Hey guys, having wish I was a bit more well informed before trying ACV and now ending up worse than when I started, I wanted to share with you some knowledge I have learned the hard way to assist you in avoiding similar issues. I'm still recovering slowly and today was the first day in many with some improvement.
Edit: Now that I've had my gastroscopy results, I can confirm that ACV did not cause issues with my reflux (as I apparently don't have any!). However, it seems to have burned my throat instead which has caused me difficulty swallowing, painful speech and soreness.Blood Types 'O" beware!
You likely already have a lot of acid due to your blood type so you may wish to skip ACV (I wish I knew this since I'm an 'O' blood type too).What type of ACV to use?
You'll need to go to a health food store and find an ACV which contains the "mother". A popular choice is the Breggs brand (http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html).
The difference between organic and store bought ACV is obvious. The pasteurised variety is completely clear while the pure organic vinegar is cloudy and you can't see through it.How to prepare your ACV drink?
Ensure that you dilute ACV as it may otherwise be harmful due to its acidity. Use a full glass of water and mix in the appropriate portion of ACV.
This is critical. 1 tbsp in a large glass of water was enough to severely damage my throat!How much Apple Cider Vinegar to use?
I have read websites stating that you can start with 1 tsp diluted in water 3 times per day and yet others suggest starting with 1 tbsp and moving up to 3 tbsp multiple times per day.
If you're as silly as me, you may not realise that 1 tbsp is anywhere between 3 - 4 tsp, which is quite a difference.
I highly recommend starting very low. For example 1 tsp in a large glass of water before your largest meal of the day. You can then choose to take it before 2 - 3 meals also and increase the dose if you choose to. However, I recommend keeping the dose at the very minimum possible or it can do more harm (as in my case) than good.
Furthermore, the concentration should be no more than 1 tsp per full glass of water. If you wish to drink more, then please simply drink another glass of water with another tsp.How to drink ACV?
This is something that I'm not sure of. Most say that you drink the glass before meals but no one mentions whether you should sip on it or drink the entire glass. I would drink the entire glass which may be a good idea to avoid continuous contact with your teeth.
If you can, it may be a good idea to drink it through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth due to the acidity of ACV.
After drinking ACV, you should do two things:
* Rinse your mouth thoroughly to ensure you don't damage your teeth (DON'T BRUSH, something else I did wrong, as the acidity will soften your enamel and could be damage your teeth)
* Drink another glass of water to ensure the acidity doesn't irritate your throat (as it did with me)Warning signs that you're drinking too much or that your body doesn't like the ACV?
I wish someone had mentioned this to me so here are some of the warnings signs that signal that you've overdone it or your body doesn't need the vinegar:
* Dry throat and hoarseness
* Burning in the throat
* Stomach ache
Such signs may indicate that you've irritated your stomach or throat. Please consider lowering your dose or stopping the use of ACV if you have such symptoms.Stopping your intake of ACV
(questionable information below based on my recent findings, it seems that my "rebound" was actually my severe throat burn coming to light after many days on ACV)
One aspect of ACV that I see mentioned nowhere is the rebound effect when you stop taking ACV cold turkey. Especially if you're on a higher dose as I was (2 tbsp per day).
You WILL likely experience a severe rebound if you stop cold turkey. Similar to the regular GERD symptoms, your throat area may get inflamed, major regurgitation and difficulty swallowing.
As such, I highly recommend slowly easing your way off ACV as you would a PPI and taking an antacid within a day of stopping ACV if you have such symptoms.
I found Gaviscon really helped ease my symptoms and it got so bad that I barely could breathe due to the congestion, so have an antacid on hand.Should you take ACV?
It seems that most people have success with this, but I do recommend talking to your doctor before trying it out as it may indeed do more harm than good as was the case with me.Related Warning Posts
Burned esophagus drinking APV: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=3147061
Found the cure for Omeprazole/PPI's: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=3144102
Injury to lining of Esophagus (from lemon juice): www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2063518
Wishing you all well and feel free to contribute to this thread. If you have had a similar experience to me and got over it, please do let me know too as that would really ease my worries.
Post Edited (Frankie2) : 9/8/2014 11:39:56 PM (GMT-6)