Vinegar and Acid Reflux - An Unlikely Cure?

Published: 02nd March 2009
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There are many old wives tales around both being passed through the generations and also in books and on the internet that seem to suggest that vinegar and acid reflux go hand in hand but not quite in the way that one would first think. Vinegar is actually being used as a cure for acid reflux by many people all over the world but not just any old vinegar that you may sprinkle over your fish and chips, apple cider vinegar.

The right type of vinegar must be used if you are looking for a natural way to cure or maintain the symptoms of acid reflux and apple cider vinegar can be bought from most places for fairly cheap. One of the first things that you will notice when you open the bottle is that it smells rather foul. Secondary to that, it doesn't taste particularly nice either but one thing that my mother always told me was that if it tastes bad, it probably works.

If you want to make vinegar and acid reflux work together then you can't really drink the apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle. Some people will choose to dilute it in water and drink it before and/or after a meal whereas reports seem to suggest that taking it with a bicarbonate such as baking soda is the best option.

With a ratio of two parts apple cider vinegar, (preferably tea spoons) and one part of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda will work to keep acid reflux symptoms at bay while stopping it from burning the throat on the way down. Although it may seem rather strange adding acid to acid and still coming out with a cure, the stomach believes that it is actually itself producing more acid and therefore stops producing it itself.

When the stomach receives food it produces more acid to digest the food and if it thinks that there is already enough acid in there (helped by the apple cider vinegar) it can stop making so much and therefore reduce the acid reflux risks.

Although the apple cider vinegar can be added to water and then drank after a meal, it has been believed that the baking soda option is much more efficient and if this is the method of choice for you, remember to mix the two components in an open glass that has plenty of room as it is likely to fizz up and overflow otherwise.

It must also be remember that the apple cider vinegar should ideally be of the white variety and also containing no more than five percent acetic acid to make sure that it works and is the most effective.

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