I Drank This Kitchen Staple Every Day for a Week to Banish My Bloat
To be honest, I’ve never suffered overly from the evil can’t-do-my-skinny-jeans-up bloating situation (except around, ahem, that time of the month). I regularly work out and eat pretty clean, so it came as an unwelcome surprise earlier this year when my mid section was not bouncing back to flat regardless of how many bicycle crunches I was pumping out and how much water I was chugging (my regular stomach-flattening go-tos).
I checked in with my diet—seemed fine, normal, nothing to bloat about here. And although it wasn’t a major bloat out situation that required a brutally low-to-no calorie juice fast to get back on track, it wasn’t nothing. I decided it needed immediate action. So I took it to the front of all bloating knowledge (lunch with my girlfriends) where one of my pals casually mentioned that she’d been drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (specifically Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar) on the reg and it had totally calmed her bloating down.
This particular gal pal was showcasing an enviably flat stomach so I googled all the intel I could on the vinegar drinking phenomenon (I trust her, but I trust actual science more) and turned up a few fun facts courtesy of authoritynutrition.com that the rest of the Internet agreed on: Vinegar has acetic acid in it which can kill bacteria, studies have shown it can lower blood sugar levels, it can help with weight loss by making you feel full, and studies showed it can lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. So far, so healthful.
The slew of nutrition and health websites spruiking the vinegar chug recommended diluting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day. The side effects seemed non-existent so I gave it a whirl.
Day one was a tough swallow. I’d chosen the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey thinking the addition of honey might make it better than drinking basically straight salad dressing (it didn’t). Straight away I noticed that I didn’t feel like snacking my way to lunch because even after a high dose of minty fresh fluoride delivered via a vigorous tooth brushing session, a fairly bitter after taste lingered. And if you follow the intermittent fasting movement, the no snacking translates to giving your digestive system enough time to start working on your fat stores resulting in drop-a-dress-size results.
I persisted with the vinegar swilling and on around the seven-day mark I noticed the bloat was banished and my skinny jeans zipped with ease. Whether it was the vinegar that kicked up my digestion and stopped it from bloating or just the lack of snacking post-vinegar swilling I don’t know—but it did help and next time I get bloated I’ll be back on the apple cider vinegar chugging morning routine.