Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- ACV, Ginger, Garlic
- Alkaline Acid Diet
- Alkaline Water
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Apple
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Manuka Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Orange Peel, Aloe
- Artichoke Extract, Aloe Vera
- Avoid Alcohol
- Avoid Non-Fat Dairy
- Avoid Steak
- Baby Food
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda and Water, Lose Weight
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Basil Seeds
- Bentonite Clay
- Betaine Hydrochloride
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Blended Raw Potato
- Blood Type Diet
- Calcium and Magnesium
- Cell Salts
- Chamomile Tea
- Chew Slowly
- Chia Seed
- Coconut Oil
- Coffee Creamer
- Decaf Coffee
- Detox Am Tea
- Detoxification Diet
- Dietary Changes
- Digestive Enzymes
- Digestive Enzymes, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics
- Eliminate Grains and Legumes
- Eliminate Soy
- Fruit Juice
- General Feedback
- Gerd Surgery
- Ginger Ale
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Green Tea
- High Altitudes
- Hot Peppers
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV and Baking Soda
- Ibuprofen Connection
- Ice Cubes
- Kefir, Kombucha
- Kombucha Tea
- Liver Cleanse, ACV and Baking Soda
- Low Carb Diet, Hcl
- Lugol's Iodine
- Magnesium Chloride
- Mangosteen Juice
- Mastic Gum
- Miso Soup
- Multiple Remedies
- Non-Alcoholic Beer
- Olive Oil
- Orange Peel
- Orange Peel Extract
- Palm Oil
- Petai (Stink Bean)
- Pickle Juice
- Pickled Okra
- Pine Needles
- Pine Nuts
- Potato Juice
- Probiotics, Hlc
- Raise the Bed
- Raw Honey
- Reader Feedback
- Reader Theories
- Red Wine
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Reduce Stress
- Remedies Needed
- Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips
- Sea Salt
- Sleep on Your Left Side
- Slippery Elm
- Soda Water
- Soy Milk
- Sprouted Moong Lentils
- Sugar Tea
- Ted's Remedies
- Tomato Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Vinegar-Based Hot Sauce
- Vitamin B-6
- Water and Sea Salt
- Wheat Sensitivity
- Yogurt, Apples
02/11/2013: Sylvanna from Sydney, Australia: "Hi just been reading your blogs and have the same symptoms - barretts, lupus etc etc..... What about aloe vera capsules??? they would be ..."
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[NAY] 05/05/2009: Jeremy from Bloomington, IL: "Almonds doesn't work for me. It seems to make the acid reflux worse. ACV is the way to go!!"Replies
09/15/2010: Alex from Brooklyn, NY replies: "Try peppermint tea after meals. It does help reduce acid reflux, I tried and it worked."
08/28/2011: Gina from Morgantown, Wv replies: "Alex, peppermint is a trigger for most people suffering from GERD. You must make sure it's not one of your triggers before you try it!!!"
09/06/2011: Amita from New Delhi, India replies: "Peppermint is a trigger but combined with a few drops of honey it works well for acid reflux. Personally for me I swear by apple cider vinegar."
[YEA] 09/12/2007: Karen from Birmingham, Michigan: "ALMONDS: I had been taking aciphex for my acid reflux for over a year. After trying to lose weight with no success, I discovered over the internet that some people have a weight problem with aciphex. I stopped using it and decided to try a natural remedy that I used when I was pregnant and it works! It's real simple: plain almonds. I eat about 5 with breakfast and then eat a few each time I eat and I haven't felt my reflux. This was a remedy that a nurse told me about many years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, 1981. I'm so glad I remembered it. Just to let you know, I am a drinker of chlorinated tap water; (read below) but somehow that remedy makes sense, too. Oh, and by the way, I began to lose weight after stopping the aciphex!"
06/28/2011: Kate from Kingston, Ny: "I've found aloe juice to help with digestive issues and read that it works by lowering the acidity of the gastric juices found in the stomach. Aloe vera is also a powerful anti-inflammatory (think sunburns), offering relief for sore throat symptoms as well. Hope it helps!!"Replies
[YEA] 09/18/2011: Henrypotter from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Aloe Vera is also nice, I had had acid reflux for 7 yrs, having been going to hospital taking all antibiotic. It seemed not working. When I saw GNC food supplement in Thailand I went for it. I have been taking aloe vera with fish oil and it seemed working. I suggest people with stomach problem should try this. U can buy this from Top Markets, central and future park at the first floor. If anything I can be of help. God bless ya all."
[YEA] 01/09/2011: Kayla from Highland, Ny: "My daughter Natalie suffered from reflux from day one. She was born slightly premature, and was in the NICU for breathing difficulties, where she was given antibiotics. Along with helping what the doctor thought could be a slight infection, the antibiotics wiped out the good digestive enzymes we need to absorb the nutrition from food. After many nights of screaming and hearing her pained gasps, and refusing to put her on prescription drugs with varying side affects, we were recommended to an aloe juice product. Not only does Natalie love it, but here we are almost 4 months later and all signs of her reflux are gone.
Also, aloe juice helps to strengthen the immune system. She's had 1 cold, pretty remarkable. (She has 3 young, very curious cousins! ) If you'd like more information on the aloe juice, feel free to get a hold of me. Beware of aloe juices that contain things called "aloins, " as they are not safe for infants. I'd love to tell you more, because I know what a heartbreak reflux can create for a mother. Good Luck -Kayla
04/11/2011: Tyree from Dallas, Tx replies: "i'd like to know what kind of aloe vera it is and if you know any natural way to cure strictures which is the scar tissue that builds from reflux appreciate it"
07/19/2011: April from Houston, Tx replies: "thanks for the information where can I find this juice?"
07/19/2011: Deborah from New Orleans, La. replies: "You can find the Aloe Vera Juice at Walmart, Walgreens, or CVS. I was looking at it yesterday when I was trying to find the cold pressed Castor oil!"
[YEA] 07/27/2011: April from Houston, Tx replies: "I found it and this has been excellent for me. Thanks so much for this information! I havent shown any symptoms and I drink it in the morning before breakfast. I mix it with apple juice and it taste great. Do you know of any other easy products for acid reflux?... And what is that oil good for? Im very curious! Thanks alot!"
09/22/2011: Cureious from Tyler, Tx replies: "George's Aloe vera Juice is the best and does not cause diarrhea like some of the others. It is available at most health food stores."
01/01/2012: Cynthia from Flint, Tx replies: "How many ounces of the aloe Vera juice should I give my preemie boy? Also, can I put it in his bottle or should I put it in a dropper and give it to him as is? Finally, which brand name works best that has no "aloins?""
08/30/2012: Jenni from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Hi, I am also interested in finding out how much to give it to 10 months old baby. My daughter is suffering from acid reflux and the prescribed medicine has helped her but not a lot. She is still spitting up after having milk or solid food. Please let me know what brand is safe for 10 months old and how much to give and how many times a day.Thank you very much."
[YEA] 05/08/2009: Grant from Texas City, Texas: "Was just reading Ted from Bangkok, Thailand post 12/04/2006 on acid reflux and wanted to pass my findings along. Back in the early 70's I had acid so bad that I would swallow antacids whole, by the handfulls. While shopping the, (then, very new concept in my area), herb store, I found aloe vera "gel" which used Irish moss as the gelling agent and ascorbic acid as the preservative, it cured my "AR" with the first swallow! Later I determined it was actually the Irish moss that stopped my acid! However, I can't find the combination anywhere any more."Replies
[YEA] 06/10/2010: Fran from Dallas, Tx replies: "I would recommend to anyone that has acid reflux to use aloe vera. There are differents forms to take. My daughter takes the gel capsules because she doesnt like the taste. And alot of it has to do with stress. So depending on your life style you need to make a change in your life. I have learned that I can not control eveything, so I have learned to control myself and not let the actions of others affect me. Its the best way to deal with things."
[YEA] 07/30/2008: John from Dallas, Texas: "Aloe Vera: Get some aloe vera peel the skin off of it and you add water to the goo and throw it in the blender you will feel more energized and it will help reduce acid reflux."Replies
[YEA] 01/14/2009: Siouxellen from Grand Rapids, MI replies: "I have found that Aloe Vera is the most helpful. Didn't have much relief, if any, with ACV. Also, one needs to alter one's diet -- take out coffee (decaf is just as bad), teas, milk, chocolate, and especially alcohol. No food after 7 p.m. I think, however, I am unusual from most in the fact that when I lie down, the problem lessens. I don't have problems with sleeping, and if I am having a bad attack, I try to lie down somewhere until it passes. Of course when I arise, there is quite a bit of belching, from all that gas sitting in there all night, but usually I don't have heartburn. Just a lot of gas and belching and swallowing problems.
I have had the added displeasure of a Zenker's Diverticulum in my throat, and when food gets stuck in there, the acid reflux goes into overdrive trying to dislodge the food.
Between Prevacid, daily aloe vera doses, diet alteration, and getting a fair amount of exercise (relieves stress), I am slowly getting a handle on it all. Stressing out about the reflux doesn't help matters.
As for the Aloe Vera, I use both George's - which has no flavor, and the Stomach Formula, which is gaggy but helpful. I also have a Hiatal Hernia. My doc has said that if things worsen, there is a surgical procedure that he can do that involves inserting botox in the lower sphincter to narrow it. I would be interested to find out if anyone else has had this procedure done."
09/23/2009: Janise from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Some comments on Aloe Vera. As the first poster suggested using the fresh aloe leaf is best. Most all bottled aloe vera juices use Citric Acid to preserve it. This is acidic and could be counter productive to the aloe juice. To get away from this use fresh aloe leaf blended with water. I tried the bottled aloe for my stomach Gerd and reflux and it upset my stomach but the fresh aloe did not.
For women using aloe vera juice, I was told by Dr. Deepak Chopra in a consultation to not drink aloe during a women's menses or period. It can stop your cycle.
Aloe is best drunk after meals or on an empty stomach between meals or a quarter cup before bed."
12/21/2012: Pauline from Harare, Zimbabwe replies: "In my country most of the aloe Vera juice is not available. There is aloe Vera berry juice does anyone know if this will help a Gerd sufferer?"
02/11/2013: Sylvanna from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi just been reading your blogs and have the same symptoms - barretts, lupus etc etc..... What about aloe vera capsules??? they would be pure?"
[YEA] 06/18/2008: Harley from South Windsor, Connecticut: "A week after a flu shot, I developed a virus, including a fever of 100 degrees(F) and extreme fatigue. Then, I started to experience a funny feeling in my chest when swallowing. This developed into intense pain to the point that I could only get down room temperature water.
Went to a walk-in clinic on the weekend (own MD not available) and told to take Prilosec OTC. Didn't do any good. Saw my MD who put me on Prevacid and sent me for a Barium swallow test and, later, an upper endoscopy. Acid Reflux was the diagnosis....first time ever. Two months of Prevacid (which did work but was costing $156/month) and my esophogus healed. I tried to wean myself off but started feeling the familiar pain so I kept on the Prevacid.
While researching natural cures I came across this web site and decided to try Aloe Vera Juice. The local Vitamin Shoppe carries several brands. I tried ____ brand of its digestive formula of Aloe Vera (bunch of other herbs etc). It's been two months and I have been pain free although I have to watch what and when I eat as well as chew my food completely instead of swallowing in a hurry..I eat way too fast. A quart of the Aloe Vera juice lasts one week and costs $10.95. I also tried the apple cider vinegar but it did not work for me.
[YEA] 08/19/2008: Harley from South Windsor, Connecticut replies: "Well, another two months have passed and I continue to improve. I now take the aloe vera on rare occasions...maybe once every two weeks. Considering I had to take the Prevacid and, later, Prilosec every day, the aloe vera juice has really turned things around for me."
12/07/2009: Steve from South Windsor, Ct replies: "Harley:
I just saw your posting on Aloe Vera juice and gerd. Are you still doing well with the Aloe Vera? Is there a special brand that you bought that works best? I'm from South Windsor also (Old Farm Road), and I can go to the same store.
thanks very much,
12/10/2009: Holly from Tallahassee, Florida replies: "I'm replying to Steve (12/7/09) on aloe vera juice. I have been using ___ brand. It seems to help. I forget to take it regularly but when I do I believe it helps. I have found that diet helps a lot (reduce caffeine, fats, spicy foods). My relux is better for a while then bad for a while. My stressing over it probably makes it worse. I'm trying to use my aloe more and not to be anxious over it. I'm going to order some more ____. You take about 1/3 c twice a day. It does have citric acid in it but I don't believe that hinders it's effectiveness, it is still thick and it is also flavored, you can get grape and another flavor. I like the grape. I can't imagine using raw (your own) aloe. It stinks when yu cut a piece for a burn, I would imagine that it would taste terrible.
[YEA] 05/14/2008: Laurie from Springfield, Va: "Just a note about Aloe juice. The best brand, in my experience, is George's as it has no taste. The only warning I would have about aloe for acid reflux, is that it can, as it did in my case, act as a pretty potent laxative so just be aware of that if you are planning to try it. Thanks for all the helpful ideas."Replies
01/07/2011: Doug from Irving, Texas replies: "I have tried many types of aloe vera juice and never liked the taste of any until I tried GNC's Wild Berry Flavored Aloe Vera Juice. It tastes great chilled and feels as good as it tastes."
[YEA] 01/25/2008: Peggy : "I've read many of your questions on Acid Reflux. I was diagnosed with Bleeding Stomach ulcers, and was on many Antibiotics and Prevacid, acidix,to my surprise helped towards my osterprosis. I was on this for several years. There is really something that works better then anything I have read. It is 99.9% Aloe Juice. Take a little before each meal and it helps the stomach and digestive tract. After using it for several weeks then u only need it for morning and evening. I just read all the things like mentioned in your blogs here,but thought I should pass along about Aloe Juice. Thank you Peggy"
[YEA] 01/10/2008: Ellen from Scott City, Kansas: "Take Aloe vera for acid reflux treatment"Replies
07/08/2012: Mostrefulxcannotbecured from Houston, Texas replies: "My reflux cannot be cured and most cannot be cured because most reflux is from hiatal hernias. Mine is a sliding hernia which causes acid to come up my esophagus, so how can that be cured? The acid can be nuetralized so it does not come up but not cured!!"
[YEA] 07/20/2012: E.s. from Gulf Shores, Al replies: "I was recently diagnosed with Diverticulitis, Barrett's Esophagus and a Hiatal Hernia. I am a Disabled American Veteran and one of my problems has been GERD, which I have suffered with for many years. Some nights it got so bad I would wake up and jump out of bed, choking for air. I have been on a regime of Omniprozole for many years as well, but have recently starting takin Aloe Vera Gel, ACV, Slippery Elm, Papaya Enzyme and a Probiotic and can say I've had the most restful sleep I've had in a long time. Plus the bloated, hard and puffed out stomach is no longer there. I am not sure if one thing is doing it or a combination of all of them, but for now I am going to stick with it."
09/03/2012: Taco13 from Millard, Ne replies: "To: E. S. From Gulf Shores, AL; Just curious, did your symptoms start shortly after any military service or vacinations? An earlier post said his started right after a flu shot. The first time I remember having any reflux was during the gulf war right after we received all of our vacinations. I also experinced food getting lodged in my throat and having to vomit so I could breathe during this same time. Wondering if there is a connection."
[YEA] 01/10/2008: Ellen D : "I got acid reflux after having taken aspirin daily for about two weeks (for chronic headache). That was many years ago but my stomach is still sensitive to spicy foods, too much grease, etc. I have found that if I cut a leaf off my Aloe vera plant, peel off the leathery skin and eat the slimy jelly-like inner part of the leaf, it soothes my throat and settles my stomach. (This remedy was told to me by a Japanese friend, who said that's what people do in Japan.)"Replies
[YEA] 11/16/2010: Teresa from Rockford, Iowa replies: "Just read your thread and had to reply. Have been taking the ACV for months and it's great and my husband is also a big fan but recently my acid reflux has returned with a vengence. I snipped a leaf off my aloe plant out of desparation and chewed it. Lo and behold, I am writing this to say that immediatley my ar is gone and I am going to need to find another plant as mine is a bit small and may not survive me!! LOL"
03/04/2011: Diane from Scottsdale, Az replies: "Try the aloe vera capsules - available on line or at your health food store - work well and cheaper too."
09/25/2011: Linda from Gilbert, Az replies: "Diane, Is there a particular brand of the capsules that work well for you? Are you taking any other medication along with the aloe vera?"
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Zinnia from Wappingers Falls, New York: "My daughter Stefanie developed an acid reflux. She was given an anti acid Rx. It temporarity stopped. I researched the wonders of Aloe Vera and found that it treated her. Since then whenever it occurs, I give her juice mixed with Aloe Vera juice. It works wonder."Replies
11/13/2008: Diane from Quincy, Massachusetts replies: "I read your entry and was curious how old your daughter was? My daughter was diagnosed at age 12 and we are finding that ACV really helps. I will have to get some Aloe Vera too."
01/25/2010: Lydia from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "It's nice to know there are other young people with GERD. I am 19 and have had it as long as I can remember. I was only diagnosed at age 17 though because my parents were convinced that I was just a picky eater! I've been on medicines since. My doctor has been trying to wean me off of them though, and the pain has been bothering me more and more. Hopefully ACV or Aloe vera will help!"
[YEA] 06/20/2011: Gabe from Lafeyette, La replies: "In Response to being young and having Acid Reflux. I am 20 and have been struggling with AR for a year now. Let me first say how glad I was to find this thread, and that I intend to try all of the remedies on this site and see which ones work best for me. Although I never have any problems with heartburn, I do have the dry cough (actually more like persistent throat clearing) and sometimes it can be quite aggressive, but is never not there. I have just started taking Acidophilis and it brought me immediate relief the first night. I look forward to finding a solution, and send my best wishes to anyone with this terrible condition."
03/24/2012: Audrey from Chesapeake, Va replies: "I, too, have the persistent (but usually productive) cough, & after 6 years of various tests, I went to an ENT, & he is certain I have acid reflux. I have no problems at night, not do I have the bad taste, heartburn, or hoarseness. I am going to try aloe vera."
[YEA] 03/28/2012: Charlie\'s Mom from Madison, Wisconsin replies: "Gave Aloe vera to my Westie dog who wakes up with acid reflux every now and again. Usually his stomach is nasty sounding all night. All he wants is to eat grass. Will not calm down and is very upset. Saw these reasons and gave him some aloe vera power with water, three teaspoons and he's now sleeping, and I am writing this at 2:30 am.
I can't say enough about Aloe. It's an amazing acid reducer that your animals can use cause its all natural. Good luck and good night!"
04/06/2012: Pink1 from Denver, Colorado Usa replies: "Hello at everyone, I struggle with the same problem as all of u so I understand how your feeling.... I just had one question I was hoping u could tell me how long does it take to feel results? I took it 20 mins ago and feel the same."
04/25/2012: Lisa from Middle Village, New York replies: "I am 49 years old and diagnosed with Gerd about 2 years ago I am on 40mg of Nexium 2x a day, Baclofen 10mg 3 x a day (which they give to people with MS, it helps tighten the sphincter so the acid doesn't come up) and a medication called Domperidome 10mg which comes from England to Canada then to me in the states. The medication that they would give in the states has to many side effects that my Dr. recommended that instead. I still have severe trouble breathing, pain in chest in the rib cage. I feel the acid constantly coming up my throat all day long and burning in my throat. I have a constant bad odor and taste in my mouth and nothing helps. I can't sleep. I need to lose 40 lbs and that should help relieve the pressure from my abdomen.
The problem that I am having is I am in pre-menopause and I believe the medication that I am on makes me swell up so When I try and lose the weight I am always swelling with water and I can't get passed my 5lb mark that I lost 2 weeks ago. This is becoming very fustrating. I am afraid to try the apple cider vinager because I am afraid that it will burn the hell out of me. I get severe pain in chest and throat, trouble breathing. The acid makes me so physically sick sometime that I am so out of it I do not know how I function days. I also experience severe burning and back pain, too. Anyone have similar symptoms especially with the breathing and back pain? I can use any suggestions and help."
04/26/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Lisa, sounds like over-acidity. Try alkalizing."
04/26/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Lisa... I am afraid the that medical thinking, concerning GERD and reflux problems, is simply not correct. The doctors will insist and simply assume that GERD and reflux problems are always caused by EXCESS acid. When, in actual fact, 90% of all reflux problems are usually caused by TOO LITTLE acid in your stomach.
See this link:
This link goes right through to describe the reasons and also tells you exactly how you can check properly if you have TOO LITTLE STOMACH ACID. You can confirm whether you have too little or too much stomach acid by The Heidelberg pH Test. But this is quite an invasive check. They can also assess your problems and tell using another less invasive method using urine analysis, hair analysis and blood chemistry. I think naturopaths can also do this latter test.
Generally, if you take PPI's or proton pump inhibitors -- this massively and dangerously inhibits your stomach acid production and usually makes the problem much worse. And so when the undigested food passes into the duodenum, the CCK hormone (cholecystokinin) will not be released (stomach pH not low enough because of no stomach acid) to trigger the enzymes for main stage digestion and so very little duodenal digestion occurs. The food then just sits there and stagnates and rots giving rise to a whole host of other digestive problems in the body that usually involves dysbiosis, candida and other pathogenic bacteria rapidly taking hold in the stomach and upper intestines.
I helped a woman from Africa who had very similar symptoms to you. She had GERD, esophigitis, gastritis, systemic candida, colitis, LES and a whole host of other serious problems besides. She was also on PPI's and in quite a bad way. See this link for her complete symptoms, daily protocol and cure story. Her protocol is identical to The Anti-Candida Protocol that I normally recommend for Candida problems but I also included and added pancreatin enzymes and betaine hydrochloride tablets daily with every meal to help with the lack of stomach acid.
First thing you should do is get a complete doctor's check-up including blood and liver work up. Also I would ask your doctor for a proper and more accurate stomach acid check by one of the above methods that I have already mentioned.
I suspect that you will be severely lacking in stomach acid, severely lacking in energy and you will also be severely mineral deficient -- especially magnesium and iodine deficient -- all caused by the PPI's. This means that your calcium levels will be way too high --> excess blood calcium causes tissue pain, blood problems and also inhibits the absorbtion of iodine in the body, so you may well have low thyroid or hypothyroid symptoms as well (low energy, intolerance to hot/cold, low basal body temperature etc.)."
04/26/2012: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa replies: "I had the same problem with acide reflux. The dr prescribed nexium which I was taking. I do not like medication and the many side effects they caused so I decided to find a natural alternative and started with apple cider vinegar. This helped tremendously and I am happy to say I do not suffer from acid reflux anymore. I remember years ago in college I was having the same problem and my doctor told me to drink milk. I am lactose intolerant and drinking milk only made the condition worsen. The only thing that could help was to drink orange juice. The dr was baffled as she beleived that the orange juice would aggravate the condition. That just goes to prove that it is not an excess of acid but too little acid in the stomach. Try the ACV and I hope it helps. Start out with a teaspoon in 8 ozs water and instead of juice with your meal have a glass of water with ACV."
04/26/2012: Cachis from Reno, Nv replies: "Lisa, I had similar problems as you mentioned. I had a colonoscopy done, but specialist did not find anything. My family doctor said that I had acid reflux but I could not afford the medicine and he prescribed one from over the counter. Since new technology and doctors' knowledge did not find the reason of my symptoms I decided to stop all medicine (I do not recommend this in your own, talk with your doctor first) and test which one was making me ill.
I found out that a medicine for diabetes was causing stomach and back pain; fatigue; depression; constipation, and other problems. I asked to stop all meds for diabetes and gave me insulin if I needed any medicine. I had to find a doctor who was willing to change from pills to injections. Three months later, my stomach problems were gone and I stopped taking any medicine for diabetes, but my stomach kept bleeding every day constipated or not. I made a drink with cabbage and water. I blended half of a head of cabbage with 2 cups of water, let it rest for 30 minutes, and ate the top mixture during the day, three table spoons every three or four hours, until I ate the whole mixture -- I did not drink the water or juice below the mixture. I drank this mixture for three days between meals or 15 minutes before meals.
The book of raw fruits and vegetables juices and drinks by William, H. Provides a list of juices that could help with many illness and stomach problems with back pain is one of them. Do not stop asking and looking until you get what your body is asking to recuperate. Also, try the water treatment based on a Japanese theory, which is working for me to get rid of many problems caused by my stomach problems.
Good luck to you!"
04/26/2012: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States replies: "@ Lisa I agree with Bill & Joyce. I too was given medication to reduce my acid & that only made it worse. The acid made me cough constantly. My customers thought I was a smoker & kept trying to persuade me to quit smoking but I don't smoke! LOL
I would cough so badly that I threw up 2 or 3 times a day at work. The burning pain was dreadful. I really wanted off the pills and onto something that worked! Came to this site and tried the ACV & it worked beautifully. I took it faithfully with each meal & the acid attacks stopped as well as the coughing. Then I became a bit lax & took it less frequently & the acid came back. Just recently bought another 1 gallon jug & it's back onto my regimen of 2 tsp in 8 oz water three times a day.
Ditch the pills & try the ACV. You won't be sorry. It will help, just give it a fair try.
04/27/2012: Maria from Alamo, Tx, Usa replies: "What I have tried for acid reflux and gastritis is aloe vera pills. When I am going to eat something I know I will regrtet, I take my pill right before and I am just fine. After I had gall bladder surgery, I was unable to continue with my bad habits (ex: sour & acidy junk foods)"
04/27/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi Lisa, I would always recommend that anyone who has acid reflux symptoms and a swollen abdomen get a full check up from the doctor. My best friend had these symptoms before she was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer an early diagnosis is an advantage. Take Care and please follow Bills advice and get a thorough check up x"
04/27/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Lisa, the posts about too LITTLE acid are probably right in the stomach acid department. What I am referring to is general acidity of your whole system. For that, alkalizing will slowly get to the root of the problem."
[YEA] 04/27/2007: Linda from Palestine, TX: "I have LPR (Larngopharyngeal reflux). I drink 4 oz. of Aloe Vera juice each morning on an empty stomach. I am able to eat anything I like, without heartburn or indigestion, which also curbs the LPR created by the acid reflux."Replies
09/09/2009: Michele from Los Angeles, California, Usa replies: "Response to Linda. I have LPR as well, and yours was the first post I have seen linking aloe vera as a cure for LPR. Thank you so much! I am going to get some on my way home tonight and give it a try."
09/10/2009: New To All This from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I looked for aloe vera in Whole Foods and found so many versions I didn't know what to get. One brand has several formulas, including one that indicates it's for acid reflux but contains peppermint, which is supposed to be avoided for acid reflux. What should--or should not--be in the ingredients? I didn't see George's."
09/23/2009: Janise from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I bought the most expensive Aloe Vera at Whole Foods and didn't notice a difference from the cheaper one I get at Trader Joes. But fresh aloe plant is the best. I talked to the people at Whole Foods and they found a company that delivers fresh juiced Aloe vera and said they would order it for me if I wanted. I haven't done it yet but plan to. It is very jelly like so it is best to water it down in the blender."
02/29/2012: Peter B. from Eden, Nsw Australia replies: "For the last 30 years from time to time I have had an upset stomach and mouth ulcers. Doctor gave me medication helped a bit but still did not resolve the problem. One day I was looking up some information on the Internet for a mate.
He asked me why is it the British Cancer council has been blaming smoking for mouth, throat and stomach cancer. This caused millions of Brits to stop smoking, however the incidence of these cancers continues to rise not only for smokers but also for non smokers..
So I got on the internet and looked up a few websites and came across many sites containing items relevant to the above.
Yes TOOTHPASTE & Mouthwash
Anyway after reading a few and about Fluoride that was used in Nazi Concentration camps and Russian Gulags and is still used in some 3rd world countries jails to keep prisoners doped and subservient.
So I went to our local supermarket and bought some Australian Made natural toothpaste.
This is all natural ingredients (No Fluoride) Aloe Vera does a better job than fluoride. If a small child swallows the equivalent to 1/4 tube with all the detrimental chemicals of normal toothpaste it will either get very sick or even die. Aloe Vera and the contents of Grants Toothpaste if swallowed are kinder to the stomach and will have little or no detrimental effect on the child.
You often see the adds for some toothpaste extolling "The ring of confidence" stating it kills most of the bacteria leaving your mouth fresh.
Where I grew up in the North of England being a bit short I was told by our boxing instructor that the human mouth has the highest body part for bacteria, this bacteria is a vital part and is needed by the body and digestive system.
He also added if ever in a fight never punch anyone in the mouth. If you should break off a piece of tooth and it became embedded in your hand or knuckle you would have a crippled hand for the rest of your life due to high levels of bacteria from your opponents mouth. Course being a bit short I had to learn either how to fight (small people) or learn to run "Very Fast"!
Anyway by using the natural toothpaste over the last few months from the first day to today I have never had an upset stomach, mouth ulcer or had to take any medication to address the previous problems."
02/29/2012: Peter B. from Eden, Nsw Australia replies: "Just search the internet to find what is in ordinary toothpaste. Then after getting the shock of your life try using a natural toothpaste with aloe vera that is a great thing, far superior and less damaging than flouride on your teeth, gums and digestive system. Also the natural high levels of your own essential bacteria in your mouth will once again after many years of being cleaned away by ordinary toothpaste, give your body and digestive system time to recover and heal."
[YEA] 03/11/2007: Shalese from Syracuse, Utah: "I started taking aloe vera juice 1 week ago I had come to the end of my rope after being on aciphex for heartburn for 5 years. then being told to double up on my dose. that did not even work anymore I had such bad heartburn I thought I would never make it through the day. I called my doctor and he told me to come pick up samples for other meds. I decided I was sick of the meds. so I went to my local Health foods store looking for answers. They told me to take aloe vera juice about 2oz- 8oz a day. I didn't think it would work,but i was desperate. I took it that day and it did nothing! I still slept like crap that night. but the next day i took it. after the second time i took it my heartburn just went away. It hasent returned for 1 week. I have not taken any meds whatsoever. but yet I feel gassy. But I still would rather have gas instead of heartburn anyday. if anyone knows anything how to get rid of severe gas contact me please."Replies
07/14/2009: Sumathi from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India replies: "This refers to the Gas trouble that Shalese from Syracuse, Utah has. A pinch of Carom Seeds, few minutes after every meal. You can consume water but only after five minutes of taking the carom seeds this relieves you from Gas. It is also a good antibiotic. It cured me and I now suggest every one. I do take it regularly."
EC: Carom seeds are also called Ajwain seeds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajwain
[YEA] 08/04/2011: Larry from Arlington, Texas, Usa replies: "I've had acid reflux since 1989. Started drinking this natural drink and after 16 to 20 weeks of drinking twice daily, I don't have acid reflux anymore. Find out how I did it. Check out http://gettingridofacidreflux.blogspot.com."
02/11/2012: R0xurw0rld from Quechee, Vt replies: "If you have gas, best thing to take for it is beano- prevents gas before you eat."