Stomach Acidity

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"I can almost feel the acidity turning to alkaline."

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Hi. My name is Michael. I'm 57 years old, and I grew up in Texas and live in California. I am a relatively healthy guy. I've been fortunate enough to take care of myself. I did smoke cigarettes in my early years up to my, say, early forties. I wasn't a heavy smoker, but I smoked. So I try to, you know, eradicate any bad habits and drink very, very little. I eat incredibly healthy. I'm lucky that I have been healthy. Over the last, I would say 5 to 10 years, I've had some issues, including, some digestive issues, starting with probably what most people generically say, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, just upset stomachs and different bowel issues. That's also concurrent with the fact that I had my gall bladder out, which definitely changes your digestion. Colonoscopies have always been incredibly clean. One or two benign polyps. But I do have gastro reflux and notably what's called Barrett's Esophagus, which is the lining of the esophagus that changes from a normal tissue to somewhat abnormal tissue due to constant reflux, constant acid going from your stomach up into your esophagus instead of the other way around. So, I do take one antacid a day to help suppress the acid. Otherwise, I wouldn't take it, I try, you know, completely going off of any medication, but safer that, just one of those a day. I do struggle in different times of the day, not every day, but many days with sort of a upset stomach. You know, maybe late afternoon due to I'm guessing, no one's told me this, acidity changes in the lining of your stomach.So I stay away from antacid pills as a remedy to make myself feel better.

But what I found is that the the usage of apple cider vinegar has been incredibly helpful to me. Just doing two tablespoons in water, maybe just a squeeze of honey, maybe not, maybe just plain apple cider vinegar and water. And I found that probably within 20 to 30 minutes, the entire upset stomach feeling goes away. It's almost like I can almost feel the acidity turning to alkaline. And that's exactly what apple cider vinegar does. While it is tart and acidic, when it hits your stomach, when it hits the small intestine, stomach and small intestine, it becomes alkaline. So it's an incredible remedy. It's been used for many, many years for different things. People use it as a condiment for food. But, it's been, I almost want to say, I don't want to say a lifesaver, but it definitely has helped change the acidity in my stomach and nine to nine-and-a-half times out of ten, it's been an incredible remedy. I also find that along with that, other apple products, like apple sauce and just eating apples in general, is a great kind of alkaline food substance to remedy upset stomachs. So it's something that I've been using. I continue to use and hopefully will use it forever and ever.