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Lemon Juice and Vinegar Aid Digestion and Lower Glucose

For a fruit that is too tart to enjoy on its own, lemon juice can add a zesty flavor to food dishes or even aid digestion. In fact, many acidic ingredients found among common household items are often a practical and hassle-free means of helping diabetics deal with the problems that arise from decreased stomach acid and digestive enzymes.

Lemon juice works particularly well. As a ubiquitous fruit found in every country and sold for very little, squeezing lemon juice into one's beverage is an easy and obtainable solution to promote digestion. It can also balance your digestive system by preventing it from going into overdrive when processing foods containing carbohydrates and fats.

Here are a few easy tactics when using lemon and vinegar juice for diabetics:

  • Add lemon juice to water. A half teaspoon of lemon juice per 8 ounces of water gives you just enough to digest your food without making the water too acidic to drink. Water, enhanced with lemon, adds flavor without adding sugar.
  • Take a vinegar tablet with food or in a beverage. Many diabetic companies supply flavored vinegar tablets. These help mask the bitter taste and preserve the vinegar's natural acidic qualities. Before you begin a tablet regiment, talk with your doctor about the potential side effects associated with vinegar and diabetes.
    • Adding lemon juice or vinegar to food or beverages should be used in moderation, as excess acid could result in heartburn and thinning of the protective lining in your digestive tract. Squeezing a quartered slice of a single lemon into an 8 ounce glass of water or juice provides the adequate amount of acid to help digest one meal. You can purchase bottled vinegar that is clear and distilled, helping you to consume two tablespoons of vinegar before every meal. However, you're free to add vinegar to your drinking water as another means of consumption.

      With lemon juice and vinegar, diabetics can digest food easier without risking elevated blood glucose levels. Taken in moderation, squeezing lemon juice or splashing your salad with vinegar can balance your body's blood sugar content without compromising flavor. If you're interested in learning more about lemon and vinegar, you can discuss the health benefits of juice for diabetics. You may also want to talk with your doctor about how lemon juice, vinegar, and diabetes can affect your overall health.