Acid Reflux
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Balsamic Vinegar  

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Posted by Virgi (Trenton, Nj) on 03/13/2010

Acid Reflux

Can balsamic vinegar be a substitute for the apple cider vinegar? If not, why?

Posted by William (Brooklyn, NY)
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I was talking to a friend of mine and I was telling him about my bad acid reflux. I was taking Pepcid AC it would work but then I was getting dehydrated and the reflux would return even worse. I use is Balsamic Vinegar 1 tblspn or two if you just ate meat or something really heavy. It burns going down but within 5 min the burns is gone and I start burping and feeling fantastic. Burping is good it mean you are digesting your food. When you don't burp your stomach can feel sour and flat. I can't remember the last time I bought Pepsid AC. Give it a try I have shared this with so many people and they swear by it like I do.


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Posted by Cheryl (Jakarta, Indonesia) on 08/14/2008
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I tried banana and it just gave me more gas and acid - very unpleasant - I cant eat them if my stomach is acid. I don't eat bleached flours etc.
Apple cider vinegar made me vomit. Was just reading about apples, will try that and see how that works.

Replied by Leah
Auburn, AL
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I've been on just about every prescription and overthecounter med for GERD, and they work for a little while and then stop working. I'm now taking Nexium, but using Tums and other acid stoppers OTC in addition. I'm very concerned about the long-term effect of using these medicines, but I was miserable without them - now I'm miserable even with them. I'm going to try all the remedies on this site, one by one, but I already eat bananas in the winter every morning in my cereal and while they don't seem to aggravate my acid problem, they don't act as a blocker or cure. I use only no-fat organic dairy, have a high veg-fruit, whole grain diet, have a proper weight and sleep almost sitting up. I rarely drink alcohol, don't smoke, but because I have SLE (lupus), I take a lot of medication, many of which could be the root cause of the problem. I'm excited about the possibility of trying out the cider vinegar and apples cures that seem to have worked for many people.

Replied by Joanne
Hastings, New Zealand
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Apple Cider Vinegar cured my acid reflux. I have had this for 5 years and was told that I had to "live with it" by my Doctor so have been taking Losec for years. Went to see a naturapath speak live last week and at his suggestion started with the vinegar. 2 tsp per 750ml bottle of water 3 x a day and I haven't had reflux since - not one and I suffered this every single day.

Banana's unfortunately make it 100 x worse - not a cure for me

Posted by Mike (Chicago, IL) on 06/17/2008
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Banana is the only thing besides Pepcid AC that has cured my acid reflux. I always eat one or two before I drink any alchohol and it works great every time.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
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Hi Mike from Chicago, Why don't you try eliminating bleached flour from your foods eaten and see if you get rid of acid reflux instead of needing a cure for it. It worked for me and a few others I know who tried it. Life is much more fun getting rid of a problem instead of searching for a cure.

Replied by Elizabeth
Carrollton, VA

Mike from Chicago, You go for it!! If Bananas work for you what does it matter what others think. Bananas are great for our bodies and if you get relief thats great! That is what I thought this website was all about. Sharing ideas and results not bashing. Take care.

Posted by Mike (Raleigh, NC) on 05/12/2008
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For Acid Reflux: Bananas, folks. Eat them for breakfast and before bedtime. Works better than anything else I've tried and they're good for you, too.

Posted by Frank (Dublin Ireland, Southern Ireland) on 04/30/2007
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having had reflux for five years, i started taking a banana a day. after about two weeks, i tried to do without my NEXIUM TABELT. which previously would only last for three nights. this time however, i have not had a NEXIUM TABLET after 15 days. frank

Replied by Laura
Monroeville , PA
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Acid Reflux Remedies: No on the bananas -- it actually makes it worse for me or creates it. Anything sugar based turns on the reflux for me. Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon with a cup of water when I eat badly. Nothing when I eliminate coffee and sugar.

Replied by Patient
Union, Nj

i've been taking nexium for 7 years. First signs of burning 12 years ago, first reflux 8-9 yrs ago. 7 years ago diagnosed with hiatal hernia. Nexium helped from day one. First several times a week, then every other day, then every day 40mg. A few years ago started reading about danger of proton pump inhibitors and antacids. Switched to 40-20mg alternating every other day. Now stopped nexium completely a few days ago and i'm on fire non-stop. Headaches, nausea, constant feeling of hunger, chest and throat pain. Eating any kind of food helps relieve burning for a while. Tried organic 1 table spoon ACV 1 tbl spoon honey mixed in warm water 6-8oz cup. It helps for about 30 minutes. Tried 1/2 tea spoon of baking soda mixed with 6oz cup water and could not drink it because of bad taste. Added 1 tea spoon of ACV (for tolerable taste) and it helped for 1 hour.

Apples help just like any non-acidic food for about 10-20 minutes. Bananas - for me 100x worse, almost immediate burning. 1 spoon of honey may be "soothing" the esophagus but it doesn't do anything for me.

Still searching for alternatives to dangerous pills and irreversible surgery.

Replied by Sean
Seattle, Wa

How much water do/have you been drinking? The one thing that I have noticed about people with acid reflux...Not enough water and not enough fibrous foods. Cut out bleached white flower products and bleached white sugar/corn syrup products. They can easily account for 1/2 of your caloric intake if you don't wage a war on them. I feel that we are in the midst of a nutritional holocaust. Stick to natural foods. I know a lot of people that don't like water! They even go YEARS without getting enough. -Just a thought

Replied by Selena
Chula, Ga

My husband had the same problem before we married. I put him on a yeast free diet and within a month he was 90% better (the remaining 10% is diet and bad habit related that could be fixed by eliminating things from his diet but so much better he can put up with it not to have to give up those things.) Google yeast free diet. I had a book but can't remember the name or author. Basically you have to eliminate all refined sugars, white flour products, refined vinegar products (mustard, mayo. ketchup.) all fungus foods (mushrooms, alcohol), and dairy. He stuck to this diet Mon-Fri and splurged on the weekends and still had great results. He now treats his heartburn with baking soda and water when it occurs. It works wonders for him and does the job. Good luck and congratulations on deciding to take your health into your own hands and fix the problem instead of cover it up.

Replied by Norma

I just wanted to say that blackstrap molasses helps with acid reflux, about 2 tablespoons and take that either before or after eating, works either way. I think it has to do with potassium that helps with the acid reflux the same as with the banana I believe that's why it works....

Basil Seeds  

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Posted by Soneeta (Santa Cruz, California) on 02/10/2013
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Acid Reflux: Mix 1 teaspoon Basil seeds (Tutmalanga) in a glass of water, let sit for 5 minutes (the seeds will look like it has fuzz on it) than drink it.

Bentonite Clay  

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Posted by GT (Vero Beach, Florida) on 08/24/2007
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Used Medicinal grade Bentonite clay for acid reflux,works within a few sips. Get a small bottle of water put in a teaspoon of bentonite clay (PH is 9.1) shake hard so it disolves in the water and take some sips. You will notice within the second sip the acid starts to calm down. A note; People with bad acid reflux have trouble sleeping, magnesium gets depleted when acid is on overload, a few sips of bentonite clay before bed you sleep like a baby. Magnesium has a 'calming' effect for the mind and the physical muscles. There is magnesium in bentonite clay.

Betaine Hydrochloride  

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Posted by Norman (Anza, California) on 12/14/2009

Acid Reflux Can IMO be caused by too little hydrocloric acid as well as two much. Years ago I had very bad acid reflux a friend told me to take HCl capsules, I thought he was nuts telling me to take acid on what I thought was already too much acid in my stomach. But I worked, Years later it came back again I tried tums, milk, water etc, it was like pouring gasolene on fire. Then I remembered the HCl and it went right away. So in my opinion it is difficult to tell if your to acid or too alkaline, Same symptoms.

EC: Note: IMO is slang for "In My Opinion"

Replied by David
Pensacola, Fl

This works great... And so does eating fresh Grapefruits. Grapefruit juice helps, but is not as fresh.... it is not as strong then. The best was D-Limonene... A Citrus Peel Extract.

Posted by FreeBrrd (San Francisco, CA USA) on 05/04/2009
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Acid reflux symptoms are same for too much acid & too little acid. Most treatments are for too much. Most treatments will take care of the symptoms either way. Test for too little acid is if vinegar helps as it is acid. From my research, I don't think vinegar will cure too little acid, just the symptoms. Taking betaine HCL is supposed to cure it by teaching your system to produce more acid.

Too little acid causes nutrients to not be absorbed. You may become anemic, etc. I think this is why they say that older folks do not absorb nutrients as well ei. calcium.

So while the stuff you get at the drugstore will cure the symptoms, if you have too little acid, it will actually make the problem worse.

If you search online for Betaine HCL and acid reflux, it will tell you how to do it. Basically take the HCL with meals that include protein. Take enough to make you feel better. After a while you should be able to reduce amount of HCL taken, stopping completely at some point. If you use acid blockers, etc. it reverses the good results.

Get Betaine HCL at health food stores. Pharmacists go into shock if you tell them that you want to take Hydrochloric acid.

Posted by Woody (Frankston, Australia) on 09/08/2008
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I have suffered Gastric Reflux for about 6 years, tried eveything including Tagamet, Zoton and all the beta blockers and Proton pump inhibitors but nothing worked. One day I tried Betaine, one tablet at breakfast and 6 years of grief have been replaced with zero reflux. This has been good for 3 months now with no problems at all. What causes Acid reflux is slow digestion, the added Acid from Betaine speeds up digestion. And the food goes down.

Posted by Dee (Middlesbrough, England) on 07/04/2008
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Hi again everyone, I have had gastric reflux for six years for two of those years I lived on salmon and cous cous, that was all I could eat. Recently though my life has turned around, I realised through this website that I had low acid. The ACV worked but not enough to make a huge difference. I have also had accupuncture which I think has helped.
But one day I had indigestion as usual and I tried a clementine, within a few minutes I started to feel better. I started to eat them after main meals which prevented any symptoms from coming on. I would also take them to work and have one if any symptoms came on. Then I tried Betaine Hydrochloride which has made such a difference to what I can eat. You can only use Betaine Hydrochloride if you know for definate that its low acid and you shouldn't try if you think you may have an ulcer. If fruits like oranges or lemon alleviate your symptoms then it might help you.
I hope so. Dee

Posted by Jonathan (Van Buren, Arkansas) on 06/15/2006
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I took Betaine Hydrochloride which is basically stomach acid ingredients in pill form to add acid back to my stomach (which I was lacking apparently). I had been on Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. for a VERY long time. I was starting to suffer from the side effects; when I stumbled onto this site. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar at first and it worked great (which told me I lacked acid in my stomach). I hated the taste of it though and wanted something I wouldn't have to force myself to take. So; I read remedy #5 and decided to try it. I went to the health food store and described what I wanted and they went and got it right away. I've been trying it for the past two days now and my stomach has been great!!!! I give a big YEA to the Betaine Hydrochloride.. it works!

Posted by John
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If apple cider vinegar cures acid reflux then you do not have enough acid. An acid supplement like Betaine Hydrochloride can work wonders. It did for me. I lived on acid reducers until I figured it out. Quick test take a teaspoon of baking soda on empty stomach. A good belch with normal stomach acid should occur in 2-3 minutes. Mine took 15-16 minutes. Goodbye to Nexium/Prevacid etc.

Replied by Rob
Prince George, Va

Hey John, with very little acidity in your stomach, would this possibly produce hard stools???

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
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To Rob from Prince John,

08/25/2008: Rob from Prince George, Va replies: "Hey John, with very little acidity in your stomach, would this possibly produce hard stools???"

I'm not John you asked the question of, but I can tell you that too little fiber and too little water will definitely cause hard stools.

Blackstrap Molasses  

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Posted by Becca (Colorado) on 06/06/2016
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Blackstrap Molasses works immediately for acid reflux. Now let's see how long it lasts...

Replied by Kennywally
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Re: Becca, Colorado.....I used to carry a small container of himalayan pink salt, to instantly knock out acid reflux. I was at a transformational workshop and folks seen me taking a pinch and wondered what I was doing, so I shared that with them, of course it worked great. I rarely get the reflux, but am not sure why, I'm just glad it worked, and fast too!