Curejoy Expert Claude C Butler Explains:
As with the case with most natural remedies, there is a lack of concrete medical evidence and research to support the veracity of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for the treatment for acid reflux of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). But people who have reaped the benefits and found relief from using it, vouch for it and have made it part of their daily diet.
One of the main reasons that ACV works is because it is acidic. Seems contradictory that you ingest an acidic substance to treat symptoms that are caused by acidity? GERD is mainly caused by “underproduction” of digestive acids and healthy gut flora in the stomach and not by increased acid levels, as we normally perceive. This lower acid means a higher pH level (less acidic) environment that allows microbes like h. pylori, E. coli, Salmonella, and Candida to flourish. The acetic acid in ACV not only increases and “balances” the acid levels in the stomach (as it is a “weaker” acid than hydrochloric acid present naturally in our gut) but also kills microbes and pathogens that may grow around and paralyze the sphincter muscle that causes regurgitation of food and acid back into the esophagus, a condition referred to as acid reflex or GERD.
If you wish to try it, mix one to three tablespoons with eight ounces of water and drink before meals or when heartburn strikes. Dosage is subjective so try till you find the right balance but avoid drinking it raw. To make it palatable (its “vinegar” taste will need getting used to) mix in a spoonful of honey. Use organic, raw unpasteurized ACV that retains the natural enzymes that are lost during pasteurization. It’s usually easier to find it in health food stores than typical grocery stores.
Vinegar can damage tooth enamel so if you wish to make ACV a part of your daily diet then try sipping it in directly with a straw and rinse with water after taking it. If suffering from stomach ulcers or with a history of ulcer flare-ups, avoid ACV. The counter interactions with diuretic, heart and diabetic drugs means you have to get your doctor’s go ahead before experimenting with ACV.