I’ve had a cough for months, actually I’m kind of embarrassed to say how long I’ve had the cough. The cough was getting brutal, mostly at night. I’d wake up coughing several times, and then it would be hard to get back to sleep. I refused to believe I had GERD. I had no symptoms except for this cough. Here is an article that explains GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. This article also recommends the mainstream medical treatments for GERD. It also mentions that there are really no studies to indicate ACV is a viable treatment for GERD. I was willing to take a chance on it! I’m willing to try natural remedies that “may” treat the cause, before I resort to medications, to treat the symptom! Always, always try and figure out the cause first, and, preferably in collaboration with your medical doctor, and if you can manage to treat the cause, it’s unlikely you will need to get a prescription medication for the symptoms.
What is ACV aka apple cider vinegar? Here it is directly from Wikipedia, their explanation:
Apple cider vinegar, a vinegar made from fermented apple juice, is used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives, and chutneys. It is made by crushing apples, then squeezing out the juice. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, which converts the sugars to alcohol. In a second fermentation step, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (Acetobacter species). Acetic acid and malic acid combine to give vinegar its sour taste. Apple cider vinegar has no medicinal or nutritional value. It is 94% water, with calories and all nutrients at negligible levels.
Keith used to have a cough. A cough that drove me crazy! I told him he had GERD! I was so astute with my nursing assessment of him, but, that’s always the case when it comes to someone other than myself! Eventually I convinced him to see a doctor about the cough. The doctor prescribed the usual medication for him, the proton pump inhibitor. It worked for a while, but, the cough came back. He tried an essential oil blend from doTERRA called ZenGest, which worked better than the medication, for a while only. Then he did his own research and read a lot of good things about ACV. He’s never looked back. He barely ever coughs anymore. Such a joy! I tell you, that constant clearing his throat, nagging little cough was hard to listen to, but, I know it was even more difficult for him to deal with!
Keith kept telling me to try ACV… eventually I did. I was sure my cough couldn’t be a symptom of GERD. So I tried the ACV, but, I was taking a teaspoonful straight. I just about died. It literally made me gag. It was horrible! Plus I thought it made matters worse. Sadly more time went by, with me coughing at night, and during the day. I felt desperate. I decided to revisit this miracle cure Keith had found for himself. This winter I tried it again. This time I read up on the best way to take ACV, so , that it’s more palatable as well as less harmful for my tooth enamel.. Everything I read on the subject, and based on the discussions I had with the staff at my local health food store, reccomended diluting the ACV in water. I don’t know why I didn’t clue in to this before! Keith was always taking his ACV in the morning with water. Anyway, I don’t want to beat myself over the head about it anymore, because, I’m finally on the ACV bandwagon, and, I’m so happy to say it’s working!
What I do first thing in the morning, is I take just a regular teaspoon, and measure out one spoonful of organic ACV, and add it to approximately one cup of tap water. I drink it with a straw (metal one) sometimes, and other times without, and wow, does it go down easier then when I took it straight!! It’s not a problem at all! I always drink a cup or two of water first thing in the morning, and, now I just add ACV to the water, and, it actually tastes better than plain water! ( I’m not a fan of straight water unless I’m really thirsty). This has made my morning routine of drinking my first cup of water so much more pleasant.
I have to tell you the difference is remarkable! I cannot believe I’m not coughing at night anymore! And, I can’t believe I have GERD! I had no other symptoms! I know I sound excited, but, it’s because I am! For probably a good 1 1/2 - 2 years I’ve been coughing like a there’s no tomorrow, and, just like that it’s gone. Even my daytime cough has diminished greatly. I have to say, as a nurse, I do believe in traditional medications completely, but, as a last resort, if nothing else works. I don’t want to treat my symptoms, I want to treat the cause and traditional medications are usually treating symptoms and not addressing the cause. I find this frustrating. I highly recommend you do your own research, especially if my symptoms sound at all similar to yours. Check in with your family doctor and get yourself checked out, to rule out any other possible causes for your symptoms. Getting older doesn’t mean you have to have dishfuls of pills. For certain conditions, a natural remedy may do the trick. -Anneli