Apple cider vinegar and acid reflux are connected in a way that many people may not readily understand. Acid reflux can occur when stomach acid splashes up from the stomach into the esophagus. Most people take antacids when they are experiencing gastrointestinal upset, acid reflux, or heartburn. However, it is very possible that it will eventually make the problem worse. Antacids may cause a reduction in discomfort temporarily, because they reduce stomach acid and coat the throat. The problem is – very few people actually need a reduction in stomach acid. Without adequate stomach acid, you cannot digest your food properly.
If you don’t have enough stomach acid, your food is not properly digested before passing into the intestines. This can cause poor nutrient assimilation, body odor and bad breath, or constipation. In addition, your body needs enough stomach acid to ensure that the esophageal sphincter stays closed. If it is not closed properly, your stomach acid can leak and splash into the upper portion of your body – subsequently causing a burning sensation.
The use of antacids can cause a vicious cycle of discomfort, because it is lack of stomach acid that creates the problem in the first place. And, instead of working to increase your stomach’s natural acids, you use antacids to further decrease the acid in your stomach. Before long, you become dependent upon them, because they relieve the discomfort temporarily. But, until you actually address the root problem – the lack of stomach acid- you won’t be cured.
Why Can Apple Cider Vinegar Be An Effective Acid Reflux Remedy?
Apple Cider Vinegar may help treat Acid Reflux for two reasons:
1 Apple cider vinegar is acidic, with an average pH of 5. When you drink apple cider vinegar, mixed with water, while eating – you add acid to your stomach at just the right time. And, you help stimulate your stomach, telling it to start producing more acid naturally. It has an effect similar to taking Betaine HCL capsules with meals – albeit, slightly less powerful. There are many who report success using Betaine HCL capsules – indicating that they were able to reprogram their digestive system. The theory is that by providing your stomach with adequate acid, you train it to increase output of acid. Eventually, your body’s stomach acid levels return to normal, and you no longer need supplements. I often drink apple cider vinegar, in water, with my meals. My stomach seems to work more powerfully and more efficiently (lots of rumbling and grumbling), and I usually end those meals with a satisfying belch.
2 When your stomach produces proper amounts of acids, the valve (esophageal sphincter) between your stomach and the upper portion of your body is closed. This protects the esophagus from damage. However, when the stomach doesn’t have proper levels of acid (hypochloridia), the valve will not remain closed as it should. This can result in GERD, heartburn, mucous in the throat, or a white tongue. The tongue and throat coatings are your bodies’ attempt to protect them from acid damage.
In conclusion, the next time that you suffer from acid reflux, try adding more acid to your stomach (via apple cider vinegar or Betaine HCL pills) and monitor your results. You may very well discover that apple cider vinegar is the cure to acid reflux that you’ve been seeking.