Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux
Of all the home remedies/cure for acid reflux and GERD problems, it has to be said that the apple cider vinegar for acid reflux cure is the most popular one. It has been used for several years now and this article will discuss some of the benefits of this simple home remedy. We will also give you recipes/instructions that will help you prepare an apple cider vinegar acid reflux remedy.
However, before you read on, we must let you know that medical science has not formally come forth and said that the acid reflux apple cider vinegar remedy is a fool proof one. Hence, use it with an ounce of common sense and caution. It is also recommended that you seek a medical opinion with your doctor before you use this creative home remedy.
How is apple cider vinegar and acid reflux connected?
To understand this, you will first have to understand more about the acid reflux condition. A person is said to suffer from an acid reflux condition when some of the acids in the stomach come up to the esophagus, irritating the lining in the esophagus. This usually happens when the stomach is producing an excessive amount of acids. Though the stomach has a special lining that allows it to work with acids, the same cannot be said of the esophagus. The irritation caused by the acid, in the esophagus, will cause pain, a feeling of fullness and even vomiting and nausea in a person.
This is where an apple cider vinegar remedy comes into play. Apple cider has a high level of acetic acid that is a weaker acid than the stomach acids. When one takes a small quantity of apple cider vinegar, it reduces the acidity levels in the stomach, by correcting the pH balance. When the pH balance is corrected, the stomach produces less acid which will automatically mean that there is less chance of acid reflux.
How much apple cider vinegar must one consume?
Various websites and magazines will give you various doses when it comes to the apple cider acid reflux home remedy. Generally, about half a teaspoon to a full teaspoon, mixed in with a glass of water is a reasonable amount. If you are trying out the remedy for the first time, go with half a spoon to be on the safer side.
Another tip that you must remember is that it will be better if you drank this remedy with the help of a straw. We say that because you don’t want to expose your teeth to the acids contained in vinegar on an everyday basis, if you are going to be using the remedy regularly.
Most people who use this remedy are those who trialed and experimented with it a little bit. There have been testimonials on the Internet where some people have said that they take as much as 3 tablespoons of the vinegar mixed in with 6 ounces of water, three times a day, for just a few days at a time. If you are going to try high doses like that, please consult with your doctor first. If smaller doses can help you manage your acid reflux problems, there is no need to consume more than a couple of teaspoons.
What kind of apple cider vinegar should you buy?
This is an important tip that is often overlooked. Most people end up buying pasteurized apple cider vinegar that is sold in most supermarkets. The trick however is to buy non-pasteurized apple cider vinegar that may be a little harder to find. When you buy non-pasteurized apple cider vinegar, double check the expiry dates.
Non-pasteurized vinegar will usually have some white substance floating in the liquid. This is normal and should actually be present in all bottles of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
Who should take the apple cider vinegar remedy for acid reflux?
If you have consistent occurrences of acid reflux, you can try this remedy to manage or eliminate the symptoms that GERD or acid reflux can present. This might also be a good choice to try if your doctor has prescribed you medicines that just don’t seem to be working very well. There have been many people who have stopped taking their medication after they have had success with the apple cider vinegar treatment.
Does apple cider vinegar provide other benefits as well?
Though not definitely proved by science, apple cider vinegar has also been known to result in a number of other benefits such as better digestion, better skin, good relief from muscle pain and even in providing a boost to the immune system.