Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux

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Apple cider vinegar for acid reflux is one of the most effective home remedies for this common condition. Although research is still ongoing to corroborate a number of traditional claims about its impact.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by adding yeast to apple juice. The yeast converts natural sugars into alcohol and then beneficial bacteria convert the alcohol into acetic acid.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is not operating properly. The job of the LES is to open to allow food to pass into the stomach and then close to keep food and stomach acid from moving back up into the esophagus. The painful feeling caused by acid reflux is what we call heartburn, and when the situation recurs, you may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.

A jar of apple cider vinegar with whole and halved fresh apples and leaves

The many symptoms of this disease include:

  • Pain behind the breastbone
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Unpleasant acidic taste in the mouth

The different causes of acid reflux include the following:

  • Eating very spicy or acidic food
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Use of certain medications

Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux

If you’re experiencing heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD, and are looking for natural remedies, you might turn to apple cider vinegar. Its use as a home remedy dates back thousands of years, but modern medical studies have yet to definitively prove its benefits. People theorize that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can help balance stomach acids and aid digestion by breaking down fats.

According to an article published in the Harvard Medical Journal by Marcelo Campos, MD., “there is no research published in medical journals that address using raw apple cider vinegar to treat heartburn”. 

How to Take Apple Cider Vinegar?

In its pure form, you’ll find that apple cider vinegar is extremely hard to swallow, due to its sour acidic taste. Dilute 1-2 tablespoons in hot water or tea and add some honey to help.

Side Effects

Apple cider vinegar can have a number of negative effects, especially when taken in large quantities. Always consult with your doctor before beginning a natural healthcare routine. The side effects include the following:

  • Damage to tooth enamel from the extremely high acidic content
  • Can cause a sore throat
  • Can cause upset stomach
  • May slow digestion in diabetics and interfere with blood sugar control
  • May negatively react with certain heart medications Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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