Irritable bowel syndrome is a very inconvenient malady that can strike at any time with cramping, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and general abdominal discomfort. It can be very painful and it causes people to seek relief from whatever source it may come.
It is difficult to diagnose precisely, because it mimics Crohn’s disease, gluten intolerance and other intestinal disorders. It can be caused by stress, environmental factors, improper diet, or none of those.
It is described as a disruption or an intolerance of the movement of intestinal matter through the bowel, which causes the painful symptoms.
One remedy that has provided relief for irritable bowel syndrome is apple cider vinegar. Vinegar can be derived from most fruits, but this form of vinegar comes from fermented apples. This procedure occurs when apples that are crushed, yeast and sugar are added, and it will ferment and become alcohol.
From that point the alcohol continues the fermentation process into acetic acid. This is what is most commonly thought to provide the most favorable nutritional benefits for home remedies that use apple cider vinegar.
The apple cider type of vinegar is never taken straight, as it is very acidic and it can burn your mouth and throat if it is taken without being diluted. A good recipe is to take 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar and mix it into 8 ounces of water, then drink it just before meals. This will help to ease the digestion of the meal and it will mitigate the symptoms for IBS.
Apple cider vinegar has been shown in studies to aid in overall digestion. The thinking is that it actually enhances the secretion the enzymes from the body that aids in digestion as well as the stomach acids.
Interestingly enough too, is the factor that apple cider vinegar is helpful in the reduction of both diarrhea and constipation, two of the most perplexing conditions of IBS, since they can occur interchangeably. Apple cider vinegar contains pectin which acts as a soluable fiber in the digestive system.
Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid which helps to balance the PH levels of the the blood. When this is in an ideal state of balance, our organs overall function better, and there is more flushing out of the metabolic wastes that can accumulate and irritate our colon.
Mucus accumulates in the intestines, primarily to trap toxins, and apple cider vinegar helps to remove the excess mucus that has accumulated. It breaks this substance down and removes it just as any other waste material is removed. If apple cider vinegar is taken before a meal with water, it helps in healing all digestive problems such as colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
By taking before meals, the apple cider vinegar increases the production of bile, which breaks down and emulsifies fats and carbohydrates.
The fat molecules break down into substances called chylomicrons, which the travel through the lymph system and help to clear them out and purify them.
If taken before meals, the apple cider causes individuals to have less gas, less bloating, less constipation and diarrhea it is reported.
Apple cider vinegar can be diluted and used in a salad, with a vinegar and oil type of dressing. It can be added to water to be drank just before a meal. It can be added to fruit juice as a refreshing breakfast drink. Add it to a glass of warm water and honey to rid the body of toxins and prepare your digestion before a meal.
It is important to differentiate between the clear kind of vinegar and the apple cider kind of vinegar. Clear vinegar has been processed to take out all of the natural nutrients and everything beneficial to your health. That makes it “dead” rather than alive.
Only the raw apple cider vinegar contains a substance known as the “Mother of Vinegar” which makes the organic kind so good for you. The ingredients take on a form of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that comes from the fermentation process.
The natural ingredients, and the anti-oxidants that are contained in the apple cider vinegar promote a natural process that strengthens your body and acts decisively in reliving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.