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Apple Cider Vinegar   24  0   

Posted by Sherri (Lafayette, NJ) on 07/31/2007

[YEA]  Hi! My daughter has had stomach pains/problems all her life. After CT scans, lots of x-rays, lots of meds (one with a possible side effect being death!, etc.) and no answers, I decided to try to find something natural to help her. I had given her acv before and didn't notice a difference and had given her baking soda without a difference but, after finding this site and putting them together, she has instant relief every time she takes it. I know she has acid reflux sometimes and this stops it right away. She still feels sick at some point every day (usually at night) and this makes her feel better. I can't say that it's been a complete cure for her since she still feels a little bad every day but, it has been such a wonderful blessing to be able to give her this to relieve her pain instead of having to tell her to try to fall asleep so she won't feel bad anymore!! As I type this I realize that even though she is a little sick every day, it's not anywhere near as bad as it was!! Oh, she is 9 now and we've been doing this for about 3 months. Thank you for posting this info. I mention this link to people with health questions often!

Replied by Amy
Marietta, Georgia
My daughter has frequent stomach aches. Can you tell me how much baking soda and ACV you use per day and how you mix it?
Thank you!
Replied by Marci
Star City, Indiana
Have you tried probiotics for your daughter's stomach pains?
Replied by Sherri
Lafayette, NJ
To Amy from Marietta -- I was giving her 1/4 t. baking soda, 1 T acv and about 4 oz. water and usually just gave once a day before bed. Now I'm reading that the baking soda isn't really recommended so, will probably try just the acv and water. (she's never had any problems that I know of from the baking soda so I'll still use it if the acv alone doesn't help.)

I'm a big fan of probiotics but, have never seen any visible results. We still use them occasionally and drink kefir fairly often because I'm sure it's doing something good even if we don't notice it.

I hope you find something to help your daughter feel better.

Replied by Sherri
Lafayette, NJ
I have to correct that! I used 1/8 t. baking soda, 1 T acv and about 4 oz. of water. Sorry!
Replied by Cher
Trenton, MI
Apple cider Vinegar in it organic form (meaning: not distilled) is the best for many ailments! I wouldn't be in the house without it. Also, baking soda mixed with water helps to restore the PH levels in your body, back to normal. I believe both are good for you.
Replied by Bethany
Ann Arbor, MI
ACV may help relieve stomach symptoms. It sounds great. But if your daughter gets a stomach ache every day, I recommond looking up the symptoms of gluten intolerance. She may need to go gluten free.
Replied by Catlin
Austin, TX
I'll be your daughter loves pizza. Well, wheat and milk could be your daughter's problem. I agree with the other responder, check for wheat intolerance. Also check MILK intolerance. Usually these two go hand in hand. I had stomach aches all my life since I was in the 7th grade. I thought everyone had them; I was wrong. I did my research when an adult and learned that I have a wheat and milk intolerance/allergy. I am actually allergic to their proteins. I would look at eliminating all wheat (all grains) and milk from your daughters's diet and stick with fruit, veggies, potatoes, rice, meat. (I couldn't even tolerate oatmeal which I loved but always got stomach aches afterward.) After a few weeks, introduce one item at a time and see if she gets stomach aches. (It took me a year before I could introduce grains and milk safely and I get them again as soon as I go crazy on these foods that are bad for me.) I hope this helps.
Replied by Niyana
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Try to eliminate all the food containing YEAST. Helped me a lot, after years of nausea. Check labels. You will be surprised to find how many foods contain it. Good luck!
Replied by Lili
Las Cruces, Nm
I agree that if your daughter has constant pains it could be an allergy. My daughter is 4 yrs old for the past year or more she had pain almost every day. She was tested for gluten and other things. Results were she was gluten intolerant and has a mild allergy to egg whites. Her pain has gone away since I took away eggs and food containing gluten. Hope this helps.
Replied by Jessie
New York City, New York
Regarding gluten allergies or those of you with chronic stomach issues. PLEASE READ! Very important!

Ask your doctor for a Celiac's panel as the official term for gluten allergy is Celiac's disease. It's a blood test but you have to have been eating a gluten FULL diet for the test to be accurate. And if you have Celiac's you have to COMPLETELY cut out all gluten for good!

My husband's grandfather has stomach cancer from not avoiding gluten despite his allergy. He didn't find out he had a gluten allergy til after he was diagnosed with cancer. After researching, I found numerous studies on this. Most prominently, an 11 year study that followed 1, 982 patients from 20 G. I centers in Germany diagnosed with Celiacs Disease. Those who did not follow a gluten free diet had a 200 times greater chance of gastrointestinal cancers and lymphoma than those who followed a gluten free diet. The chances increased with age.

In europe, 1 in 300 are diagnosed with a gluten allergy (aka Celiacs Disease) and in Italy, all children are required to be screened for it automatically as toddlers. In the U.S. only 1 in 3000 are diagnosed SIMPLY because we don't screen for it or recognize it as a possible cause for chronic stomach issues. And since it's hereditary and you don't always present symptoms, if a family member tests positive, have ALL family members tested. My husband's 76 year old Grandfather (with stomach cancer)had 2 siblings who died from stomach cancer. They figured it was the cancer that was hereditary. No. It was the gluten allergy that was. I also know that one of my Dr's medical assistants (was in her 60's) recently died 3 months after being diagnosed with lymphoma. During her autopsy they discovered she had a gluten allergy she never knew about. It's clinically proven that Lymphoma is one of the cancers caused by eating gluten when you're allergic to it. Put your health in good hands... Your own. Get tested!

Replied by Delaney
Olympia, Wa
Thanks for this post! I've had a lot of stomach noises lately, among other ailments including headaches. It appears ACV is good just about everything, so I mixed 1/2 TBSP in 6oz of water and just took a few sips. The stomach noises stopped right away, but I kept clearing my throat all night, got horrible heartburn and woke up with my stomach burning like crazy. I'm going to see my doctor today, so I'll ask him to do a celiac panel. My Mom died of lymphoma - B cell, when she was 84. She didn't have stomach issues until a few months before passing. She started getting sick in Oct and passed 3 mo later. Any ideas to help the stomach burning?

I personally say nay on ACV, due to my reaction, but I'm a redhead and hypersensitive to everything! A doctor once told me I'm just one big recessive gene:-)

Replied by Bb
Austin Tx
I had stomach problems, not anymore. I bought 1000 empty gel caps on line and started filling them with Turmeric. I took 1 a day for a week. I stopped taking them and my stomach (mostly nausea and gas) were gone. I take one a week now for maintenance. Also Turmeric is a good natural antibiotic! Good luck to you and your daughter!

Posted by Dan (New York, New York) on 06/25/2007

[YEA]  I got a really bad cold a few days ago, and I could hardly stand not being able to breathe through my nose. Not only that, but the coughing, especially on the second and third days, was unbelievable. Finally my dad told me that he couldn't listen to my cough any more, but I didn't want to take any drugs/medicine. I found this site on Google and, of course, the first thing I saw was to drink Apple Cider Vinegar. I finally found some in the back of a cabinet and put some in a glass with honey. In less than ten minutes my cough had subsided to barely a tickle every five minutes and my nose cleared up so fast I could actually feel it loosening up. Not only that, but ACV also reduced the weird ringing in my ears and helped my upset stomach. I'm not saying that my cold is completely gone, but I'm easily 99% better than I have been in the last month. ACV is definitely the only thing for any kind of illness.

Posted by Vickie (Victorville, CA) on 06/04/2007

[YEA]  I occasionally have bad stomach aches. They are so painful I was desperate for a cure. Over the counter remedies didn't help. In fact they seem to make it worse. I finally decided to get on the internet and I came across this site. I read abou the apple cider vinegar cure and it didn't sound right at first. It made my stomach ache more as I thought about trying it but at that point I couldn't afford to leave any possibility unturned. I tried it and my relief was almost immediate! ... If only the answers to all problems could be this easy! Thanks!

Posted by Debbie (Leamington, Ontario, Canada) on 04/19/2007

[YEA]  Hi, My father-in-law has been suffering from serious stomach problems for as long as I can remember. He took prescriptions that were very strong and costly. He just didn't think their was anything left to try. I suggested he try apple cider vinegar capsules according to directions on the container. A while later he is raving about how well he feels and how all of his prescriptions for various health problems are put aside. I urge people with stomach, intestinal and high blood pressure problems to try acv, they won't regret it. God bless.

Posted by Lisha (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 12/09/2006

[YEA]  Every 2 days I would get these painful stomach aches that would last to the next day. I went to my doctor and he prescribed something, but it didn't help. So I tried the vinegar, and in a week I felt so much better like I felt before my stomach aches. So I want to say with tears, thank you so much. Bless this site.

Posted by Diana (Bemidji, MN) on 11/17/2006

[YEA]  For over a year my medical doctors have been unable to find a cause or treatment for my severe abdominal pain that had caused me to be unable to work full-time. They then labeled my problem "anxiety." I finally ran into the idea of hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) and the use of apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes. WOW! I had almost immediate relief! I even love the taste of the vinegar undiluted. I work for a medical clinic and am extremely disappointed in doctors' lack of knowledge in natural remedies and their insistence on labeling me as having stomach pain as a result of anxiety. I'm glad I accidentally came across this remedy. It has saved my life, in my opinion.

Replied by Natalie
Centereach, Ny
hi there

did you have any reflux or had an endiscopy done. i was diagnosed with a small hiatel hernia and some acid reflux. nut the thing is i didnt have these pains till i started taking the ppis, prilosec. protonics, nexium, zantac. only in four months. but i stopped takiing the ppis. cause i was getting bad side effects from all of them i have been off it a month. i feel like my stomach is going crazy but i have this pain in my abdoman left side a little underneath my breast. im getting an mri done this monday to rule out pancreas. what i want to know is how you felt after you took the vinager????

Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Alabama
I was in the hospital for 4 days with severe stomach pain under my left breast behind rib cage with burning sensation & bloated stomach worst pain I have ever experienced & they did upper gi and the only thing I was told I had was Gastritis. They put me on Prilosec prescription & at first it helped & alot of air was released out of my stomach almost immediately and it got better but today is 5 days on meds and it stopped working now, so I am back to square one & hurting again. I was told I had high stomach acid in hospital, but now wonder if I still do after taking prilosec, since it stopped working. I know I don't have colitis I don't have any symptoms pointing that direction. I have tried taking apple cider vinegar and its not helping either. I wish everyone luck here & I hope my pain goes away. I am open to any suggestions? Thank you!
Replied by Deborah R
La Porte, Texas
Have you tried two tsp of ACV with 1/2 tsp of baking soda? I've been taking this for about a month and it has made a huge difference in my digestive tract!
Replied by Brijorg
New Haven, Ct
Pamm from Birmingham, I think what you want to use is manuka honey. This stuff worked like a miracle for my reflux and is supposed to cure about any GI tract issue.

The way I did it was to apply 1 Teaspoon of the honey to a 1"x1" piece of rice bread, chew well and swallow 20 minutes before eating. The bread will prevent the honey from being absorbed into bloodstream too quickly, will coat the esophagus and GI tract to help protect it from the acid and begin healing. It is supposed to take up to 3-6 months to heal completely, but you can feel it begin to work almost immediately.

My friend thought I was nuts for not wanting to keep using the pills which gave relief (but suppressing symptoms not dealing with the problem) but then led me to eat/drink things I should have been avoiding (drinks with acid, dairy, etc) until balance is restored. I felt 80% better in just 2-3 days. Please, please, please try the manuka, it saved my life.

Replied by Artasian
Seattle, Wa
If despite medical help & Apple Cider Vinegar one doesn't find relief for excessive stomach acid... I found a highly effective ancient yoga procedure which is supposed to work miracles. It's highly effective if done a couple of times a week till u taper it off to once or twice a month. The procedure is very simple and in India one calls it " Kunjal". Any good yoga teacher can teach u the simple technique which is quite simply a warm water stomach wash. Great for ppl who suffer from excess acidity & general detox plus what better than the joys of no side effects!!
Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Al
Brijorg, I just now seen your reply, I wish Earth Clinic sent emails to show people who replies to your post, however I am getting the stuff you said to get for your stomach today. Can I order it online? I am experiencing the tightness in stomach & lots of pressure, can't handle it anymore it keeps me up at night. They said Gastritis but Prilosec does not work anymore. I will try your remedy thank you so much!!

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Replied by Nuamah
Tema, Tema, ghana
I used to have stomach upset. I can hear a lot of noise and pains in the left side of my stomach. What is that?

Posted by Diana (Bemidji, MN) on 11/17/2006

[YEA]  For over a year my medical doctors have been unable to find a cause or treatment for my severe abdominal pain that had caused me to be unable to work full-time. They then labeled my problem "anxiety." I finally ran into the idea of hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) and the use of apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes. WOW! I had almost immediate relief! I even love the taste of the vinegar undiluted. I work for a medical clinic and am extremely disappointed in doctors' lack of knowledge in natural remedies and their insistence on labeling me as having stomach pain as a result of anxiety. I'm glad I accidentally came across this remedy. It has saved my life, in my opinion.

Posted by Rhonald on 06/02/2006

[YEA]  Upset Stomach, Digestive ills -- I keep ACV on hand. In addition, it keeps your body pH acid level in check. I use it anytime I feel sick...which is usually in a moving car with people who are heavy on the pedals..UGGHHH, a horrible feeling. I also drink a bit in a little bit of water before a meal and digestion is greatly improved. Usually, my day is so hectic, at dinnertime if I am still wound, this helps greatly. My brother has terrible allergies and is drinking a bit each day...he says his problems are 80% better. In general it makes a tasty "cocktail" Some spring water, a bit of mineral water, some vinegar, and organic honey, or maple syrup..chill and UUMMMMMM.....UMMMMMMM...Delicious!

Posted by Connie (Houston, TX) on 05/31/2006

[YEA]  I had a stomach ailment since I was around fourteen. Not sure what it was, but found out that my sister, mother and I all shared the same symptoms. So, I thought it was a family issue. Since my teenage years I was not able to drink water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, nor have rice and water together. If I tried, would feel so ill that I would have to lie down for 20 to 30 min. Nor would my sister and I drink and eat rice together. Even though, I tested the theory over the years, same results. In February of 2006, I was introduced to ACV by a friend. I tried it. Immediately it got rid of indigestion. After the third day of ACV, with much anticipation, I tried a glass of water with my husband by my side. Wow! no discomfort after 23 years. I can't begin to explain how I felt. Now feeling triumph, the next day, I had a glass of water and bowl of rice. I was willing to bare the pain in hopes of a victory. It worked. No discomfort, no curling up in the bed from stomach pains and no more hesitation of drinking a glass of water in the morning. I have now been drinking water every morning (on an empty stomach) since that beautiful day in February. Thanks ACV. After 23 years, I now can have a glass of water first thing in the morning.

Posted by Adrienne (Chicago, IL) on 02/09/2006

[YEA]  I got food poisoning on Feb.4th.. I saw this suggestion this morning. I immediately tried the ACV.. Another testament to this product. It took about two hours or so to start working. My abdominal pains seemed to be shifting from all around. I realized that the pain had subsided and has now left.. thank-goodness for this site and this suggestion. I feel much better.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
Also if you don't have the ACV you can just drink the water 1/2 hour before eating prepares the body to pour on the acid that breaks down the food, and add a bit of salt to your diet and get similar results... Read the book Your body's many cries for water by Dr. Batmanghelidj.

For gallbladder issues and problems digesting fats, use betafood. For liver issues use coconut oil in your diet. Add magnesium to your diet for muscle health that affects digestion and elimination and add probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses   1  0   

Posted by Renee (Seattle, WA) on 07/04/2009

[YEA]  My 11 year old daughter had a severe stomachache the other day that brought her to tears. She has suffered from these from time to time and I suspect it might be gall stones or constipation due to poor eating habits. Too much sugar and refined flour (lots of junk foods). It is tough trying to get her to eat better. Anyway, the pain was so bad she could hardly speak. (She's pretty talkative, so you know she was really hurting!) Anyway, I remembered that ACV worked pretty well for my mom's gall bladder attacks (that's another cure story). So I mixed about 2 tbs of ACV with 1 Tbs of Black Strap molasses for sweeter taste in a glass of about 16oz of water. These are approx measurements, I don't use measuring spoons etc, I just eyeball it. So I gave this to my daughter and had her drink it, She thought it was tasted bad and gagged a little at first, but I forced her to drink it. She complained the whole time, but this was an indication that it was working. She was able to talk well enough to complain! Within about 10 minutes, she was singing and talking again and had forgotten that her stomach was hurting. She had only drank about a quarter of the glass full. She was drinking it very slow because she thought it tasted bad. I kept reminding her that her stomach was feeling better because of the drink so she continued to finish the drink. Very fast acting!!

Apple Juice   1  0   

Posted by Cherry B (Flint, Mi) on 09/13/2009

[YEA]  Apple Juice for Stomach Ache:

One day after having dinner, my stomach began to ache. I usually keep some form of antacid in my fridge, it seems to taste better cold. Anyway when I opened the fridge, I realized we had used it all. I didn't know what to do. I was in excruciating pain, by now. I looked around, and there was some apple juice on the shelf, so I decided to drink some, thinking "doctor's tell you to give it to babies and childrem when they have colic, so I thought, what the heck, maybe it'll give me some relief. Sure nuff, I drank about a half-a-glass, and "bingo" immediately the pain went away. Just today I ate some spicey food and it caused me to have sharp stomach (gas) pains, I drank some "warm" apple juice - no more pain. I wouldn't be caught without it in my home.

Avoid Ibuprofen   1  0   

Posted by Lorraine (Half Moon Bay, CA) on 10/06/2006

[YEA]  I had a "frozen shoulder" and the physical therapy was a bit painful. I was told by the physical therapist, and previously by a chiropractor, that Advil was beneficial to help the inflammation. The chiropractor said that 2400 mg daily was okay, and I got into the habit of taking it 3 pills at a time. One day I started having lingering abdominal cramps and heartburn. I went to a doctor and he said there was a sore on my larynx that looked to be from stomach acid. he put me on Nexium and told me to stop taking Advil. He also gave me a list of foods not to eat (tomato, chocolate etc.) My symptoms got better on this program, but my stomach still seems more sensitive than it used to be.

Avoid Sugarless Gum   1  0   

Posted by Erin (Weymouth, MA)

[YEA]  I used to chew sugarless gum as a substitute to smoking cigarettes and snacking. I discovered I would get sharp pains in my stomach shortly thereafter. I wonder now if this is connected to my acid reflux.

Replied by Andrea
Parkwood Gold Coasgt, Qld. Australia
In answer to erin's question as to whether chewing gum has contributed to her acid reflux problems, unfortunately, the answer is yes. Continual chewing of gum causes the stomach to release enzymes in anticipation of receiving food as chewing stimulates the saliva glands. When there is no food forthcoming the enzymes are not utilised, and the continual signal evenutally depletes our enzyme supply. As we get older this becomes even more of a problem as we biologically produce less enzymes with age. Lack of digestive enzymes is an integral part of the digestive process as digestion starts in the mouth, these enzymes also stimulate hydrachloric acid in the lower gut to complete the digestive process. Chewing gum in all forms but especially so called"sugar free" should be avoided at all costs as they provide nothing of benefit and cause major problems down the track. Any one who chews a lot of gum should take digestive enzymes with their meals to avoid the inevitable reflux problems that are waiting to manifest.
Replied by Sandy
Berlin, Nj Usa
The sweetner in the sugar free gum is the problem. Bloating and diarrhea are the two main gastrointestinal side effects of xylitol. It is absorbed incompletely from the intestine by passive diffusion and an excessive load, over a person's laxation threshold can cause diarrhea. However, regular consumption can increase one's laxation threshold, meaning that the body adapts to higher dosages. Also, as we mentioned it is incompletely absorbed, unabsorbed quantities are fermented by the intestinal flora which can cause abdominal gas and bloating.

Baking Soda   3  0   

Posted by Kelly (Farmersville, California) on 06/17/2009

[YEA]  Baking Soda As Stomach Ache Remedy: About two years ago, a bunch of us went out to dinner, and I ended up eating too much. My stomach began to hurt and I immediately regretted eating the way I did. Afterwards, we all went to my cousin's house to watch the fights on TV. My stomach was killing me the whole time we were there. I tried walking around a bit, but it did nothing to help the problem. My cousin knew exactly what to do about this problem and mixed some baking soda in a glass of water. He told me to drink it down quickly. I drank about half of it and my stomach immedatley rebelled. I, honest to God, thought I was going to hurl! I managed to swallow the rest of the mixture, and before long, my stomach ache was gone. When we got home, I lay down on the couch, and when I got up, I felt much better. Baking soda tastes pretty nasty, but this remedy definitely helped me get over one killer of a stomach ache.

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