#36alive 122: Drink Apple Cider Vinegar With Dinner

Green Message2Digestive issues are incredibly common in the modern world; from bloating and constipation, to IBS and leaky gut, there are all sorts of weird things that happen to the body when we eat, especially if the gut isn’t as healthy as it could be.

Digestive issues can prevent the body from properly breaking down the nutrients from food, and using it for energy and cellular renewal. Thanks to poor soil quality and processed foods, it can be difficult to obtain nutrient-dense foods in the first place, a let alone absorb the goodness from them. Common nutrient deficiencies include low levels of iron, iodine, vitamin D, B12, calcium, vitamin A, and magnesium [1], so if there’s a simple way of helping boost the breakdown of foods and absorption of vitamins, it’s diabetesworth giving it a try….

Apple Cider Vinegar is exactly what the name suggests: a vinegar made from apples, usually with a pale amber colour. It can reduce the blood sugar spike that may happen after eating and reduce cravings, can help ‘get things moving’, and can also reduce blood glucose levels – which is especially important for anyone with diabetes, or if our meal is heavy in carbohydrates or sugars. With diabetes effecting more than 3.9 million people in the uk, and around 700 people per day being diagnosed with the condition [2] ; this could help save one more person from the difficult symptoms associated with the all-too-common health issue.


  • Start with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, and gradually increase to 2
  • Drink your apple cider vinegar with warm water, as drinking it alone is way too strong and can burn the oesophagus!
  • Drink apple cider vinegar with your meal instead of before, as some people find consuming it on an empty stomach can make them feel nauseous.



[1] http://www.ecowatch.com/7-incredibly-common-nutrient-deficiencies-and-how-to-recognize-them-1882107163.html

[2] https://www.mrc.ac.uk/documents/pdf/diabetes-uk-facts-and-stats-june-2015/

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