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Pickle Juice for Acid Reflux

Jul 25, 2016

Pickle Juice for Acid Reflux
Pickle juice is a great natural remedy for acid reflux. Pickles have been among the side dishes or condiments served along side of a meal, not only for the good flavor they add to the meal, but for the positive benefits to digestion. Many cultures commonly use a fermented vegetable as a condiment to meals.

For many, pickle juice works as well, if not better than over the counter or prescription drugs for acid reflux. Pickle juice is less likely to cause side effects than medication.

How Much Pickle Juice Do I Have to Drink for Acid Reflux?

For some acid reflux suffers, relief is found after only a few sips of pickle juice. Others consume 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pickle juice and then feel relief from their reflux symptoms. It is certainly not necessary to consume a half a cup of pickle juice if you are feeling better after consuming a few teaspoons of it.

What Kind of Pickle Juice Should I Use for Acid Reflux?

Usually a sudden attack of acid reflux drives our readers to try this home treatment for acid reflux. In a pinch, really any type of pickle juice seems to work.

Should I Eat the Pickle, Too?

Most people just use the juice. However, sometimes a person finds relief just consuming the pickle. The pickle will be quite saturated with juice and should work as well as drinking the juice.

Cautions for Pickle Juice for Acid Reflux

If you find yourself using pickle juice for acid reflux on a regular basis, you should read the ingredients of the pickles you are using. Many pickles contain a lot of sodium, sugar, food dye and other chemicals that may not be ideal for frequent consumption.

Ideally you will figure out the root of your acid reflux and deal with the cause so that you do not have to constantly treat symptoms. Did pickle juice work for your acid reflux? We would love to hear your experience!




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Posted by Gailanne (Ohio) on 09/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I just tried a half a cup of pickle juice for my acid reflux and as soon as I drank it my stomach felt better...


Posted by Lucky (Betterville, US) on 04/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I get GERD eating gluten, coffee, chocolate. What helps is pickle juice. I drink Acv regularly but somedays it gets so bad only P J helps. If I know I will be eating food that will give me acid reflux I take a swig or two of PJ before I eat. Relief finally. Prefer it over meds :p. And now I sleep with 2 pillows under my head. Hope Pickle Juice gives others relief too. good luck!


Posted by Angi (Peoria Il) on 01/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

OMG I'VE BEEN UP FOR HOURS CRYING OVER THIS BURNING PAIN IN MY BACK CHEST AND THROAT!!! Nothing was working.... Until I looked up natural remedies! It just so happened my son ate the last pickle today :, ( HOWEVER, my boyfriend likes to eat weird things like honey on grilled cheese and drinks the pickle juice once the pickles are gone! Usually I get mad because he ALWAYS leaves a empty jar of pickle juice in the fridge..... Which I would normally toss out! NOT THIS TIME AND I AM SO THANKFUL for my boyfriend and his weird pickle juice cravings!!!! IT REALLY WORKED AND IN MINUTES!!! I can FINALLY fall asleep now!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AHHHHHHH


Posted by Anon (Scotland, Uk) on 07/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I think I've inherited Acid Reflux as both my parents took a certain milky-liquid non-prescription treatment for heartburn. I have just recently started getting acid reflux/heartburn on odd occasions when I've eaten late. The last time I had it my first thoughts were to stock up on those fizzy tablets made of citric acid/bicarbonate soda or something similar (don't like the idea of that milky liquid stuff). I looked in my kitchen cupboard and had Apple Cider Vinegar which I took diluted in water (a couple of teaspoons in less than half a glass. It didn't help much so I rooted around some more and found a jar of pickle juice, My mum had sent me a jar of pickled peppers; I'd finished the peppers but the pickle juice was still there. I took a couple of swigs of the juice just by instinct and the sour-fermented taste was an immense relief, not to mention quite tasty!

I came here to look for a less weird remedy but it seems I've already got the top two remedies after all!


Posted by Cassandra (Utopia, Canada, Ontario) on 05/25/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Pickle Juice worked for me as well. Usually, I wake up with acid reflux and it continues through my day to the point that I get sick 2-3 times before I sleep. I drink Gavisgon and I chew the tums smoothies and they don't work for me. Eating plain foods like boiled brocolli and chicken breasts help the feeling of my acid reflux and sometimes it helps prevent the pain as well. This morning I woke up with really bad acid pains to the point where eating my food was making me nauseaus. I ate a pickle and drank a couple mouthfuls of pickle juice and it totally took my pain away! I definately recommend everyone try this, because I suffer from really bad Acid Reflux pains, and this worked like a miracle! Don't spend your money on temporary relief stuff, this works way better!


Posted by Shiran (London, England) on 08/08/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I read all the positive comments here and went straight out to get some pickles. Unfortunately, soon after eating a pickle with a few spoons of juice my symptoms got quickly and markedly worse. So I'm really glad some of you guys have had such great results from something so simple, but I guess I may have a different problem. Are there some people who actually DO have too much acid that is causing these problems? I've started on plant enzymes and priobiotics.


Posted by Loretta (Ofallon, Il.) on 07/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had a bad case of acid reflux , he took rolaid morning , noon and night and in between until they took it off the market. He started sipping a little pickle juice in the morning and took two baby pickle to work with him and then a sip after supper. It really cured his problem. I'm so glad I found this web site. Thank you so much.


Posted by Kim (Columbus, Oh) on 04/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up at 3 am with awful heartburn. I never suffer from Acid Reflux so I was a bit alarmed. Tried to go back to sleep but it would not go away. At 4 am I got online and saw something about eating bananas... Tried it... It helped a bit so I could sleep... But I woke up at 7am with the reflux again... Took zantac, tums... Nothing seemed to help... Found this site about pickles and had to give it a try as I was about to call Dr. Opened a jar of Claussen dill pickles and poured a 1/2 cup... And took a pickle to nibble as I was not sure I could handle the juice. It really wasn't that bad... And it helped almost immediately... So much so that I decided I could have a second round of juice and another pickle.. I have no idea how or why this works... But hey... Whatever works! :)


Posted by Courtney (Rockford, Il) on 12/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 19 year old female and just found out I have acid reflux. I went to the hospital one night because I just couldnt take the pain anymore. Nothing was working. I was put on medication and it worked. Then my perscription ran out. Now my pain has come back. I just tried pickle juice and it helped a lot. I can lay in bed the way I want to. I can walk and do the normal every day things. Thank so much Eirth clinic!!!!!!


Posted by Pye (Spokane, Washington Usa) on 12/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I can't believe how FAST and well this worked!!!! I've been on Prilosec OTC and it seems to have stopped working the last month or so. After I woke up gasping for breath after having aspirated regurgitated stomach acid while I slept (absolutely NOTHING scarier) I turned to the NET and found this site. I had no ACV and was snowed in at the time so couldn't go get any, but I DID have a couple of jars of pickles in the pantry. Incredible but true - after downing about 1 oz of the pickle juice from the jar of sweet pickles (gherkins, in about a half hour I wasn't feeling the acid coming up anymore. Last night I did the same again before bed and actually had the first restful sleep I've had in ages, with NO acid coming up into my throat. Thank you, thank you.


Posted by Chieko (Albuquerque, Nm) on 01/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

For acid reflux, first I try vinegar. If that doesn't work, then the pickle juice. I feel the salinity of the pickle juice contributes to its effectiveness. Also works for me is pickled hot pepper juice (capsaicin is a natural anti-inflammatory), and the juice from pickled ginger (another anti-inflammatory long known for its gastrointestinal benefits). If the reflux is bad, I may have to do all of the above to get relief.


Posted by Toni2201 (Detroit, Mi) on 12/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

For the past three nights i have woken up at around 2am on the dot, with a burning sensation in my throat, i know something was up, so i stumbled upon this website, and the pickle juice remedy.

I love pickles and the juice that is left after they are gone, so i easily downed about half a cup, and almost immediately i felt relieved, i feel nothing in my throat right now, and i can go back to sleep now...thanks for the wonderful remedy, now im gonna go give my wife a nice big pickle juice breath remedy kiss..i hope she enjoys...


Posted by Josh (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have had Acid Reflux for years. One quick fix that works for me is pickle juice. I just buy a jar of pickles from the store and when I have a bad acid attack I drink the juice from the jar. About 1/2 cup should work depending on how bad your have it at the time. It's a quick temporary fix but it works very fast. Do not get the "Zesty" pickles or any that have peppers. I made that mistake by not reading that label or looking at the bottom of the jar before I bought them. The peppers make things worse. There seems to be a common trend here with vinegar based products. Remember it's the juice, not the pickles.


Posted by Enjoyeroflifenstuff (Martinsville, In, USA) on 10/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, im 22 and have had acid reflux most of my life and have ALWAYS had to watch what i eat. But, after it clears up for a while ill slip and eat something to set it off again. So, tonight, it's 3:30 in the morning and im extremely pissed at myself for having chocolate cake and coffee earlier, first time for both in a few months. haha, now im dealing with what feels like chemical burns at the base of my throat. I've never done anything about it except sip on water while standing for a few hours, yes it's honestly terrible. but ive learned to accept it as a part of life, until now, this defining and sure to be remembered moment in my life.... pickle juice. i read it about fifteen minutes ago, paced around the house for about five, and then with a trembling hand downed 1/2 a cup of vlassic's finest. and now after my stomachs settled (somewhat), i can honestly say i do believe it worked. or at least eased it considerably. finally, something. thank you.

Replied by Asdf
Tucson, Az
05/24/20115 out of 5 stars
I completly understand what you mean by the whole "pacing for a couple of hours just drinking water" as im actually doing right now as my reflux is literally burning my throat up in flames. I took a little sip of pickle juice and it settled a little so im just gonna take my happy butt to the refrigerator and drink some more.

Posted by Athena (Santa Fe, Nm) on 08/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My husband asked me to write to your great website to let others know what works for him. He was prescribed two Omeprazole caps per day for his long-standing acid reflux, but since he started eating one or two whole kosher dill pickles in the evening, he hasn't had to take any Omeprazole caps! I know that others have had success with pickle juice. Thanks for this extremely helpful site!


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