Made from apples, vinegar, and a bacterial culture referred to as the “mother,” Apple Cider Vinegar is known to be an essential probiotic for optimal gut function. It is quite versatile, with an array of functions such as a facial toner, a salad dressing, a probiotic, and more.
Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, a soluble gelatinous polysaccharide which acts as a laxative with prebiotic effects, promoting digestion. During the fermentation process, short-chain fatty acids are produced. These SCFA’s, specifically butyrate, is essential for gut health. The kind of apple cider vinegar to look for when attempting to reach its peak benefits is one that contains the “mother.” This bacterial culture contains five living probiotics including, acetobacter, lactobacillus, oenococcus, komagataeibacter, and gluconobacter.
Since apple cider vinegar is an anti-inflammatory, it has been widely recognized as a good alternative to a store-bought face toner. ACV restores the pH balance of your skin, making for an all-natural astringent. In addition to this, ACV contains beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A (retinol), which is needed for healthy skin and mucous membranes, a good immune system, and good vision. While safe to use and consume, it should be diluted when applied to the face, or when ingested directly. At about a 10:1 water to acv mixture, the acidic levels will lessen and will not burn.
Remember, apple cider vinegar is not a cure-all, but is definitely not snake oil. As for gut health, apple cider vinegar does it’s job very well, and, being a liquid, is very easy to add into almost any meal.