine experimental colitis via inhibition of inflammation and apoptosis.” Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 64, no. 5 (2016): 1111-1121.|
|↑5||Valko, Marian, CJb Rhodes, Jan Moncol, M. M. Izakovic, and Milan Mazur. “Free radicals, metals and antioxidants in oxidative stress-induced cancer.” Chemico-biological interactions 160, no. 1 (2006): 1-40.|
|↑6||Jaganathan, Saravana Kumar, Abhijit Mazumdar, Dilip Mondhe, and Mahitosh Mandal. “Apoptotic effect of eugenol in human colon cancer cell lines.” Cell biology international 35, no. 6 (2011): 607-615.|