I have suffered for years with acid reflux and heartburn and have been taking the OTC acid reducers (H2 blockers), like candy, to treat it. And while sometimes it seemed to work, sometimes it just got worse.
But one late night, I woke up with a some very bad heartburn and I looked in the cabinet for the pills and I was out. But, since my chest and stomach were on fire, I couldn’t go back to sleep. So while I suffered, I just looked up online for maybe an alternative to the pills, and hope there maybe something I may have that would work.
The *suggestion by many online articles, was apple cider vinegar with honey. Well, I didn’t have any of that. The other suggestion was Pickle Juice! And, I just happened to have jar sitting in the back of my fridge. So, I gave it a try and took a small swig (about a table spoon), and after just a little bit, it helped to reduce most of the heartburn and I was able to go back to sleep.
So what made that work? Well, as many of the articles I skimmed over that night said, heartburn and acid reflux is sometimes the result of the body not producing enough stomach acid. And that vinegar could help aid the stomach by introducing more acid into the system (though no actual medical research would back that up). But straight vinegar is really strong and could actually cause more burning as it goes down. So, apple cider vinegar is suggested because the vinegar in it isn’t as concentrated, and mixed with the apple cider may make it easier to swallow.
So, I may have been treating my acid reflux and heartburn, wrong all this time. My problem may actually be the reverse of what I thought. I thought I had too much acid, when it could be, not enough acid.
I have also bought some apple cider vinegar supplement pills to try, and that seems to help too. The directions say, take one or two just before a meal. Be sure and follow that. I tried it without doing that, just to see what happens and I burped it up a lot, and it kind of burns the nose hairs, lol!
Anyway, since I have been doing this, I have noticed I have a lot less heartburn and acid reflux.
*WARNING: This is just something I have tried and I am not suggesting it will work for everybody. There is no solid medical research to back this up. I am not a medical professional. Try at your own risk! I am not responsible for any results you may experience.