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For years, possibly even thousands, vinegar and/or apple cider vinegar has been claimed to have medicinal value. The verdict is still out on whether research can back up these claims, but for those of you willing to give alternative and natural methods a try, apple cider vinegar may be a great way to address some health issues.
I first heard about the benefits of apple cider vinegar for people with yeast infections or other fungal conditions such as Candida. According to Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet , this vinegar can help promote healthy microflora in the gut, balancing the inner ecosystem. She also states that it can aid in digestion and stop sugar cravings, both of which are symptoms for those with an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut. 
Apple cider vinegar has also been said to help with skin problems (such as acne), detoxify the body by cleaning the kidneys, cure allergies, help with upper respiratory infections, ease arthritis and stiff joints, ...
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...
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