An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We all heard this growing up and we found out as adults just how true it is. One of the many ways that an apple can help keep the doctor away is by preventing acid reflux.
It sounds a bit like an old wives tale or at least something grandma might suggest. It really does work so you can go and thank grandma for the next time you eat a big meal and don’t get heartburn.
A whole litany of ailments including sinus infections, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, candida, sore throat, arthritis, allergies, acne, gout and acid reflux can all be helped with a little apple cider vinegar. This sure sounds like something you need to keep in your kitchen. It sounds like there is nothing it can’t do.
When your lower oesophagal sphincter does not do its job of separating the contents of the tummy from the throat, you may suffer from GERD (gastro-oesophagal reflux disease). You will feel heartburn when the acids from the stomach back up into the throat along with partially digested food. Since they are acids they start to burn the lining of your throat which is more vulnerable than your stomach. The stomach actually has a protective membrane inside to keep acid from damaging it. Your throat is not equipped in this way.
You should see your physician if you have reflux twice per week or even more often than that. Feeling that burning pain on such a regular basis is an indication of a larger problem that antacids cannot cure. Your physician will examine you and determine the level of damage to the lining of your throat and recommend appropriate measures to counteract the problem. You should also schedule a visit to the dentist since the stomach acid can eat away at the enamel of your teeth over time.
Over-the-counter remedies such as antacids are most often used to alleviate the symptoms of GERD. However, making a habit of using antacid medications will cause your system to make more and more acid to make up for the lower acid levels caused by the drug. So when the medication finally wears off you are in a worse state than before. This is counterproductive.
The organic medicine recommended to take care of heartburn is called apple cider vinegar. It does not work immediately or overnight, but if you persevere it will prove more effective than antacids from the drug store.
It is a very economical cure because you can get a container for about $3 or $4. So head over to the local grocery and pick some up today. The natural method such as an acid reflux diet will definitely save you money over antacids. Overall it is cheaper and better.
You need to use 2 tbsp. of ACV stirred into a glass of water morning, noon and night. If you are having major symptoms you will need to mix up a higher dose.
The taste is sometimes described as metal-like and it tends to cause a burning sensation in the mouth. You won’t like the flavour but it is worth it to ignore. So many people have told of their relief after taking the apple cider vinegar cure for GERD that it must be true.
You don’t need to purchase any certain brand name since it is all essentially the same apple cider vinegar and should work equally well. We will change the age-old advice just a bit: A little ACV each day can keep the GERD away.