Bloating After Taking Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux
Walter from Corpus Christi, TX writes, "I drank a tablespoon of ACV this am because my friends are raving about how good it is for you. I suffer from acid-reflux as well and had heard it was a natural cure for this too. Well, I have felt bloated all day after drinking the ACV and after recently eating I came down with one of my worst acid reflux attacks ever! Any explanations?"
Some people have lack of bicarbonates necessary to neutralize the acid. Therefore, there are two ways to deal with the problems:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 glass of water for twice a day, once in the morning and once in the before evening. Do this for about 4 days, stop 3 days and continue to second or third week before taking Apple cider vinegar. The body does not seem to have sufficient bicarbonates which is causing the problem.
2. The second method is workable also, but it's pH is about 7. This means to two tablespoon of ACV, you add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water.
The body in this case is due to insufficient buffer and the body is overly acid. The more conservative approach based on your condition is to go for the first method. Once everything is o.k. then try the second formula from then on.
Certain people cannot store bicarbonates for various reasons. I am one of those people and found that out the hard way some thirty years ago. Some people have a natural ability to store bicarbonates. It is suspected that eating acid forming foods or people who regularly have constipation or acid tongue is when ACV won't work. In this case baking soda is needed to increase the body stores of it before the use of ACV and the body should be in better conditions.