Acid reflux and all forms of heartburn are caused by excess gas in both the stomach and upper part of the small intestines.  This gas forces partially digested food up the esophagus and into the back of the throat.  This gas is formed when the body does not produce enough hydrochloric acid - stomach acid - to control the bacteria and digest the food in the stomach.  When this happens the gas pushes the food upward through the esophagus toward the back of the throat resulting in acid taste in the throat, coughing, choking and misery.  There are several possible soultions to help prevent acid reflux:

     1. Wait several hours after eating before going to bed and never eat in bed.

     2. Avoid spicy foods - peppers, tomatoes, cheeses, dairy products, peanut butter, coffee, tea, sodas, hot dogs, lunch meats, greasy snack foods and deep fried foods - during the day as much as possible, but especially during the evening meal and before going to bed.

     3. Don't drink alcohol.

     4. Drink at least 8 ounces of water after eating.

     5. Elevate the head of your bed.

     Each of these solutions can give a measure of relief to the acid reflux sufferer.  I have tried them all and others beside, but it wasn't until I began mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces of water and drinking it right before I went to bed that I received the help that has been mine for over 4 years - not one acid reflux episode.  The apple cider vinegar simply adds more acid to the stomach, assisting it in its digestive work.

     A few nights back some of my wife's relatives dropped by later in the evening.  My wife had made a delicious cake.  We went and purchased some ice cream and really enjoyed the treat with second helpings.  An hour after the folks left, I mixed my apple cider vinegar with water, drank it down, and climbed into bed.  There was a time when this would have led to a very painful night of gagging and choking.  I slept straight through the night and got up the next morning feeling great.  The apple cider vinegar had defeated the ice cream!