I have had bouts of acid reflux for about 20 years (I am 36 y.o.) Until the last few years, a Tums or Zantac or just time would resolve. I started taking painkillers for severe back pain, including ibuprofen, about 3 yrs ago. I was very careful not to take too much or too many consecutive doses. I'd skip days/wks/even months between doses as much as possible. The most I EVER took was 7 200mg tablets/day and would never do this for more than a couple of days a time. My dr. told me this should not be enough to cause AR, but it did. I treated bouts of AR w/ Nexium and other PPIs. Zantac and over-the-counter meds helped too. The last 9 months have been the worst. Even with no pain meds, no coffee, tea, or other offending foods, it just kept coming back. I took 20, then 40 mg Nexium for 4 months. I even took 40 mg twice a day (double the max dosage, but dr. suggested for short-term) in desperation, I took over-the-counter stuff too. I haven't slept flat for months. I finally discontinued the Nexium when my stools turned light and blood was present. For about 2 weeks, I was controlling AR by sleeping upright and eating much less. I was truly desparate... My mother had mentioned ACV, but I dismissed as crazy - treating acid with more acid!?! In desperation, I searched for info. on the web & how thankful I am!! I have so much to say after only 6 days - AR has made drastic improvement. I have energy like I've never had. My severe allergies are better. I could go on and on. But I really want to help others avoid my initial problems, so here's my advice/experience:
Use baking soda!
Dose #1 - 2 tbsp ACV honey warm water aggravated my AR a lot.
Dose #2 - 2 tbsp ACV 1/4 tsp baking soda water aggravated AR a little & left me nauseous.
Dose #3 - 1 tbsp ACV 1/2 tsp baking soda 7 oz. water, sipping slowly before & after meals (3x/day); 1/4 tsp baking soda in 8 oz. water before bed... This has helped tremendously. If this gives you stomach pain, then try just baking soda (1/4-1/2 tsp in water) with no ACV. Take before meals and bedtime for a few days or so. Gradually add in a little ACV, testing to see if pain results. If no pain, gradually increase ACV. Lastly, decrease baking soda to 1/4 tsp. Note: I'm taking probiotics now because several readers said they got yeast infections from baking soda (& the only yogurt I like is full of artificial sweeteners and sugar).
My husband, who had digestive problems and intermittent IBS, said 1 tbsp ACV 1/2 tsp baking soda gave him a stomach ache, so he's now taking just baking soda first & doing fine (already less gas, indigestion) after 1 day. Also started probiotic.
In retrospect, I'd start with just baking soda for a few days, & then gradually add ACV. Start slowly & don't give up - it's worth it!! What a blessing from God.
Thank you Ted, I had back discomfort for a few years. I bought shoe inserts, heating pads, creams for pain, and a new mattress. Each of these things would help temporarily. I started your ACV/baking soda remedy last night and I slept well. This morning I awoke to very little pain.. it feels like the inflammation is almost gone. Like the other responders said.. I had new energy, better attitude, no yeast itching, and space to fasten my tight jeans. Whatever it is, this is great.
I tried to get some answers about my daughter's recurrent cough and colds and somebody gave me your site so I immediately search it. I don't know how to thank you enough because for almost a month now my kids are taking this apple cider vinegar honey-lemon with baking soda and it's really working. I stopped all medications though her cough and colds are still there because she has allergy, she now sleeps pretty well at night. One thing more, ACV has helped me a lot, I am hypertensive and I was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitis but after almost a month of taking ACV my blood pressure went down to 110/75 and also my amylase result went as high as 133 which is above the normal 40-110 but when I got the result today It went down to 111 which is almost normal already. I will continue taking ACV and will keep you posted. Thank you so much for your wonderful site. I'm praying that more people would find your site and that they will benefit from it. May God continue to shower you with blessings. God bless you and your family.
Hi i am a 22 year old female,I started taking 2 tablespoons of acv mixed with about a quarter of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda mixed in about 8 floz of water (250 mls) for about a week now.I do not suffer from any illnesses so im just taking it for general well being. Verdict: I have a lot more energy and feel less tired towards the end of the day, and I have more regular bowel movements, I have increased saliva production(is this something good?). Also I feel that it has improved my mood as i feel much happier and cheerful now.I don't know maybe its all psychological or maybe its the acv working. I have two questions for anyone who can answer this question (maybe ted from Bangkok can ans this)here in england we only have baking powder or bicarbonate of soda in the supermarket.We don't have anything called baking soda. Could someone please tell me which one i should use? Also I am using aspalls organic cyder vinegar from tescos. Again, I cant find the _______ vinegar with the mother in it. .Is the vinegar I'm using effective as it doesn't contain the 'mother'. and if anyone here knows where I can get hold of some vinegar with the mother in it in london please let me know. Also one unpleasant side effect is that my teeth and tongue feel really funny, like they are coated with something is this normal?your answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated .Thank you.
I take the ACV formula 3 times a day. I take 2 tbs Organic ACV 1/2 tsp Baking soda in 8 oz of water in the morning and evening, at midday I take 1 tbs ACV 1/4 tsp baking soda in 4 oz of water. This has worked GREAT, I sleep better, my allergies have greatly lessened, and I haven't taken my Prilosec otc (omeraprazole) since I started the ACV Baking soda 3 weeks ago. The whole process seems to be getting better as I stick to this daily regimen. I take it for 5 days on and then 2 days off. My first question is what can be done during the 2 days off to help with acid reflux since we are not supposed to take the ACV Baking soda during the off days. Is it just a matter of eating less or certain foods or can we take a little baking soda with a glass of water before a meal during that time? My second question is although my constipation issue is getting better since taking ACV, I have had a little bit of blood from straining? Is there anything I can take to help those blood vessels from bleeding during bowel movements? Thanks, Russell
5 days without Nexium! It's a miracle. Ever since I started taking Nexium about 3 years ago, my acidity and heartburn have gotten to the point where even with the drug I would spend a few nights a month where I couldn't lay down and sleep because the pain was so bad. Then something made me think of searching on "Vinegar Acid Reflux" on the web. Not sure where that thought came from, but it could have changed my life (so far so good at least). I came upon this website and bought some ACV the same day about 3 weeks ago. Although I was hoping it would help me feel less miserable even while on Nexium, I couldn't dare hope I would actually be able to wean off the drug. 5 days ago I decided to try it. Instead of taking Nexium every day, whenever the acidic feeling hits I take the concoction (2 Tbsps of ACV and about 1/8 tsp of Baking soda in half a cup of water) and get immediate relief. Haven't woken up once in the past 5 days in the middle of the night and have slept better than I can remember.
I have two concerns for now:
1. The concoction is not exactly transportable. So what happens when I'm out for dinner or visiting friends and don't have it handy? I'll probably have to rush home.
2. Too much Sodium can be bad for the body, so wondering what the effect of long term use will be since baking soda is being used several times a day every day.
Thank you for your website. I'm hoping someday I will be completely pain free. For now I'm happy that when it hits I have a remedy on hand that isn't causing harm to other parts of my physiology. Let's help get the word out there. I strongly believe the drug companies for their own greed are creating pills for every ailment there is out there with total disregard to long term effects. My experience with Nexium is that I got hooked on it and couldn't not take it because the pain would come back 10 times worse than before I was ever on it. We as a culture need to return to home remedies as much as we can (using drugs only for severe illness) and turn our thumbs down on the greedy pharmaceutical companies.
This cure itself can permanently get rid of so many drugs on the market today. Its unbelievable that this remedy is not spreading like wildfire all over the internet.
I actually came across another website advertising on your website for home cures for acidity and charging for it. So thank you for keeping your website free and honest. It works, the info is free and the ingredients are cheap. Its nothing short of a miracle for me!
About a year ago I started to get sick all the time. I was always nauseas, throwing up, belching, and constipated. Sometimes it would be so hard for me to get up in the morning, and I was tired all day. And all of these symptoms seemed to worsen during my PMS, accompanied by depression. I was finally fed up with all of this, so I began looking for home remedies over the internet about five days ago. I ran into this website and in the last four days I've been taking the ACV remedy with baking soda 3 times a day, and it has made such an amazing difference. I can eat in the morning without feeling nauseas, I have been moving my bowels everyday, and I am higher in spirits. I will update if it makes a difference during PMS. I will recommend this remedy and this website to all of my family and friends. Thank you so much. God Bless, Erica
ACV and Baking soda cures my Nephrotic Syndrome:
I was diagnosed by my doctor with Nephrotic Syndrome disease for 17 yrs. I've been taking prednisone for 2 years and other medication. My NS has never getting better but even worst and my immune system became low, I was even confined in the hospital for Pneumonia. After my confinement in the hospital I decide to stop taking my medication and taking some natural food supplements. Every year I had my physical examination including urine testing and my protein rose to 4+ until I stumble to this site seeking for remedy or even cure to my NS. I read some testimonies I found a cure to my NS the ACV + Baking soda and was very surprised after my Physical exam my protein is normal. Thank GOD that he guides me here in this site I hope that this will help also to people who is suffering NS. More power to this site and God Bless us all.
EC: Read more about NS here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephrotic_syndrome
(Decatur, Al, Usa)
Five years ago I started taking ibeprophen for a serious back problem. About 800mg a day. Three months later I started having pains that started below my breast bone and radiated up my throat, to my back, and up the right hand side of my neck and face. The only thing that stopped the pain was a spoon full of baking soda in an8oz. glass of water. I've tried the purple pill but still am suffering from time to time. I am now going to try the ACV with the Baking soda, before I eat to see if this will be an additional help? I have heard great things about this and at this point willing to try anything to keep from, the burning sensations, not being able to swallow, and throwing up in my sleep. Today I mixed the 1 teaspoon/ACV with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8oz. of water and was able to keep my food down. This is a Miracle!!
(Berrien Springs, Michigan)
I Was so happy to find your website-I was looking for a natural approach to upping my DHEA level as my test results showed very low-As I am 46 and entering into the change of life I was frustrated with my weight gain and came upon the stories of ACV-Well I started to take the 2tbl. ACV to 1/4 tsp of baking soda, with a dash of cayenne and a skirt of lemon in 1/2 cup warm water....what I didn't expect to experience immediately was that the pain associated by my 12 year bout with slipped ribs and vertebrae problems disappeared within 20 minutes-hopefully now my body can heal itself rather than trying to quiet the agonizing heat of inflammation-Alleluia, the journey has just begun, healing is indeed something we can all do for ourselves. I have spread the word and for those of you with daily pain...it is the easiest thing you can do- Thank you so much...p
For several days I was suffering from neck and head pain on the left side. I had pain in my left ear and eye. I tried the heating pad, self massage, and pain pills. Nothing helped. Woke up every morning to headache and pain. I couldn't turn my head without cringing. Finally this morning I took acv with baking soda and grape juice. I felt better almost immediately. My head pain is gone and my neck doesn't hurt. I can turn my head and there isn't any pain! Thank you for this website!
I have been drinking three 20 oz. bottles of water with 1/8 tsp. baking soda and 2 T. ACV a day for a week. No more aches and pains. Haven't had a headache in a week. My hip, knees and shoulders ached daily before the ACV. My energy level is up also. And this isn't organic ACV, just the store brand. Looking for the organic, but having trouble finding any locally. But determined to find. Thanks for this website.
Hello, here I am, and, still PAINFREE. The acv is wonderful, I love the baking soda in it, along with the honey, now using mineral water, no tap water, and it makes my mouth taste so sweet, and I noticed I do not feel that sourness in my tummy after the I drank it, 4 times. My tongue is also nice and naturally red, my lips too. I do not think it is all in my mind at all. Hear this: I wear glasses, bi focals, and I am able to read words now without them. Before I found this site, I could hardly see with the glasses on, and also, my walking balance was so bad, and I was so dizzy. When the pain came on so strong, and all that dizziness and falling, I knew it was time to go do research and get off of that drug for reflux. I had no clue it was going to help my breathing, but it did, so none of that problem either. No, not at all have I had to take any drugs for acid reflux (GERD), because it is not present. I drink it in the morning upon arising, before breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bedtime. My appetite is wonderful. The foods taste so great, I do not have to add spices at all. My stomach is digesting so well, I am eating my meals on time, and getting to bed on time. And, I do not have to baby sit the house anymore in the wee hours of the morning. The swelling is gone in my neck and my tummy. I do not have to take any allergy or cough medicines at all. So, since I feel so great, and am learning now all about natural foods to eat, and also to use as body cleansers and even cleanse around my home, and also, I found out that ants and weevils do not like baking soda, or boric acid, (Borax?) so that is nice to know. I am reading quite a bit on this site and doing my own research now, because now that my body feels great and clean, I do not want to dirty it up with any chemicals that are not natural.
I tried acv and baking soda, my heart was racing, broke out in a sweat, and I was shaky. After 2 sips. I followed directions using less then 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda . Was that too much??? This stuff is powerful!!!
After reading the posts about all the benefits of ACV I finally decided to try it this morning when I got up. I used 2 tsp of the organic ACV with the mother and 1/4 tsp baking soda in about 10 ounces of water. After about 30 minutes, I started burping like crazy off and on for what seemed like an hour. Is this normal? I am wondering if I should omit the baking soda next time. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, I really want to do this for my health. Thanks in advance.