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apple cider vinegar?

Anyone else ever tried that for acid reflux? I stumbled upon this home remedy online last night and gave it a try today. Some people swear by it, some say it doesn't do anything but taste bad. I agree with the tasting bad, but it sure seems to have helped. All I did was put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water and drink as much of it as I could stand. It could just be coincidence that my stomach feels better, though, so I'll have to see how it it does over the next few days. If this actually works, I'll be shocked. And happy.


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Mar. 7th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
never heard of it but now I'll certainly be trying it.

Also, whenever you can, chopped real peppers, green , red, etc, jalapeno, you eat them in your food and it forces your stomach to build up a resistance to various things after a couple months. At least that's what my doc said. Hasn't worked yet though.
Mar. 8th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
A fellow refluxer? Sucks when it gets bad, doesn't it? Mine can be fine one day and crazy the next, but it's no big deal unless it gets stuck that way for a while.

I hate peppers, so attempting to eat them with enough frequency that they could even have a chance to work is very unlikely for me. I'm game to keep up this apple cider vinegar thing for several days, though. Sometimes those wacky old time remedies actually work. I'll keep you posted.
Mar. 7th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
LOL ...

there is alot of weird stuff out there.

Once I had an ear ache and my grandmother stuck a rolled newspaper in my ear and lit the top edge on fire ...

was there a freak out ... yes

did it work ... yes

So there is defently things out there that take a step back and go What?

but they work
Mar. 8th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
Okay that one sounds less like a home remedy and more like a plot to scare the shit out of you! LOL.
Mar. 8th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
It's actually an old South Texas/ Tejano remeady for ear infections and aches ... It makes you feel like you're being interigated by the KGB, but I swear by it ;)

Mar. 9th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Lit newspaper in your ear?
I'll bet you never complained to your grandmother about an ear-ache (or anything else) again, didja?
Mar. 9th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: Lit newspaper in your ear?
on the contrary it works like a charm ...

plus you get use to the flame.

I think there is a misconception here ... the part you stick in your ear is not on fire, it's the otherside of the funnel that is on fire.
Mar. 9th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Re: Lit newspaper in your ear?
It's just a really fun visual to imagine a paper torch in your ear!
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: Lit newspaper in your ear?
So... what gives the theraputic effect?
The draft sucking air out of your ear?
Newspaper absorbing the pus?
Attention of a loved one?

Inquiring minds want to know...
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Lit newspaper in your ear?
expands the inside of the ear

warmth is soothing ...

LOL what can I say tejano people have strange solutions to biting questions.

(you thinks that's weird, wait until they think someone has given you the evil eye.)
Mar. 9th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Drink acid to cure acid reflux? Now THAT's crazy!
Vinegar is acetic acid, plus natural flavorings and water.

If the problem is hydrochloric acid from your stomach escaping upward, eroding the lining of your esophagus, it seems counter-intuitive to drink another acid, further lowering the pH.

Prilosec OTC works best for me.

Acid reflux is nothing to fool around with. My dentist identified mine when my back teeth started eroding.

This is something you should discuss with your doctor.

When I first started experiencing acid reflux, it was cured by accident when I took antibiotics for a sinus infection. It must have been a little bacterial infection making a little ulcer down there.
When it came back later, it was more stubborn, and required Prilosec (which BTW interferes with Calcium absorbtion, or so I hear), to heal.

Some folks get relief from Pepcid, which is actually a kind of antihistamine that prevents food allergies from stimulating excess acid production.

Wierd things can happen if you let these things persist, but its hard to determine causality. I developed an allergy to cow protein. Small amounts of milk, or cream cheese, or ice cream, or a hamburger, first caused me NASTY acid reflux, and eventually respiratory and lower GI allergies. If you have an ulcer, it allows your food to come into closer contact with your immune system, which can cause new food allergies to develop, as I understand it.

Prilosec is great stuff, and it's supposed to be used for limited periods, to let your ulcers heal. After 14 days, you stop, and if the symptoms come back, you're suppose to consult a doctor, because your problem might be something serious, like cancer, which WON'T heal by simply reducing the acid for a few weeks.

So MY doctor says, "Ah, just keep taking the Prilosec". I guess he doesn't want me to get scoped, any more than I want to experience it.

I've SEEN Alien. They're NOT sticking that thing down MY throat...

And Trystan: I eat peppers all the time: green, red, orange, yellow, jalapeno, AND the red ones in Chinese food. Raw or cooked, I never noticed any harm or benefit, but some folks can't eat them. OTOH, tomatoes and tomato sauce (more acid) are definitely NOT friends to MY stomach.
Other advice I have received:
Eat smaller meals.
Lose weight.
Stay upright until your stomach empties.
Eat earlier, so your stomach has emptied before you go to bed.
Coffee, chocolate and peppermint are irritants; avoid them.
Mar. 9th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
I've never been scoped, but I've had a few upper GIs over the years. I had an ulcer many years ago, but since then it's not been anything but acid reflux. I've tried Prilosec before and it did nothing for me. Maybe if I used it when my stomach wasn't bad, it would help preventatively, but it didn't relieve symptoms for me. My tummy issues come and go so occasional Tums usually takes care of me. When it gets bad, I add Tagamet into the mix.

It's completely illogical for vinegar to help, I know. The explanations I read basically said that sometimes the stomach overcompensates for an under production of acid and that's how you end up with too much. By adding some with the apple cidar vinegar (which, according to the internet, can cure... pretty much everything), the stomach stops ramping up production. And since the vinegar moves through quickly, it's not going to be a cause of trouble itself. It's all anecdotal, of course, but it's not going to hurt me to drink a tablespoon of it a day for a week. My stomach certainly hasn't gotten worse.

Glad you mentioned teeth because I'd forgotten that I should be drinking this through a straw. I don't think it much matters unless you drink it long term or in larger quantities (or undiluted), but in the long term, apple cigar vinegar will ruin teeth enamel as much as stomach acid can. I've only had a few cavities, but they're all on the sides of my very back teeth. I suspect its from acid reflux.
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Prilosec takes a day or so, roughly, to drop acid levels by inhibiting the proton pumps. For immediate relief, you're right, Tums or some other antacid works fast on the acid that's already there.
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