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
- Severe Acid Reflux Remedies
- 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
[YEA] 01/23/2013: Will from Memphis, Tennessee : "Baking soda for acid reflux - I can't believe how much this helped me out tonight. I am a 27 year old man, and I when I tried to go to bed I was almost in tears and could barely stand up the pain was..."
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||266 YEAS|
|Pickle Juice||45 YEAS|
|Dietary Changes||35 YEAS|
|Aloe Vera||24 YEAS|
|Baking Soda||17 YEAS|
|Digestive Enzymes||13 YEAS|
|Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda||5 YEAS|
|Betaine Hydrochloride||5 YEAS|
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/02/2010: Mike from Perth, Western Australia: "I found the best cure for reflux is to stay off the piss!! Probably the most unrealistic remedy, considering I play in a band but it does help. Consequently I still get it real bad thats why Im on the net trying to find an alternative to my favourite past time!"
EC: To our US readers who might not have heard this phrase, "stay off the piss" means "stay away from alcohol"!
[NAY] 03/25/2012: Jen from Rock Hill, Sc replies: "I wake up almost daily with acid indigestion and I don't drink alcohol."
Avoid Non-Fat Dairy
[YEA] 12/31/2012: Tracy from Charlotte, Nc: "I stopped having acid reflux episodes when I stopped consuming non-fat dairy products. Try going to 1%. If that doesn't work, go to 2%. 2% works fine for me.
I used to think the episodes were a result of eating acidic foods (e. g., tomato sauce, etc. ), but found that consumption of non-fat dairy actually was the underlying cause that made my system intolerant of those foods. I can eat the other foods now with no problem.
Be sure to read labels, because skim milk and skim milk powder can be found where you least expect. I rarely get reflux now, but can trace it back to accidental ingestion of non-fat dairy every time it happens.
Hope this helps someone."Replies
01/01/2013: Larry from Fairfax, Va replies: "Your adverse reaction to non-fat milk is probably due to the highly heat treated milk protein that is added to replace the solid content lowered by the fat removal."
[YEA] 03/26/2010: Dianec from Los Angeles, Ca.: "Hello, In my 20's I had a constant case of Acid Reflux. I never had this problem anymore since I gave up
beef steaks. The only beef I can eat without problem is ground beef. This works for me.
06/11/2010: Erin from Tampa, Fl replies: "I've got to agree with this, to an extent. Every time I eat something with fried beef in it, I get terrible gas, the shooting pains kind, even if the beef is extra lean browned in olive oil. OTH, I can tolerate a small lean steak cooked on the grill, so long as the rest of the meal is nonfat. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the way the fat in the red meat reacts to certain cooking methods."
01/28/2011: Don from Whitehouse, Ohio replies: "Funny you should say this since hamburger is on the list of foods to avoid!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/24/2009: Nate from New Orleans, LA: "Hey, I tried everyting from this site. I was on Aciphex and Malox. This helped but did not cure anything. Then I saw these emails about apples and apple cider viniger. I have been taking apples for months before I read this. It did not help. Applecider vineger did not help. Probiotics did not help.
So what did? One guy posted here saying that Acid Reflux is a B12 deficiency. I had liquid B12 and put it under my tongue. Within 30 minutes I felt relief when I was previously having a bad reaction. I also had a nuropethy thing going on in my scalp that started after I got on blood pressure meds. My head tingled as my sinuses got bad. Even this partially but significantly went away. Not completely but a significant change. Much relief. 5 days later, I am feeling even better. I have to take B12 daily under my tongue but major results. Better than when I was on Aciphex. I feel that I will be cured in a few weeks as long as I stay on B12. I hope this helps some of you."
[YEA] 04/04/2008: Christine from Virginia Beach, USA: "Acid reflux is often caused by a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Since you need B12 to make enough intrisic factor and enzymes to absorb it, perhaps just taking ACV will help you absorb Vitamin B12 better.
Nevertheless, I have found that as long as I take 4 B12 dots (500 mcg) under the tongue once a day, I am fine. When I don't, the reflux comes right back."
[YEA] 01/30/2007: Jennifer from Blainville, Canada: "I started to get acid reflux at the age of 16yo in august. When i couldn't sleep due to these painful burns and throwing up all the time, and burping like a crazy m-f'er i thought I had cancer at the age of 17yo they told me it was A.R.D. i got 10 ulcers, two hernias pushing on my lungs... made a research and i will get cancer younger than normal! doctors told me that i got this old man sickness, old man meaning a man that is in debt, has kids, a heavy job, a stressful wife etc... well if they only knew that i was a beaten child and i always took care of my sister and brother since i was 7yo... i got an operation at 19yo because it was dangerous for me to continue on medications... A HOME REMEDY I HAVE NONE!!! I TRYED ALOT LOW FAT MILK, LESS SALT, LESS FAT ETC... EVEN JUST EATING CRACKERS FOR A MONTH NOTHING!!!! BUT MY UNCLE FROM ROMANIA BELIEVES THAT EATING BABY FOOD CAN HELP REGROW THE STRONG THAT YOU BODY NEEDS TO HEAL! THAT IS HOW HE GOT RID OF HIS STOMACH CANCER (THIS IS WHAT HE TOLD ME!!!) THANK YOU JENNIFER FROM QUEBEC!!!"
Baking Soda for Acid Reflux
Home Remedy Ingredients
- 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 6-8 ounces Filtered Water
Mix 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink. Usually taken after a meal, this simple alkalizing drink can quickly stop the pain of acid reflux.
[YEA] 08/11/2012: Joshua from Lebanon, Pennsylvania: "Hi everyone suffering from acid reflux. No need to for expensive medicines. Two things are necessary: take bicarbonate of soda, which is simple baking soda (not baking powder), and reduce your acid intake by cutting down on acid-rich foods such as alcohol, meats, fish, sugars, oils, fried foods. No need to cut these out completely, rather just cut down and take at least a level teaspoonful of baking soda daily (best in the morning) in a glass of water or juice. Oh, also drink plenty of water each day. Three quarts (liters) of water a day for adults. Sounds like a lot of water but once you start taking more water, you will crave it! Eat more vegetables which are alkaline-rich foods and very necessary for good health. Happy health!"Replies
10/22/2012: Drmikedo from Northumberland, Pa, Usa replies: "My favorite use of this is to make Sodium citrate to treat acid reflux. 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.
This combined with a diaphramatic release (see accupressure) will cure most cases of episodic acid reflux."
[WARNING!] 06/03/2011: Axa from Newark, Ca: "My uncle, recently past away and he had regular acid reflux. He used baking soda as a remedy to ease his pain, however after 10-15 years of doing this he eventually went to the ER and it was discovered that half of his large intestines had deteriorated. There could be a lot of factors involved here, and I am no doctor, but I sure as heck am staying away from taking in chemicals like baking soda to try and alleviate a problem. There is a difference between trying to cure a symptom and a problem. Find the root of the problem and solve that for long-term impact."Replies
[YEA] 10/30/2011: Shivagreg from Kiamesha Lake, Ny replies: "There is not a more benign chemical on the face of the earth than sodium bicarbonate, and nothing is better to neutralize an acid stomach. A little carbon dioxide will be given off - you will burp - and that is that. You can't take too much - it's essentially non-toxic. And your stomach will naturally adjust it's pH to digest the food you eat. The idea that sodium bicarb would cause some disease is sheer ignorance. It's never happened.
The cure for acid reflux and an acidic stomach is a diet rich in green vegetables, tomatoe products, citris fruits, and milk or yogurt - in other words, basic reacting foods. Starches - which break down into sugar - are to be avoided. That includes especially potatoes and white flour, and, of course, sugar. Period. Shun oils, don't eat fried foods of any kind, and no alcohol. Beef is very fatty - You're better off eating a bit of non-fried chicken if you want some meat.
And that's how you cure acid reflux. If you think you might have ulcers, get checked for it. A quick course of anti-biotics should wipe them out; then treat your stomach well by watching what you put in it. If you're interested, look up Edgar Cayce's advice on diet - it's a good place to start. Good luck!"
02/26/2012: Dee from Cincinnati, Ohio replies: "I have to disagree about starches, I am a diabetic, I eat green vegetables, I do not eat flour, sugar, very limited dairy products, I drink water, and have acid reflux. I also eat tums, and take prilosec, nothing seems to work!"
[YEA] 03/12/2012: Brother Helper from Pittsburg, California replies: "My wife used it. And she's cured from GERD. Sodium bicarbonate is the best treatment for aciditis of all sorts. even cancer cure."
05/06/2012: Sickboy from Valpo, In replies: "brother helper how long and how much did your wife take to cure the GERD? I believe I have GERD (i heard it can cause asthma like symtoms) I took a little seems to help, but can you be detailed on the amount, how many times a day, and how long to take it. Thanks"
[YEA] 04/05/2010: Shotzie from Lynchburg, Va: "Last night I had such an attack of gastric acid reflux I thought I was going to have a heart attack and die. I am not exaggerating. I tried everything ice, tums, milk.... Then I went on line and googled your site. I tried the baking soda 1/4 tsp in 8 oz of water and what a difference. WOW I am singing your praises today. Did sleep upright in the recliner finally got some sleep. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Why hasn't a doctor told me this before? Today I do have some chest congestion ( I think I got some acid in my lungs) but what a difference. I have bookmarked your site and will be here again. Thanks so much!!!"Replies
[YEA] 10/02/2010: Jane from New York replies: "I have tried may home remedies but nothing has given me the relief that baking soda has given, I would strongly recommend this."
11/15/2010: Mckenziee from Bluefield Va, Virginia replies: "I have acid reflux so bad, that it bends me over double, feels like a ball of fire right in the top part of my stomach, I mix a teaspoon of baking soda and half glass of water, and drink it, and within a min a so it is totaly gone, no medicines the dorctor has perscribed me worked, I mean none, this worked a mirace!!!"
[YEA] 03/01/2011: Brian from Baltimore, Md replies: "I have pretty bad acid reflux. I've tried changing my diet, staying away from foods that are obvious starters for attacks. Nothing works. Somedays I wake up with it. A friend of the family, who is a doctor in rural michigan, turned me on to the idea of using baking soda and water. It kills the condition almost instantly when you have attacks. It is no cure... but man it is way cheaper than tums and boy does it ever work better."
[YEA] 04/07/2011: Trudy1989 from Waverly, Ohio replies: "Amazing, I just woke up with my most horrible acid reflux attack ever. was trying anything and everything to take away the burn and hurt. I started searching on the web for quick relief remedies. I came upon this one with the baking soda. WOW, WOW, WOW - I am amazed at how quickly it helped, literally minutes!!! Now I think I can go back to sleep - just 30 minutes ago I was bawling with discomfort!! Thank you for recommending baking soda in water - I know I will always have it on hand from here on out."
04/07/2011: Kareng from Sugarland, Texas, Usa replies: "I have suffered with Acid Reflux for a couple of years. In the beginning I could take these remedies and get relief as well. As it progressively got worse nothing would help and it would even occur when I drank only water or ate very little raw food. Through much research and experiments to find the CAUSE, I found that a good vegiterian Enzyme mixture, and a superior Acidopholis/Preboitics combo along with Liver and Gallbladder Support have solved the problem. I also found that I am sensitive to Nightshades (like peppers and tomatoes), these cause pain everytime! I believe this sensitivity along with my Gluten intolerance, Adrenal Fatigue and weight problems are just symptoms of Candida and Heavy Metal Toxicity. Through much Stress and poor health throughout my life I stuggle with these myriad ailments constantly. I have learned to look at everything as a symptom and then to search out the cause. So often we treat the symptom instead of the cause, which only gets us temporary relief."
[YEA] 08/31/2011: Cherie from Jacksons Gap, Al replies: "I honestly cannot believe that this worked! I was spending the weekend @ our lakehouse in AL. I woke up @ 2am with horrendous heart burn & relux. I have suffered from this condition on & off for most of my life, taking both over-the-counter & prescription medicines. Unfortunately, I was far far away from an open pharmacy or convenience store, and in desperation researched the internet for a possible home rememdy. Thank goodness I stumbled upon this site!!! The overachiever that I am, instead of using 1/4 tsp. of baking soda, I used 1/2 tsp. In 8 oz. of water. Though it was a little bitter, I drank all of it. After about 15 - 20 minutes, most of my reflux was gone. I was able to go back to sleep. This is truly a simple but effective cure. Yea!!!"
[YEA] 02/06/2010: Thepointedhat from Sacramento, Ca, Usa: "I, too, have used baking soda (Bicarb Soda) as a remedy for acid reflux. As opposed to adding it to a full glass of water, however, I add 1/8 teaspoon to approximately 2 ounces of water, and top with two drops of peppermint essential oil. I can then down it in one go. The peppermint oil helps disguise the taste of the soda, and has the added benefit of also being a natural remedy for indigestion and heartburn - hence its use in a certain, pink, chalky liquid I'm sure we're all familiar with.
Since discovering this remedy, I've stopped buying commercial antacids altogether. Baking soda is so much more effective - and budget friendly, too!"Replies
08/28/2011: Gina from Morgantown, Wv replies: "Pepermint oil is a trigger for a lot of people who suffer from Gerd. Please make sure it isn't one of your triggers before trying. Otherwise, you will just be adding to the problem."
09/03/2011: Saab from Mtl, Canada replies: "same here, I suffer more if I take mint juice or mint extract to soothe my stomach problems, as it causes acid reflux ( I believe I have low stomach acid)
better to try baking soda, or aloe vera gel"
[YEA] 10/17/2012: Scar1ett from Lethbridge, Alberta replies: "I just wanted to mention that I have read that peppermint is bad for acid reflex and I have tried it, and found it true. It made everything worse. Baking soda has worked for me for years. A doctor once told me to be careful because there is a lot of salt in it. Does anyone know if that is true?"
[YEA] 02/19/2009: Krisstyle from Compton, Ca: "I was on EC site on the 18th. I had a co-worker tell me about the baking soda awhile back but I never tried it. I read some testimonials and I tried it last night because I always get it so bad in the morning. Ted said thats when the acid acts up. But I declare, I drink half a glass of alkaline water with half tsp of baking soda 15 min before I went to bed and this morning was the best. I went to urinate for atleast 2 min. I kid you not and I didn't sit during the night. I definitly will keep you posted. Thanks"Replies
11/26/2009: Robert from Palm Coast, Florida replies: "Taking two little teaspoons of Baking Soda stirred very well eliminate the acid buildup in your stomach and can relieve the Belching and the burning in your stomach. IT DOES NOT CURE acid reflux, but especially around Thanksgiving you can actually get some sleep during the night and not take fizzy things that only relieve it for a few minutes. Baking soda dissolved very well! It really helps the ACID reflux!"
11/27/2009: Andrea Dixon from Chico, Ca replies: "You can also drink club soda."
[YEA] 12/23/2007: Gina from Newport, UK: "Thank you for this site. I had lump in throat, uncomfortable in the back discomfort in the chest area. ACID REFLUX was taking over. Now honestly I do not have any symptons I drank southern comfort last night for the first time in years. The cure for me was, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in the morning and night, still taking omeprazole in the day. NO CHOCOLATE OR FAT WHAT SO EVER. Porridge for break fast. No more pain. Honest."
[YEA] 10/25/2006: Len from Chicago, IL: "I had astounding relief from ACV at first but sometimes it doesn't help. It seems like I need to maintain a balance of acidity. So I still use ACV once in a while. I use 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda to 4 ounces of water in the evening, helps a lot. I seem to get some help from Melatonin occasionally. There is a study on the net that showed success with Melatonin but the dosage is still being debated. If I wake up with pain I immediately take some Alkaseltzer in water which provides the best quick relief. These things are allowing me to live with this. Of course I don't eat after 7:00 PM. Best wishes, Len."Replies
01/18/2009: Hector Vargas from Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia replies: "I just wanted to ask Len to check the ingredients of Alkaseltzer --Basically, baking soda and aspirin. I believe that aspirin does more harm than good to the stomach. Perhaps the baking soda alone would do a better job. More economically, too.
Thank you all for the comments on the site. They're very helpful. Hector"
[YEA] 08/30/2006: Hazel : "A pinch of Bi-Carbonate of Soda mixed with diluted orange juice or fruit juice as it will make the Bi-Carbonate of Soda fizz, when it does you need to drink it straight away, I have been using this for acid indigestion for the last 20 years and have found it to work every time. This cures all forms of acid indigestion and as my husband suffers from diverticulitis, I give him this to neutralize the acid. Hope this works for you as much as it has for me."