apple cider vinegar for heartburn
Acid Reflux Heartburn Natural Remedies

Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Ease Heartburn

In recent times apple cider vinegar has gained widespread popularity because of the health benefits provided by it. But the extensive list of benefits provided by apple cider vinegar has been well known for centuries. It provides a number of health benefits, including that it can aid in weight loss, keep blood sugar in check, prevents infection and even improves the appearance of acne and scarring.

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which could help in avoiding intestinal problems that lead to acid reflux. Experts believe that, the cause of heartburn for some people may be a result of too little stomach acid. Apple cider vinegar could be very helpful in this case, as it will add more acid into the digestive tract. ACV is rich in protein, enzymes and pectin, all of which help in reducing the effects of acid reflux.

Apple cider vinegar is a good natural treatment option for heartburn, if you want to avoid heartburn medications. As per a study recently conducted, it has found that raw or unfiltered apple cider vinegar can prevent heartburn. But doctors feel more research is needed in order to determine the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar against heartburn and acid reflux.

Directions to use Apple Cider Vinegar   

Apple cider vinegar is a very effective in balancing stomach pH by neutralizing stomach acid. To get best results, drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before meal.

If you want to try this home remedy, then consume a small amount of apple cider vinegar. Dilute it with water before consumption. The acid in the ACV will relieve any burning sensation caused by heartburn. If you find the taste of apple cider vinegar to be strong or sour, consider adding honey to the solution. You shall drink apple cider vinegar daily for at least 3 months before taking a break.    

Although there are studies that have suggested apple cider vinegar for heartburn, but there isn’t a firm medical basis for this natural treatment. If you opt for this option, make sure that you:

  • Consume apple cider vinegar in small quantities
  • Dilute ACV with water
  • Consult with your doctor if your symptoms get worse

Risks and Precautions

Apple cider vinegar may cause certain side effects like tooth erosion, blood thinning, throat irritation and decreased potassium. These side effects could get worse if ACV is consumed in large amount or undiluted. You shall drink ACV through a straw if possible, to avoid tooth erosion.

Apple cider vinegar may also interact with your medications (diuretics, laxatives and heart disease medications). If you are on any such medications then you shall consult with your doctor before starting this home remedy. Avoid apple cider vinegar if you have an ulcer, it can worsen your condition.

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