Vinegar and Acid Reflux
French translation


"Apple cider vinegar is a great NATURAL remedy
for acid reflux!"



At first glance, vinegar and acid reflux might sound like an unlikely combination until you review the overwhelming positive testimonials published throughout the internet.

Indeed a recent survey on acid reflux conducted at the earth clinic web site ranked apple cider vinegar as the best of all the home remedies suggested to relieve the symptoms of occasional heartburn or acid reflux.

So what is acid reflux and how are vinegar and acid reflux related?

Acid reflux or heartburn occurs when strong stomach acid leaks back up into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube which carries food from your mouth to your stomach.

vinegar and acid reflux

When you swallow, a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of the esophagus relaxes to allow food and liquid to enter into your stomach.

Normally this muscle valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is closed and keeps the digestive acid and food inside the stomach where it belongs.

However if the LES valve opens when it shouldn't, hydrochloric acid from the stomach can reflux back and touch the lining of the esophagus.

This can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat known as acid reflux or heartburn.

Most people experience the occasional episode of heartburn and although unpleasant, it is generally nothing to worry about. Frequent or constant heartburn however can be a serious problem and is the most common symptom of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Ref: Mayo Clinic Staff, Oct 18, 2005. ( Web Link )



Treatments


Two approaches commonly advocated for the treatment of heartburn or acid reflux include:

  1. Using medication to reduce stomach acid.
    • Over-the-counter antacids are often used to decrease or completely neutralize the amount of acid in the stomach. They are most effective when taken about 1 hour after a meal.
    • Prescription medication such as H-2-receptor blockers or Proton pump inhibitors are used to reduce the production of stomach acid as opposed to just neutralizing the acid. They provide longer relief than antacids but don't act as quickly and are generally taken before meals and at bedtime as needed.

      • These drugs however are associated with many side effects, one of which was reported in a recent issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

        There It was concluded that taking the class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for more than a year significantly increased the risk of hip breakage in people over 50. The risk was found to increase with increased dosage and the longer the drug was taken.
        The researchers believe that the PPI therapy may inhibit the body's ability to absorb calcium which then leads to weaker bones and fractures.

        Reference: JAMA. 2006; 296:2947-2953. (

        Web Link )

  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes such as:
    • The reduction or elimination of foods and other intakes that can increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and/or relax the LES muscle (and thereby aggravate the problem) such as nicotine (from smoking), alcohol, chocolate, high fat meals, foods which contain high amounts of calcium and protein, and certain calming herbs like peppermint.

    • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese since excess body weight puts extra pressure the stomach and surrounding muscles which can force open the LES valve when it shouldn't be. Similarly, eating smaller meals will reduce the pressure on the LES muscle.



Vinegar and Acid Reflux - The Natural Home Treatment

A third approach (a popular natural home remedy) to help reduce or eliminate acid reflux is to take the following apple cider vinegar tonic:

Natural ACV Tonic

2 or 3 teaspoons (10-15 ml) in an 8 ounce glass of water,
before meals or whenever heartburn is experienced.


One underlying theory here is that the acetic acid in vinegar lowers stomach acidity (increases its pH) since acetic acid is a weaker acid than hydrochloric acid. It is also believed that vinegar (acetic acid along with its acetate salt) may help buffer and maintain stomach acid at a pH level of about 3.0. In this milder acidic environment, the stomach can still efficiently digest food but it causes less problems with the esophagus and thus less heartburn.

Another theory contends that the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a pH sensitive valve.
When there is food in the stomach with insufficient acid present, the LES valve can periodically flop open, causing acid reflux.
Too little acid in the stomach may be caused by different factors, but one of the most common one is that, as we grow older, our body does not produce as much stomach acid.
As a result the LES valve, sensing less acid, periodically flops open causing acid reflux.
Drinking apple cider vinegar supplies the LES valve with the acidity it needs to function properly.

Ref: http://issuu.com/thebestoftimes/docs/december2008/34 (

Web Link )

Improved digestion and mineral absorption from regular intake of the apple cider vinegar tonic may also play a role in reducing acid reflux.

So if you are concerned about possible side effects with prescription drugs or even over-the-counter medications, try combining some of the dietary and lifestyle changes mentioned above along with a tonic of apple cider vinegar before meals as an all natural way to alleviate occasional heartburn symptoms or as a preventative practice. Vinegar and acid reflux could be a combination that works well for you.

If you are searching for a more comprehensive step by step holistic system to cure your acid reflux then have a look at Jeff Martin's e-book
called " Heartburn No More".

In this 186 page book Jeff Martin, who was himself a longtime heartburn sufferer, discloses the completely natural system he and numerous others have used to rid themselves of heartburn in all levels of severity.

The e-book can be downloaded to your computer immediately and comes with a 2 month instant money back guarantee.




User Feedback Comments on
Vinegar and Acid Reflux


Name: Rick Eldritch
Location: Oregon, United States
Date: June 12, 2016

It truly works. It seems counter intuitive but it does.

One day I was having the indigestion from hell, I regularly use antacids but I had run out.  I remembered that a friend of mine had told me she used apple cider vinegar, when she got a sour stomach, so I tried it.

I drank about 3 oz of vinegar, diluted with water, and about 5 minutes later the discomfort was completely gone.




Name: Willie
Location: Florida, United States
Date: June 12, 2016

For the pass year I have had problems most of the time after eating, throwing up food after eating and some time bringing up spit.

When ever I started eating, afterward I would start coughing nonstop and sweating - feeling short of breath. Every morning my stomach would be so upset, some time I would not eat.

I talked to my wife about how I was feeling and she said try ACV. At first I said come on, this crap is not going to work.

I gave in and tried it.  3 teaspoons in a glass of water, half an hour to an hour before eating anything. The ACV made me go to the bathroom & after completing the mission, my belly started to feel a lot better.

I ate all my food with no coughing or bringing up the food and my stomach is not hurting me as of now, my third day taking ACV.

I only eat two meals per day & I will take the ACV before meals about 1-2 hours before.

By the way I don't work for ACV, just wanted to  add this because of the  naysayers.



Name: Ron Larson
Location: California, United States
Date: May 31, 2016

I've had reflux for about 6 months.

Got on Omeprazole from my doctor for 6 weeks.  Felt awful:  dizzy, nausea, thirsty all the time.

I decided to try apple cider vinegar and got good relief for a few hours.

Many also say to drink alkaline water but that doesn't make sense to me because that's an antacid.  Alkaline neutralizes acid.

Another thing that doesn't make sense is being told to avoid all acidic fruits like oranges and lemons.  But they are high in acetic acid so they should be good.
  
Any advice on how to better understand this would be welcome.



Name: Barbara
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date: May 28, 2016

Six months ago, after a week of vacation followed by a respiratory virus I suffered the worst heart burn and esophageal discomfort that almost took me to the ER in the middle of the night. 

I toughed it out until morning and researched my symptoms.

I decided to take a PPI over the counter Prilosec for 2 weeks, avoided eating at least 2 hours before bedtime, and began a regimen of 2 teaspoons of Bragg apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once a day in the morning before breakfast.

I am a 63 year old female at a normal weight who eats healthy and exercises regularly but I also enjoy coffee in the morning a glass of wine in the evening.

I know that over time our bodies become more acidic.  So it seems counter-intuitive to ingest vinegar.  But it worked!  I no longer suffered an episode of the burning pain and lump in the throat sensation.

I continued with this program for the past half year until I went out of town for 10 days recently, and on return home did not replace the vinegar in my fridge ( I do refrigerate even though it says it is not necessary) and my symptoms returned - not with the same vengeance but I know that apple cider vinegar will need to be part of my continuing daily diet.



Name: John
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Date: May 25, 2016

Hi,

I have suffered from reflux for twenty plus years, got to the point of reaching and vomiting half way through a meal.

Lived on pills with little effect, had specialist looking at everything, prescribing more pills no result.

In the interim my teeth broke up and obviously enamel damaged from acids. Lost weight and stress levels rose and little sleep.

A friend recommended ACV, instant result. No reflux, no reaching, and now sleep normally, stress levels zero apart from having less teeth.

Highly recommend ACV to others.



Name: Justin
Location: Maine, United States
Date: May 24, 2016

Wow am I glad I found this website last night.

I have been suffering from acid reflux for about 6 months straight.  For the last several months I have also had erosion of the esophagus resulting in painful or difficult swallowing.

Sometimes it feels like what I would imagine a heart attack to feel like.

The last two nights I lost a lot of sleep, and even sitting up in bed I could not get relief.  The burning was all the way up in my upper throat.

I was scouring the internet for home remedies and found mention of ACV.  We have used ACV for general health reasons without really having a specific purpose in the past.

I could not believe when I took 2 teaspoons in a glass of water last night I had INSTANT RELIEF! 

I never write in to these web comment sections, but like some people who have commented here I had a healthy skepticism of these claims.  I hope others find the same relief that I had. 

I just woke up and took one teaspoon of ACV in water and will take the ACV with me in my lunchbox today.  Its time to start healing the erosion of my esophagus!



Name: Sean Armstrong
Location: Texas, United States
Date: May 16, 2016

I am age 23. I started having a sore throat every morning.

After getting heartburn during the day I discovered it was reflux causing my sore throat in the morning.

My heartburn was non stop and only got worse when I took Zantac, Nexium, and Priosec. Often I would feel like I had a lump in my throat.
 
I tried organic apple cider vinegar (with mother) and I was amazed. I found immediate relief.

Whenever I felt reflux coming on I would drink ACV, water, and honey and it would go away. It was the only thing that would make the lump in my throat go away.

I have been taking it for two weeks and I don't even feel heartburn coming on anymore.



Name: Eric
Location: Washington, United States
Date: May 13, 2016

I started to develop almost daily acid reflux about two years ago, and I would bounce back and forth between Tums and Zantac.

These worked OK, but I noticed that about two hours after taking the Zantac, I would get extreme hunger pains. The Tums were decent, but sometimes made me feel nauseous.

I started using apple cider vinegar at the start of this week. Two teaspoons in 8 ounces of water once to twice a day. So far, the results have been amazing. Not a hint of acid reflux.

True, I have only just started this, but I honestly cannot recall the last time I went a whole week without getting acid reflux.

Plus, I am reading all the other health benefits about apple cider vinegar. I'm sold! 



Name: RJ
Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Date: April 22, 2016

Hi Everyone,

I'm suffering reflux for 4 months already and 24/7 I can feel the pain in my stomach.

It feels like I'm always hungry. Every after meal I feel like I'm hungry again.

Tried heaps of antacids but didn't work, trust me. Went to hospital and the doctor prescribed me Nexium but still not working on me.

One night I called my wife in the Philippines and told her how I feel, and guess what?!!! She told me to try the ACV and so far I feel better like...wow...It's like a thorn has been removed in my stomach...:-) I feel better and I am still taking the ACV.:-)

Hope this one can help. Thank you.

I love you my wife Leslie Crisostomo Tomarong and my baby Raffy!!!! I miss you guys.



Name: Tom T.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date: March 23, 2016

I thought it might be helpful to others to chronicle my attempt to rid myself of daily PPI use.


Click here to read the complete Background, History, Symptoms, Diet/Lifestyle, Decision time and Plan/Methodology sections of this detailed testimonial.


SO FAR

Day One was March 4th.  Today is Wednesday, March 23rd so the first three-week phase is nearly up. 

How has it gone the past 3 weeks?  Well, so far so good.  I was expecting horrible rebound/breakthrough on the days I skipped the PPI but, aside from one rough day about 10 days in (in which I also wasn't passing gas so something else may have been going on), I can honestly say that I really feel no different on the days in which I've taken the PPI, than I do on the days in which I don't take the PPI.  I view this as somewhat of a victory in and of itself as it means, thus far, that I've at least been able to cut my PPI usage in half without any appreciative increase in GERD symptoms.  That's not to say I'm not still having GERD symptoms.  I am.  But they do appear milder, less frequent, and quite manageable.

I'm finding that on those days I've skipped the morning PPI I can't skip lunch (I've added yogurt with probiotics as a lunch staple), or I'll feel my stomach churning.  At lunch I do not take ACV beforehand - the ACV has been reserved thus far for breakfast and dinner only.  Also, on the majority of evenings on the days I've skipped the PPI I've found a dose of Mylanta is needed prior to bed.  All in all, an equitable trade off so far. 

As a side benefit, which I cannot explain, I feel like I have more energy and less fatigue since I've started adding ACV/reducing the PPI.  Maybe this is a placebo effect but it feels tangible to me.
     
Friday is the start of the next three-week period in which PPI use is lowered to every third day.  I plan to do this for another three weeks and then consult with my family physician to share results and maybe request blood work to ensure I'm not wreaking havoc somewhere else.  I'm hopeful by this time my body will have adjusted somewhat to the production of normal stomach acid again and, coupled with continued use of ACV, view PPI ingestion as increasingly unnecessary.  But I'm also trying to stay realistic and not be discouraged by trying to reverse the effects of 10 years of continuous PPI use in 6 weeks.  We'll see.

I'll make a note to report back on 15 April.


Update: April 28, 2016

This is the promised follow-up to my lengthy entry of March 23rd, 2016 in which I detailed my attempt to completely wean myself from daily PPI use over a six-week period.

The short version:  I was unable to do so.

After a relatively smooth transition from daily use to every other day during the initial 3-week period, I hit a wall almost immediately when moving to every third day.  The rebound/breakthrough I experienced was terrible -- the worst heartburn I've ever had, coming on the evening of the third day (so about 60 hours after the last PPI pill).  I wanted to "gut it out" but the discomfort was acute and I had to take my PPI and dose with Mylanta to quiet things down and get through the night.

The next day I regrouped with the goal of trying again in case the experience was exacerbated by something I ate or another factor.  I returned to the every other day regimen for the next week at which time my symptoms quickly returned to what they had been during the first 3 weeks, quite manageable.  At the end of the fourth week I tried again going to every third day . . . but with the same results.

So for me at least, it appears at this time I'm not able to progress beyond taking my PPI every other day.  Still, I'm not (overly) discouraged as the addition of ACV with meals has allowed me to cut my PPI use in half while at the same time keeping my GERD symptoms to the most manageable level they've been in 10 years. 
 
And it's possible six weeks just wasn't long enough to allow my body to adjust before moving to the next step -- I'll try again in six months. 



Name: Linda B
Location: Nevada, United States
Date: March 06, 2016

I'm a firm believer in ACV now, but I can tell you the first 2 weeks after getting off medication was the worst.

I had been taking prescription meds for around 8 years, and I know that, that was the detox period, but so glad that I stuck it out.

This site has given me more information than some of the others.  So now I know I can take it more than once a day.
 
I just normally start my day off with ACV and I am good for the whole day.

So happy to be off all the medicine.



Name: Piyush Walia
Location: India
Date: March 01, 2016

I ordered ACV for skin infections as it is the best home remedy to cure anti fungal infections.

But I was amazed that when I realized that my acid reflux problem was gone and its like a miracle as after taking it for 2 weeks my problem was totally gone.



Name: Stanley
Location: California, United States
Date: February 25, 2016

It seems counterintuitive but adding acid to the stomach works! 

Since reaching middle age I've had this problem and refused to go the prescription route. I stumbled upon  a Harvard physiology paper written a century ago which experimentally showed that the pyloric sphincter (lower stomach valve) will only open when the Ph gets low enough.

What happens is that the stomach fills with food, the peristalsis churns the food and some of it regurgitates back up the LES into the esophagus.

Only when the Ph reaches a low enough level does the chyme continue into the duodenum. With an emptier stomach, the peristaltic pressures do not get high enough to overcome the LES to squirt acidic chyme into the esophagus. 

I preload my stomach with 1 tsp vinegar before eating and I have had no symptoms for two weeks.

I even ate pizza with lots of tomato sauce. I'm amazed!



Name: Jema
Location: Indiana, United States
Date: February 21, 2016

Reading this blog to find answers for my husband and myself.

Husband has severe acid reflux and has had a fundoplication. Has lived on Prilosec and Prevacid for many many years...15 years.  He has developed AFib(Atrial Fibrillation), asthma has become worse, and breathing issues.  We have been told that getting off of Prevacid and all PPI is very serious because of acid bursts.

We are going to try the ACV today and see if relief is in sight.

Has anyone here developed AFib from the acid reflux?  I have suffered with acid reflux for years but have not been on PPI for long periods just taken as needed.

I took my first 1/2 tsp in water today and will respond back after a few days of using ACV.

Any and all information would be greatly appreciated. We are in desperation of healing husband from this dreaded GERD.  It is ruining his life.  We are both in our 70's. ACV all the way...praying it helps both of us.

Also husband has developed areas in his stomach that have been damaged by the use of PPI.  Kinda like acid craters created from the use of PPI.  Not sure of the correct name.



Name: Tracy
Location: California, United States
Date: February 21, 2016

I'm taking the ACV and still getting horrible burning up my throat. I take 1-2 tablespoons in a glass of water morning and night.
It does not seem to be working for me the same way it is working for you.

Also, why is it that all of you are writing in perfect paragraphs, as if one person actually wrote every entry. This is a test. I am writing all of this in one block paragraph. Let's see how it comes out.


Note from apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com: – The 2nd paragraph of the invitation to share -immediately above the form box where people enter their comments is as follow and should address your concern:

“When necessary, texts submitted to apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com may go through minor text editing to improve clarity (ex., typos, punctuation & spacing).”

The word “spacing” includes the creation of “paragraphs” when necessary in order to improve clarity and readability. 




Name: Nouna
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Date: February 06, 2016
(Translated from French)

Thank you very much.

Thanks to you all, I decided to try the apple cider vinegar.

Wow. I am now cured of GERD that had not been cured by any other medication.

There is no more burning in my throat. Thank God who guided me to this website.

Nb: Take the ACV diluted with water in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast.



Name: Eric Mo
Location: Maryland, United States
Date: February 01, 2016

Why, knowing about the ACV, didn't I do this sooner?

Since months I can finally feel in tune with my body enough to know when I'm hungry and when I'm full. The acid reflux, and gastritis had made this impossible for years!

Also, my bloating and ridiculous gas have diminished.

Oh, and before starting this, I couldn't exercise 1-3 hours after eating. I had to wait at least 3.3 hours before going for run! Since I've started drinking this ACV, I can exercise (run, dance) even 30mins-1h after eating! Wow!!!!



Name: Anu Vijay
Location: Jaipur, India
Date: January 02, 2016

I have suffered from acidity issue since I was 12 years old. Today I am 38 and my condition was worsening until I tried ACV.

I stopped my food products thinking my acidity is due to food allergy until I learnt that lack of adequate HCL was causing an issue.

I used to feel extremely tired after eating a meal and would need a long nap to recover my energy levels.

I read about ACV and how it acts as natural HCL. it's been a week now since I started it, taking a cup of warm water with half teaspoon of ACV with each meal and after a very long time am happy to see that I do not get heart burn or acidity issues.

I going to use for a longer period to see if this benefit would continue. But the one week trial was very positive.



Name: Rick Eldritch
Location: Oregon, United States
Date: December 01, 2015

It works.

My primary care physician prescribes me 40 mg Omeprazole, which I use daily, and works very well.  However, I occasionally run out, and the pharmacy I use isn't terribly convenient to visit, if I don't have other reasons to go to Costco.

When this happens, I drink about 2 oz. of cider vinegar in a full glass of water.  This effectively relieves my acid reflux for a few hours.  The omeprazole works longer, but the cider vinegar is very good in a pinch, and very effective.



Name: Lenoy Rivero
Location: Bohol, Philippines
Date: November 30, 2015

I have been suffering for 5 months with acid reflux.

I got sick every single day from sleepless nights due to stomach pain and flared acid reflux. I have been having difficulty breathing at night. I would wake up with closed throat, gasping for air. I ended up being afraid of sleeping or sleeping sitting ..so uncomfortable.

Went to the hospital to check my stomach. The first doctor did a blood test for h-pylori evaluation and my doctor was prescribing me with Zantag for 14 days. The first 5 days I felt something changed, I was able to sleep a bit but after 6 days it was horrible, my sleep disorder worsened. I felt weak, confused and my memory became very weak and my voice became harsh probably from acid reflux.
 
Went to hospital again and have had an ultrasound and endoscopy. My doctor was prescribing me with Nexium, Pantropazol and other antiacids for 1 month. After 1 week of taking the medicine it was back again.

I turned to the internet to find what other people were saying. I bought ACV and I took 1 spoonful of ACV and 1 spoonful of honey in a glass of water before meal in the morning and before meal in the evening about 30 min before I ate. Improvements were felt immediately and I slept well. So Great!

I was healed. I continue taking it for my uric acid too and I can testify it works. Good luck to all who want to try ACV, it works! Thanks God.



Name: Adam Chan
Location: Singapore
Date: November 21, 2015

Well, as incredulous as this may sound, it got rid of my GERD in a matter of weeks.

I'm usually a very scientific person, and given how little scientific/objective literature there is on ACV, I'm still pretty baffled.



Name: Bernie B
Location: Florida, United States
Date: October 28, 2015

I can't say enough about the positive effects of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Among the many, it truly relieves, if not cures acid reflux.

Like so many people who have shared there experiences on the use of ACV, it has worked for me and I no longer take Nexium or any other pill for acid reflux. I can honestly say that, with some dietary changes in my life style, and 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water after each meal, I'm cured of acid reflux disease.

It really works, people!  Doctors will always prescribe the pill for you. Because they've been trained to do so, and for many through agreements or whatever you choose to call it with the pharmaceutical industry. This is reality, people. Wake up. Don't get me wrong. We need doctors. But, we should also be active in understanding the treatment options for our medical problems, and not leaving it totally up to the doctors to decide.

All I'm saying is, in addition to what the doctor tells you, you should also  research your medical problems and treatment options. Hopefully you you'll have the time to do so. But unfortunately, that may not always be possible especially when it's an emergency situation.

I hope this makes sense to some of you, if not all. Whatever your situation may be, please do not give up. Miracles do happen, people. And for many, who were about to throw the towel in prior to reading these comments, these comments are their miracles.

Never forget there's always hope, even when the odds are stacked against you. God bless all of you for sharing your experiences to help others, including myself. Yes! I am also a beneficiary.

Sincerely,
Bernie B



Name: Wally
Location: California, United States
Date: October 24, 2015

Just tried it, thought I would have to go for urgent care. Wife worried and getting dressed to take me.

By the time I was ready to go, I was fine.

Age 55 with very rare acid reflux instances, but this was causing almost anxiety attack from the pain.



Name: Shane Almand
Location: California, United States
Date: October 04, 2015

I've always had a sensitive stomach and have used Tums for relief.

Recently I started using them every day. Instead of helping, they actually made things worse as I started having extreme acid re-flux. So bad that I wasn't eating.

I started to use Nexium and realized after reading about ACV that I had made the problem worse.

I'm on my third day of ACV and started a regiment of probiotics.

Tonight I ate my first meal in a week with no symptoms!! I was amazed at how quickly and effectively the ACV worked. No more tums, no more nexium. No more acid re-flux!!

I usually don't give testimonials but this worked so well and so fast I have to tell everyone!



Name: Delon Nigum
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Date: September 20, 2015

Its one AM and my heartburn is flaring.

Logged on to this site and began reading up on the benefits of ACV.

Luckily for me I had a bottle of Bragg's ACV in the kitchen.. so guess what. Yup I tried it.

Will do so in the morning again but I must say that I'm already feeling the soothing effects...

Thanks to all.



Name: Hariharan Balasuramaniyan
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Date: September 19, 2015

I have been using ACV for the last 10 days and I now feel like a normal person.

I have severe GERD. I am now able to sleep and it improves my food habits affected by acid reflux.

I am feeling so much better now!

Muuuch better than when using meds!!!



Name: Rakia
Location: Baltimore, United States
Date: September 19, 2015

I was never really skeptical about this natural remedy but certainly in desperate need of something that worked fast!

As soon as I hit 30, years ago, I noticed instant problems with heartburn and started searching for natural remedies.

I had Bragg's ACV in the fridge and I don't remember why but I got almost INSTANT relief with just a cap full shaken up in a regular size bottled water!

Since then its my immediate go to for even my worse heartburn pain and it works EVERY time!



Name: Marilyn Morgan
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date: September 16, 2015

Just be sure to get ORGANIC ACV. If you get the regular stuff at the grocery store, it's useless. Bragg's is the best.

I had silent reflux really bad.

Started taking ACV every morning first thing and the reflux went away.

II stopped taking the ACV and the reflux is now back so I have to start ACV again and STAY on it this time.



Name: Sveta Margolis
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: Sept 11, 2015

I was skeptical-how something acidic can help with acid problem. Somehow it did.

I suffered for years, tried Dexilant, Nexium and pretty much everything that is out there. Pills helped only for a short period of time.

This is the first time that a natural remedy actually helps me. I hope it will stay this way.



Name: Hari Haran
Location: Tamilnadu, India
Date: September 08, 2015

I have been suffering with heart burn for the past 8 months.

I heard about ACV and I am starting to consume it at night.

Last 2 days I am taking it after meals. Now instant relief but still I am having a little pain.

Can any one please provide complete solution for my problem.




Name: Isobel
Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Date: August 19, 2015

Comments on ACV for heartburn caused by stress induced gastritis (no ulcers, checked by gastroscopy):

I was on 30mg Omeprazole for 7 weeks, which helped a little but caused side effects from dizziness to headaches and stomach pains, then for 1 week I tried Nexium which actually made things worse, plus other side effects.

At which point I ditched all the meds and on the advice of a natural medicine practitioner started on Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, just 1 or 2 teaspoons in a glassful of warm water with a teaspoon of Manuka honey and sipped throughout the day.

It gave immediate relief, and over the next few weeks the condition improved steadily. That was over 2 months ago, and although if I go without the ACV for a few weeks the symptoms start to return, they are not as bad as they were initially and going back on the ACV does help.

I should add that I also use a combination of herbal remedies as well such as infusions of Calendula, Meadowsweet, Chamomile, Marshmallow and Lemon Balm, Slippery Elm 'food', Aloe Vera juice and a mixture of stomach soothing herbal tinctures prepared by my medical herbalist.

I also try to help myself by avoiding acid producing foods as far as possible, plus I don't eat meat or spicy foods, I don't drink alcohol or eat processed foods - all of which help too. I have heard Turmeric also has benefits for stomach inflammation, though I have yet to try it consistently.

So definitely the ACV has helped me like a lot of people here, but other aspects of one's lifestyle need to be looked into as well, as a reduction in symptoms (however welcome) is not the same as a complete cure, and there are lots of different factors that can affect conditions like these.

I hope this helps other people out there suffering from heartburn or gastritis!
Good luck all.




Name: Connie Flores
Location: Arizona, United States
Date: August 06, 2015

I am amazed by all the testimonials, I am afraid of this acid reflux condition and uncertain of many things, recently have had to deal with this.

Can someone please tell me if I can take the apple cider vinegar at anytime even on an empty stomach, since I have not been able to eat much last few days, please help me & God bless you all for your encouragement & hope.



Name: Dave
Location: Ohio, United States
Date: August 01, 2015

I need a better solution than either prescription and OTC GERD medications are offering.

I have used this in the past and it has worked for me. I'm in my 40s and pretty much looking at a chili dog gets the heartburn going.

I took 1TBSP in 8oz of water about 20min ago and the burning and irritation are much less intense.

There is a probably a happy medium between medication and diet, but I have yet to find it.




Name: Kathy
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date: July 10, 2015

I have a problem of constantly clearing my throat that never clears. Only symptom I have for GERD.

All tests normal.

Omeprazole and Protons have not worked for me.

Has anyone used ACV for this throat condition.



Name: Tom Locklear
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date: June 23, 2015

My acid/reflux GERD was so bad that after years of medications I had a Fundoplication surgery in 1999 to alleviate the problem.

Then a second surgery in 2009 because the original surgery was diagnosed as undoing itself in 2004 and I had severe esophageal acid burns that could possibly lead to esophageal cancer.

The 2009 surgery almost killed me, two+ months in a coma, next to expire, etc, etc. Needless to say acid reflux and GERD have been a nightmare for me.
In 2010 I was searching the web for natural remedies for acid reflux and found the ACV remedy. I've been on it ever since and have not taken a pill.

I mix one tablespoon of ACV with a six-eight ounces of water and drink before going to bed.

I've suffered with acid reflux/GERD for years, no more since discovering the health benefits of ACV.

I go a step further and blend garlic, red onion, ginger, turmeric root, and real natural honey. This mixture provides a host of health benefits, search the health benefits of each ingredient, to include lowering of blood pressure, sugar, etc.

I highly recommend ACV for acid reflux/GERD relief.



Name: Niti
Location: Texas, United States
Date: June 11, 2015

ACV works like a charm!

Our concept of Acid reflux and taking antacid to relieve it is slightly off track!

I explained this in my blog: check it out:
http://familyhealthsos.org/2015/04/27/heartburn-myth/



Name: Tracy
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: June 06, 2015

I lost my job and therefore my insurance.  I couldn't afford to refill my Omeprazole and so I reluctantly tried ACV.

It worked.

I will keep using it as long as it keeps working!  

So in essence, I ended up abruptly stopping my medication and began using ACV.  who would have thought!



Name: Cheryl Holmes
Location: Washington, United States
Date: May 16, 2015

I used to drink lemon juice, a litle pinch of salt in water over ice to get my water intake in.

I've added ACV and use a pinch of sea salt instead of table salt.  At least 2, 16oz glasses a day.

It helps if I miss my Omeprazole one day.

But now I find out I may have bile reflux as I do not have a gallbladder. On the list of things not to have  for bile reflux is Apple. Any comments on that?



Name: Brandon Sherlock
Location: New York, United States
Date: May 16, 2015

Pills that help with G.E.R.D. will slowly kill you and cover up the symptoms that you're having.

You will need a healthy METABOLISM. Eat small portioned meals all day and NOTHING TWO HOURS BEFORE BED.

Drink 1-2 tablespoons of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR three times a day. One serving in the morning, afternoon, and before bed. Have a light protein shake before your dinner, you'll eat less.

Treat yourself to an unhealthy meal ounce a week, but don't get full on it. One scoop of muscle milk mixed with skim milk really helps food cravings and helps you eat less while still getting the nutrients your body needs. Adding honey will help a lot.

Think before you stick something in your mouth. Being healthy feels a lot better than feeling fat and unhealthy, I've been both.

Steamed vegetables, milk, water, fish, lean meat (chicken, 95% beef, pork). Can't have soda, alcohol, juice, or chocolate milk. Muscle milk chocolate flavor seems to be okay. No greasy foods... you can't or you will die from it. Plain and simple.. Medicine or not.




Name: Gerri Schultz
Location: Georgia, United States
Date: May 14, 2015

Did anyone abruptly stop their acid reflux prescription and use only the ACV or did you cut down your meds and gradually replace with ACV?



Name: Aneesa
Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Date: April 20, 2015

I have been suffering with GERD for 2 years, but refused to abuse my body with medication like Nexium etc.

I got by with OTC antacids, but just barely. It would get so severe sometimes, I would wake up choking and gasping for air.

After days and months of researching natural remedies, I purchased organic ACV , organic aloe juice and Manuka honey. I mix 2 tspns ACV with half a tsp Manuka honey into aloe juice. I drink it from a glass straw to avoid damage to tooth enamel.

Amazing remedy for instant relief from the burning and discomfort!

Manuka and aloe are proven to have healing , anti inflammatory, anti microbial properties. Amazing stuff!



Name: Dakota Philbrick
Location: Alabama, United States
Date: April 05, 2015

I have been on Nexium or Prilosec for the last 15 years.

A chiropractor resolved my upper hiatal hernia (Dr knew about and suggested more pills) and after the correction by my chiropractor he said from all the pills I may have low acid.

He gave me the option to try the ACV thing so I went a day without my Nexium which was extraordinarily painful.

I took a few tablespoons of ACV mixed with water and found instant relief. I think this is worth trying and for those that say it works in the long run makes me very hopeful.

I'M SAYING NO MORE PILLS!



Name: Julie
Location: SA, Australia
Date: April 05, 2015

I have been receiving chemotherapy and one side effect is this heartburn and a really terrible mouth/ throat coated effects. Difficulty in swallowing plain water and eating.

I have been having Omeprazole 40mg with limited relief.

But I find a glass of water with maybe 2 teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar is such a relief / pleasure to drink.

It's feels refreshing and easy to drink.  Ok it may not taste absolutely delicious, but it is enjoyable.

The heartburn is eased. I might try this a little bit more regularly.



Name: David
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: March 25, 2015

I feel like everyone that promotes this are all working for the apple cider vinegar industry.

I tried this and all it did was aggravate my reflux and cause burns. 



Name: Saba Vasan
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date: March 23, 2015

I have had GRED for almost 20 years.

One of my net friend recommended me to have Braggs Organic ACV.

I felt immense relief. But my gastritis hasn't totally gone.

I want to know does it take a long time to get cured? How long should I take acv? Please let me know?

Thanks!

Thanks to ACV too!



Name: Shane Cournane
Location: Queensland, Australia
Date: March 11, 2015

After taking Nexium daily (20 or 40 strength) for a period of 15 years for GERD, I started taking Apple cider vinegar 7 months ago.

It worked after a few days and it is still working now. I enjoy drinking beer, coffee and red wine which at times can cause some minor discomfort if I over indulge. However, overall the ACV has been wonderful and as a side effect it appears to have lowered my blood pressure by 10 points.

I take 1 tablespoon 15 minutes before each meal mixed with honey and half glass of water. I recommend this to anyone.

It appears the older you get the more acid your body requires and PPIs such as Nexium stop the acid which is only a temporary fix.

I have recommended ACV to a number of my friend who are now taking it with good results.




Name: Maggie
Location: Iowa, United States
Date: March 04, 2015

I am adding my voice to the long list of those confirming that ACV amazingly works wonders for GERD and acid reflux.

My mother, my sister and I all had serious issues with AR for years - my mother had it the worst where she was on Nexium and other meds and yet even a couple bites of a no-no food would put her in agony.

Finally my sister learned of ACV as a remedy so we all tried it - and all three of us had almost immediate, total relief.  We could hardly believe it!

What is even more amazing to me is to see over time that it truly did heal our systems, not just provide temporary relief with each episode.  We rarely ever take vinegar anymore (though we should get back to taking it for other health benefits), yet none of us have had a single episode to speak of for *years*!

It is undeniable that it works like a miracle for many, many people - what a godsend this is instead of the downward spiral and damage from meds!

Best wishes for an end to this unnecessary suffering!



Name: Nina Filou
Location: Algeria
Date: March 04, 2015
(Translated from French)

I tried to stop taking Omeprazole today and to only drink apple cider vinegar.

For now, it's working well.

I still have a little acid reflux, but not much.

Hopefully I'm going to completely stop my acid reflux.



Name: Marilyn H
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date: March 03, 2015

Organic ACV works great. MUST be organic...the kind you have to shake up because of the sediment on the bottom.

Also supposed to put 1 tbsp of ACV in 4 ounces room temperature water and then some raw honey to make it taste good.

Do this 30 minutes before eating and it's wonderful! Tastes great with the honey!



Name: Jul
Location: Vs , Switzerland
Date: February 09, 2015
(Translated from French)

One morning, I had simple bronchitis. Then appeared, from nowhere, something I had never had: acid reflux, 6 months of it !

That acid reflux triggered asthma with a dry cough at night, and phlegm accompanied by a heavy cough all day. The likes of which I had never had before. No more energy. Pure hell.

First, I took Pantoprazoe, 40 mg twice a day; but I had an allergic reaction to it.I underwent a gastroscopy, etc. Then I took Pariet, 20 mg twice a day. I also had to take 4 squirts per day of Symbicort for my asthma.

I tried everything... Potato juice, home remedy tinctures,etc. Nothing was really helping my gastric reflux.

I quit dairy products, gluten, meat... Still no progress until I heard about apple cider vinegar for acid reflux.

Skeptical at first... Acid on acid...

Then, the MIRACLE! It's just so great to be in good heath again! And to have achieved this in one day, from the first spoonfuls of vinegar!

I'm so happy I could cry!



Name: Adrien Ruet
Location: Loir et Cher, France
Date: January 24, 2015
(Translated from French)

Hello,

Being 23 years old, and starting to feel bad, a situation that deteriorated for a year, I was finally diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and esophagitis ulceration.

Having tried all possible remedies, I tried apple cider vinegar and the results were almost instantaneous: ALL my symptoms disappeared.
I'm alive again !!

LONG LIVE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR <3



Name: Jack
Location: Kansas, United States
Date: January 23, 2015

I have been suffering for a year and a half with reflux and related problems.

A friend recommended ACV, and reading the testimonials here has been very encouraging.

Been trying it for a few days.  No miracles yet, but it doesn't seem to be hurting any, and may be helping.

I am very hopeful.



Name: Nawa Tako
Location: Oregon, United States
Date: January 17, 2015

Hello, I have read almost all the comment on this site.

I have pain and a heavy feeling in my stomach all the time and a sour taste in my mouth.

The doctor said it is a stomach flu and inflammation in the lining.

The other doctor told that I have GERD and there is no signs of an ulcer.

My question is, did any one one experience this terrible feeling in the stomach and did the ACV help.




Name: Katie
Location: United Kingdom
Date: January 15, 2015

I've been on max dose of Nexium, diagnosed with hiatal hernia and my acid reflux had hit a point of being unbearable last week. My friend recommended ACV.

AMAZING.

I've had no acid today. For the first time in years. I've only been on ACV for 5 days! Definitely worth the bad taste, you get used to it after the 3rd day.

Also off Nexium tablets.

I take two teaspoons diluted in water in the morning, then if I have acid reflux and before bed.
TRY IT. It works.  

P.S. I came off my tablets because they hinder the ACV working as well.



Name: Abdellah El ASRI
Location: Rabat , Morocco
Date: January 05, 2015
(Translated from French)

Hello All,

I have had a hiatal hernia (from birth).

I have suffered a lot because of GERD, I even have stage 2 esophagitis.

I have taken Omeprazole and Ulcemat but with no results.

Now I bought cider vinegar and I started to take a teaspoon in a cup of warm water 15 minutes before breakfast.

The result is amazing, less pain in the stomach and esophagus and I sleep well. Of course I'm still watching my diet but once a week I allow myself to cheat a little.

Cider vinegar is a cheap and effective natural remedy. Try it!





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