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!