Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn

Have you ever had that burning sensation in your chest that worsens when you lie down or bend over? Have you ever noticed that this burning sensation is pretty common, especially after you have a heavy or spicy meal?

Well, don’t be scared as heartburn or acid reflux is a common condition and almost 20% of adults across the world, experience it on a weekly basis. Moreover, it is also very common in pregnant women.

Here I am going to share the good news with you. You can treat this condition by using apple cider vinegar that is available so easily. Are you surprised and thinking now – how apple cider vinegar, which is so acidic in nature can treat heartburn?

We will definitely discuss this issue as well as how to use apple cider vinegar for heartburn, but before that let’s understand the various causes and symptoms of heartburn.

Causes of Heartburn

Heartburn is actually a gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is caused when the stomach acids reflux back into the esophagus, which is a tube that connects your mouth to the stomach.

Factors, which increase the production of acid in the stomach or the structural abnormalities, that allow the acids to reflux back into the esophagus, are responsible for causing heartburn. Some of the common causes of heartburn are:

The Way You Eat and What You Eat: Eating meals that contain more fats, spices, acidic ingredients can stimulate your stomach to produce an increased amount of acids and can result in heartburn.

Also, eating quickly without chewing your food also gives no time to your stomach to regulate the acids, leaving no other choice for the stomach then to reflux it back to the esophagus and to cause heartburn.

Apart from that the consumption of many OTC medicines can also result in heartburn. There is a huge list of irritants that can precipitate heartburn. Some the common irritants are:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Acidic juices
  • Aspirin, and
  • Chocolate

Smoking: Smoking affects the functioning of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and allows it to relax from the stomach. When the LES is in a relaxed state, it becomes very easy for the stomach acid to reflux back into the esophagus.

Stress: Chronic stress is known to cause heartburn. Stress is also scientifically proven to completely deplete the production of ‘prostaglandins’, a substance which is responsible for protecting the stomach from the negative effects of acids.

Hiatal Hernia: It is a condition in which the stomach starts pushing into the chest and causes heartburn. This can affect the functioning of the LES and is a major risk factor of heartburn.

Being Overweight and Obese: Excess of fat can pressurize the digestive tract and force the stomach to push the contents upwards into the esophagus. Studies suggest that up to 35% of overweight and obese people suffer from heartburn.

Pregnancy: It can cause intense pressure on the abdominal cavity and affect the functioning of the LES to result in acid reflux.

Disease of the Esophagus: Primary diseases of the esophagus, like sarcoidosis and scleroderma can also result in heartburn.

Symptoms of Heartburn

The common symptoms of heartburn are:

  1. Burning sensation, pain or pressure between the throat and the breast bone area. The symptoms are known to worsen after eating, lying down or bending.
  1. If there is an acid reflux near the voice box (larynx) in the throat, it can result in hoarseness and chronic coughing.
  1. Sour taste in the throat.

Note: Many a times, when the heartburn is severe, the pain is often mistaken for a heart attack. You can differentiate between the two conditions by determining if the pain is associated with physical activity.

The pain that is due to heartburn is not associated with physical activity, whereas the pain due to the heart attack is associated with physical activity. If there is a doubt, it is better to stay safe and rush the patient to the doctor.

Complications in Heartburn

Heartburn is a normal occurrence and is nothing to be alarmed about, but if it occurs frequently, it can result in esophageal ulcers, which can cause severe internal bleeding.

Stricture and scarring are other severe complication of heartburn, which can result in the changing of the cells in the stomach lining, causing Barrett’s esophagus that is often associated with esophageal cancer.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for Heartburn

Even though there are many home remedies for treating heartburn, apple cider vinegar is known as the most effective. A recent survey by Earth Clinic website actually ranked apple cider vinegar as the best home remedy for heartburn.

However, the next question you’d ask is, how can something so acidic in nature help in treating a problem that is caused due to acid in the first place? Well, there are two ways in which apple cider vinegar is effective in treating heartburn.

Firstly, the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar helps in breaking down the fats in the stomach and aids in digestion.

Secondly, the acid in apple cider vinegar aids in balancing the production of acid in the stomach, as hydrochloric acid (main component of stomach acid) is stronger than acetic acid (main component of apple cider vinegar). This helps in buffering the amount of acid in the stomach and reduces the chances of it refluxing back into the esophagus.

Treating Heartburn with Apple Cider Vinegar

So, let us have a look at the different ways in which you can use apple cider vinegar for heartburn.

Method 1- Apple Cider Vinegar and Water for Heartburn

You will need:  

  • Apple cider vinegar- 2 tbsp
  • Fresh drinking water- 6 to8 oz

Directions:

  1. Take 6 to8 oz of water in a glass and mix 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar it.
  2. Stir it well and drink it immediately after finishing your meal.
  3. If the heartburn is severe, repeat the remedy for 3-4 times a day to get relief from heartburn.

Method 2: Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey for Heartburn

The mixture of apple cider vinegar and water can be too sour for many. Thus, you can add honey to the mixture to make it easily palatable. Honey will also help to improve the digestion, which in turn will reduce heartburn.

You will need:

  • Apple cider vinegar- 2 tbsp
  • Raw organic honey- 1 tbsp
  • Warm drinking water- 6 to 8 oz

Directions:

  1. Take 6-8 oz of warm water in a glass.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 1tbsp of raw organic honey to it and mix well.
  3. You can have this mixture immediately after your meals, before going to bed, or 3-4 times throughout the day for treating heartburn effectively.

Method 3: Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for Heartburn

 Here, the baking soda will act as a natural antacid and thus you will get quick relief from heartburn.

You will need:

  • Baking soda- ¼ tsp
  • Apple cider vinegar- 2 tbsp
  • Fresh water- 6 to8 oz

Directions:

  1. Take 6 to 8 oz fresh water in a glass.
  2. Add ¼ tsp of baking soda and 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to it and mix well.
  3. You can take this remedy on an empty stomach to get results soon.
  4. You can take 2 tbsp of baking soda with 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in water and take it 2-3 times a day to treat severe heartburn.

Method 4: Undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn

The intake or application of undiluted apple cider vinegar is not recommended much. However, in case of chronic and severe heartburn, you can use this remedy for quick relief.

You will need:

  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 tsp

Directions:

  1. Drink 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar directly without diluting it.
  2. Remember that apple cider vinegar is very strong and can result in burning sensation on your tongue and can also damage your teeth enamel.

Method 5: Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon for Heartburn

Lemon is acidic in nature; still it acts as one of the best natural remedies for heartburn. The combination of apple cider vinegar and lemon reduces the acid formation in the stomach and promotes the digestion, thus in turn treats heartburn effectively.

You will need:

  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 to2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Water- 6-8 oz

Directions:

  1. Take 6-8oz. of water in a glass and add 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 1tsp of lemon juice to it and mix well.
  2. Drink it to get relief from the burning sensation in the heart.
  3. Repeat this remedy 3-4 times a day to get rid of heartburn.

Method 6: Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother of Vinegar for Heartburn

The enzymes present in the mother of vinegar will boost up the process of treatment of heartburn.

You will need:

  • Raw, unpasteurized vinegar with mother in it – 2 tbsp
  • Water- 6 to 8 oz

Directions:

  1. Take 2 tbsp of raw, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it.
  2. Mix 6 to 8 oz of water in it and drink.
  3. Repeat this remedy 3-4 times a day for treating heartburn.

Note: Mother of Vinegar is an enzyme that occurs naturally in the production process of apple cider vinegar and settles at the bottom of the bottle. It contains a wide range of nutrients that are highly recommended for treating heartburn.

Tips to Prevent Heartburn

Ok, maybe you’ve tried some of the above-mentioned remedies and have finally succeeded in alleviating your heartburn. But, how can you avoid suffering from heartburn in the future?

There are many tips that you can follow to reduce the chances of getting heartburn again. Some of them are:

  1. Do not Overeat: Instead of eating a lot of food in a single sitting, try to eat smaller meals at regular intervals. Ensure that you only eat until you are comfortably full. Moreover, you should also eat your meals in a relaxed state. Avoid eating in a hurry, as it can result in heartburn.
  2. Avoid Taking a Lot of Beverages along with Your Meals: Beverages are liquids that add volume to the food you eat and increase stomach distension. This puts an intense pressure on the LES and increases the chances of heartburn.
  3. Don’t Sleep with a Full Stomach: Ensure that you eat your meals at least 2 to 3 hours prior to sleeping or lying down. In this duration, your food will easily get digested and the chances of acid refluxing back into your esophagus will reduce extensively.
  4. Avoid Heartburn Triggers: Coffee, onions, tomatoes, citrus fruits, etc. are known as heartburn triggers. You should avoid consuming these triggers, as they can cause heartburn symptoms.
  5. Stop Smoking: Cigarettes contain nicotine, which can weaken your LES and allow the acid content of the stomach to reflux back into the esophagus.
  6. Lose Weight: If you are overweight or obese, you should try to shed some pounds as increased weight can double your chances of getting heartburn. The extra weight can increase the pressure on the stomach, causing the LES to relax and cause acid reflux.
  7. Exercise: Apart from aiding weight loss, exercising on a regular basis can also reduce your chances of getting heartburn. But, ensure that you do not incorporate any vigorous exercises as it can worsen your condition.
  8. Avoid Wearing Tight Fitting Clothes: Tight fitting clothes, especially near your waist, can put intense pressure on your stomach and can lead to heartburn symptoms.
  9. Chewing Gum: Chewing gums have the ability to stimulate the production of saliva, which helps in neutralizing the stomach acids. It also encourages you to swallow more frequently, allowing you to clear the acids in the esophagus faster.

However, ensure that you do not choose mint-flavor chewing gum, as it can relax the LES and worsen your heartburn.

  1. Heartburn Diary: Maintain a heartburn diary, which can be used to track heartburn triggering food items and specific activities that trigger heartburn symptoms in you.

You can treat heartburn at home when it occurs occasionally and is not severe. Home remedies like apple cider vinegar for heartburn is sure to take you a long way in fighting it. Also, try to follow the tips that are mentioned above to eliminate the condition forever for sure.

However, if you experience it frequently and if it is interfering in your day-to-day routine, then it’s time to visit a doctor as it might be a symptom of something more serious.

Hey all, I am Suzanne, I love collecting new information on natural cure for health ailments. I always feel that nature has remedies for all our health problems, we just have to use it in the right way. I am DIY pursuer and thus keep trying natural things to get rid of nasty diseases. You will be amazed to know about the treasure mother earth has and how it can help us improve our health. Join me in a journey which take you closer to nature and keep you healthy.

22 COMMENTS

    • This totally depends on your body. If you are able to consume tap running water, you can use it as fresh water. If not, you can use filtered water.
      If one was to be chosen between the two, fresh water would be entitled as a better option, as it will be free from any unwanted particles.
      You may boil water and then keep it at room temperature to cool it down. Consume this with any of the remedy.

    • Apple Cider Vinegar Tablets essentially are tablets with contents of Apple Cider Vinegar, shaped in the form. Therefore, you can dilute tablets for a single time use by adding water.Follow the below mentioned instructions:
      1. Take 2-3 tablets and 100 ml cold water.
      2. Now, in a container, place both the ingredients.
      3. Using a spoon, dilute both the ingredients.
      4. Consume the mixture directly.
      Else, you can follow the ‘Apple Cider Vinegar and Water’ remedy as stated in the article.

    • The combined flavour of Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar, makes it easily palatable as many users find the taste of ACV very sour. Sour contents may cause harm to the internals, as they are acidic in nature; or may worsen the condition of a scar/ulcer.
      Therefore, you may add any other sweet, but natural ingredient as a replacement of honey.

    • Apple cider vinegar tablets are easily available in health food stores. However, the frequency of your consumption of apple cider vinegar tablets lies upon the problem of heartburn that you have to face. You may consult your doctor for the same. He may guide you the exact amount of the tablets that have to be taken in a day.

    • There are certain ingredients that can be added in water and apple cider vinegar to stir up its flavor a bit. You may add honey or lemon in it. However, adding any other items is not preferable, as it would lessen the heartburn healing properties of the apple cider vinegar. If you are not comfortable with directly drinking the apple cider vinegar, go for the tablets available for the same.

    • The symptoms of heartburn include sore throat, pain or burning sensation between throat and breastbone area and uneasy feeling. Heartburn can happen in case of children too. If the problem resides very often, it is suggested that you should take her to a doctor and get the complete checkup done for any other ailments.

  1. My dad recently had severe pain in the heart. We thought it as heart attack and went to the doctor. When we took him to the doctor, he said that it was nothing but heartburn. What can we do to be careful in the future and know the difference between the two?

    • Heartburn and heart attack show almost similar symptoms and it becomes tough to distinguish the problem. The pain that is due to heartburn is not allied with physical activity, whereas the pain due to heart attack is associated with physical activity.

      This factor is a major answer to the question. However, in either of the cases, you should always rush the patient to the hospital. To avoid heartburn, make sure that your father does not indulge in unhealthy eating habits and take the food items as mentioned in the article in moderation.

    • The problem of heartburn is quite common amongst the working people. You can take care of a few things to avoid the problem. First, take care that you do not allow the stress to get on your nerves. Secondly, make sure that you eat after regular intervals.

      Do not indulge in over eating, all at once. While on work, have the items, such as coffee, carbonated drinks, etc. in moderation. By taking care of this, you would succeed in avoiding heartburn on a major level.

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