Do you often reach for antacids?
Do you stash bottles of antacids in your car, office and home? Heartburn, like all other health symptoms, is a wise message from your body… and that message is not telling you to take a swig of Milk of Magnesia or pop some pills.
How heartburn works
Both acid blockers and antacids, the common treatments for heartburn, actually perpetuate a vicious cycle of attack on your poor esophageal lining. That’s because heartburn results from too little stomach acid, not too much.
Stress and poor diet reduce gastric juices instead of increasing gastric juice. That is one reason why we see skyrocketing numbers of heartburn sufferers in our stressed and unhealthy world. This low stomach acid not only leads to heartburn but also bloating, hormone problems, peeling nails, thinning hair, gas, constipation and more. Why? Because we cannot access the nutrients in our meals without adequate acid to break down our food.
Heartburn results when we lack stomach acid. It’s the stomach acid that signals the valve at the top of our stomach to close tightly. With low levels of acid, or when we overeat, that valve can leak contents of our into our esophagus.
Acid reducers and acid blockers work by lowering our stomach acid. Over-the-counter options cancel out the acid already in the stomach, while prescription drugs prevent our stomach from producing acid. This reduces the sensation of heartburn by making the stomach contents more alkaline, but it doesn’t prevent the stomach contents from leaking into the esophagus.
When we have adequate stomach acid, the valve at the top of the stomach is signaled to close tightly, preventing the acidic contents from leaking into the esophagus. This heartburn remedy helps signal the stomach to close this valve.
How this heartburn remedy works
This effective and natural heartburn remedy works the opposite way of Tums or Gaviscon or [insert heartburn medication of your choice here]. It makes the stomach more acidic, not less acid. This signals the valve at the top of the stomach to close and the valve at the bottom of the stomach to open – so food goes down, not up.
All Natural Heartburn Relief Recipe
2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 – 1/2 cup water
Mix together and drink at the first sign of heartburn. You can continue to take this every 5-10 minutes until you have relief, but one serving usually takes action within just three minutes. If it tastes too sour for you, add a teaspoon of raw honey or reduce the vinegar to 1 tsp. Otherwise, just gulp it down.
For best results, take this with every meal and between every meal to help prevent heartburn.
Long-term heartburn healing
This remedy is a safe, quick fix for the symptom of heartburn. To address the root cause of heartburn, please see my post 8 Ways to Heal Low Stomach Acid Naturally.
Do you struggle with heartburn? Have you tried this natural heartburn remedy before?
No! This is the wrong dilution amount. The amount of ACV that gets to your stomach is great and it does help with heartburn, but traveling down there is the problem! you need more than 1/4-1/2 cup of water – you need at LEAST a cup per 2 tsp of ACV. A family friend found out the hard way; she is a dietitian and used to swear by the amounts listed in this article, but now she has permanently lost her voice. It always sounds raspy, as if she is very sick or is about to really lose it for good, and it’s because of the amount of ACV she consumed without enough water. She warned me to change the amount of water I drank ACV with before it became too late for me. 2 tsp per 1 CUP of water, not 2 tsp per 1/4-1/2 cup.
good for you to giver an update to this recipe…but you would think that the owner of this pag would change it after 2 years…I obly scrolled down by accident else I would have missed the important update…thank you
I’ve suffered from GERD for most of my life. When I departed from traditional meds like PPIs, apple cider vinegar was one of the first remedies I tried. It did help and set me on a much healthier path.
Amazing post of natural heartburn remedies. To cure heart burn problem use Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance. A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate, or teaspoon-full to be exact, can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. To know more useful remedies click http://homeremediez.com/
***WARNING*** Please do not try this! Yes, baking soda is basic, and if you add it to the acid in your stomach you will create an ACID-BASE reaction! Remember the volcano experiment in school? Try this if you’d like your stomach to be the volcano.
Furthermore, even if diluted this will exacerbate any acid-reflux problems. The OP is correct- heart burn is actually a symptom of too low stomach acidity. Adding any form of antacid may provide temporary relief of symptoms but it will compound the root cause of the problem.
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I don’t suffer with this as I use to however when I do I use 1-2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and it does the trick for me ALL THE TIME.
>That’s because heartburn results from too little stomach acid, not too much.
Well… geez, that’s awfully counter-intuitive isn’t it? And to make things worse, they sell us antacids, even though it’s exactly what we don’t need. Kinda feels like I’ve been getting scammed this whole time.
Ya think about it a pot cooking on the stove. If there’s not enough liquid then it splatters but if you add a bit more then the splattering goes away
I never read what to do naturally if you are the rare person who actually DOES have too much stomach acid. Every acidic cure I’ve tried, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice etc made it worse. I believe my esophageal valve is messed up from my last pregnancy. So, other than surgery, which rarely works, what would naturally keep the acid out of the esophagus?
thanks for sharing! ACV rreally works