What causes heartburn? The reflux of acid from your stomach into your esophagus which, over time, leads to corrosion causes the burn in your chest which is then referred to as “heartburn”. So, naturally, you’d think it is the excess of acid that is causing the condition as well as the discomfort?
But what’s really causing the problem? GERD is actually caused by too little stomach acid and not too much. Since there isn’t adequate acid in the stomach, the food doesn’t get digested correctly – this leads to acidity and this acid is what refluxes and causes heartburn.
Therefore one great way to counter this condition is to help your digestive system out a bit. You can easily do this by supplementing the acid your stomach needs.
And that brings us to this alternative, and now very popular, home remedy – apple cider vinegar for heartburn.
So how does apple cider vinegar work?
Well, it actually works on two levels. Firstly, your stomach has an ideal pH level – maintaining this is important for the entire digestive process to work smoothly. Since your stomach isn’t producing enough acid, the apple cider vinegar helps to regain the optimum pH level. A balanced pH also means that fats are better metabolized and overall digestion is helped.
Secondly, when in the stomach, the vinegar forms acetic acid. While this is a weaker acid than the hydrochloric acid your stomach produces, since this is lacking the acetic acid is able to buffer the need.
And this isn’t just theory. One big reason for recommending apple cider vinegar is that is has worked effectively for many people. And therefore, we suggest you give it a try too.
How to use apple cider vinegar for heartburn relief?
Firstly let’s look at what to use. You will find many an apple cider vinegar in the market. But ideally, you shouldn’t use just any for this purpose. Your best bet is unpasteurized and raw apple cider vinegar. This is the best because it is completely organic – so no synthetic additives – and also because it works the best. A raw apple cider vinegar also contains other nutrients beneficial for digestion and overall health. Some people also believe that, because apple cider vinegar contains pectin, this can help to soothe intestinal spasms
What’s the best dosage and easiest way to use Apple Cider Vinegar for heartburn? You can have it before a meal – as a preparation for digestion or when heartburn actually strikes. In either case take an 8 ounce glass full of water, add the apple cider vinegar to this and drink.
Depending on what works for you, the dosage can vary from 1tsp. to 2 tbsp. But you need to determine your ideal dosage with practise. Too little won’t have any effect, and too much will only worsen the condition. So start out with less and work your way up.
Obviously, taste is also a factor – it is vinegar and not necessarily pleasant to taste for many people. So, to improve the taste, you can stir in a spoonful of honey with the water. Interestingly, you can also add lemon juice to this mix and, even though it is another acid, it seems to neutralise the acidic taste of the vinegar and make for a more refreshing drink. If you mix this with soda water you have a sparkling version which is sometimes easier to drink than the still water version of this mix. This can even be a great substitute for an alchoholic drink before or during a meal.
There are many testimonials to show that apple cider vinegar for heartburn actually works. And there seems to be logic on our side as well. So now you need to just give it a try – and see for yourself if this is THE alternate remedy for you too!