I gargle and then swallow Apple cider a couple of times when I got a sore throat. It kills whatever it is and I don't get sick. However, I have to make sure that I don't have to sing because I've found that it takes a day for my throat to recover from it. I don't know what it does because it doesn't touch the vocal cords. I don't think it can burn your esophagus because lots of people drink it and people eat vinegar all the time in salad dressing.
Undiluted apple cider vinegar is too strong. If the OP drank undiluted apple cider vinegar, it could have burned his/her esophogus. I once used apple cider vinegar to get the burnt off of a pot, because I read it could do that. Well it did more than that--I forgot about the pot after I had put AC vinegar in full strength. When I went to look at it a few days later, it had cleaned off the burnt but it also burned a hole into the pot!! This was a metal/steel pot. So the stuff is strong.
They don't have any research that proves that AC vinegar helps reflux. Some alternative medicine practitioners say that it has an alkaline effect in the body and that acid reflux also could be due to not having enough acid in the stomach. But that is probably wrong. (I read this on the internet).
A family member sent me an email, aahh! Some doctor on TV said something about the stomach producing more acid because it's lacking in acid, so the vinegar will cause the body to produce less acid. They said that antacids are only suppose to be taken for a temporary period and could make things worse.
This better not have permament damage or I am going to be really pissed!!!
I haven't had a problem. I use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar. It is a remedy for acid reflux, but I use it as a way to get rid of phlegm-I usually put a little in a bottle of water. If I am sick I make a drink with hot water, a little apple cider vinegar and honey. I haven't had a problem taking it alone but I prefer the honey and water! There are many suggested ways to take it online-sorry it hurt you but I really like it.
Yes, what he said! for what it's worth, I drink this shit daily;)
March 25 2009, 9:51 PM
What the doctor said--I've read that it actually combats acid by neautralizing acid in the stomach and causes it to produce less. It is also supposedly helps regulate your PH and combats germs/swelling/illness. Again, I'm no doctor so I can't go on and on about why it's so great, but there are supposedly tons of health benefits associated with it and websites devoted to singing its praises.
I put two tablespoons in a shot glass every morning and i take whatever gulp I can, chase it with water, and repeat. I got sick repeatedly in Nov/Dec/Jan and now do everything in my power to avoid that, since it was lame. I've been shooting the vinegar religiously since late Jan, straight up chased by water, and my voice/throat, body, feel great. I'm kinda run down at present due to lack of sleep but thats about it. It hasn't bothered or hurt me so far as I can tell, it's just pretty gross.
On the "pro-apple cider vinegar" websites, there are also recipes for other ways to get your two tablespoons a day, like a special salad dressing recipe, or you can boil it in water and add honey for a kind of tea situation. I've tried that, but I prefer to just get it over with FAST.
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Re: Yes, what he said! for what it's worth, I drink this shit daily;)
March 25 2009, 10:04 PM
So you took it straight and then took some water?
Well, now I'm starting to get a little relieved that I probably didn't cause any significant damage. I didn't drink water immediately after, but I did eat an apple a few minutes later to get rid of the taste. When I took the tablespoon, it felt like my throat was burning and then my mouth started watering as if I were about to vomit.
I have a slight burning sensation in my throat right now. It sort of feels like the kind of severe/moderate sore throat that comes with a cold. Is this normal?
I have an ENT appt next week, so I hope this isn't anything serious.
I sip it and chase with water immediately till I've finished my vinegar "shot". It usually takes a whole glass as I'm chasing. I don't have a bad taste in my mouth at all afterwards. When I'm done, I consider myself hydrated at the very least, and go about my business.
Hey, who knows if all the health benefits stuff is a myth, but it isn't bothering me in the least, so what the hell. It's so cheap to buy, no skin off my back to give it a chance!
"Until last week, I thought legato was a cured meat!"
I wish there were a miracle remedy that would cure everything that ails ya, but every time I hear somebody singing the praises of this or that (be it acv, blue green algae, kombucha, whatever) I can't help but picture Dulcamara passing out bottles of elixir. (at least they got wine ... kombucha and vinegar taste like ass)
I take 2 each morning of apple cider vinegar. It's also good for metabolism purposes, and this form doesn't burn your throat and actually doesn't taste bad at all, as long as you don't keep them in your mouth for too long. Got them on swansonvitamins.com
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There have been reports of acid chemical burns of the throat in using the pill form. I can't locate the website right now, but I read about a case where the pill became lodged in a woman's throat with her larynx becoming tender as a result.
"One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement stuck in her throat. She seemed to have suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin."
Regular antacids like Tums aren't supposed to be taken for long periods
April 17 2009, 5:43 AM
A better antacid anyway is Gaviscon. TUMS and the like can cause overproduction of acid because they neutralize all of the acid in the stomach. So the stomach, which is naturally acidic, thinks it needs to make more to compensate. Gaviscon does not work this way. My ENT was the one who turned me on to this because I was have vocal issues because of my reflux. You also know to do things like raise the head of your bed, not to eat late, etc., etc. right?
And actually a lot of people use Braggs and other raw apple cider vinegars for digestive issues, among many many other things. It seems to be a kind of cure-all. For what it's worth, it's really good at getting rid of pleghm if you're having a rather pleghmy day. Just gargle with a little for about thirty seconds and spit it out.