Can Apple Cider Vinegar Treat Your GERD?

 

 

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Pam said...

This is a really interesting post. I'm going to send the link to my mom who takes medication for GERD. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Homemade sauerkraut and most other fermented foods will help, too. Kefir, yogurt, pickles, pickled beets or the juice - all good things to try.

So does aloe gel - it coats the esophagus and helps to reconstruct the stomach and intestinal tract.

Grace said...

I have GERD and I can't wait to see if this actually works. GERD sucks!

Ruth Almon said...

Anonymous, you're right. ACV isn't the only thing that can help.

Pam, Grace, don't forget to report back. It'll be interesting to see if it helps.

Jeff said...

I use Bragg's apple cider vinegar and i make regular bone broths. When is the best time to consume them? Between meals, before meals, during?

Ruth Almon said...

Hi Jeff,

I assume you're asking about ACV for GERD. Take it at the beginning of each meal. Let us know if it helps.

Vicky said...

My husband had the worst acid reflux and required medication. After taking ACV, it went away and has been gone for years and he doesn't even take the ACV anymore. I am a new follower from Frugally Sustainable. Vicky from Mess For Less

Jeff said...

Thanks for the quick response Ruth! You have a great website!
I usually add a bit of ACV to my bone broths, which i drink daily. I have also tried adding it to water as well.
I have read a lot about the benefits of ACV, bone broths, digestive bitters, fermented foods etc. I guess i'm just confused as to when the best time is to consume them. My GERD symptoms have more or less disapeared but just wanted some clarification on when the best time is to consume these types of foods. I will try the ACV before meals and keep you posted.

Ruth Almon said...

Bone broth is great for healing your gut lining!
I assume you mean you pour in a couple tablespoons when making a pot of bone broth. The vinegar helps the minerals to leach out of the bones into the broth. That's good for the broth, but you get a very small amount of ACV per bowl.

I always buy unpasturized ACV. If you boil it in soup, it loses it's probiotics, so I think there's some advantage to taking it uncooked.
Good luck!

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Misty said...

Good to know! I'm sending this to my mom. My dad suffers from GERD and he's been through all kinds of procedures to fix it.

Andrea said...

I know several people who this has worked for! Your post is so informative Ruth! Thank you for sharing it!

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures said...

I've been meaning to blog about this (so much to write about, so little time!). My husband was on acid reflux medication, and is off it thanks to Bragg's ACV. It really does work :)

old swimmer said...

My brother and I used to vie for the left-over home-made salad dressing at the bottom of the bowl The recipe: Two parts olive oil to 1 part apple cider vinegar, and some salt and pepper and herbs like oregano, thyme, basil, etc. Delicious, and not cooked.

Michael Cohen said...

I had GERD so bad that several times I found myself in hospital emergency rooms thinking I was having a heart attack. I got most of my calories from whole grains and legumes and was a lifelong avoider of sugar and junk food. At 60 i found myself 40 lbs overweight and developing Arthritis. I went "Paleo" and eliminated ALL grains and legumes and most fruit from my diet. In TWO DAYS the GERD went away and the arthritis went in ten days

Ruth Almon said...

Thanks for sharing, Michael. I have no doubt that for some people, getting off grains is a big factor, and in some cases THE main factor.
So glad to hear you found the answers for you.

Heather L said...

Thanks for this!
I don't usually have reflux issues but right now I'm 33 weeks pregnant and liquids seem to want to come back up when I lie down which makes it hard to get to sleep! I finally got around to getting some Braggs after reading this post and I've been doing much better the last couple of weeks. I wasn't sure if it would be able to help when the problem was a squished stomach from a growing baby but it did. I've just been shooting it though rather than adding it to a drink.
Just had to come back and say thanks :)
Heather

miyaya said...

hello. i drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. i did not dilute it on water. is it ok? i have acid reflux and it really hurts. :(

Ruth Almon said...

Hi Miyaya,

I think it is much better to dilute it, especially if you take it day after day for years, like I do. I think over time the straight acid would be bad for your teeth. I drink it with a straw to reduce contact.

Good luck!

Josh Barron said...

I always knew that ACV had a lot of benefits but I did not know that apple cider vinegar for acid reflux remedy was one of them. Now I do not have to suffer from gross refluxes.

Phil Dornan said...

I won't name the acid reflux med, but over time I got lactose intolerant, hypoglycemic (slight), then abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Stopping the med, within 6 weeks all of those problems vanished. I started taking antacids and as you've pointed out, not good either. I'm also trying Bragg ACV as of today, and didn't know how often to take it. Before each meal works for me! Thanks for the great article!

Loren said...

Hi there! Must the ACV be unpastuerized? Or will the pasteurized work anyway? I just bought a whole bottle of it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Has to be unpasteurized. You need the 'matrix,' also called the 'mother'--that cloudy stuff pasteurizing removes. It's worth the extra money, believe me, and you can use the other on salads.

Anonymous said...

I tried ACV yesterday after hearing so many wonderful things. Unfortunately I have had the most painful heartburn that I have ever had both last night and today. I cannot seem to get it to stop now.

Jessica said...

Here is my only issue. I was told - as a pregnant woman -that it's not a good ideal to have anything unpasteurized. Does that mean that this wont' work for me because I have to have pasteurized ACV?

Mark said...

I'm thinking there are two types of Acid Reflux sufferers. There are those who have TOO MUCH acid in their stomach, and there are those who have TOO LITTLE acid in their stomach. I think the best way to identify which type you are is to eat a big meal, and see if it causes indigestion. If you have any signs of indigestion then that probably means you have TOO LITTLE hydrochloric acid in your bowels. I think if you have too little, then ACV (and substances like Apple Cider Vinegar) is perfect for you.

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Anonymous said...

I'm an ACV believer for relieving GERD! I tried all type of RX or OTC medications, It doesn't do any good for me. I even researched for surgery, Thanks for the forum like this that led me to try ACV. However, since I still can't resist those stuff that's could activate GERD such as caffeine, alcohol, etc. I tried to minimize my intake. One cup of coffee, light beer (no strong liquor), and I still keeps on taking notes about what could trigger my GERD. Especially when I'm around with other people coz the worse side effect that I get from GERD was halitosis that kinda made me unsociable for quite a lont time. But not anymore...for now!

Helen said...

What about an over acidic stomach? Can it help that? I don't have GERD but I do have an over production of acid which I take medication for - right now now of it's working.

Helen said...

Opps that second now should read none.

Ruth Almon said...

Hi Helen,
I'm not a doctor so of course I can't tell you what to do. Canventional medicine says GERD is a result of a stomach is too acidic, and therefore the recommendation is to take an antacid.
The alternative viewpoint is that GERD and similar problems are actually caused by too little acid, that's at least one of the reasons why ACV helps.

Your medication and ACV may be working at cross purposes if you take both. You might want to consult with an alternative practitioner near you.

Good luck with whatever path you take!

Barb T said...

Hi Helen, How long does ACV take to start working? I'm using it before meals. I've had GERD for 15 years.

Anonymous said...

Apple cider vinegar has consistently helped my GERD related problems. It is not going to cure the underlying problem, but it will give short term relief and I believe it will aid in the long term healing if the body.

Anonymous said...

I just learned about Braggs last weekend while discussing my incredible heartburn with my brother in law and brother. Describing my symptoms, they both said I probably have acid reflux....need to confirm with dr but I was taking up to 20 tums a day with little relief. Hoping this acv is going to help. BIL recommended I take a tsp a day but I am reading different things here. Any recommendations for a first timer?

Theresa said...

I was told to stop taking ACV by a doctor whom I was going to because GERD was destroying my voice box & esophagus. When I researched ACV, I found that it's the only acidic food that turns alkaline in the body -- not raising the body's pH levels. Then, I read that it was actually a cure for GERD. I knew I had to get off the Prilosec I was taking; that I was told I'd be taking the rest of my life. It even states on the label not to take Prilosec longer than 2 months & I researched to discover it can permanently shut down necessary acid production, permanently. Since my esophagus was so badly damaged, it hurt to drink ANY acidic fluid. I found ACV in pill form & took it. After a while, my heartburn & reflux symptoms went away COMPLETELY. As long as I take it a couple of times a week, I can eat ANYTHING without heartburn or GERD problems, whatsoever!

Side note: While I was waiting for the ACV pills to work, I used super papaya enzymes (chewable & delicious!) to instantly relieve heartburn symptoms.

Theresa said...

Another few things about ACV that I've discovered from my own experiences (along with research)
1. It IS good for hot flashes as well as any overheating problem. The research I did said it helps the body regulate temperature.
2. I was diagnosed with arthritis, bursitis, & chondromalasia (softening of the knee cartilage). I'd wondered why, after starting the ACV, those joint problems stopped. More researching showed it's excellent for the joints -- in amimals, too. I told a friend to put some in her older dog's water to help with hip problems & it worked.
3. I'd seen research that touted it could help clear heart arteries of plaque & used it for the chest pains I'd been having. I don't have them anymore.
4. Using ACV for dandruff is great, too. I wondered if it would help my kitty & a friend's dog that had problems with skin irritations... it did. I researched that, too & found that it can be used straight; but, if there are any open wounds, mix half water/half ACV & spray onto the animal, blotting in with a towel. It can help keep fleas away, too.

I don't have a blog or website; but, I'd be happy to help anyone wanting research done, anytime. I can be reached on Facebook - TreeShot Newman.
Remember: Natural isn't what to look for on labels - SAFE is! =D

Anonymous said...

I have acid reflux and am on meds. It was suggested to try ACV which I'm totally into doing. My question is do I quit taking my meds or slowly wean off them while starting the ACV.
I find I feel so sick when I quit taking the meds.

Anonymous said...

I want to try this cure for my father but i cant find APPLE cider vinegar thats unfiltered. There's cider vinegar available though but will that be ok? Help pls...

Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Mike and I am a recent survivor of Esophageal Cancer. One of the main reasons for my Cancer was acid reflux. If you suffer from presistant heartburn or reflux more then 2 times a week you should get checked right away. Early detection was the key to my recovery. Approximately 15% of the 18,000 people diagnosed in the US this year will not survive 5 years.

Javndam said...

I read about ACV and talked my boyfriend who has been suffering from GERD for about 8 years now into taking it. He has been taking omeprazole and ive been worried about the damage it can cause beeing on a pill. He has been drinkin a glass of water with 1 tablespoon about 3 times a day right before every meal and he says its working for him. Hopefully he can lower the amount per day soon and even if he takes it once a day in the future it's better with ACV then being on a pill. Ill update in a few weeks.

Anonymous said...

While I completely agree... There are 2 things that are contradicting in your summary that im confused about. FIrst, it says the PH of the stomach must be 3 or less. THEN..(WHEN STOMACH PH IS LOW) (isnt it supposed to be 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.

tung nguyen said...

I am confused by that too!

Javndam said...

It's been 3 weeks now and my boyfriend hasn't taken a pill or the ACV. It took 7 days for him to stop taking ACV. He hasn't suffered from heartburn yet.

tung nguyen said...

Do you have to refrigerate acv after opening?

OZO said...

I have suffered from acid reflux for almost two months now. I have taken omeprazole and mesoprozole to no effect. I just found your sight and went straight and bought ACV, I took 2 teaspoon in a cup of water, i wll post you about developements later. But the ACV i bought, they wrote not pasteurised on the bottle, but there is no cloudy stuff on it. Can there be a pasteurised ACV without the cloudy stuff?

Ruth Almon said...

@ Javndam
Great news about your boyfriend!

@ tung nguyen
you don't have to refrigerate the ACV
@Ozo
Some brands are unpasturized, but they filter out the mother. That's not a problem.

About the PH confusion, different parts of the digestive tract are supposed to have different PH levels.

Anonymous said...

hey i just read your link just recently i have been diagnose with GERD but im wondering if ACV will help cause i read nothing wit vinger must not be taken since it has acid by the way im on Alocid n my stomach feel abit upset sometimes

Anonymous said...

I suffered my first ever gallbladder attack last week and after 9 straight hours of unbelievable pain I went to the ER which set me back $900. I read about organic ACV mixed with organic apple juice and bought some. I could feel another attack coming on today and immediately took 1 Tbs of the ACV and 3 TBS of the apple juice and was pain free within 10 minutes. I've tried the OTC prilosec, zantec, prevacid, tums...nothing helped. I am absolutely floored how well this stopped the pain in it's tracks.

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

To anonymous taking alocid,

I'm not a medical professional, so you'll have to decide for yourself if you want to try it.

The idea that GERD is caused by too little acid, rather than too much, goes against conventional wisdom. So sure, if your doctor thinks your problem is that you have to much acid, he or she will tell you to avoid ACV.
If you do decide to try it, report back and let us know if it helped! Good luck!

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Hi Anonymous,
So happy to hear that it helped you with your gallbladder attack!! I keep reading about more and more thing it helps with.

Cristofer Perez said...

I just started taking it and it instantly worked for my hearburn. Ill keep you guys updated on how I feel in about a week of taking it. Thanks for the home remedy recommendation I appreciate it

Cristofer Perez said...

anyone on prevacid or omeperazole should stop and try acv. It really worked for me!

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Hi Cristofer,
So glad it helped!

Cordelia said...

I was put on Prilosec by my doctor about 10 days ago. After a week, it wasn't helping and I kept reading about the possibility of it making GERD worse so I went off of it. I took a Zantac yesterday and today, which helped a little, but started with the bad heartburn tonight after dinner. I just took some ACV and it seems to have helped. Does anyone have an idea as to what the dose should be daily?

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Hi Cordelia,
I don't think there is a proper dose. Start with one teaspoon dilluted in water and see if that does the trick. If you have only partial relief, try gradually upping the dose. You might want 2 glasses with a teaspoon each, rather than one with a larger amount of ACV.

Also, see if improving your diet can reduce GERD.

Annelise Ecklund said...

I've been using ACV for 15 months now and my GERD is completely gone. I would say that for those who have low acid production and choose to try this, be persistent. At first it had its ups and downs but I persevered and it is truly a miracle. My gastroenterologist refuses to believe it and kept pushing Protonix, etc which makes me sicker! My regular MD though has started recommending it to her other patients since she has seen how well it has worked for me. It is so worth it if you stick with it and of course don't push it diet wise.

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Hi Annelise,
So wonderful to hear about your success. Thanks for sharing!

Wayne said...

Hi,

I was literally researching how to naturally control my GERD as I am burping up undigested pieces of food. I could not stop burping and it was really starting to bother me. I took a tablespoon of ACV and it burns a little but I have stopped burping and I feel better after about 30 minutes or so. . I used the regular store brand but I am going to find the Braggs brand tomorrow. I am really hoping that this helps resolve my problem because I am starting to get the GERD cough. I thought it was just a dry throat cause I live in AZ but it happens after I eat and especially when I go to bed. It is starting to disrupt my life. I really have high hopes for this as a solution. I will keep you updated.

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Hi Wayne,
Please do keep us updated. Don't take the ACV straight. Sounds like you took a tablespoon straight. I wouldn't advice doing that. I think it would affect your teeth over time. I always dilute it in a glass of water and drink it with a straw. Much easier on the system, I think.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi!
How long does it take for ACV to work for someone with chronic acid reflux?

Thank you

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