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Cure for Heartburn! Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Last Modified on Sep 29, 2015

Lime   1  0   

Posted by Kellysam (Nassua, Bahamas) on 08/13/2009

[YEA]  I have been recently diagnosed with Gerds after a recent flare up, for the last three weeks i have been using every suggestion i have found , none with lasting benefits. After having heartburn for three days i tried lime tea, that is the skin of one lime, peeled off and brewed in hot water, drinking that with a little sugar or without throughout the day, at least three times has helped to relieve and even rid me of my heartburn. Also i found that i was not making enough bowel movements, this i believe can increase heartburn, because the stomach is not emptying fast enough so gases and acids are released upwards.So a good colon cleanse as also been of great help.

Low Carb Diet   1  0   

Posted by Anthony (Weirton, WV, USA) on 01/10/2009

[YEA]  Heartburn cure: A low carb diet completely cured my heartburn/acid reflux. I tried everything from ezymes to raw apple cider vinegar and nothing worked. I quit coffee (which I love), but it still remained. When I went on a low carb diet, the heartburn went away. It took about a week to totally cured.

By low carb I mean 30-40g of carbs per day. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this. If you feel you have tried everything to cure heartburn, this may be just what you needed.

Replied by Cassady
Norman, Ok
100% of my heartburn is due to gluten intolerance. I can eat whatever I like, as long as it doesn't have any damn gluten in it. As soon as I eat gluten, I get awful heartburn. My point here being, perhaps a low carb diet helps some people with heartburn because they are generally eating less breads and pastas? Maybe try eliminating gluten from your diet if you've tried everything else.

I'm here because sometimes... You just have to have a slice of pizza!! I ate a pear, per someone's suggestion cause I already had that and not an apple. Heartburn has not disappeared completely but is DEF much better!! Thanks!

Low Carbohydrate Diet   1  0   

Posted by Max (Titusville, Pa / Usa) on 03/28/2011

[YEA]  Recently I switched to a very low carbohydrate diet to control my weight. My heartburn, along with cracking skin and calluses on my feet disapeared along with my heartburn! I have had heartburn for quite awhile and did get relief form apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and celery but it would come back. I can now eat spicy chili and drink coffee and the heartburn does not appear. It is amazing.

Replied by Francois
From my own experience with heartburn and low-carbohydrate dieting, I think it has to do with the reducing or supression of wheat and rye in the diet.

I have recommended some friends with GERD to stop eating wheat products (not an easy task: bread, pasta, cookies etc.), and those who did try it, found relief. Without following a low-carb diet.

I am convinced that low-carb diets are great, and I'm a low-carber, but lots of people won't go there: too much hassle and too counter-intuitive for them.

Cutting down or removing wheat (and rye), while still a hassle, is easier for them to achieve than following such a 'strange' thing (strange in their view) as a low-carb diet.

Replied by Kt
This is so true. I read where a doctor cut carbs only to lose weight but discovered he no longer had heartburn by doing that. The problem now is not only with starches. All of our fruits and vegetables have been genetically modified to last longer so, in my opinion, this makes them harder to digest, hence the rise in diabetes. It was a long time learning for me. I've had to reduce portions of meat, get smaller eggs and two percent milk because the animals we eat or get milk and eggs from are being fed GMO grasses and grains.

Magnesium   1  0   

Posted by Miranda (Passau, Bavaria, Germany) on 07/30/2009

[YEA]  Despite eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, I suffered from really bad heartburn for over 10 years. At first I just used antacids the doctor prescribed, but I realised that was just covering up the symptoms.Then my heartburn got so bad that I suffered from it almost all the time, especially during the night. The doctor diagnosed reflux and for 3 years I took pills daily to prevent an attack. He even advised me to have an operation. One Friday I ran out of pills. That afternoon I got a really bad cramp in my leg that lasted about a quarter of an hour and was so painful I nearly passed out. In agony, I took two 80 gr. magnesium pills at once and four more spread out over the next 12 hours. Then I took 3 pills a day for the next 2 days, after that one pill a day. When the weekend passed I realised I hadn't had any heartburn all weekend, despite not having taken any heartburn pills. Now I take a magnesium supplement every day and haven't had any heartburn or reflux for two years. It was like a miracle and it certainly gave me a new lease of life.

Milk   2  0   

Posted by Veronica (San Antonio, Texas) on 02/21/2008

[YEA]  I noticed a couple of swallows of milk will always relieve my heartburn. I thought everyone knew that milk was good for burning sensations in the mouth and throat, but it seems that is not so. Milk also works much better then water on stopping the burning sensaton from hot sauce.

Replied by Becki
Washington, Indiana
Throughout both of my pregnancies and afterwards, both dairy and non-dairy milk has always worked for me. During my menstral cycle, I notice that I become lactose intolerant. So, I will drink soy, almond, rice, and even coconut milk to soothe my heartburn. I find that when I drink the non-dairy milks it will take a lot more to soothe the burning than dairy milk. However, my favorite remedy is chocolate milk and dark chocolate almond milk. I suppose, it is because of the thickness it helps to ease off in a matter of seconds.

Posted by Taryn (Topeka, Kansas) on 02/19/2008

[YEA]  I have had acid reflux for about 7 years now mine is chronic so it'll never go away, but I found that if you have really bad heartburn drink a COLD glass of milk and it'll sooth the pain. If it doesn't go away after one glass get another and keep doing this process until your heartburn dies down.

Replied by Carrie
Halifax, NS, Canada
Milk (Dairy) is in the Acid Family. At the time of consumption milk offers immediate relief from acid reflux symptoms, but this is only temporary and the reflux will return. A trick that really works for me is not consuming liquid 30 minutes before and 45 minutes after food consumption. Water (liquids) often times slow digestion and digestive fluids, thus contributing to acid reflux and slow digestion. Hope this helps!
Replied by Fatima
London, UK
Drink milk mixed with water , one glass water half glass milk. This is also good for pregnancy related heartburn.

Multiple Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Dadhwalz (Ludhiana, India) on 04/11/2011

[YEA]  1) Sleep sitting up, or with the head, neck, and shoulders raised at least above the stomach. This will keep excess stomach acid from traveling upwards into your esophagus.

2) Eat smaller meals more frequently, as larger meals tend to create excess stomach acid, which then leads to heartburn.

3) Although not totally proven, avoiding certain foods like coffee, fruit juice, onions, chocolate, spicy foods, pretzels, tea, fatty foods, etc. can help reduce heartburn.

4. natural Aloe vera juice is another great approach that can help reduce the effects of acid inside the stomach.

5.Teas can be quite effective in assisting with digestive problems.

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
About heartburn.. It may be caused by hiatal hernia OR lack of HCL (low stomach acid)

HCL is needed to breakdown and digest foods, when it is lacking, digestion is incomplete and results in heartburn. When ACV works it indicates that HCL is needed and thats why ACV works for some heartburn and not others.

In hiatil hernia sleeping with head elevated keeps stomach acid from moving up the eosophagus, prime culprit in night time heartburn. Low carbohydrate diets work really well for heartburn and charcoal tablets can be effective in controlling belching.

Replied by Elly
Topeka, Kansas
Hi Catherine, so true! I was born with a hiatal hernia and sometimes get reflux. Strangely I sometimes get reflux on an empty stomach in the morning and after I drink filtered water. Apple cider vinegar with a little baking soda has always helped and for some hours. I was a little timid to try the HCL and wondered if maybe using ACV instead would be fine since they both seem to do about the same thing. I also took some digestive enzymes after meals but felt a tiny bit of reflux on continued use but I can't say for sure if they were to cause. ACV is a Godsend! Thanks!

Mustard   22  0   

Posted by Diangelo (Queens, NY) on 10/06/2014

[YEA]  This mustard remedy saved my life. I'm serious, it sucks after u drink the tablespoon for like 3-5 minutes, u feel like ur pressures up but then magic happens. I sat up, watched a little sports center and in like 10 minutes I was good. Just did it for the first time tonight. I get frequent heartburn and go through pills like candy. I had nothing tonight and the mustard worked. They don't pay me for this but I figure I can put people on to this cuz I fight heartburn everyday it sucks donkey nuts so try ima see if it works daily now til I get medical insurance

Posted by D Dawg (Greensboro, N.c ) on 06/15/2012

[YEA]  All I know is, before I started writing this, I took a spoon full of mustard and now my heartburn is gone.

Replied by Donna
Bakersfield, Ca
Mustard ingredients are: vinegar, mustard seeds, and turmeric. sounds good to me.

Posted by Leesa K (Mountaintop, Pa) on 05/28/2012

[YEA]  wow.. I never had heartburn before in my life and I thought I was having a heart attack!! but I went to this sight immediately and seen mustard as a remedy, and thank goodness it worked in a few seconds!!! Thank you

Posted by Robertsmitho8 (Bakersfield, Ca) on 05/04/2012


Replied by Anjelikmessenjer
Citrus Springs, Fl, United States
minimal relief for me :(

Posted by Kaf (Anchorage, Alaska) on 11/15/2011

[YEA]  OMG I really didn't think this would work! It did. I was afraid at first but anything is better than having heartburn. I just took this natural remedy and I will again.

Posted by Melissa (Attica, Ohio) on 12/04/2009

[YEA]  I suffer from chronic heartburn, I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and I felt like my chest and throat were on fire. I did not have any anti-acids so, I tried yellow mustard, the heartburn got worse for about 5 mins.then it completly went away. I have tried this several times after that and it works great.(My grandmother who is from Kentucky uses this all the time)

Replied by Essie
Somewhere, Ks
[YEA]   Yep, this works very well, take about a tablespoon of plain yellow mustard on a cracker, drink the mustard down, chew the cracker & swallow, burns like the dickens goin down, for me anyhow, but within a few minutes, the acid reflux is completely gone. Been using this method for about a year and a half now, don't have to take prescription heart burn medicine anymore thanks to earth clinic. Also, I had to incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet to help keep the heart burn gone for good.
Replied by Zeratulsdownfall
Toronto, Ontario
[YEA]   Hello, I just tried this about 6 minutes ago. A lot of people going here must think that this is some kind of joke. It's not. I felt like my chest was gonna combust, it was umbarable. So I started searching up some stuff, and ended up here.

It worked. I'm so pleased. Me enjoying the taste of mustard is just a bonus :P

Posted by Natalie (Mckinleyville, Ca) on 08/26/2009

[YEA]  Mustard Heartburn Remedy

I am 22 years old, and a while back I was experiencing absolutely horrible heartburn which seemed to come out of no where. I would get heartburn after practically everything I ate (whether acidic or not), which became very frustrating. I would finish an entire bottle of acid reducing pills within a little over a month, which I was sure couldn't be that healthy for my body. I went to this website and read about PLAIN YELLOW MUSTARD as a natural heartburn remedy, and decided to give it a try. Every time I was experiencing heartburn (slightly or severely) I would swallow probably a TABLESPOON worth of yellow mustard. I would feel almost instantaneous relief of the discomfort, and the heartburn would go completely away within probably 10-15 minutes. I kept up with this remedy, and am happy to say that I haven't taken a SINGLE acid reducing pill since!


1) Try not to drink any liquids soon after you swallow the mustard, or you will just wash it all down. If you don't like the taste of mustard, just swish water in your mouth and spit. It should help reduce the taste.

2) GRAB INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED MUSTARD PACKETS WHENEVER POSSIBLE!! If you are in a restaurant, gas station, grocery store, casino, etc. that has a condiments section somewhere, grab a bunch of mustard packets! You can keep them in a bag in your purse, car, backpack, etc. for when you experience heartburn while on the go! It's self contained, convenient and free! :)

Replied by Leelannee
Sussex, Nj
If you do pick up some mustard packets from a public place...please wash them!!! So many people handle them...they may get dropped on the floor...who knows!!! If you're sucking the mustard straight out of the packets rather than squeezing it out onto a spoon or something...I just shudder to think what you might be ingesting. Ick!
Replied by Junior
New York, Ny
[YEA]   THIS WORKS!!!!! was suffering with heartburn for a few days, was desperate and looking for a natural remedy.. found this website and used the teaspoon of mustard.. My pain stopped within 5 minutes.
Replied by Charli
Totnes, Devon
Watch out for mustard packets from restaurants etc.. They are usually full of preservatives & sugar & low quality! All things that contribute to acid accumlation (heartburn)

Posted by Sherry (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) on 05/23/2009

[YEA]  I tried a remedy for heartburn or gerd that I read on another website. Take 1 tsp. of yellow mustard followed by about a half glass of water and to my surprise.......immediate relief. I,ve been doing this for about 3 days now and I haven't had any heartburn. I really get it bad, too. I've gotten heartburn from a glass of water. I've been taking Prevacid for at least 10 years. I had to stop taking it because it interfered with a more important medication that I take. Doctor gave me Zantac instead. It does nothing so I decided to try mustard.

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