Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has been shown to mildly lower the growth of gram-negative bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Bacterial colonies like these are higher in bacterial endotoxins called lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Higher levels of LPS are implicated in a whole of inflammatory health problems and leaky gut syndrome.
In addition to the antimicrobial effect, ACV has also been shown to have antiviral and anti-yeast and -fungal benefits, all helpful in supporting microbiome and overall immune balance.
Another aspect of its gut-immune benefits is its natural antihistamine effect, lowering the symptoms of allergies and chronic immune problems like wheezing and sneezing. ACV can also be purchased with its “mother.” The ACV’s “mother” is a colony of beneficial bacteria, similar to a kombucha SCOBY.
Another potential gut health benefit of apple cider vinegar is improving many cases of heartburn and indigestion. A common cause of heartburn I find in many people is low stomach acid or hypochlorhydria. Many of my patients find that taking some apple cider vinegar with their meals helps their heartburn or acid reflux and overall digestion.