Ugh, my heartburn. It’s always been bad, long before this pregnancy, but it’s getting worse… The medication I’ve been on for years just doesn’t seem to be controlling it now, so in my quest to find relief I may need to resort to other methods.
Several friends/fellow bloggers have suggested I try apple cider vinegar. I’ve been reluctant so far though, for several reasons. The last time my gastroenterologist scoped my esophagus, stomach, etc., he stressed treating heartburn with medications meant to suppress acid, for the sole purpose of preventing internal damage. See, I understand that acid reducers, like Tums, don’t solve the problem, they are quick fixes rather, but they prevent damage which can lead to cancer and even death.
Last night when I got into bed I complained to Eric of my heartburn. (Somehow complaining does make me feel better!) Anyway, I asked him what he thought of trying apple cider vinegar and his first response was, “Hum, more acid to cause more damage doesn’t sound like a good idea.” Curious though, I performed a very quick Google search and came across this article. Now keep in mind my search was quick and I did not verify any sources of information…
The site is basically saying that the medical field has acid reflux all wrong, that those with such issues are actually suffering from not enough acid in their stomach. The article states that, “…when the stomach is lacking in acid, it must churn violently to make the best use of its limited acid. This in-turn causes pressure and back flows of the existing acid.”
Um, really, cause I feel like I have plenty of acid! In fact, I happen to know my true issue, from the scopes performed, is that my lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is supposed to close once food passes, doesn’t always, thus allowing acid to creep back up. So in my case, adding more acid doesn’t seem logical.
Before I completely dis this suggestion from so many though, I’m going to try it tonight, assuming I’ll have heartburn, which is 99.9% likely. The article suggests a “tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and chase it with a glass of water.”
I’ll report back with my findings, but in the meantime, has anyone tried this, and if so, what was your experience?