Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for IBS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apple cider vinegar is good for IBS. Because it has acetic acid and probiotics, and they can help improve digestion and reduce gas.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects your digestive system, especially your large intestine.

In IBS, your body has abnormal contractions of the intestinal muscles, which can cause pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as malnutrition, dehydration, anxiety, and depression.

One of the key factors in managing IBS is diet.

What you consume can affect your gut bacteria, which can impact your IBS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage IBS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid fat-rich foods like fried foods, dairy products, and red meat.

Now, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from fermented apple juice.

People usually drink it diluted with water or use it as a dressing or marinade.

Apple cider vinegar is good for IBS because it contains acetic acid, which may help improve digestion and reduce gas.

It may also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, which may help prevent infections and soothe the gut lining.

However, these benefits are not well-studied and may vary depending on the type and severity of IBS.

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can give you about 1% of your daily potassium and 0.4% of your daily magnesium needs.

These minerals are important for maintaining fluid balance and muscle function in the body.

Acetic acid can positively affect IBS by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes and bile, which can help break down food and absorb nutrients.

It can also negatively affect IBS by lowering the pH of the stomach, which can increase the risk of acid reflux and heartburn.

Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is a fermented food and fermented foods are good for IBS.

Because, they may contain probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can improve gut health and immunity.

You can drink one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day safely.

More than that can cause side effects such as nausea, tooth erosion, and low potassium levels.

Also, you shouldn’t drink apple cider vinegar if you have ulcers, gastritis, or esophagitis to prevent worsening your condition.

Because, it can irritate the mucous membranes and cause bleeding or inflammation.

You can buy apple cider vinegar in your local market or online.

Always choose organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that contains the mother, which is the cloudy sediment that has the most nutrients and enzymes.

Because, it may have more health benefits than the clear, filtered, and pasteurized varieties.

You can store it in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to two years.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing IBS effectively.

I always recommend my IBS patients to follow an IBS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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