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The Facts About Vinegar And Heartburn

Jul 17, 2008
In the article below, an experienced nutritionist gives you the explanations on the vinegars that should not be consumed by heartburn patients, and another kind of vinegar that actually works to significantly reduce your medical impairment besides being a good supplement for your food plan. In essence, we answer the question of the relevance or not of vinegar in your food plan against heartburn. There are many varieties of vinegars available for western consumers, but medical and paramedical practitioners are unanimous in their belief that just one of them is suitable for sufferers of heartburn.

We can define heartburn as the sensation of burning in the area of the throat or the chest, often with a bitter or sour taste. Although this can happen to people who are quite healthy (but not more than once a week), chronic heartburn is taken to be a symptom of a disease known as acid reflux, or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Other than heartburn, severe cases of GERD may also display symptoms of problems in swallowing, loss of weight, hoarseness and asthma. If neglected, GERD can then degenerate into a more severe condition called Barrett's esophagus with the risk of cancer of the esophagus as well.

In medical terms, it is the weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that leads to gastro esophageal reflux disease. The LES is the valve or circle of muscle shutting off the stomach from the esophagus. In a healthy body, this ring of muscle lets food and drink pass one way into the stomach, but shuts to prevent any flow back in the opposite direction. It is when it is debilitated due to certain factors discussed after, that gastric juices can find their way back to the esophagus (this is acid reflux), corroding the esophageal lining and causing heartburn.

Factors responsible for GERD may be direct agents causing the condition, others worsening a condition that already exists. There are both principal and secondary factors that contribute to GERD, and there are also complex interconnections between them. These causative elements include:

1. Undue production of gastric acid. In many instances (often because of inherited characteristics), the human organism may over-fabricate stomach acid that then overflows back into the esophagus to corrode lining 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.

As an important remark, heartburn does not however lend itself to instantaneous solutions because it is triggered by a combination of many underlying causes. The only reliable way to inverse the tendency and prevent heartburn from recurring is to treat the inner environment that is responsible in the first place for acid reflux happening.

The one solution that can do that is a complete, all-natural, holistic program.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is an author of the best-selling e-book, "Heartburn No More- Open The Door To an Acid Reflux Free Life". To Learn More About His Unique 5-Step Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit: Heartburn No More. For further information visit: Heartburn and Acid Reflux
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