I met someone the other day who drinks diluted apple cider vinegar for her health, and it reminded me that diluted apple cider vinegar works as a specific remedy for heartburn. I can’t remember where I read or heard that, so I can’t cite the source, but it was a good thing that encounter triggered my memory, because I’ve been dying lately from heartburn. A slow, painful death from the esophagus on out. So after that conversation, I went home and tried it. Just a splash of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water.
Now, if you’re not accustomed to drinking vinegar (which I imagine most people aren’t), it isn’t that good. In fact it’s awful. But I can’t deny the fact that the effect was absolutely unmistakably instantaneous. Heartburn gone. Husband’s theory is that it’s so gross it just makes you forget you have heartburn. But whatever the case, it was gone, and so I don’t care why.
Now I do have to say that it didn’t last very long, maybe an hour or so and I was back for another dose of a few sips. But realistically, you have to keep taking those chewable antacids about every hour or so for them to work, and I’d argue that they’re just as gross. So I’ll take the free version that’s already in my pantry.
As an aside, there’s also a note on our box of baking soda that you can mix a bit of baking soda in water and drink that to relieve heartburn as well. In my own experience it doesn’t work quite as well as the apple cider vinegar. It doesn’t work instantly, and it also doesn’t last long. And it’s still gross. So taste-wise, you’re out of luck. And I wouldn’t recommend going right from the baking soda mix to the vinegar one, or you might turn into a volcano.
And I’ve said this before with other health-related things, but here it is again. I’m not a doctor, nor do I have any medical training. I’ve found something that works well for me for mild relief. If you have chronic or severe issues, it might be good to check with your doctor about that.
Anyone else have experiences to share? What works for your heartburn?