Acid reflux or GERD is a health condition which, though not life threatening, can severely restrict your lifestyle options. However, apart from being very uncomfortable, if left untreated it can lead ulcers and even esophagus cancer.
Acid reflux condition happens when the esophagus opening which is supposed to close after the food is transferred into the stomach opens involuntarily and allows the stomach acid to flow back upwards. This leads to tremendous discomfort due to irritation and intense burning of the esophageal lining. While an occasional bout of acidity is acceptable, regular recurrences are a cause for worry.
Most people opt to use antacids to counter acidity attacks but these provide temporary alleviation and the best way is to make changes that can provide lasting relief. People using antacids claim that after the dosage wears off, there is a surge in the acid production which leads to even more heartburn. Another issue is that it may not be excess stomach acid which is responsible for this condition because as we age there is a reduction in the production of stomach acid and antacids actually make things worse.
Acid reflux can be said to be caused by the involuntary relaxing of the esophagus muscles and not necessarily excess stomach acid. Studies have shown that certain life style changes which involve additions and elimination of certain foods, avoiding activities like laying down after meals and adding a regular exercise regimen can help with keeping your acid reflux health condition in control. Another way to avoid
The foods to avoid vary but the usual culprits are coffee, sodas, chocolates and spicy foods. It is also suggested to reduce your intake of alcohol and to also quite smoking because these are some additional triggers for heartburn. In fact, smokers have a high ratio of acid reflux disorder.
There are certain home remedies that can help and on of them is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is touted to be the miracle remedy for a host of health conditions ranging from allergies, acne, sinus infections and high cholesterol to controlling candida, CFS, sore throats, gout and arthritis pain. Followers of this remedy swear by its effect, and say it works extremely well for acid reflux too.
Since it is a natural cure, there is no reason why you should not try it out. Of course if you do suffer from frequent acid reflux attacks, it is always better to consult your physician before you decide to try this remedy.
The recommended dose is 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar to be added to water three times a day. Some people add honey to dilute the taste, whereas there are others who can tolerate the taste by adding the ACV to fruit juice. Whatever the method used for consumption, ACV is said to help with discomfort of acidity symptoms. You may want to increase (or reduce) the number of times you have this mixture daily, depending on how your body handles it. The results differ; some people need to try it for a few days to see any possible changes while others can see a difference immediately.
The apple cider vinegar should preferably be raw and unfiltered (containing the mother) so that it delivers maximum benefits.