Having a lot of luck with Vinegar Drink

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marthamae
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   Posted 2/15/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may have read my post a while back about trying vinegar as a treatment for GERD. I was suffering pretty badly so I gave it a try. I also take Protonix and Pepcid, which didn't seem to be doing much. I didn't have heartburn, but had that nausea, terrible stomach gas, mucus and cough, acid stuff backing up, feeling of stuff caught in throat, lump in throat, etc. I started on the vinegar twice a day and sure enough things started getting better. After about two weeks, all my symptoms were gone. Now, I was still watching my diet carefully and still taking the Protonix and Pepcid. I was so relieved as you can imagine.
 
I became skeptical that the vinegar had done any good. I figured maybe the Protonix had finally kicked in or maybe my GERD had cured itself. I slowly forgot to drink the vinegar drink. Then I caught a really bad cold. It went into bronchitis and I had a huge amount of mucus, etc. MY GERD flared right back up. I instinctively started craving the vinegar drink again. So I started it back up. I am still sick with the cold, but my GERD is much better (although not gone).
 
I am telling you, if you haven't given the vinegar a try, why not? You might be surprised.
 
Here's how I do it:
 
I've eliminated all coffee and teas and use this as a hot drink instead. I microwave a mug of water for about two minutes. Don't get it too hot or it will hurt your throat going down. I then add a "glug" of Bragg's apple cider vinegar (available at any health food store for about $3) and a big squirt of honey from one of those plastic bears you get at the grocery store. I mix it up and sip it twice a day.
 
Some people use organic honey and some people use grocery store apple cider vinegar. Whatever.
 
I also have really good luck eating a slightly ripe banana every day. Don't get them too green.
 
I know this won't help everyone, but it might just do the trick or maybe ease someone's else's symptoms a bit as it has mine. Anything, no matter how goofy, beats this misery!
 
 

marthamae
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   Posted 2/17/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
The vinegar has definitely helped that annoying "something is stuck in my throat" feeling. I REALLY hate that feeling. I'm sorry you have that too.

I don't drink the vinegar at sny special time...I sort of substitute it when I would normally have coffee or tea. So I usually have a mug after I eat my morning oatmeal and then I have a second mug when I get home from school about 4pm. I wouldn't hesitiate to have a third mug at night if you wanted to.

I don't have heartburn either. Weird, huh?

I starting getting relief from the vinegar right away, but I was really suffering at that point. If you look back a page or so in this forum, there is a thread I started on the vinegar drink and my journey with it.

I'm interested in the licorice also. I teach school, so that might be more convenient for me to suck on that at times. Do you get the licorice at health food stores? I saw that you use the licorice in another thread you posted in. How often do you use it? Any special brands or dosage? Thanks.

marthamae
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   Posted 2/18/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. reachme, I have found that GERD is a constant juggling of things. I have been doing really well, but last night I ate some fried rice. Normally rice is not a problem for me, but I guess this was too greasy. I had low stomach pain which kept me up off and on throughout the night. (My husband also felt a little sick, however, and he doesn't have GERD...so I think it was the rice!).

I've lost 30 pounds since my esophagus dilation (12/13) and have 35 to go. I am focusing on getting the weight off and staying on a strict GERD diet. I'm staying on the vinegar and doing all the "little things" I can to minimize the GERD.

I've learned the hard way that eating/ drinking the wrong stuff is just not worth it.

The "silver lining" of GERD for me has been weight loss and much improved eating habits. I never thought I could live without coffee, soda, or chocolate and yet here I am..still alive! I haven't had any cake, pies, or doughnuts in two months. It's amazing what you can live without when it makes you sick.

marthamae
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   Posted 3/2/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Chasegirl and welcome to the board!

A glug is sort of a Tablespoon or so.

Suggestions for a GERD diet are listed in our thread on minimizing GERD symptoms. I will bump it up to the top for you.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon. :)

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