Indigestion and reflux may occur due to eating a heavy meal or a chronic case of acid reflux. Standard treatment usually involves taking antacid. In natural health circles, drinking vinegar, including brands like Bragg vinegar, is the surefire cure for this problem. Of course, if you deal with acid reflux often, see a doctor for a treatment plan.
Acid Reflux and Indigestion
Acid reflux and indigestion can be defined as the backing up of acid into the esophagus due to a weak esophageal muscle, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Symptoms include burning, an acidic taste in the mouth, and pain.
What's Bragg Vinegar?
Bragg vinegar is a brand of apple cider vinegar that's all natural and organic or raw. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples. According to the Bragg website, their vinegar is not filtered or pasteurized, leaving behind a cloudy enzyme called the "mother" in the liquid that supposedly contains a high number of nutrients. No research has been conducted to show the effect of these nutrients on health.
Drinking apple cider vinegar can help cure acid reflux and indigestion, according to natural health expert and author of "Alkalinize or Die," Thomas Baroody. Most reflux is caused by having too little acid in the stomach, not too much. Baroody's recommendation is to drink 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp. vinegar mixed in before meals to keep your indigestion symptoms at bay.
High Risk of Side Effects
There is no research evidence to show vinegar, Braggs or otherwise, has an effect on acid reflux. According to MayoClinic.com, drinking vinegar could burn your throat and mouth, and actually cause heartburn. Likewise, drinking vinegar may irritate ulcers and erode tooth enamel.
- National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC); Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); May 2007
- "Bragg"; An Apple Cider Vinegar A Day...; Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D.
- "Alkalize or Die"; Theodore Baroody; 2006
- MayoClinic.com; Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss: Effective?; Katherine Zeratsky, R.N., L.D.; April 2010
- "eMedTV"; Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects; Kristi Monson, PharmD; November 2007