vinegar for reflux

We love home remedies, but most are based on people’s experience and don’t have any truly scientific explanation for why or how they work. That is why we get excited when we encounter a possible reason. A doctor recently suggested why we might consider using vinegar for reflux.

Taking Vinegar for Reflux Symptoms:

Q. I was listening to your radio show and heard you wondering about the reason that vinegar works for reflux. As a physician, I was told that acid consumption causes the esophageal sphincter to contract, which helps prevent the reflux.

What Is Acid Reflux?

A. Reflux occurs when the sphincter at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach gets lazy. This muscle is supposed to allow food into the stomach but prevent stomach contents from splashing back into the esophagus.

Some medications can loosen the lower esophageal sphincter, which would increase the risk for heartburn. We like your hypothesis that acetic acid (vinegar) might have the opposite effect. We couldn’t find any research to support this approach, however.

How to Use Vinegar for Reflux:

People who take vinegar for reflux usually put a tablespoon or two into a glass of water and drink it. Although some people insist that apple cider vinegar is superior for this remedy, as far as we can tell any vinegar you would put on your salad or in your food will work. Choose what you have on hand and what appeals to your taste buds.

After drinking vinegar, be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water to keep the acid from attacking your tooth enamel. Wait half an hour or a bit longer before brushing your teeth in case the acid softens the enamel temporarily. You don’t want to abrade the surface while it is soft.

Learn More:

You will find many other simple remedies for symptoms of acid reflux in our Guide to Digestive Disorders. People who experience heartburn or other symptoms of reflux several times a week should see their doctors about their digestive problems.

Newsletter Reading List

  1. 1Understanding Ayurvedic Medical Practice and Professional Standards
  2. 2Show 1101: How You Can Use Essential Oils for Better Health
  3. 3Do Nuts Help the Heart Stay Strong?
  4. 4Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Lives?
  5. 5Baby Boomers Less Likely to Have AMD
  6. 6Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pain Relief
  7. 7Coffee Drinkers Lower Their Chances of Heart Failure
  8. 8Do You Want Digital Pills to Report When You Take Them?
  9. 9Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Side Effects, Complications and Gout!
  10. 10Do You Have High Blood Pressure?
  11. 11How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?
  12. 12An Inside Look at Pharmacy Mistakes

Get The Graedons' Favorite Home Remedies Health Guide for FREE

Join our daily email newsletter with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies AND you'll get a copy of our brand new full-length health guide — for FREE!

What Do You Think?

We invite you to share your thoughts with others, but remember that our comment section is a public forum. Please do not use your full first and last name if you want to keep details of your medical history anonymous. A first name and last initial or a pseudonym is acceptable. Advice from other commenters on this website is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. Stopping medication suddenly could result in serious harm. We expect comments to be civil in tone and language. By commenting, you agree to abide by our commenting policy and website terms & conditions. Comments that do not follow these policies will not be posted.

Your cart

Total
USD
Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.