That 2am Burn…

Bicarb or baking soda

Bicarb or baking soda

Have you ever woken up in the wee small hours with a burn in your chest and throat that gets you out of bed faster than a greyhound out the gates, and sends you to the medicine cabinet to dive for an antacid?

I’ve had fierce indigestion for the last few years, and it is worse when I’m feeling stressed for any reason.

And worse again when I eat wheat more than once a day. So I don’t.

I’m not fond of prescription drugs or medicines of any sort really, so was on the lookout for a natural way to treat my indigestion. My dad told me his family had taken bicarb in water to deal with indigestion, so I thought I’d give it a try, and it’s really really effective.

But geez it’s disgusting.

And it turns out it’s exactly the wrong thing to do!

Indigestion, my research tells me, is not about too much acid in the stomach (though it surely feels like it at 2am!), but too little. Same with acid reflux.

I know, seems daft hey?

Though when I thought about it…. if our stomach uses acid to begin digestion, how does it get too acidy? Does that mean our lungs can have too much oxygen? Didn’t seem logical really.

We get 2am indigestion (or any other time) when our stomachs are not acidy enough, and our stomach works overtime – churns harder – to make the best use of the acid we have.

Antacids – and my natural bicarb – seem to work because they reduce the amount of acid and stop that immediate burn. Over time, the condition gets worse and worse.

I can’t image that’s great for digestion at all 🙁 We’ve got less-digested food entering the gut and fermenting before it can be properly broken down – over years that’s a recipe for real trouble. Toxins galore leaking into the blood, I’d say…

So what to do? Would you believe – adding more acid. Again, it seems daft I know 🙂

But – it works in the biggest way! The acid is apple cider vinegar, apparently a classic natural treatment for indigestion. The first time I tried it it burned like hell going down – I chased it with a glass of cold water cos the taste isn’t that great either!

But within about ten seconds the burning eased, and my stomach felt calmer. I didn’t realise that it didn’t feel calm before I took the apple cider vinegar…
I used more a few hours later, and once the next day when the burn started again. It wasn’t nearly as bad on day 2 or day 3. Day 4 I woke up at about 1.30am with a slight burn. I’d smartly taken a medicine cup of apple cider vinegar to bed in case I needed it, along with a glass of water. Next thing I was waking up at 6am.
It’s amazing that such a simple natural cure for indigestion could be sitting in my pantry and me not know about it!
I’m amazed. But I wanted to know:

Why Don’t We Have Enough Stomach Acid

You don’t have to look too far for this – our food supply is full of over-processed food-like substances and artificially-created supplements, is irradiated and very deficient in things we do need – like beneficial bacteria and natural from-the-source nutrients.

All of that combines to make our entire body acidic – it should be slightly alkaline. The condition is known as acidosis and it’s a bitter irony really that one of the side effects is a stomach that is deficient in acid.

Does low stomach acid matter?

Certainly does – Donna Gates, author of the amazing Body Ecology says when your stomach is acidic you can’t digest protein properly causing acidic blood, and you become mineral deficient. Your body then gets minerals anywhere it can to try to return the blood to alkaline – and it gets it from your bones. So could the 2am burn be a sign of osteoporosis in your future?

Not in mine! I’m using apple cider vinegar to treat my indigestion and paying a bit more attention to getting alkaline foods into my diet!

But In Summary:

Indigestion = not enough stomach acid due to acidosis of the body. The solution is not antacids or bicarb – it’s to add acid to the stomach in the form on one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar chased by water, or mixed together and drunk  – just before eating, or several hours afterwards. Close to instant calm!

now that's body bliss





  1. Maggie Lukowski on January 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Wow Sandy, I never would have thought about this and I was just talking to my daughter and she is mixing Bragg’s vinegar in water these days and it works for many things. Great post! – Maggie

    • Sandy on January 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Maggie – I think the word’s getting out 🙂

  2. joy on January 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Love your pic and bio and the bottom. I didnt see it there before!
    Always good practical info


    • Sandy on January 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Joy – you didn’t see it before, I just got around to putting that plugin in – and wouldn’t you know it, the one I used broke my links. So it’s back on the list of things to do – very focussed on getting a day ahead in blogging, and fixing other things later. What plugin are you using for yours?

  3. Phyllis Harbinger on January 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Sandy-your post could not be more timely–I just completed a Lightworking retreat and on of the topics today was getting clean and becoming more alkaline. I too have suffered from bad digestion. I don’t get the burn but instead, gall bladder issues. My hubby does get the burn and I have found that Lipoprozyme-a digestive enzyme coupled with Slippery Elm works magic for us both. I now only take it when I feel something coming on. Thank you for the great explanation!

    • Sandy on January 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Phyllis for sharing about lipoprozyme and slippery elm – if the ACV becomes less effective I’ll certainly remember this one which also works with the body. Thanks 🙂

  4. Suzy on January 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. I never would’ve known. thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Sandy on January 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      YOu’re welcome, I enjoyed your post too 🙂

  5. Diane @ Me, Him And The Cats on January 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Great post! Acid reflux is something that really hits home! My dad back in the early 90s had FIERCE indigestion, and his doctors kept giving him all kinds of new perscriptions. He was drinking a bottle of Mylanta a day, even after doing all kinds of different diets. By 1996 they finally figured out that Acid indgestion leads to GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease ) which leads to Esophageal Cancer which he was in the last stages of by the time he was diagnosed. My parents waited, and waited and decided to go with an experimental surgery that had only been done 3 times in the US. The previous ones hadn’t worked too well but not having the surgery was just as grim. The surgery they had wanted to do, didn’t work so while they were in there they ended up doing something different that DID work. My dad was in the hospital for 6 months after it recovering. They ended removing his esophagus and using a piece of his colon as a makeshift esophagus. He is perfectly fine now except he doesn’t have anything covering the top of his esophagus to keep the food in, so he can’t go on upside down rollercoasters, or any rides that spin fast. He also has to keep his torso elevated so no food comes back up when he is sleeping so he got one of thoes craftmatic beds so he can sleep at a slight incline.

    So the moral of the story kids is to not ignore acid reflux, you need to do something to get it to stop before the acid starts tearing holes in your esophagus!

    • Sandy on January 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Diane, I did read that ongoing reflux can lead to cancer – makes sense I think? It was one of the reasons I kept looking for a better solution – other than not liking the pain of course 🙂 Must’ve been a harrowing time your family, glad it’s worked out okay 🙂

  6. Kate on January 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    thats bizarre..!
    of course we all think its too much acid!
    & yes, hubby & I both suffer a bit of night-time reflux
    its often mylanta to the rescue..
    thanks Sandy for enlightening us!
    so now it’s cider-vinegar to the rescue : D

    sadly my dear grandfather died of esophagal cancer..
    it was 20 yrs ago this year : (
    glad to hear there’s repair-surgery now
    but better yet if we spread the vinegar : D

    great info!


    • Sandy on January 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

      You’re welcome Kate, look forward to hearing how it goes for you 🙂

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