Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 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 Foods
- Vinegar-Based Hot Sauce
- Vitamin B-6
- Water and Sea Salt
- Wheat Sensitivity
- Yogurt, Apples
[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."
[YEA] 02/27/2007: Toni from Palm Desert, CA: "I have bouts of acid reflux, and am therefore intrigued by the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy. Like a number of the people who responded to your posting, I, too, ended up in the emergency room on more than one occasion surrounded by perplexed physicians. Since I won't take pharmaceuticals, I began experimenting with natural remedies, and have found that taking an ounce of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Concentrate before each meal stops any unpleasant symptoms. Interestingly, aloe tastes a little like ACV. In addition to the aloe, I have found that chewing each mouth-full of (wholesome) food thoroughly before swallowing helps enormously. This takes much of the digestive burden off of the stomach. It's important to eat your meal slowly, chewing each bite of food until it's totally pulverized. Too many of us eat under stressful conditions, devouring our meal like it's the first we've seen in days. DGL-500 (deglycyrrhizinated licorice), Ayurved series, is also quite helpful when taken between meals or at bedtime. It helps to protect the stomach lining, and unlike regular licorice, will not elevate blood-pressure."
[YEA] 04/09/2006: Susan from Bayfield, CO: "I found that drinking a half cup of aloe vera juice mixed with apple or white grape juice in the morning relieved symptoms dramatically. I occasionally get symptoms if I over indulge spices or greasy foods!"
[YEA] 11/23/2008: Bill from Baguio City, Philippines: "I spent most of my 70 years suffering with an acid stomach. Tried everything. I couldn't even drink a glass of water without my stomach burning. One day I read an article in Reader's Digest about an Australian Doctor who discovered the Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria in the stomach. After reading his story I went to my doctor. They did an Endoscopy on my stomach and the biopsy proved I had the H. Pylori Bacteria. Took antibiotics for two weeks and since that time I have had NO stomach burning sensation except for when I eat flaming chili!!
They now have a test for this bacteria using your breath in a balloon an analyzing the breath. My stomach is GREAT and I'm so glad I read that article!! I hope your stomachs get cured so you can truly enjoy life."
09/25/2009: Skinlady from Ridgefield, Wa replies: "This is in comment to Bill from the Philipines...
My late husband developed stomach cancer as the result of the pylori ulcer. He had indigestion and heartburn for almost a year, being given all kinds of anti-acids products to no avail...no antibiotics were given, however. After he demanded that they put a tube down in his stomach and see what was going on, did he get an answer. And of course it wasnt a good one......cancer. He was gone within 5 months! My advice... if you have heartburn or any kind of continuing indigestion, get on it immediately!@!! (his general practioner apologized to me later for letting him slip through his fingers)."
10/21/2010: Dragon from Nyc, New York replies: "I hear sangre de drago is known to kill H pylori."
[YEA] 04/09/2008: Joe from Helena, Mt: "One year ago, I had a dentist appointment-Infected tooth. I was prescribed an antibiotic. About a year previously, on the news, was a story about a researcher discovering that some bacteria in your stomach could not be killed by antiboitics alone. Antibiotics and the metal barium combined could kill those bacterica.That story, for some"strange reason", did not become part of the medical lore surrounding the agony of common people involved in the extremely expensive fight with ACID REFLUX. One year later, ten days of antibiotics, one and one half ounce of Pepto Bismol each of seven of those days--I am free of agonizing sleepless hours. I'm 67 Years old- probably 10 of which I have suffered with acid reflux. Try it. It cost Me about 15 bucks. It could cost those who profit from "acid reflux" billions - Think for yourself! Good Luck. JDX
PS-Eat quality yogert for a few days afterward to re-establish friendly bacteria in your stomach."Replies
08/09/2012: Dr. Matt from Gilbert, Az replies: "Just to clarify for the above anecdote: Pepto Bismol contains BISMUTH, not BARIUM. On occasion, antibiotics may temporarily eradicate acid causing bacteria if they are present. Barium and Bismuth are relatively inert elements. (unless they are of the radioactive kind)"
Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- 6-8 ounces water
- Tall glass
Start with one teaspoon and build up to as much as two tablespoon's worth of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water. If you take this tonic with meals you can balance out your stomach's acid content. For those whose stomach do not create enough acid for digestion, this is enough to prevent acid reflux.
[YEA] 11/07/2013: Zark from Emerald City, The Land Of Oz: "ACV works! I started taking ACV for my prostate problems (worked for that too) and then noticed the reflux had gone away too! Wow how cool is that, what an amazing little home remedy this is. I'm using about 1 and a half tablespoons in juice once or twice a day."Replies
11/07/2013: Zark from Emerald City, The Land Of Oz replies: "Make sure to start with a smaller amount of ACV and build up. Also be sure to mix with juice or water and not to take it straight, as evidently some folks have trouble with the acidity."
[WARNING!] 10/10/2012: Kelitababy from Yucaipa, Ca, Usa: "I had heard how beneficial ACV was for acid reflux and other things, so I bought bottle from a health food store, went out to my car, opened it up and took a big swig. Disaster struck, I couldn't breath, the strong fumes from undiluted ACV force the epiglottis to close and I could not breath, I thought I was going to die right there, but finally recovered. Lesson learned."
09/22/2012: Eddors12 from Wheat Ridge, Co/usa: "I have been using ACV for over a year to successfully control my acid reflux I take 2tbs. morning and evening I was diagnosed with acid reflux and did not want to take any more meds. In my case mine is being caused by prescriptions, which im confident I will be able to go off of eventually. If you are on meds your body does not produce enough acid thereby causing the symptoms, Just for the record I am 65 yrs old and 57 lbs overweight which I am now working to rectify. If anyone has any questions please contact me thru this site and I will reply I am on it regularly."Replies
11/12/2012: Michael from Lexington, Ky replies: "I have acid reflux and take prescription meds which does not seem to do anything. Is apple cider vinegar safe and effective. How much should you take and when? Please help, I am really desperate."
09/12/2012: Tina from Odessa, Texas: "Do I continue taking my reflux meds while trying ACV for severe acid reflux."Replies
09/12/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Tina, Lifelong acid reflux can be cured by eating probiotic rich foods like home-made kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and lacto-fermented veggies. Kefir especially is incredible since it goes into the gut and re-colonizes by adding more good bacteria to your body. Much needed!
See here http://culturedfoodlife.com/ to make cheaply at home, or buy BUBBIES brand sauerkraut and dill pickles since they are loaded with probiotics.
Take ACV too.
You should feel brand spanking new in no time.
08/08/2012: Nel from Manila, Philippines: "Bill from San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines- Is there anyway we could talk? Would want to chat and gain more information from you about this condition I have and which has taken over my life. I stay and live in Manila. It would be much appreciated to hear from you. Have been suffering from really really bad laryngeal-pharyngeal reflux or silent reflux."Replies
10/13/2012: Deo from Quezon City, None replies: "hi po.. Anu po gusto nyo itanong about sa (GERD)?? im from philippines to! ^_^"
07/03/2012: Sealbeachluvr from Antelope Valley, Ca: "Hello, My name is Mary and I was recently diagnosed with Acid Reflex/GERD. Approximately twelve days ago today, I woke up with severe nausea; to date, I have not thrown up. The desire to throw up is strong and it last quite some time. With this symptom, I am burping often throughout the day. I also feel tightness in my throat; however, I am able to swallow well. Maybe once or twice a day my mouth gets watery like when you are about to throw up. I would like to note that since given medication by my Dr. the burping has stopped and so has the nausea. Because of the nausea I have no desire to eat; however, with the medication which has stopped the nausea, I am eating again. I am eating extremely healthy afraid to get that nausea feeling back so I am loading up on "Juices" from my local health store the kind where they put my vegetables in the machine and juice it. I also have a feeling in my stomach that I am starving and then a strong burning sensation. All of the symptoms are new to me and with HIGH anxiety that I suffer with everyday, I am scared. I went for a second opinion and the second Dr also told me that he feels I have Acid Reflex and told me to continue to the first medication the first Dr gave me.
For three days I have been on the medication; however, also during these three days I have been on GOOGLE diligently seeking natural alternatives for my diagnosis. I came across many sites on Apple Cider Vinegar (Mother). I have read exceptional testimonies on how it not only treats Acid Reflex but other aliments as well.
Today I woke up with severe nausea again. I was so sad. I was hoping to wake up to a new day but it just didn't happen this way. Instead of grabbing my pill, I woke up, heated water and added two tablespoons of ACV and drank it with a straw. The nausea subsided almost immediately and without any medication in my system, I just drank a smoothie from Jamba Juice and ate Oatmeal successfully. This is my first day drinking ACV. Has anyone here been told they have Acid Reflex and if you have, has anyone on here experienced my same symptoms? Does ACV really work for this problem? I have to be honest and say the nausea diminished almost immediately and I have not taken any prescribed medication today.
How often should I consume ACV during the week? Also, is it normal for my tummy to feel weak/tender? I don't have pain it just feels tender. I guess tender best describes the feeling. I understand that eating meat, oils, etc. Bring AR on; however, I am an extremely healthy eater and I have been a vegetarian for years and I do not eat fast food. I think I should add that about a week before this gross sickness broke out, the Superior Market had Cherries on sale for 69 cents a pound and they also had Mangos on sale, 2 for $1.00. In three days, I consumed about 3 pounds of Cherries and 6 Mangos, peel and all. My mom says that this could have brought it on can fruit lead to Acid Reflex? Would it hurt to take the medication with the ACV or should I just stick with the ACV?
It is just so hard to believe that ACV would work so well. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone going through what I am going through. The anxiety makes me feel like I am sicker than what the Dr tells me. My anxiety began when my husband died 10 years ago in a car accident and I have a fear of death. I would appreciate any feedback on ACV it just sounds hard to believe. So if you have any experience with ACV I would LOVE to hear back from you. I am going to drink it again at lunch. It isn't the best tasting stuff but I am able to consume it with hot water. (Sorta like a yucky tea) ALSO CAN STRESS CAUSE ACID REFLUX or is it solely from food intake?"Replies
07/03/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Sealbeachluvr... The reason ACV has worked to help with your Reflux problem is because ACV is acid. To help you understand this, a short simple description on how digestion works will help.
* When food enters the stomach, the hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach normally works to kill all the bacteria and the protein-digesting stomach enzymes(pepsin) partially digest the food with the muscles around the stomach helping to mash and breakup the food. The purpose of this stage is to fully prepare the food for the next stage -- main stage duodenal digestion in the upper intestines.
* When the stomach acid is at the correct strength -- and only when it is at the right acid strength -- a hormone is released into the blood called secretin which in turn triggers the secretion of the pancreatic enzymes in a solution of bicarbonate(alkaline) into the duodenum for main stage digestion.
* If the stomach acid or food chyme mixture in the stomach is not at the correct acid strength (low acid) then the pancreatic enzymes and juices will not be triggered and released for main stage digestion(alkaline) in the duodenum and the acid food mixture (chyme) will just sit there in the duodenum stagnating, rotting and fast breeding bad pathogens with associated spread of pathogens into the upper intestines leading to further problems later. This also causes reflux.
* Another twist to this problem is if your body also lacks bicarbonates. As already described, your pancreas needs stores of bicarbonates to neutralize the acid food coming into the duodenum from the stomach. So if you are lacking bicarbonate stores, the acid food passing into the duodenum will not be neutralized and, again, acid intestine and reflux will be the result.
Therefore two things become apparent:
* You must ensure that your stomach acid levels are at their correct strength and amounts for proper and complete digestion to occur.
* You must have adequate stores of bicarbonates in the pancreatic juices to fully neutralize the acid chyme or food when it passes from the stomach into the duodenum for main stage digestion.
It is also fairly obvious to me that the reason ACV helps against acid reflux is because it is acid -- so this helps to increase your stomach acidity which is what you need to do.
You have already said that your doctor gave you some pills for your reflux. Generally doctors give PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) which actually work to massively inhibit stomach acid because doctors always seem to incorrectly assume that reflux is caused by too much stomach acid, when in fact the direct opposite is true in 90% of reflux problems -- which is usually caused by too little acid in the stomach -- as I have already described above.
To help remedy your problem:
* Take betaine hydrochloride tablets at mealtimes. The way to find the correct dose of betaine(and thereby find the correct stomach acid strength) is to increase the dose slowly by one tablet at mealtimes until there is an acid feeling. Then cut back by one or two tablets. Later you will again get an acid feeling so cut back again. Do this until you no longer have to take the betaine hydrochloride tablets -- your stomach acid is now normal.
* Take pancreatin enzymes to ensure proper digestion in the duodenum.
* Take 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt with water once or twice a day outside mealtimes. The chloride from the Sea Salt helps to generate hydrochloric acid (HCl) which may be lacking in your stomach. Sea Salt also provides your body with other useful minerals.
* Take 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate(Arm & Hammer brand is fine) with water a half an hour after you finish each of your daily meals when all the food has moved out of the stomach into the duodenum. This greatly aids alkaline main stage digestion in the duodenum and also helps to replenish bicarbonate stores in the pancreas. This will also act to reduce the reflux and will also help to reduce the burning acid pain.
* To increase your appetite take B Complex vitamins everyday."
07/13/2012: Windhill Whistler from Rocky Face, Ga replies: "Why have several people said they drink the avc and water with a straw?"
10/05/2012: Nat from Woodstock, Va replies: "Warning: Not everyone who has Acid Reflux or GERD suffers from "too little stomach acid, " which is the reason that is usually given for taking ACV. Some people simply DO have TOO MUCH acid production, and ACV will make it worse. I tried ACV and it never did anything but give me heartburn and increased reflux.
The truth is, pouring acid on top of acid is NOT always a good idea, no matter what anyone here says. If your problem is excess stomach acid, your condition will get worse. Just take the omeprazole, fo heaven's sake. :)"
10/08/2012: Sherri from Charleston, Illinois replies: "Absolutely! I tried the ACV (the mother kind) and it made my problem much worse. I have to take nexium because of a stomach surgery I had a few years ago. I have plenty of acid believe me... Lol. Acid reflux is absolutely no fun, especially if it happens in the middle of the night and goes up your nostrils or into your brochials. That happened to me two nights ago even with the Nexium that I take.
I am now onto a few things that I am trying for another condition. One of the things I am using is Tumeric and first tried it last night. Last night was the first night without any reflux symptoms at all! I am hoping I stumbled onto something that also works for my stomach."
10/24/2013: Marisa from Houston replies: "Hi I read your response to the other person, and I have so many questions for you, I was diagnosed with acid reflux like five weeks ago, and I am taking Omeprazole, I don't feel much better, I have no burning sensation or heartburn but I feel like I have food all day long in my troath, I have cut on diet coke and caffeine and try to eat smaller portions. But I don't feel much better, How do I know if I have low acid or high acid? should I just try the apple cider vinegar and see if it works, another person said that not everyone has low acid, so I am confused, what do you recomend I should do? I am really desperate of course.
Thank you in advance for your help. Marisa"
[YEA] 05/17/2012: Reginald from Rowlett, Tx: "I really had very bad gerd and having problems swallowing thick food I heard about Apple Cider Vinegar and the first time I took it it burned in my stomach. I seen a change in my acid reflux the very next day and it didnt burn anymore. I noticed a big increase in my energy level lol and I mean I have lots of energy now. I dont feel the burning in my stomach and have stopped taking proliscec. I take ACV in the morning and night before bed. 2tbs in 1cup of water and it smells and taste bad but the results for me are worth it. I'll be taking this stuff for the rest of my life. O yea it has really helped with my constipation also."Replies
02/02/2013: Sharon from Pittsford, Mi replies: "This is in response to Reginald from Texas. Yes, the ACV and water tastes bad, but add some honey to taste and it actually tastes pretty good. Honey is very benificial. I put 1 tablespoon of ACV, the mother kind, to 8 oz. of spring water. I heat about 4 oz. and then add 1 teaspoon of honey. (I save the other 4 oz. for later in the day. ) The honey will then dissolve better. Enjoy! :)"
[NAY] 05/03/2012: Nat from Bridgewater, Va: "Nay - every time I have tried ACV for my acid reflux, I have experienced no benefit, and often gotten additional heartburn as a result.
I know some people believe that acid reflux is due to a deficiency of stomach acid, but that does not seem to be the case for me. Pouring acid (ACV) on top of acid made little sense to me from the start and did not work in my case.
Omeprazole and the occassional Tums are the only things that control it."Replies
07/15/2012: Isobella from Uk replies: "Be very careful of long you take Omeprazole the long term side affects can be very bad."
08/09/2012: Dr. Matt from Gilbert, Arizona replies: "Just a side note from what "sistasuzy" wrote:
It is actually better if you leave the water until after your food is digested, if you drink too much water you will dilute the acidity of the HCl in your stomach and you will not digest properly. The current recommendations with those that have GERD are to eat meals and drink very little during those meals. After the meal has been completely digested, drinking water is helpful with residual reflux, however, the whole idea is to *digest* the food. Also, as I have written before, bicarb is regularly used as a cheap reflux aid, but baking soda (bicarb) lowers the acidity (raises the pH) too quickly and signals the proton pumps to produce more acid. The best remedies for "neutralizing" stomach acid are typically, Calcium Carbonate (tums) and Aluminum and Calcium Hydroxide (mylanta). Matt, Pharm D. MSCIS"
08/23/2012: Stan from Fort Walton Beach, Fl, Usa replies: "I actually caused my own problem with acid reflux, here's how. I drank (yes I did) a 16 oz glass of apple cider vinegar by pinching my nose and drinking it down all at once. I got a sore throat that night, and later woke up when acid splashed up into my throat beginning my now constant problem. Got an appointment at the clinic (after ruling out heart attack) proscibed me nexium (wait for about a month and see what happens) Since I'm on atacand HCL and Simvastatin, I checked the interactions when I got home and found there were problems with the mixture so I stopped taking the meds and passed the info to the clinic (who hadn't checked for this in advance). Now I'm looking to find a natural cure for my self induced acid reflux (surmise I did some damage to the asophagus since it now constantly leaks acid into my throat between meals). Any advice?"
[NAY] 02/26/2012: Tom from Wolverhampton, Uk: "Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux: I have recently come across the Earth Clinic website and was pretty well excited at the prospect of finding a remedy for acid reflux that I have endured for years. I purchased the Apple Cider Vinegar and used the suggested dosage, 2 tablespoons with 1/4 teaspoon of Bicarb Of Soda in a glass of warm water. This was taken 1hr before a meal 3 times a day. After 3 days the acid reflux has become more pronounced both day and night.
I have taken different prescribed medicines in the past and they haven't worked. I had a gastroscope check done and nothing wrong was found. The whole experience has attempted to make me miserable but I have resisted that and endeavoured to find a solution. I was hopeful for this ACV remedy to work but after 3 days of trying it out, the symptoms have become slightly worse. Each night I waken after 2 hours sleep having been disturbed by the acid reflux. Sometimes I experience an associated high temperature and sweat.
Can any one offer me any advice for my situation. I would be most grateful. Thanks, Tom"Replies
02/27/2012: Andrea from Bismarck, Nd replies: "Hi there, this is just a brain bubble after reading your comment, but the high temperature caught my attention. Maybe consider ruling out an H. Pylori bacterial infection before you continue. H. Pylori is a strain of bacteria most commonly contributing to or causing stomach ulcersand other lesions. If that's the source of your troubles, that may resolve your reflux with treating the infection."
02/27/2012: Sistasuzy from Phoenix, Az replies: "People often hate it when I suggest that they don't drink enough water. One main cause of acid reflux is not enough water to properly digest your food. If you drink any beverages with caffeine in them you are acutally removing water from your body. Caffeine acts like a diuretic. So for every drink you have with caffeine in it - you would have to drink 2 glasses of water of the same amount just to be even. Try drinking just some water. I drink a whole glass of water about 30 minutes before each meal and I also drink some after the meal. If I have an occaiosional round of heartburn now I drink either the apple cider vinegar alone with some water or the baking soda in some water."
02/27/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Tom, the presence of stones in the gallbladder causes all sorts of digestive issues including acid reflux; this occurs because the flow of bile (2 liters per day) is disrupted. Bile is essential for digestion and the neutralization of acid. Hope this helps."
02/27/2012: Alex from Honolulu, Hi, United States replies: "Hello Tom, I used to have very bad reflux. I would never get the actual heartburn sensation, but I would get a lot of acid in my throat and pain as a result. Completely ridding my diet of rice, pasta, potatos, wheat, fruit, sugar, and then taking lemon bicarb has the reflux 100% gone. I was made very ill by taking reflux medication (PPIs) which is probably why my diet has to be so extreme. I would hope that most people could make do by just reducing starchy/carby foods and sugar rather than outright eliminating them.
I don't feel comfortable outright giving advice, so I'll just speak in terms of what worked for me:
In my personal experiences with ACV bicarbonate, no amount of the remedy would prevent my reflux if I consumed starchy or sugary foods. I was also surprised to figure out that reflux caused by one meal would carry into the following meals. If I ate a bowl of oatmeal I would get reflux that same meal, but I would also get *some* reflux for the following 3-10 meals. The reflux would graduallly lessen each meal if I stayed away from carbs and sugar. Overall this delayed negative reaction to a variety of meals made it very confusing to figure out which foods were problematic. My reflux was likely caused by an overgrowth of gut fungi/bacteria, likely a classic candida situation. However, you may experience reflux differently, and for different reasons.
I'd also like to note that my first times consuming bicarbonate had no immediate effect. Taking ACV (mildly diluted in water, without baking soda) directly with meals was slightly beneficial. This led me to conclude that my issue was having too little stomach acid (a common problem, though counterintuitive). I took Betaine HCl 650 mg w/ pepsin which is basically a stomach acid supplement and had dramatic positive results. I would definitely recommend researching Betaine HCl -- but be wary because if you do in fact have strong (or overactive) stomach acid then betaine hcl could be painful.
In the overall scheme of things the Betaine HCl was just a temporary solution for me. My own stomach acid did return to normal from Betaine HCl (as it does for many people) but I have a weak immune system and eating starchy foods again reverted me to my refluxy state. There's a hypothesis floating around that if your body is too acidic and unhealthy it will stop making stomach acid because it can barely handle neutralizing it after each meal. I have no idea if this is true or not, but it lead me to try both ACV baking soda and lemon baking soda. After only 2 days of taking the lemon bicarb I had so much stomach acid that I was unable to take betaine hcl without experiencing pain. I've kept the carbs very low and remained reflux free.
Hopefully you can find something that works for you. Good luck!"
02/27/2012: Mike from Montreal, Quebec Canada replies: "Alex, have you tried changing your diet to mostly alkaline by increasing the amount of vegetables, preferably raw?
Don't stop taking HCL betaine just to avoid burning issues since HCL is known to increase white blood cell count and thus reinforce your entire immune system. Take HCL with plenty of yogurt or after eating a lot of alkaline food. There are no negative side effects to taking too much HCL.
HCL won't probably cure your problem permanently because you need to get to the root cause of the problem. As Tim pointed out, gallbladder stones alone can cause problems because this clearly indicates a blocked liver from excess cholesterol deposits that reduces bile flow so vital to digestive health.
In my case I have completely restored my digestive health by naturally dissolving the excess cholesterol which at my age was the cumulative effect of having eaten to many fatty meals in my lifetime.
FOR EVERYONE: WHEN YOU EAT A FATTY MEAL DO YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT IT DOES NOT LEAVE SOME DEPOSIT OF CHOLESTEROL IN YOUR LIVER?
I learned the hard way that it does and when your liver gets clogged up to a point where there is below minimum bile flow, suddenly you begin to encounter digestive problems.
If left untreated over time would result into all sorts of complications as a result of a complete pathogen invasion of your system. The large quantity of bile in your stomach after every meal is enough to control all pathogens in your digestive system which is the root cause of excessive gas and other digestive abnormalities.
Furthermore, lack of bile can naturally lead to an increase in your body's overall acidity which no matter how much you attempt to alkalize it using Ted's formula for example, could never be a substitute for the real thing.
Just by unclogging your liver with a natural emulsifier such as granulated soy lecithin or pure liquid lecithin would offer a permanent solution to the problem. I am living proof of this since I started following this cholesterol emulsifier program. I now feel so good after eating a meal just like I remember when I was very young and healthy.
Many people don't realize the significant importance of correct levels of bile flow in your system.
When there is maximum bile flow in your digestive system you can feel the positive effect in your stomach as it this tends to stimulate your whole digestive system to function properly. The results, no stomach pain whatsoever, no more insomnia, no more excessive gas, normal stool appearance and especially always full of energy during the day.
A serious bile problem usually begins to show up as frequent diarrhea which in my case was the leading indicator of a clogged liver. As hard as it is for me to believe this (which by the way has been confirmed by searching over the internet) chronic diarrhea can be treated very effectively by simply taking granulated soy or pure liquid lecithin. The results in some cases can be very dramatic as what I experienced for myself. A baffling 2 year off and on chronic diarrhea problem completely resolved overnight!!!!!!!
Low bile flow problem does cause chronic diarrhea according to many who have had their gallbladder removed especially after eating a fatty meal unless they take certain medication for it (extracted bile from other animals I believe).
Let me conclude with the following recommendation for restoring a malfunctioning digestive system by replenishing it with the basic natural ingredients that mother nature has provided us at birth.
Afterward you can then reduce the amount of supplements according to whether or not there is overall improvement.
(1). HCL Betaine for sufficient levels of stomach acids.
(2). Digestive enzymes to reduce wear and tear on pancreas.
(3). 1 tablespoon of granulated soy lecithin after every meal for optimum bile flow.
(4). Plenty of vegetables for alkalizing your stomach which will protect it from the damaging effect of excessive acidity caused by processed food.
(5) Occasionally consume DGL tablets to build a protective barrier inside your stomach lining to counter any damage caused by pathogens especially from the pylori bacteria that would eventually lead to ulcers.
(6) And of course don't go back to eating processed food, instead consume only the good fat.
The results of following this program will no doubt allow you to pinpoint specifically as to the cause of your digestive problems. This would tend to artificially compensate what is lacking in your whole digestive system temporarily until your digestive system can function properly on its own."
02/28/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Please, please try this and you will be amazed how quicly the acid reflux is gone! Get some store bought kombucha in ginger flavor and sip 1-2 bottles daily. You will notice a complete turnaround in 48 hours. I was stunned and amazed how good I feel without acid reflux."
02/28/2012: Alex from Honolulu, Hi, United States replies: "Hi Mike, I've got a post in the alkalizing section about my own conditions (diagnosed mercury toxicity and related issues).
I was wondering if there is a way to figure out if bile is/was a problem for me.
I'm about 6 foot, and 145 lbs (thin). I was 175 lbs when I was fit before I had mercury problems.
My diet is only vegetable (50% raw), some nuts, olive oil, organic meat and supplements (probiotics, b-complex, most vitamins, most trace minerals). I'd like to eat fruit, or whole grains, but if I eat either I get plunged into fogginess and fatigue. I'm not sure why I'm not alkaline without Ted's lemon/bicarb remedy, as my diet is hugely vegetable. I attribute everything to immune system problems and negative gut flora overgrowth (as is often associated with mercury) but I don't really know. Overall things have been steadily improving since I started this restrictive diet. In the past I had weak stomach acid, but this no longer seems to be a problem.
What do you think? Bile/lecithin problems? I really can't afford to lose any weight. In fact I'd love a way to gain weight."
02/29/2012: Mike from Montreal, Quebec replies: "Hello Alex, Do you often have diarrhea?
Is the color of your stool very pale and sometimes yellowish?
Do you experience a lot of gas?
Do you have any pain on your upper abdomen between rib cage?
Is your tongue white?
Most important of all do you always feel bloated especially after a big meal?
These are the normal signs of bile problem.
Other than that since HCL Betaine seems to work for you then why not increase the dosage and see what happens as long as you take plenty of water with it or consume a lot yogurt. I have once consumed 12 capsules of it (6 grams) and never had a sore stomach afterwards because I took plenty of yogurt afterwards.
You will find that taking HCL Betaine is very effective against the feeling of being bloated as this is often a sign that the pathogens are being destroyed inside your stomach.
Also, the Yogurt by itself will help by replenishing the good bacterias.
You can start taking lecithin soy and see if that can improve your condition as well as this insure maximum bile flow to control the pathogens in your stomach."
01/04/2013: Teh_colt from Dubai, Uae replies: "Hey, im 14 years old, and I live in a boarding school. im leaving tommorow really early morning so I would appriciate it if I can get a reply within the deadline. on to my problem, one evening during dinner, I had some soup. The following night before I went to sleep I felt very sick and felt as if I was going to hurl. I was awake for what seemed to be 2 hours and the only cure that I had(we aren't allowed to keep medicines in the dorms) was to drink water. Until I felt like I could sleep, well I slept. I woke up next morning feeling a little fresh. But then on that evening I felt the same as the last night. I managed to ask the nurse for some medicine, and she game me something and I felt a little better, and was able to sleep. I managed to find a cure for it. 30 miniutes of walking or jogging. The school doctor had a look at me and perscribed:rabedom 30 mins before breakfast and lunch, a syrup that had alpha amylase and pepsin after lunch and dinner, and a tablet for worms(which I had to take within two weeks of his perscription, but I forgot it in the dorms :( ). When I got back home for christmas break we went to a pharmacist and she perscribed me with motilium before lunch and dinner. It has been working so far until last night when I was really feeling sick. I eat a very unhealthy diet containg quite acidic foods and last night I had kfc chicken strips, a burger and coke. I think I brought this upon myself. Today I bought some apple cider vinegar, put 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of it in water and drank it (EWW IT TASTES HORRIBLE). I drank it just this night at 10pm. Its 1:25 as I write and I only feel no better. I didn't take my motilium or my syrup.
Did I cause this?
if not whats my cure?"
[YEA] 02/23/2012: Tom from St Johns, Nl: "I take Apple Cider Vinegar for reflux and I feel much better in time.
If we had a headache when we were growing up, our mothers used to warm the regular vinegar and soak a piece of brown paper in and when the person go to bed they would lay it on their on forehead and it really worked because I know as I never had headache since I was five or six years old."Replies
[YEA] 02/26/2012: Satya from Bangalore, Karnataka, India replies: "Plain ACV is working well for me. Almost a week I got continuous heartburn, Doctor put me on PPI. I was googling to find out more about the rememdies.
I have started with very less amount HALF table spoon. Mix in water and drink before big meal OR whenever feel little discomfort. ACV is also keeping my digestion well. Thanks to EarthClinic..
03/09/2012: Teresa from St. Louis, Mo replies: "Is anyone have a lot of gas after taking the AVC n baking soda drink? I had been taking it for three weeks and I have gas all the time."