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The Truth REVEALED about Heartburn and Vinegar

Jun 20, 2008
In this article, an expert nutritionist explains to you which vinegars that are on no account to be ingested by sufferers of heartburn, and another type of vinegar that besides being a worthwhile diet supplement, actually works to significantly reduce your medical impairment. The question is therefore, what place does Vinegar have in your diet plan against heartburn? There are many options for vinegars for western consumers, but doctors and paramedics alike are of the opinion that only one of them is appropriate for heartburn patients.

Heartburn can be defined as the sensation in the region of the throat or the chest of burning, frequently with a bitter or sour taste. Heartburn may indicate gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Severe cases of GERD may also manifest themselves as problems in swallowing, asthma, reduction in weight and hoarseness. Neglect of GERD may degrade the impairment still further to a state known as Barrett's esophagus with the danger of cancer of the esophagus as well. Even if people who are quite healthy can get occasional heartburn (but not more than once a week), chronic heartburn is a strong sign of GERD, or acid reflux as it is also known.

In a healthy organism, a ring-like muscle allows food and drink to pass one way into the stomach, but then shuts off any reverse flow of stomach contents. Certain factors, detailed below, can weaken this muscle, leaving stomach juices free to get back into the esophageal cavity (this is what we term acid reflux), doing internal damage and leading to heartburn. In medical jargon, this ring like muscle is the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), and the complaint is termed gastro esophageal reflux disease. Therefore it is the role of the LES as a valve of muscle to shut off the esophagus from the stomach.

The multitude of causes of GERD means complex direct and indirect actions, as well as the interconnections between primary and secondary factors. Some factors initiate the problem, others simply make an existing problem worse. Factors liable to bring about GERD include:

1. Excess fabrication of stomach acid. In many cases (often because of inherited characteristics), the human body may over-produce stomach acid that then overflows back up to damage the esophageal cells.

2. Over-multiplication of Candida, the single cell fungus usually found in the human body (where it prefers the genital and intestinal areas) in quantities that are symbiotically balanced by the rest of the natural flora in the body. In certain cases, Candida can demonstrate explosive growth, overpowering the immune system and generating over 79 diverse toxins that can impinge on the body in various ways including that of GERD.

These conditions are worsened by most kinds of vinegar, including white vinegar, malt vinegar, balsamic vinegar and wine vinegar. The reason is that all these vinegars form acids when they are consumed, therefore increasing the acidity of the intestines and also the blood. This in turn triggers acid reflux and increases its level of severity. In addition to this, it is a recognized fact that these foods are the prime culprits together with white flour and sugar (and similar refined carbohydrates) in stimulating Candida overgrowth.

The exception to this however comes from organic apple cider vinegar. This vinegar can significantly lessen esophageal inflammation and act on Candida to bring the level back down. It can also restore the alkali balance in your digestive tract, which the other vinegars cannot do either.

The sole dependable way to avoid the recurrence of heartburn is to tackle the internal factors that are fundamentally responsible for the acid reflux. But it should be noted that no instant solution for heartburn itself exists because this ailment is brought on by a combination of the internal factors.

A full, all-natural, holistic program is the only solution for that.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . For Further Information: Vinegar for Heartburn
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