If you are new to this site, you should first read my How I Cured My Silent Reflux article as it explains the underlying root causes of acid reflux, its corresponding treatments, and provides the necessary context to understand the recommendations on this page. Note that the concepts in the article apply to acid reflux, GERD, and Silent Reflux. After reading that article, if you would like to learn more about the below supplements you can return to this article or get my book.
In this post you will learn how apple cider vinegar will play an important role in eliminating your acid reflux for good. You can finally get a good night’s sleep, say goodbye to indigestion, brain fog, inflammation, and stress! We will cover the following frequently asked questions:
First, let me say apple cider vinegar is hands down the most widely recommended supplement for acid reflux! That said, there is a lot more bad information out there than good. So is apple cider vinegar good for acid reflux? In this post we will weigh the good, the bad, and things to watch out for!
To start with, apple cider vinegar is most often recommended as a dietary supplement. There are countless studies that shown it helps to burn and reduce fat stores and lower blood sugar levels. Furthermore, acetic acid found in vinegar is demonstrated to fight bacteria and other pathogens. In addition, apple cider vinegar contains a healthy dose of antioxidants and amino acids. These help to protect cells from damage and promote healthy muscle tissues.
Most important, the supplement introduces beneficial digestive enzymes and promotes healthy gut acidity. Vinegar is acidic and such is a natural antimicrobial; excess microbes in your gut can contribute to bloating. Additionally, higher acidity can speed the digestion process which lowers the likelihood of gas buildup.
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented vinegar that is made from crushed apples. Many people who advocate for apple cider vinegar do not truly understand it’s chemical properties. They believe that the key to managing acid reflux is to lower the acidity in your stomach.
Alternatively, if you’re a do it yourselfer, I have put together a quick three page checklist that covers the three phase plan. You can get that here:
So to justify their theory, they explain that vinegar (which is an acid) promotes a base (alkalinic) response in your stomach. This is somewhat logical… but it’s flat out wrong! To understand why read this article to understand the root cause of acid reflux. Furthermore, Healthline has a nice article titled ‘Is Vinegar an Acid or Base? And does it Matter?’ In the article, they explain:
Although apple cider vinegar contains more alkaline nutrients, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, compared with white vinegar, it’s not enough to make it alkalizing.
It’s more likely that its association with apples, which are alkalizing, explains why some people believe apple cider vinegar to be alkaline.
Now, given this there are a few that should potentially avoid taking apple cider vinegar. Don’t take apple cider vinegar if you have an ulcer or gastritis, as it could aggravate your symptoms or slow your recovery or if you’re on diuretics, insulin, laxatives, or heart disease medications as it can interact with certain medications.
Those who say apple cider vinegar makes their heartburn worse may have one of the above risk factors. Another cause may be a very irritated food pipe, as as they may experience additional burning and irritation. If this is you, keep reading as I have a recommendation that will get you the benefits without the burn!
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So here’s the thing: vinegar is highly acidic which can erode tooth enamel and damage your esophagus. Common advice is to mix a teaspoon of vinegar with a cup of water or drink it with a straw and/or rinse your mouth afterwards to minimize exposure to your teeth. Don’t do this! Instead, I recommend taking ACV in pill form.
You can take ACV with meals to reduce acid reflux symptoms and promote long term digestive health. That said, there is a healthier AND tastier way to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar without compromising your teeth and throat!
Personally, I take apple cider vinegar in pill form. Now that my acid reflux is behind me, I don’t want to introduce any additional health side effects!
Do a little research on apple cider vinegar and you will find that many swear by taking it with ‘mother.’ Mother is a webby, brownish, cloudy substance that floats near the bottom of organic apple cider vinegar bottles.
The mother is removed from the non-organic vinegars. Mother is the unfiltered, natural byproduct of fermenting raw apple cider vinegar. It is a very rich source of digestive enzymes and proteins! If you read our Supplements for Acid Reflux article, you understand the importance of introducing enzymes to your digestive system.
Here is an organic alternative: On my resources page I have provided links to the specific products that I used to eliminate my reflux as well as some that are useful in managing symptoms of reflux in the short term. I am on a mission to positively impact 100,000 people this year. If I have inspired, helped, informed or otherwise assisted you in anyway, let me know by giving me a follow on any of the below platforms or join my mailing list. If I have yet to do so, then take advantage of the daily tips available on these sites!
Here is an organic alternative:
On my resources page I have provided links to the specific products that I used to eliminate my reflux as well as some that are useful in managing symptoms of reflux in the short term.
I am on a mission to positively impact 100,000 people this year. If I have inspired, helped, informed or otherwise assisted you in anyway, let me know by giving me a follow on any of the below platforms or join my mailing list. If I have yet to do so, then take advantage of the daily tips available on these sites!