As long as there have been illnesses there have been “natural remedies” reported to cure them. This is also the case with Acid Reflux or GERD . There are several items that have been touted as the next remedy for GERD. A few of the most popular include; apple cider vinegar, peppermint tea, papaya enzymes, slippery elm bark and probiotics.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular “natural remedies” for GERD. It proponents claim that it will neutralize stomach acid when taken internally. Unfortunately there is no scientific research to back up this claim. In fact, the science would tend to indicate that, at best, it may produce a “placebo effect”. At worst apple cider vinegar could increase the problem because it is highly acidic. The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid which has the potential to damage tooth enamel and burn the esophagus.
Like many digestive disorders, acid reflux disease or GERD (gastric esophageal reflux disease) has grown to be a substantially common problem among Americans. The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Digestive Diseases reports that based on a study conducted in 2004, 20% of the US population suffers from symptoms of GERD on a weekly basis. This is just one of many digestive disorders that affect 60 to 70 million people, many of which may have been prevented with a good diet to begin with. 
For those that don’t know, GERD symptoms arise as a result of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), not closing well. This causes food and hydrochloric acid to leak back into the esophagus, which results in a burning sensation in the chest, also known as heartburn. Even though most traditional treatment methods can improve symptoms in the short term, over time these approaches can actually make the problem worse by not addressing the underlying cause and disrupting the body&rsquo...
My dad loves apples ! He always asks me to add them to the list whenever I’m heading to the grocery store. Originating in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago, the apple has become a staple of many people’s diets.
And like our ancestors found out oh so many years ago, these fruits are a healthy addition to your diet! According to the Institute of Food Research in the United Kingdom , some studies have found that apples may improve lung function as well reduce the risk of degenerate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and prevent chronic inflammation that can lead to heart cardiovascular. According to NutritionData at Self.com , one medium apple with skin is only 95 calories, but provides 17 percent of your dietary fiber. This fruit also is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Providing 14 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and A, the apple gets three out of five stars for weight loss and optimum health.
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