So I’ve been getting some bad heartburn recently. I’ve struggled with heartburn off and on for the past year or so – it seems like it gets really bad for a few days, and then eases up for a while, and so on. My mom has struggled with acid reflux so I am a little worried that I’m going to have as much trouble as she has had!! I hope not.
Anyways, I usually take Tums for the heartburn. Yesterday, however, it was bad. I took the Tums and it didn’t help at all. A few hours later I took more Tums and it still didn’t help. I found laying down helped, but that’s hard to do all the time! :-)
Since I didn’t have any other medicine, I decided to see what other home remedy could help heartburn. I had some rice, which my mom said always helped her, but nothing. Then I read somewhere that vinegar was supposed to help. I also remembered that I’d had people in the past swear by vinegar as a natural remedy for heartburn.
I found something that said I should drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after eating dinner. So, put two tablespoons in a cup and stood there for a VERY long time, feeling the burning in my esophagus fighting with my nose that was smelling the vinegar. Finally, I plugged my nose and chugged down the vinegar.
It tastes better than it smells, though, if that’s any consolation.
And you know what? I haven’t had heartburn since. A few times it’s flared up, but then gone away almost immediately. Perhaps it would have gone away anyways, but I must say I would do the apple cider vinegar thing again. (Hey it can’t hurt, right?) I also bought some apple juice to mix with for next time. :-)