Should I drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)?
It is all the rage right now, but what are the actual benefits?
ACV is an acid. It helps break down foods and also activates other organs. That is what our stomach acid does as well. Stomach Acid breaks down large food particles (especially proteins), stimulates the gall bladder to secrete bile, and also neutralises bad bacteria.
What is really important to understand is that ACV is most effective in people who are stomach acid deficient. A small part of the population produces too little stomach acid. This has many trickle down effects. Without stomach acid, food particles cannot be broken down adequately. This leads to constipation. It can lead to indigestion, especially after a protein-rich meal. It can also lead to nutrient deficiencies and their consequences, because if food cannot be broken down, then its constituents can not be adequately absorbed.
What is really important to understand is that ACV is most effective in people who are stomach acid deficient. Click To Tweet
Stomach Acid also makes us awake. Low Stomach acid can therefore make us tired. Especially in the morning. Undigested food particles lead to changes of the microbiome. This can lead to food allergies, immunological issues, and inflammation. So ACV can have a positive effect on all of these, because it compensates for the acid deficiency. If you are deficient in stomach acid, then drinking ACV in the morning and before EACH meal can really change your life.
That being said, people who are NOT deficient in stomach acid, will not benefit much from ACV. To test for low stomach acid without expensive lab tests you can mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water. Then drink it. With adequate levels of stomach acid you should belch within 2-3 minutes. If you do not belch it is likely that you have low stomach acid and may benefit from ACV.
May the FLOW be with you all brothers and sisters!
Gerrit Keferstein is a Medical Doctor specialised in Performance & Functional Medicine. He is most known for his work on the optimisation of recovery and adaptation in elite athletes.