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Got Heartburn? Apple Cider Vinegar May Help.

When you have chronic heartburn or GERD, one of the first things your doctor will do is put you on a proton-pump inhibitor – or PPI. These medications “work” by reducing the amount of stomach acid you produce, which effectively solves the problem of acid reflux right?

Ehhh, maybe not. Although it seems counter-intuitive, in the majority of cases, acid reflux is caused by too LITTLE stomach acid, not too much. So when you already have too little stomach acid and then go on a PPI that reduces stomach acid even more, you’re in for some major side effects – the most common being headache, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, fatigue, and dizziness. And it’s likely that you’ll still be dealing with heartburn.

The Importance of Stomach Acid

Stomach acid is crucial to proper digestion and absorption, so when you lower its natural production, you’re also lowering your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, setting you up for deficiencies. Combine this with a poor diet and you’re in a rough spot.

So what’s the solution? Well, there’s no blanket solution of course, but if you suspect you have low stomach acid, you can do several tests at home, like the baking soda stomach acid test and/or the HCl stomach acid test.

Correcting Low Stomach Acid

If the signs point to low stomach acid, your best bet for long-term correction is HCl supplementation with digestive enzymes combined with a healthy diet.

While you’re working to correct your stomach acid imbalance for the long-term, the short-term solution is apple cider vinegar, which can help lower the pH in your stomach (allowing you to digest food more easily) and kill off any Candida overgrowth. You’ll want to take 1 teaspoon in 4 ounces of water first thing in the morning and then again before each meal.

But you can’t just get any old ACV. To be effective, it must be raw with the “mother” intact. The “mother” is a cloudy clump of living enzymes and nutrients — and that’s where all of the goodness in the ACV lies. Most ACV with the mother will say it right on the bottle, but you can tell just by looking. If the apple cider vinegar is clear, that’s an indication that’s it processed (and that’s not what you want). Apple cider vinegar that looks murky with a bunch of stuff floating around inside is what you want.

unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar: 2017’s Hottest New Superfood?

Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly a “superfood”, but the year just started and there’s already been a lot of talk about apple cider vinegar, or ACV, as the regulars are calling it. For years, celebrities like Megan Fox and Miranda Kerr have sworn by ACV as a weight loss aid. Both beauties claim that drinking the vinegar daily is at least in part responsible for their svelte figures. That all sounds promising – and easy enough – but could it be too good to be true? To find out, we did some research on what the experts had to say.

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help you Lose Weight?

The research on whether apple cider vinegar can actually contribute to weight loss is lacking; but one study out of Japan in 2009 found that drinking two tablespoons of diluted apple cider vinegar twice a day with meals helped participants lose four pounds in a period of 12 weeks. Researchers think that this benefit could be attributed to acetic acid, one of the main components in apple cider vinegar. Acetic acid can help speed up metabolism, contributing to weight loss. Another study found that drinking apple cider vinegar may help reduce appetite; however, researchers speculated this may be due to the fact that some participants felt nauseated after taking it. Although the research is promising, it would take more studies to really make a claim about whether apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss.

Other Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

While it may not be a magic potion for weight loss, apple cider vinegar does have plenty of health benefits, so it’s worth including in your daily diet. It’s rich in beta-carotene, calcium, and potassium, as well as probiotics, and enzymes, which contribute to a healthy gut and digestive system. Apple Cider Vinegar is also rich in antioxidants, which help fight off the substances (called free radicals) that contribute to cancer.

Choosing an Apple Cider Vinegar

As with most foods, the apple cider vinegar available for purchase differs. Some is highly processed, which leaves it lacking in the nutrition department. When choosing an apple cider vinegar, it’s best to choose a raw version that has the “mother” intact. The “mother” is a cloudy substance that consists of cellulose and acetic acid. It’s the mother that contains most of the vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and enzymes of the vinegar. You’ll be able to spot it right away because the ACV will look cloudy and a bit murky. This is a good thing!

How to Drink It

When drinking apple cider vinegar, it’s best to dilute it in 8 to 10 ounces of water. This makes it easier on the stomach and your tooth enamel, which can respond negatively to the acidity of the vinegar. After drinking the diluted apple cider vinegar, swish warm water in your mouth; and then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.