A Gut Feeling

A Gut Feeling

I just got off my acid reflux medicine.  I am amazed at how easy it was. (And no, I am not being paid to advertise anything).

I have taken enough Prilosec and Zantac over the years to keep those companies in business, and if I missed a dose, I could tell it within a few hours by the burning pain in my gut.  I assumed I would take something for it forever.

Then last week I read an article that made me wake up to what was really going on in my body. (This does sound an awful lot like I’m trying to sell you something, doesn’t it? I promise I’m not).  The article explained some of the disadvantages of long-term use of these types of products – such as permanent damage to the esophagus.

I really don’t want permanent damage to my esophagus.  I like my esophagus. A lot. I use it several times a day.  I want it to be happy and healthy.  I decided it would be a good thing to stop taking that sort of medication. But what to do about the fire inside?

I had also read several times over the past few years about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, and I’ve been drinking it for a couple of years now.  (Not straight; I don’t hate myself).  Most mornings I drink a cup of warm water with ACV, lemon juice, and a scant teaspoon of honey mixed in so I don’t die.  The ACV reportedly has many benefits, but I didn’t realize it would be so effective against GERD.

Well, I was drinking the stuff anyway (I know it sounds horrendous, but it’s really not bad at all; just two little capfuls each of ACV and lemon juice in a mug of water; I have come to love it), so I decided to experiment.  I left off the Zantac and when the fire kindled, I drank an additional small glass of cool water with Apple Cider Vinegar in it.

And it worked.  It absolutely worked. It’s been a week, and unless I eat something ridiculous, I pretty much don’t have acid reflux symptoms any more.  When I do, I drink a few ounces of vinegar water or I pop a few Tums, and that handles it.

Wow.  I wonder why the drug companies don’t tell you there’s a perfectly effective, all-natural, low-cost way to handle the discomfort of acid reflux?  Could it be that they’d rather I give them money every month to take something that makes the pain go away but could permanently damage my esophagus?  And then, when my esophagus is permanently damaged, to give them money every month to make that pain go away?

Nah.  It couldn’t be that.

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