Certain foods – no matter how delicious – just don’t agree with some folks.
I’ve got a neighbor who can’t say no to a bowl of pasta with homemade tomato sauce… even though the high acid levels give him heartburn every time he eats it.
He “does his time for doin’ the crime,” as he puts it.
For a while, he was quick to reach for over-the-counter antacids (like so many folks). But those things come with a high dose of calcium that can cause problems when taken regularly and often.
He learned that the hard way after a nasty fight with some kidney stones.
And too much calcium can cause alkalosis. That’s when the body slows down acid production to the point where it doesn’t work like it should.
Luckily, he swore off the things before that became a problem.
But the heartburn persisted.
Now, I’ve spent a lot of time reading about ancient cures…
And one night, after sitting on the porch listening to him complain after another spaghetti dinner, one popped into my head.
Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar to treat all sorts of ailments. And there is no shortage of old wives’ tales about the tonic’s all-natural healing powers.
It made me wonder… Could the acidic potion help?
Some studies have looked into the possibility that apple cider vinegar can alleviate heartburn, but they’ve been inconclusive. To the best of my knowledge, there has yet to be any decisive support for this theory published in any medical journals.
But anecdotally, it makes perfect sense that this stuff would help neutralize stomach acid.
After all, one of the most common causes of heartburn is too little stomach acid. So the theory goes that a little dose of apple cider vinegar’s acidic goodness mixed with its beneficial bacteria could improve digestion and alleviate heartburn.
And there aren’t any risks of side effects, so my neighbor (unbeknownst to him) became my guinea pig.
I made him a drink: 10 ounces of water mixed with about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. And I told him to chug it down.
We got to talking… and after a few minutes I asked how he was feeling.
“Oh. Yeah, it’s gone,” he said.
So somewhere between two and five minutes after drinking my concoction, the acid in his stomach stabilized and all signs of heartburn faded away.
Placebo effect or not, the experiment worked.
So if you’re one of the more than 60 million Americans who have heartburn at least once a month… give this ancient tonic a try.
Worst-case scenario, you might only wind up boosting your gut health… raising your antioxidant levels… reducing your risk of heart disease… and possibly lowering your blood pressure.
I know I’ll be giving it a try.
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