Originally Posted by selliot
I just found out about the apple cider vinegar mixed with baking soda remedy. I tried it for the first time today but all it did was make my reflux worse? I got heartburn right after drinking it. Since vinegar is high in acid I wonder how this helps people with acid reflux?
Am I using the correct amount:
>2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
>1/2 teaspoon baking soda
>1/2 cup water
Do you take it before or after eating a meal?
I would greatly appreciate your help.
1.) Make SURE you have acid reflux first. Alot of doctors will throw that out even if you DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ACID. Any digestive problem or heartburn, you are sure that an HMO doctor will say "acid reflux - try this for 2 weeks and see if it helps". Most of the time it won't or will make it worse.
2.) If you are SURE you have too much acid, (and no other problems) then yes, you are correct vinegar would tend to make your stomach more acidic. Maybe try a baking soda toothpaste and see if that helps any to lower your acidity levels. I have been using the baking soda toothpaste from Trader Joes for about 2 years now and I think I have the opposite problem: not enough acid (which my doctor quickly said was acid reflux also, but it isn't).
3.) I would think that the apple cider vinegar would only help you if your excess acid is being caused by a blockage somewhere and the Vinegar might be able to clear the blockage like Drain-o.
Good luck and let us know what works!