Almost everything you have been told about heartburn, indigestion, and common stomach ailments is wrong. Indigestion is not caused by excess acid in the stomach, nor is acid reflux. In fact, the worst treatment for these problems is taking an antacid, whether prescribed or not.

Being acidic is the natural state of the stomach, so there is no such thing as an excess of acid or acid buildup regarding the stomach. It is like claiming that the lungs suffer from excess oxygen, or the blood has an excess of red cells. Attempting to neutralize stomach acid to treat an uneasy stomach is as wise as treating an excess of blood cells with leeches. Both cases are demonstrations of using poor medicine to treat only the symptoms of non-existent medical conditions, of which the establishment either cannot accurately diagnose, or it is too unprofitable to do so.

The truth about most stomach disorders is that they are caused by not having enough acid, so the pharmaceutical industry has made fools out of most of us. The true reason behind acid reflux and indigestion is that when the stomach is lacking in acid, it must churn violently to make the best use of its limited acid. This in-turn causes pressure and back flows of the existing acid. The combination of the back-flows into the esophagus and the stomach's cramping action is what causes pain.

Antacids seem to work because they render the acid being spewed by the churning stomach as even less potent, and therefore, less painful. In the rare cases when acid is actually being overproduced by the stomach, it is virtually always a body attempting to compensate for antacids having been routinely administered. The effects of taking antacids eventually snowball, preventing proper digestion, temporarily eliminating only the symptoms, and eventually causing the very excess acid problem that they had been meant to stop. To recreate acids which have been neutralized, the body must carry out a set of complex chemical reactions that stress the body and cause it to develop an acidic pH. The process is quite unhealthy.

Why Stomach Acid Deficiency Happens

The end result of our accumulated toxicity from the factors mentioned throughout this book, is that our body chemistry has been artificially altered to become acidic. The relationship between an acidic body and illness has long been established, and the medical term for this condition is "acidosis". Acidosis ironically leads to an acid deficiency in the only organ requiring acid: the stomach. The toxicity of the majority of foods in a typical diet causes the body to become more acidic during digestion, and this includes the water. A body which is acidic (which is most) destroys its own cells, has a crippled immune system, ages rapidly, experiences skin and hair problems, has metabolic and weight regulation problems, is disease prone, is prone to allergies, cannot effectively absorb nutrients, cannot effectively flush toxins, cannot properly cope with cholesterol, cannot properly regulate minerals such as calcium, and most importantly, cannot maintain high levels of oxygen.

The Aftermath of Weak Stomach Acid, Antacids, or Baking Soda

Donna Gates explained the problems with low stomach pH better than we could. Readers are notified that this is not a blanket endorsement of her work, because she sells health frauds, such as pond scum (algae) as a healthy food item for human beings. Nevertheless, Donna actually did very well in understanding and explaining the issues of this particular topic, so she is quoted below.

"There are two main consequences of low stomach acid: 1. You become protein malnourished. When your stomach acid is low, you are not able to digest protein. Improper digestion of protein creates toxins in your intestines that can set the stage for illness and disease. Improper digestion of protein also creates acidic blood, since protein is by nature acidic. 2. You become mineral deficient. As your blood becomes more acidic, it will look for minerals from anywhere in your body, in order to get your blood to its more ideal alkaline state. Acidic blood robs your body of minerals, even taking minerals from your bones (which is important to know if you want to prevent osteoporosis).

"Low stomach acid eventually creates a vicious cycle: low stomach acid = low minerals = acidic blood. This cycle continues because acidic blood further creates low minerals and low stomach acid. Once this vicious cycle has started, there is a cascade of consequences:

"You could eat plenty of protein and still be protein malnourished. This raises cortisol levels (stress or death hormone), thereby raising your blood glucose (blood sugar levels). Elevated cortisol adversely affects your behavior and temperment.

"Eventually, your adrenals become depleted (adrenal fatigue) and DHEA, the youth hormone, is suppressed, leading to premature aging.

"Low DHEA and high cortisol affect your brain and behavior, but that's not all. The vicious cycle of low stomach acid affects your inner ecosystem too. Low stomach acid can lead to more bad guys (pathogenic bacteria, candida and viruses) than good guys (healthy microflora), thus lowering your immunity.

"Here are some of the common symptoms and disorders caused by low stomach acid: Bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals, heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid), Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, undigested food in stools, acne, rectal itching, chronic candida, hair loss in women, multiple food allergies, iron deficiency, weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, dry skin, various autoimmune diseases."

A Natural Remedy

The next time that you have indigestion problems, try an experiment that gives your stomach the acid that it needs. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and chase it with a glass of water. We recommend only purchasing apple cider vinegar in glass containers, or the vinegar will contain chemical contaminants that have leached out of the plastic. All stomach churning and pain should subside within minutes, unless the problem is ulcers. The results are amazing.

No pharmaceutical company will make billions from this, and none of them will ever be able to become the gate keeper of this remedy by getting a patent to monopolize apple cider vinegar. Regulatory agencies will not be able to profit from this either. Therefore, do not expect to read about this in any of the medical journals, or to ever hear it reported in the mainstream media.

Those having trouble digesting high-protein foods should find digestive enzymes to be helpful. Previously known as "pancreatic enzymes", these compounds are created in the pancreas to aid in the breakdown of foods. High-fat and high-protein foods are the most difficult to digest, and digestive enzymes alleviate much of the burden. Taking digestive enzymes alongside meals allows the pancreas to perform its other tasks more efficiently, and gives it the opportunity to heal itself. Whenever a pancreas is malfunctioning, the body cannot properly digest its food, so people subsequently become malnourished, which slowly causes subsequent disease states throughout a body over time. Those with chronic and severe digestive problems are likely to benefit from digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes can greatly alleviate the pain of an impaired pancreas, in some cases altogether.

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Spreading The Word
# Spreading The Word 2010-05-13 15:07
Apple cider vinegar is a good treatment but if you want a cure, buy four bottles of low sodium V8 juice. Add salt to it and drink two glasses a day, make sure you finish all four bottles. You will not get heartburn again unless you do something to mess yourself up, such as taking Antibotics.
The cloride,(Potassium cloride) in the V8 and salt will lower the ph in your stomach and take care of the heartburn. This worked for me five years ago and I have not had heartburn since. Good Luck
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# RE: Why You Should Use Apple Cider Vinegar Instead of Antacids and Baking Soda for IndigestionThomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2010-08-24 20:34
Taking V8 is a really bad idea. It is owned by the Campbell's company (one of the evil empires of the processed foods industry). If you are going to juice, then do it right. Don't allow them to deceive you in believing that they have a quick fix for you, or that anything that they do is for your benefit. V8 is seriously crap with most of the nutrition burned off through extreme pasteurization. The reason it worked was because the acid reflux was caused by a severe mineral deficiency. Minerals cannot be burned off. So the only thing left of nutrition was exactly what you needed, by sheer luck. Minerals are used to produce stomach acid.
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Donna Fielder
# Donna Fielder 2012-08-18 23:15
I suffered with heartburn and acid reflux for years. I bought into the "too much stomach acid" lie and bought every OTC medication on the market. When those failed, I turned to physicians and prescription drugs for relief. Of course, I never found relief. I wound up undergoing GERD surgery to stop the heartburn. It worked, but caused a lot of other digestive problems. Finally, a chiropractic neurologist enlightened me about the "too much stomach acid" lie. Now, I take ACV and no longer have digestive problems.
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Todd Pajnich
# Todd Pajnich 2012-08-23 00:00
I;ve been sipping on Apple cider vinegar from Bragg's company...glass container and it seems to help a lotta bit with my acid reflex..I quit taking my antacids meds compeletly. But i still get alot of aniexty and issues so yea still not fully fixd :P, but thank you for the start!
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Tim Czarnecki
# ACV and quitting PPIsTim Czarnecki 2013-07-21 16:36
A word of warning to people that may be taking PPIs like myself. You can't go cold turkey to quit PPIs due to "acid rebound". I never heard of acid rebound, but after failing attempts to stop taking PPIs on two previous occasions I know firsthand. My acid reflux came back with a fury. After my second attempt to quit Omeprazole, I tried taking ACV based on this article. It helped briefly, but my reflux continued to get worse. I tried calcium carbonate tabs (tums), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water and in tab form. Again, temporary relief, but I was having to consume a large amount of these items and the reflux kept getting worse. It became unbearable. I gave up and went back on the Omeprazole. People without serious acid reflux have no idea how painful it can be. We're not talking about regular heartburn. I'm taking the Omeprazole again, and after subsequent internet research discovered "acid rebound" upon cessation is a very common problem. People claim it takes weeks to months for your stomach to normalize again one off of PPIs. Not to mention doctors are aware that once you start taking a PPI it is difficult to stop. At this point I can't do it. Some people describe weaning yourself off of PPIs by taking them every other day, but most comments I read indicate that has worked for some but not all. I truly want to discontinue PPIs but the acid rebound presents a major obstacle. If anyone has had success in quitting PPIs and experienced rebound please comment.
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Mark Gleason
# Mark Gleason 2013-10-20 23:03
I know How you feel. A good amount of my throat is melted away. I can see the damage in a mirror with a flash light. I was successful with weaning myself from PPI's. It took me a few weeks. I was taking 2 omeprazoles and 1 zantac per day, and I was still having symptoms. My gastro enterologist said I would be dependent on PPI's for the rest of my life, and that ACV would only work temporarily at best, and was not a solution. I was taking PPI's for about 4 years. I have been completely free of them for about 3 years now. I would drink lots of Braggs ACV with water (a few glasses a day for about a year). I adopted an alkaline diet for the most part. I avoided sugar. Exercise helped as well. My acid reflux is gone. It took a short while to wean myself from the PPI's. ACV and granny smith apples were a daily part of my diet for about a year. Now I can eat,and drink things that would have caused extreme pain due to heartburn. Good luck.
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Jean Kennedy
# Quitting PPI'sJean Kennedy 2017-08-20 01:26
I missed some doses of omeprazole and got the terrible acid rebound for months. The. I researched Omeprazole and realized I had to get off of them. I didn't quit during the acid reflux rebound though. I waited until it was over and I researched how to quit. I bought a pill splitter and I reduced one quarter at a time every other day. So for a few weeks I alternated between a full pill and 3/4 pill. Then I went down to 3/4 everyday for a week, (sometimes I took a dose for 2-3 weeks). If at anytime I felt symptoms, I went back to the previous dose for a few weeks. It took a long time. Next, 3/4 and 1/2 on alternating days, then 1/2 everyday, then 1/2 and 1/4 on alternating days. Then, 1/4 everyday, 1/4 on alternating days, 1/4 every 2 days, and finally, no Prilosec.
However, I realized that my acid reflux is a result of my obesity and I realized I had to also lose weight. You may need the Omeprazole if you have acid reflux for a different reason, I really can't say. So, when I eat a low acid diet of less than 1500 calories, I don't have symptoms and I have many acid free days. However, if I decide to have some chocolaty dessert or pizza, or if I eat too close to bedtime, I still have issues, so it is a lifelong project. So, I was researching apple cider vinegar. My favorite remedy is fresh ginger.
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Billy Boyo
# RE: ACV and quitting PPIsBilly Boyo 2018-03-23 17:45
Have you tried taking regular doses of turmeric? Dissolve a teaspoon in a small amount of warm water and drink it.It takes my heartburn away for a while. And the more I take, the better it gets.
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Carole Saad
# Low stomach acid? High? Help?Carole Saad 2013-08-23 05:42
Good Morning Before meals? Anytime? What can I do to have my flat belly back. (apart from stopping the whole sugarfree gum maddness, which God knows I am trying to so bad:sad: )

Thank you very much and keep up the GREAT work.
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Nora Chavez
# Apple Cider VinegarNora Chavez 2013-11-30 19:36
Last night I read your report on Why To Use Apple Cider Vinegar. I was awakened about 2 a.m. with the worst acid reflux episode for the second night in a row. I was out of baking soda, no antacids, etc., which took me to the internet. After reading the article it made sense, only I didn't have any apple cider vinegar and it was 2 in the morning. But I did have apples and since apples ferment in your stomach I had nothing to lose. I ate just one apple and within just a couple of minutes I was feeling relief. By 15 minutes I had no more symptoms. I was able to lie down and did not have anymore acid reflux. Your article saved me. Today I went and bought my apple cider vinegar and will take it each day. Thank you!
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# RE: Apple Cider VinegarThomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2016-08-31 18:49
Things do not ferment in the stomach. They are broken down by acid and enzymes. If straight apples or apple juice worked, then the problem is the gall bladder. It is not truly acid reflex in such cases.
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A Wheel
# A Wheel 2014-03-19 18:39
Woohoo! This article made me a hero. My son was coming by every week complaining about stomach issues, reflux, indigestion. Last week I told him about ACV and he is so happy to be feeling better. My mom stats just went way up! Thanks so much!!
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Karen Donnelly
# Aloe Vera for acid reflux?Karen Donnelly 2014-06-17 19:08
I recently developed acid reflux and have tried the usual suspects. I did try AC. But maybe I gave up too soon? Has heard of Aloe Vera (100%) as a remedy?
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Scilla Burton
# Interesting info here!Scilla Burton 2015-01-24 00:05
Hi! I've just discovered your website. I've been doing a mostly Paleo diet for 3 years after having been dx with Celiac disease. Like many, I had one doctor after another say nothing was wrong with me, meanwhile, I suffered symptoms clearly indicative of Celiac disease. These days I am happy to report I am doing quite well. But I just have this one day out of every few months where I suffer from stomach pains. I had heard apple cider vinegar has health benefits so I found this article and it sounds like this may really help! Thank you so much. I also didn't know about getting the kind in a glass bottle, I'll have to keep that in mind.
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Diane Butler
# ThanksDiane Butler 2015-05-23 14:57
I wake up feeling nauseated every morning. I am trying to remember to drink water now, it seems to help. I have burning in my stomach a lot, and lately is has been hurting, I’m burping, and can’t drink my coffee. Waaa!!! The cayenne I’ve been taking for years usually neutralizes it, and helps, but I woke up today feeling really bad. So I stumbled onto your site, and saw a post from Sarah, setting someone straight, and I thought, this girl knows her stuff!!! So I clicked on her photo and it came to this site. I read about the apple cider vinegar solution, one tablespoon with a water chaser, I did it, and I felt better in minutes. Thanks!!!!! I believe in you, Sarah, in your passion, your gift, as well as your hatred for those greedy people who push fake remedies! Thanks, Sarah! ...From the bottom of my heart. Here is my question: How often can I take the apple cider? -----Diane
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Patty Nagy
# Patty Nagy 2015-09-27 19:57
I have suffered from acid reflux all my life it seems (I'll be 47). I have been taking the generic prevacid for at least 7+ years. It works for me. Everything I've ever heard says you should never have been on this medicine this long. If I do not take my medicine first thing in the morning, I will know I forgot it because I will instantly have horrible heartburn. I have been researching apple cider vinegar for pain and I remember hearing something once that perhaps my situation was that I did not have enough acid in my stomach and that is why I had what I thought was heart burn pain. So, for the past week, I've tried 2 T of organic ACV w/ 1 T of local honey, w/a little water, 2 times a day. I was in incredible pain. It felt like I had swallowed a tennis ball. Like I had to be burped. It was horrible. The heartburn was horrible. I initially did not take my medicine, but after day two I continued the ACV, but also took the meds. It seems like I'm counteracting whatever I'm attempting to do. How can I tell if I truly do not have enough acid in my stomach? And why did I experience such discomfort from the ACV combination? I did not drink it today. I guess I gave it 6 full days. Does anyone have any comments or suggests? Thank you.
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Mark Shapiro
# Apple Cider Vinegar For Stomach UlcersMark Shapiro 2015-10-04 20:10
In the article above you mention that all stomach churning and pain (with the use of apple cider vinegar) should subside within minutes, unless the problem is ulcers.

Are you saying that you don't recommend ACV for stomach ulcers at all? If so, why not? Thanks.
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2015-10-07 03:07
It is because we don't make incredibly stupid recommendations to our people that would hurt them. We're funny like that.
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John Michael
# Apples / gall bladderJohn Michael 2018-01-16 20:38
Hi Thomas,

I’ve had indigestion problems on and off for years now. I won’t go into details because it’s the same as everyone else above in terms of the pain and how to manage it.

But you mentioned to another commenter that if eating apples works then it’s not acid it’s your gall bladder. Can you elaborate on that? I’ve tried everything to stop the pain when I get indigestion; liquid antacids, OTCs, you name it. Only thing that works, eating an apple. Stops the horrible pains dead in their tracks.

I’ve had tests run on my gall bladder and they all came back negative. Including the dye test.

Any info is helpful. Thanks.
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# RE: Apples / gall bladderSarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2018-01-16 21:37
We have an article about the gallbladder, which you might benefit from. You might also be interested to know that apples (and grapefruit) contain a compound that widens the bile ducts.

Here is the article: Holistically and Naturally Treating Gallstones and Gallbladder Attacks
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Jacqueline Staatz
# Bye bye stomach painJacqueline Staatz 2018-02-08 02:23
Two months ago I was taken to the e.r. With horrible stomach pain. Four years ago I had gall bladder surgery after a stomach episode and the pain was similar to that. Although, I knew it wasn't my gall bladder I assumed it had to be something major. After a lengthy and pricey e.r. visit nothing was found and I was sent home feeling even worse due to the morphine they gave me. Last night I went to bed with a similar stomach pain and while I managed to fall asleep I woke up w horrible pains. Desperate for relief I turned to ACV after some quick research and decided I had nothing to lose. My gosh what a miracle worker I went from horrible pain to relief in just minutes. I can now go back to bed pain free and thrilled about my new found knowledge about stomach acid issues. I will be sure to pass this along to others who I know suffer from such issues.
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Bryan Pelech
# ACVBryan Pelech 2018-03-23 15:01
Don't just believe what you read on the internet - go out and try it yourself.
I just had a heart burn attack (which was hurting and burning pretty bad) So I sipped some Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and instantly the pain stopped... This is my experience.
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Louise Bolan
# ACV tablets are amazingLouise Bolan 2018-05-03 05:26
I have suffered with excess gas (through the mouth) and burping for years, most noticeable when sitting in the theatre and I would feel gases coming up. I have been taking ACV tablets for a few days and yesterday at the theatre almost nothing came up. It's truly amazing. I must have been low on stomach acid all this time. I can't stand drinking it but I got high potency organic tabs and they seem to be working.
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Lorie Miles
# Apple cider saved my lifeLorie Miles 2018-05-13 01:00
I was taking PPI for my acid reflux and esophagus choking problems. Broke my leg ( never have broken any thing in my life before ) and started reading about how those medicines suck the calcium out of your bones. THAN I ran into a lady at my job who used to work for an attorney and she said all the clients were on PPI's and they were having their organs shutting down !!!!! I stopped the pill and started taking apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons with some Ice and crystal light ( that makes it taste fabulous ) Yea I had 3 hard weeks getting stomach upset getting off the pills and I finished eating at 8 pm each night but after the 3rd week , my stomach problems are gone !!! my belching and gagging is almost gone completely and I have NO MORE acid stomach :))) I did a bone density test and I am 1 line into Osteoporosis . I think I caught it in time so I take LOTS of calcium. Its worth the 3 awful weeks to get off that poison I was taking
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Immanuel J Legomsky
# baking soda? questionsImmanuel J Legomsky 2018-06-28 03:48
Baking soda in titla and not in article ? What's bad about baking soda OR apple cider vinegar with baking soda together?


you say yeasts are all bad--what about red yeast rice which is sold for prostate issues as a miracle substance?

Thanks for answering questions
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# RE: baking soda? questionsSarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2018-06-28 04:31
We stay extremely busy. Baking soda does the opposite of apple cider vinegar. It neutralizes the acid in the stomach, thus making the body more acidic. It's like taking an antacid, and we already described why that is a bad thing.

Red yeast rice can certainly benefit some people, but it is a rare exception. It is still likely to fuel candida yeast, and thus people who are using it should take yogurt daily.
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