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Cure Acid Reflux: Fast Acting Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 19, 2014

Treatment for acid reflux requires neutralizing the stomach acid that escapes the stomach. Apple cider vinegar is one proven natural remedy. Stomach acids leak into the esophagus by way of an abnormally functioning lower esophageal sphincter, causing burning chest or throat pain. This causes significant discomfort as well as other health concerns. However, several home remedies for the condition have been identified and are generally effective for curing the condition.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition that involves the escape of stomach acids out of the stomach and into the esophagus. The condition often causes burning chest pain called heartburn as well as burning in the throat or mouth. Regurgitation, bloating, burping, bloody or black stools, nausea and hiccups are also common.

Natural Remedies for Reflux Disease

Treatment for acid reflux requires the neutralization of the stomach acid that escapes the stomach. While it may seem counterintuitive to use an acidic compound to solve an acid problem, apple cider vinegar is a proven home cure for the condition. Aloe vera and baking soda as well as a variety of other home remedies are also effective for treating the condition.

Apple Cider Vinegar

While apple cider vinegar is an acidic compound, it functions to regulate the pH in the body. When taken daily, apple cider vinegar creates an alkaline environment in the body and maintains a stable pH. As such, stomach acid is neutralized and acid reflux is well-managed. Organic apple cider vinegar is best.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is effective for treating a variety of health conditions, including acid reflux. The compound contains a number of active vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients that make it an effective health treatment. The enzymes in aloe vera help it neutralize stomach acid while the other nutrients reduce inflammation and irritation caused by acid erosion.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is also helpful in treating acid reflux. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, helps neutralize acid in the body as well as maintain a balanced pH level in the bloodstream. This restoration of balance in the body reduces the acidity of acids in the stomach, which prevents the harmful effects of acid reflux.

A common condition, acid reflux causes significant discomfort and can lead to abrasive damage in the esophagus. Natural treatments work to balance the pH of the body and combat the harmful effects of acid reflux.

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Acidophilus for Acid Reflux

Holistic Treatment Ingredients

  • Yogurt, or
  • Acidophilus Capsules

Acidophilus is a natural probiotic commonly found in yogurt, which can be eaten daily to increase the number of helpful digestive bacteria in the intestines. Acidophilus can also be taken in pill form, but should be kept refrigerated.

[YEA]  05/15/2013: Sugarpuff from Christchurch, Canterbury: "Hi had been suffering from terrible acid reflux. So took the advice on here and brought a Probotic from the chemist. After 3 days no reflux so I just take one everyday and its gone away. So thanks for the great advice."


[YEA]  04/14/2013: Anonymouscat from La, Ca: "I took some parasite medication for a few days on an empty stomach soon I had a burning stomach and esphogas and acid reflux... Feeling I was also having shortness of breath and pressure type of feeling on my chest, My ND gave me probiotics and told me to open the capsules dump the content into a 1/2 glass of water and swish the probiotics powder in my mouth then drink it down. And the ND suggested pt drinking lactose free PLAIN KEFIR no sugar in and within 24 hours I felt a dramatic change, within three days I had zero pain and my symptoms all feel away."


[YEA]  04/03/2013: James from Hartford, Ct: "I take acidophilus every night for its beneficial bacteria. I noticed about a week after I started taking it that I no longer get acid reflux. I take 2 refrigerated pills with a glass of water just before going to bed. Highly recommend this."

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04/06/2013: Mckenzie from Charlotte, NC replies: "James, How much acidophilus are you taking per day? How many million or billion CFUs in total?

Is it a single strain or a multi strain probiotic??

Thanks!"

11/26/2013: Joy from La replies: "My doctor gave me therelac, and I bought a probiotic that has was in the freezer section that a grocery store it is a organic raw probiotics powder it has 500 billion CfU with 34 strains it has the USDA approval I swear one day they will have gadzillion cfu's My Chinese medicine doctor suggested slippery elm to calm the stomach and fresh ginger in water, body biotics first I had ever heard of it wnt on Amazon and bought the highly rated Broad Spectrum Probioic Prebiotic Powder He told me that our produce is washed and sterilized so many times before it gets to the plate that it is not allowing the body to build the flora it needs. He told me just eat things right out our garden without washing it and allowing the good flora to build up in the system . The oral surgeon, told me he is telling his grandchildren not to use those antibacterial pumps they have in public place, because it disrupts the bodies ability to build up the natural resistance it needs to protect itself. Something to think about it."


[YEA]  12/25/2008: Ren from New Orleans , La: "Probiotics has helped me with my acid reflux tremendously. I take them daily before or after a meal and am very satisfied."

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12/24/2009: Erikacassandra from Cavite, Philippines replies: "is this safe for pregnant women? i am pregnant with high blood pressure. can i still take this to control my hypertension?"
12/25/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Erikacassandra from Cavite,

If I were pregnant with hypertension, I would discontinue all carbonated beverages (damage the kidneys) and would start taking a good magnesium supplement or using the magnesium oil to bring the levels up to normal without getting the laxative effect. As said before, look up Deirdre's praise for it on EC. Remember that magnesium does many things in our body, including relaxing muscles. It is a required mineral for proper functioning, not a foreign drug that will probably create other problems for you to deal with."
12/25/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn. replies: "PS for Erickcassandra from Cavite,

I should have also mentioned that the wonder IV medication that they give the eclamptic pregnant woman when in distress is nothing more than magnesium sulphate commonly known as Epsom Salts. This should tell you that it should be safe during pregnancy."
05/05/2011: Johnblack from London, London City Of , United Kingdom replies: "My father is suffering from heartburn after almost every meal. Our family doctor has told us that he is suffering from acid reflux disease. He has prescribed him to take Prevacid. Could any one tell me what are the other symptoms of acid reflux disease. Although doctor has provide me some information regarding this but I want to know some more information about acid reflux disease. I will appreciate any information regarding this."
05/05/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "If the acid reflux isnt dealt to the chances of getting Osophageal cancer goes up quite considerably. Again the best treatment is Apple Cider venegar and honey. It should stop it instantly."
[YEA]  06/07/2011: Toml from Athens, Ga replies: "I agree with this, after trying a lot of things including aloe vera (helpful), apple vinegar (not so helpful)... The probiotics definitely are a great supplement. They basically help curb your acid reflux by fixing and strenghtening the digestive tract.

After a couple weeks of taking them, the stomach should function well on its own, but from my own experience its best to do a round every two or three months as a maintance tool."

09/13/2011: Mel from Lamar, Co replies: "Is it ok to use the acidophilus along with the Prevacid? so afraid to go off it, cuz it takes so long to kick back in... I really think my problem is silent reflux, (have no heartburn) mostly discomfort in throat."


[YEA]  05/27/2007: Toomba from Kuching, Malaysia: "http://www.thehealthierlife.co.uk/article/3428/heartburn.html... 66 percent of cases, a treatment consisting primarily of acidophilus and digestive enzymes will usually do the trick. In Dr. Spreen's words: "Acidophilus supplements (powder form, the liquid tastes awful) protect the oesophagus without killing acid (while killing the pain almost immediately). The hassle is, you have to keep it handy and take it often if you don't solve the whole problem, which involves tightening the gastro oesophageal sphincter. Dr. Spreen describes his treatment as "ridiculously simple and cheap." And while he feels confident that he can stop more than 2/3 of all heartburn and reflux cases."

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08/03/2012: Monil from Herndon, Va replies: "Acid reflux can be caused by a lot of different reasons. Things that worked for others might not work for you. You have to keep trying different things until one sticks. For me raw okra juice worked like a charm.. Please give it a shot. Make sure the okra are immature and small and also remove the seeds."
05/02/2013: Vanitha from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India replies: "Hi. Please explain how you used raw okra juice to curb acidity. How many okra pieces are to be used, how to juice them, what time to take them, early morning on empty stomach, between meals when acid sensation begins. Please help, as this may work for my hyper acidity."
05/03/2013: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Hi Vanitha, you can eat raw okra.

For immediate relief of your hyper acidity, prepare Ted's Alkalizing Formula and sip it throughout the day. This will neutralize the acids. You will get immediate relief from hyper acidity

To heal the esophagus and stomach, Soak 1 tsp of licorice powder in a 200ml of water for half an hour and drink in empty stomach.

Licorice - Adhimadhuram in Tamil

Add curd (homemade) in you food to supply the probiotics to your intestines as well.

What makes you think you have hyper-acidity?

Good Health. Thanks"

07/06/2013: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Vanitha, One teaspoon of licorice is a very big dose in my opinion. The side effect of too much licorice is High BP, so be careful. If I was in your condition I will start with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bi carbonate in half glass of water 30 to 45 minutes after the meals. You may have to change your life style, eating habits and may be there is some stress which you have to take care of. There is a lot written on this site for alkalising your body and connect it with your symptoms and do the needful. Good luck.

Baldev(09322887066)"

07/06/2013: Vanitha from Chennai, Tamilnadu replies: "Hi Ed, thanks a lot for your reply. Actually, I have IBS and acid-alkali imbalance causes irritation to my nerves. A protective coating helps. I'd be happy if you could answer these questions- Should the 1 teaspoon of licorice in water be taken early morning on empty stomach? Will the coating be enough to last through the day? Or should I take smaller quantities of it before each meal? Are DGL tablets more effective? Thanks."


[YEA]  05/20/2007: Max from Greene, NY: "I have been suffering from acid reflux for many years; I came across your website and tried the pure cherry juice as well as the acidophilus pills. I ran out of the cherry juice and can't comment on how well it worked but I can tell you that the acidophilus has been working; I was taking it at night after my meal and was sleeping without a problem. I'd recently taken a few generic pain relievers and coincidentally or not my acid reflux returned; I'm going to carefully monitor when I take it and how I feel from now on."


[YEA]  05/09/2007: David from Fort lauderdale, FL: "I have only one word.. Probiotics'... After 15 years of taking toxic medications, I found a nutritionist who introduce me to Probiotics... Trust me just find a website that sells this product. I personally take _____. Stop taking those life threntening medication for gastrointestinal problems and try probiotic, you will thank me...I take a few before or after every meal.... You will not be disappointed I promise... Good luck..."

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04/30/2009: Brian from Brooklyn, NY replies: "I have been taking Nexium since 04 for GERD. It works well but i heard it can cause Osteoperosis and I just dont like putting it in my body. What is probiotics, is there any relation between that and the Apple Cider Vinegar?"
06/03/2009: Leon from Miami, Florida replies: "Acid Reflux in a lot of cases seem to be a misdiagnosed condition. A majority of these cases is the body trying to rid itself of underdigested food. If you are over forty and is experiencing acid reflux in addition to bloating, gas, nausea, rapid heartbeat (due to the pressure of gas in your stomach) especially after meals. You might want to investigate if you are having a case of low stomach acid. These symptoms are similar to those of high stomach acid. A good digestive enzyme with acidopholous should do the trick.If you do not have ulcers you might want to look into the use of HCL betaine (has properties similar to stomach acid). ACV can help in the digestive process if taken with meals but in my experience it discourages the body from producing its own acid and you could become addicted.If you find yourself using over 2TBLS of ACV to get releif you are more than likely low in stomach acid. The low stomach acid can lead to stomach ulcers,digestive issues andacidic blood and of course H- Pylori bacteria then becomes active in these conditions. If you are having a case of adult acne esp on the back and face this might well be your problem. I have used cayenne peper 1/4 - 1/2 tsp 3 times daily to heal stomach ulcers. I also use raw cabbage and aloe vera juice (2-3 cups per day} with excellent results along with chewing ginger and honey and raw garlic to alleviate symptoms of gas. If you are low in acid Nexium, prilosec etc. will actually be the opposite of what you need. Hope this info helps."
10/07/2009: Guadalupe from Culver City, Ca. replies: "QUESTION- to Leon from Florida! What test need to be done to know if you have low stomach acid! in my case when i take medicine like pepcit or ACV make my stomach more acid!. can you please let me know how i can tell which is high and which is low acid. thank you so much"
[YEA]  07/03/2011: Vreed27 from Edmonds, Wa replies: "@ Brian from Brooklyn: Your intestinal tract has bacteria in it which is used to aid in the digestion of food. Part of this bacteria is GOOD bacteria and part is bad bacteria. Usually there is a balance of both. When you have more bad bacteria than good you can have Candida issues. Probiotics is the good bacteria that your body uses to aid in digestion. Adding probiotics to your body can help with all kinds of intestinal issues."


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[YEA]  06/14/2012: Susanrose from Orange County, Ca: "I have tried nearly all of the remedies listed here for Acid Reflux. The only thing that has greatly helped me is a recommendation from a lady at the local vitamin store. I now take Activated Charcoal capsules, 260 mg. I take two at a time, up to 3 times daily. Sometimes 2 capsules per day is enough. It helps tremendously. I was in bad pain nearly all the time, but thank God, now this seems a minor pain."


Acupressure

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[YEA]  03/14/2009: Ila from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: "Hi All, Would like to share a trick I use when I get acid reflux at night and have no ACV or other remedy at hand. Fluff up your pillow, get into bed and roll over onto your LEFT SIDE, make a fist and press into the hollow area at centre of chest just under your rib cage, and above the stomach. If you use enough pressure, you should feel relief within a minute or two, it works almost immediately for me. I hope it may work for others also. Never sleep on your right side, as it tends to make the reflux worse. It is very difficult for me to get ACV down my throat ,as I dislike it so much, it gives me shivers just thinking about it. I managed to get it down mixed with some water a few times so I know it works for acid reflux. Now I just sip a little pickle juice but I don't recommend this for others because of the salt content,Thanks for the great site,cheers to all,Ila"

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[YEA]  10/22/2012: Drmikedo from Northumberland, Pa, Usa replies: "Awesome for reflux. I know this technique as the diaphramatic release. My understanding is that this works because diaphragm spasm (or tightness) causes it to be ineffective at supporting the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). If this is a component to your reflux, it will definitely help.

For the acid part, my favorite is Sodium citrate. Works by neutralizing and then buffering the stomach's acidity. Does not cause the rebound effect of calcium containing solutions (calcium stimulates the body to secrete more acid, as acid is required for its absorption). Can easily be made by combining 4oz of orange juice with 1/2 tsp of baking soda."


ACV, Ginger, Garlic

02/02/2012: Lisa from Abilene, Texas: "I have had constant acid reflux/heartburn for weeks and I mean the kind that will wake you up at night in tears and not want to eat:( I tried every remedy on here and I finally got desperate and started doing random google searches on acid reflux cures and came across this Amish remedy.... It's called "proven old Amish formula-stops acid reflux in about a minute" by: Caleb Treeze organic Farm. It is sold in certain health food stores if you do a search on their site you can find one in your area. This stuff is a combo of ACV, ginger and garlic... This stuff is nothing short of a miracle!!! If you have tried everything else and nothing worked try this it's awesome!!!"

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02/06/2013: Gl from Roxboro, Nc replies: "what is your recipe for the mix?"


Alkaline Acid Diet

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04/30/2010: Saab from Montreal, Quebec, Canada: "query: I suffer from acid reflux. Drinking lemon juice makes it worse, however apple cider vinegar works wonders. Why-the difference as both have alkalizing properties.

Also, would the acid effect of lemon be reduced if mixed with sugar/baking soda/salt? thanks"

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06/23/2010: Holly from Mooresville, In replies: "sugar is very acid forming: avoid as much as possible!"
06/23/2012: Din from Kl, Malaysia replies: "for a quick relief try munching on cucumber. it works against hot spicy food too."


[YEA]  04/25/2010: Carolyn from Hobbs, Nm: "I have read so very much on this site about those of us with Acid Reflux. I have tried everything and nothing seemed to work until I discovered that acid problems are caused by eating too many or too much food that produces acid. Then I discovered the alkaline diet which has wonderful foods on it and it has changed my life. There are still wonderful foods on this diet. I make a green smoothie for breakfast with spinach, a banana, an apple, and a handful of greens such as spring mix or any of the other dark lettuces or kale,collards, etc. I also add a scoop of Whey Protein and 1 T. Chia seeds. Then I add 8 oz. water and a small glass of ice. I blend all of this in my Vitamix and drink this power house of nutrition. I'm not even hungry at noon many times. Then for lunch and dinner I eat from the alkaline side of the alkaline acid chart that you can download after you google acid alkaline food list. When I eat like this I never burn or have acid problems and don't need acid drugs of any kind. It has been wonderful for me. I love snacking on dates, figs, other dried fruits, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, etc. And isn't this the way God intended for us to eat? I also take Michael James minerals and potassium capsules because they also help to keep you alkaline. Chlorella is also alkaline. It helps too. This protocol works for everyone.

God Bless and good luck,
Carolyn"

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06/11/2010: Erin from Tampa, Fl replies: "Thanks for the alkaline food information. I had wondered why bananas and apples always made me feel better even though I was adding food to an upset stomach, and now I know: these foods are reducing the acid in my stomach. I looked up the food lists, though, and it seems like a few foods are in contention, like oatmeal. Some lists say it's alkaline, some say it's acid, and there are a few other items that cross lists as well. Could these actually be balanced foods rather than one or the other? Is there a place for acid foods in the diet, so long as you're getting enough alkaline? Thanks for sharing about alkaline foods."


01/06/2010: Evelyn from Ogden, Utah: "I have had acid reflux for years and I hardly ever feel the symptoms of heartburn, I only have that irritating tickling on the left side of my throat, followed by lots of coughing and then mucus that I'm clearing my throat for minutes afterwards, it is very troublesome. I can only lay on a certain side at night and cough all of the time. I have a book that lists some common alkaline ash foods and some common acid ash foods. Eating the foods on the alkaline food list help control the acid while the acid ash food list leave strong acid in your body, so by eating the alkaline foods such as apples, almonds, apricots, bananas just to name a few, versus bacon, beef, bran, wheat, cheese, chicken, crackers, these foods are on the acid list. Just an example of how we really have to watch our diets if we want to help control our acid reflux. I am going to try the ACV (apple cider vinegar) tonight, wish me luck, because I have been suffering with this annoying cough for years!!!"

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04/21/2010: Amy from Fresno, Ca replies: "This is interesting because the alkaline diet is also key to preventing cancer. The mutated cells thrive in an environment high in acid."


[YEA]  11/23/2007: Cynthia from Bergen County, New Jersey: "All these remedies do not address what people are putting initially in their bodies! Everyone is consuming acid causing foods. The basic theory is that acidic foods (ex. orange) cause an alkaline tummy. Alkaline foods cause an acid stomache. If you eat a lot of bread, rice, grains, etc. you will have reflux or an acid stomache. If you balance your diet with fruits and vegetables you will greatly reduce your chance of an acidic stomache. Find an acid alkaline food chart on google. There are quite a few. This explains why some people found relief from apples. It is an alkalizing fruit! So are beets, broccoli, carrots, etc. But be careful! Some fruits and vegees are acidifying like corn, lentils, blueberries, cranberries, canned fruits, plums, prunes, etc. That is why the chart is so important. I was a candidate for nexium and anti-acid pills. However, I changed my life by maintaining the acid alkaline diet. Please consider this. I've changed a lot of people's lives by sharing this information. However, a couple of my friends and family who have NOT taken this advice are now on anti-acid pills. Oh, by the way, fennel seed tea is a miracle worker for after dinner tummy calming. It helps to maintain an alkaline tummy. I need 2 cups to be helpful (I'm 144 lbs). Find the right dose for you. Best of luck!! Here's to your health!"

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[YEA]  11/08/2008: Vanya from Frankfort, Indiana replies: "I have had Acid Reflux for 6 and 1/2 years. Tried every prescription and non prescription medicine on the market, they all stopped working after while. I am ACID FREE since September 22-08(for good) I stopped my Protonix (despite my doctor opinion)

I read about the alkalizing diet and started on it right away. I start my day with 2oz of Aloe Vera Gel, then I take enzyme pill and eat breakfast. I am taking enzymes right before every meal. Then I drink a cup of chamomile tea with honey or molasses instead of sugar. I eat an apple around 10 am. Sometimes a pear. After lunch I take B complex vitamin, don't forget the enzyme pill too (it helps to digest the food better) Sometimes I feel a little bit discomfort in my stomach and I become afraid of getting the acid back, at those moments I chew raw almonds ( I always have some in my purse) and I feel fine! And , at last but most important I take PROBIOTICS, 5 or 6 per day, just anytime during the day. The more cultures they contain the better you feel, because we all need to replenish the good bacteria in our intestines (we live in a very stressful and poisoned environment)

Thank you all for the valuable information on this website! God Bless You all..."


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11/17/2013: Charlie Trig from Raleigh Nc: "Taking the chlorine out of your diet can have a drastic effect on your GERD, Acid Reflux and LPR. Chlorine gas in tap and bottled water changes the chemistry of your stomach acid, resulting in HCLO instead of HCL.

Find out more at http://www.gerdrefluxcure.com"






 



 

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