Night-time Acid Reflux

Posted by Mike on 04/26/2006

I have suffered slightly from acid reflux at night over the years, had a very bad session New Years day this year. Went to doctor, he prescribed prilosec. Had 2 bad sessions in the next week, 1 during the day, undigested food sitting in the back of my throat. In desperation, I went out on the net and found the Apple Cider Vinegar & honey cure. I tried it and everything seemed to be going well, plus losing weight, etc. I still sleep through the night with no acid surprises, but I am experiencing an acid taste in my throat and mouth during the day, kind-of like a vapor. Also, the front area of my tongue, just behind the tip, feels burned most of the time. ACV & or honey will momentarily reduce the symptoms, but they come back fairly soon. Any suggestions?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Yes I have seen this condition before, the extreme burning of the tongue until it becomes red and swollen. Your body's condition is extremely acidic. In this case, (or generally) ideally 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda at least twice per day for at least 1 week but ideally for 2 weeks. Most people I would generally recommend 1/4 teaspoon twice per day, but whenever serious depletion is apparent, then the dosages go up twice more. Please mix this in about 1/2 glass of water. Another formula which is a variation, is to take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid. This newer formula works better in restoring or maintaining steady pH much longer. However, for people whose bicarbonates are seriously depleted I won't recommend this second formula. However you are free to try out and see how it works for you in case the first formula do not work.

The body's buffer condition is seriously depleted whenever apple cider doesn't work. How apple cider works is this: the apple cider enters your system and encounters excess carbonates or calcium, which is common for most people to react to form either acetates or bicarbonates. However, in some people who do not have buffers already (carbonates) there is no buffer and the body's goes into an acid condition. In this case the body's stores of bicarbonates are depleted. There is a lot of misunderstandings of ACV that I would like to clear up, but limited time on my part, I can only answer the most common problems people have experienced. At the moment you need to refrain from taking ACV for about two weeks before continuing. If and when you should continue, after two weeks,: 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate plus apple cider vinegar. In this instances allow the fizzing to settle down before taking them. You can add water if you want. The acid tongue condition should be cleared up within a couple of days (usually 2-3 days).