I as well have been suffering from acid reflux or Gerd, 30 mg of Prilosec a day and no longer seems to help. The only remedy I've found so far is 1/4 tsp of baking soda in 3 or 4 oz of water, keeps acid out of my throat at night.
I haven't had a episode of acid reflux, and been this uncomfortable in years. So I've been gambling with the things I eat and so forth. Had to do a quick look up of measurements of baking soda to water. Having a episode to any degree of discomfort is torment. I immediately remember my first epic episode with acid reflux. A whole month of not being able to hold food down for more than 30 mins, felt as if I had food poisoning for 30 days. Being in so much pain I just laid in bed and cried and couldn't move or sleep. Being woke out of my sleep violently from sharp pains as if someone was cutting me. Losing about 100 lbs in 3. 5 months and being mentally scared really turns a light on. Don't over look acid reflux DISEASE as just heart burn or something to take care of when symptoms are present. Really make a life change. Detoxing periodically, eating healthy and exercising is the closest you will get to a cure. My 20 mins are up so back to sleep for me.
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 so bad. I have never had a spell like this before in my life. It was even hard to breath. After the unbearable pain came back a third time in 2 hours, I was on the verge of going to the hospital. I started googling symptoms on my phone and eventually figured out my problem. Thank God I found this site and tried the baking soda. It was almost instant relief. Baking soda worked like a charm. Thanks so much for this site.
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!
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Posted by Axa (Newark, Ca) on 06/03/2011
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.
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Posted by Shotzie (Lynchburg, Va) on 04/05/2010
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!!!
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Jacksons Gap, Al
Posted by Thepointedhat (Sacramento, Ca, Usa) on 02/06/2010
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!
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Posted by Krisstyle (Compton, Ca) on 02/19/2009
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
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Posted by Gina (Newport, UK) on 12/23/2007
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.
Posted by Len (Chicago, IL) on 10/25/2006
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.
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Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Posted by Hazel on 08/30/2006
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.
Posted by Sandra (Huntington Beach, CA) on 03/24/2006
Wow, I am so glad I found your site as my body is desperate for a natural cure! I have been on proton pump inhibitors for over a year and still have acid with reflux. I have just started my own research for an alternative to drug therapy. I have not got a pH tester as yet but the baking soda has made a difference. I am concerned that I do not have enough stomach acid to digest my food though??? Help! Thanx.
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Posted by Todd (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 03/27/2007
I have found two things that take away my acid reflux. First is baking soda and water. I see some of the cures talks about combining vinegar with baking soda. I can't imagine this would help. Combine the two in a kitchen sink, its a mess. The second solution is loose 10 lbs. For some reason when I loose 10 lbs. and get down to what I should weigh I dont suffer from it half as much. Thats what has helped me.
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Posted by Virgi (Trenton, Nj) on 03/13/2010
Can balsamic vinegar be a substitute for the apple cider vinegar? If not, why?