Apple Cider Vinegar For Acid Reflux
Did you know that your acid reflux may be due to too little acid as opposed to too much acid in the stomach? That means that all the antacids you are taking may give some short term relief but in the long term may be detrimental to your health.
Many people have managed to completely cure their GERDS (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and have come off their medications within days of starting an apple cider vinegar protocol.
This seems counterintuitive so exactly what is going on?
“What is the root cause of GERD?In Gaps and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Campbell McBride explains what hypocholorhydria is and how it affects the body (pp. 287-292). Here’s my summary:
- Most people with abnormal gut flora have low stomach acid production.
- For digestion to start properly, the PH of the stomach must be 3 or less.
- Digestion is “like a conveyer belt or an assembly line in a factory. If the first person does a poor job, then no matter how well the rest of the people in the line may work, the end product is likely to be of a poor quality…. The first person is the stomach acid.”
- Besides disrupting the digestion process, stomach acid is the first line of defense against microbes – such as h. pylori, E. coli, Salmonella, and Candida – which are able to proliferate in the gut and even the stomach itself.
- When stomach PH is low, pathogens may grow around the sphincter found at the top of the stomach and paralyze the muscle, allowing food to be regurgitated – i.e. acid reflex / GERD.What is the conventional treatment for GERD?According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment starts with:
- Antacids that neutralize stomach acid
- Medications to reduce acid production
- Medications that block acid production and heal the esophagusAnd progresses to:
- Prescription-strength H-2-receptor blockers – which reduce acid production by blocking signals telling the stomach to make acid.
- Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors – which reduce the production of acid by blocking the enzyme in the stomach wall that produces acid.If the problem is indeed a lack of acid, then all these methods, which further reduce acid, will never cure the problem, but will only provide temporary relief. And indeed, people take these medications indefinitely. Besides taking apple cider vinegar, or another substance that increases stomach acidity, the solution is to switch to a healthy, real food diet.
So if you have been suffering from acid reflux or GERD and conventional treatments have maybe helped with the problem but not cured it then try the apple cider vinegar for acid reflux protocol ( a teaspoon in a glass of water before meals seemed to work for me), and you may be pleasantly surprised.