Who knew that apple cider vinegar was good for so much? I remember hearing older people talk about taking it, but I never paid it much attention because “it could never happen to me.” Well, let me tell you. After going through a really tough period of major stomach issues (read about those adventures here), my doctor told me that I had Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and wanted me to try a couple of medicines for two weeks. I was instructed to take one pill 30 minutes before breakfast each morning and then another type of medicine before going to bed. I was much, MUCH better. So after the two weeks, I called the doctor to update her and to inquire about next steps. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Hi Doc, I just wanted to let you know that the meds work. I feel great. I’m able to eat, sleep, live.
Doc: Oh good! Finally! I’m so glad to hear it!
Me: Me too! I’m so thankful. So, what now?
Doc: Well, you just continue taking the meds.
Me: Ok, cool. For how long?
Doc: For forever.
Me: I’m sorry, whaaaaaaat?
Doc: Yeah. Or unless they stop working. In that case, we’ll switch you to something stronger.
Me: I’m not understanding. So you want me to take these pills for the rest of my life?
Doc: Well it’s important to regulate your acid production levels and the meds will do that.
Me: Yeah, but there’s no way to do that without the meds, like managing my diet or something?
Doc: Not really (blah, blah, blah) *insert Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice here*
Me: Thanks for your help. I’ll keep you posted. *drop to my knees in prayer* 🙏
I refused to believe that taking medicines everyday for the rest of my life was the only option. Instead, I chose to believe that the God I serve can do anything, can do all things. So I prayed and gave it to Him, believing that he would fix it or give me the wisdom to understand and accept that the meds were necessary.
One day several weeks later, I was catching up with good friend. We check in with each other via text every few weeks, but we only actually talk every few months. This was one of those talks. I was catching her up on the stomach saga that had been my life over the previous few months. She mentioned that she had been experiencing something very similar and that she’d found that apple cider vinegar helps to control her stomach issues. Just like when I’d read about it previously, I was skeptical about how something that is so acidic could help with an over-production of acid. I was trusting the process so I tried it, at first with the medicines. I drink about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water everyday. I have not had any meds in almost three months. 🙌I still don’t really understand how apple cider vinegar helps with this issue, but it works and it’s natural (Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar). If you know, please help me understand because I’ll forever be curious to know. In the meantime, here is a list of other great (some surprising) benefits of ACV.
Won’t He do it?