Apple Cider Vinegar For Heartburn Relief
When it comes to apple cider vinegar (ACV) the many uses are both ancient and well known. Due to its powerful properties, apple cider vinegar has been used to whiten teeth, promote healthy hair growth, soothe swelling and inflammation, cleanse skin and remove bad breath (among MANY other things). So, it should be no surprise, that the household staple may provide relief for heartburn sufferers as well.
How It Works
For those who experience acid reflux due to low amounts of stomach acid, ACV can introduce more acid into the digestive tract, in turn, acting as an anti-microbial agent, balancing your stomach pH levels and reducing reflux.
Those very same acidic properties also aid in digestion by breaking down the fats (from those game day wings), preventing heartburn.
A 2015 study also found that raw or unfiltered ACV may prevent heartburn altogether. However, more research is needed to determine whether apple cider vinegar is a consistent and reputable way to treat acid reflux.
How to Use ACV for Heartburn Relief
ACV with Water
Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 8 ounces of water.
Drink before meals or whenever heartburn strikes.
ACV with Baking Soda
When added to baking soda, ACV can help neutralize acid without causing harmful dental sensitivity and eventually enamel erosion.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of ACV in 250 mg of water.
Stir well and drink it 2 to 3 times a day on an empty stomach for at least 5 days for acid reflux relief.