Apple cider vinegar can be used symptomatically for acid reflux/heart burn flare-­‐ups. Many think vinegar would be counterproductive as it is so acidic but that is why it works! When you are having reflux symptomsit is because your body isn’t producing enough acid so it will try to make up for it and over produce. By adding vinegar to the stomach it will signal the stomach that there is too much acid and shut off the production, causing symptoms to subside. So vinegar is balancing the Ph. rather than watering it down like most antacid medications.

It is simple to use! Go to your local store and buy a natural form of apple cider vinegar. Make sure it is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar that is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized-­‐Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar is a great brand and can be found at many grocery store/health food stores.

When acid reflux flares up fill up (1) cap full of Apple cider vinegar and swallow. Within 10-­‐20 minutes there should be some relief. Apple cider vinegar can be used as needed throughout the day as symptoms arise. Eventually, it will help to balance the Ph. of the stomach.

*If the vinegar alone is too harsh dilute it with water-­‐(1) cap full of vinegar/ (1) cap of water and swallow

Other recommendations to manage reflux/heart burn

Try not to drink any fluids 30 minutes before or after meals, as this will weaken your stomach acid.

Try to avoid foods that may trigger reflux: coffee, caffeinated beverages, sodas, peppers, chocolate, hot, spicy foods, fast foods; foods high in fats, heavy sauces, food additives such as: MSG, tomatoes, white flour and white flour products, sugar, citrus fruits and juices, and oversized meals.