Acid Reflux
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Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

| Modified on Apr 12, 2023
Posted by Devorah (NyC) on 03/27/2023
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Just discovered d-limonene for acid reflux..seems great..will report back. For some reason no one seems to have Jarrow formula d limonene..anyone know why?

Palm Oil
Posted by Ginnie (Lagos Nigeria ) on 12/18/2022
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Palm oil works like magic....I came across this page and decided to try it...I'm really impressed.

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Katzie (Canada) on 11/18/2022

OR - you could try Manuka Honey, which is great for acid reflex and heartburn. Many Naturopaths prescribe it for same.

And since HCL is what you have used with success, wouldn't ACV be cheaper and work just the same?! ; also its easier to find!

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Dena L. (New Orleans, Louisiana ) on 11/17/2022
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After suffering from C-19, I started suffering from heartburn everyday. This went on for months. It got so bad I could barely eat any food and it would affect my sleep. So I started only eating from 12pm to 7pm and I started taking a supplement called HCL betaine pepsin. I got this from Amazon. I took HCL for only three weeks and my heartburn never returned. If you have bad heartburn you may have to take them for life but it's safer than doctors medications that may cause side effects. I also stop drinking lemon and orange juice everyday. I only have them occasionally. I now drink apple juice and teas like hibiscus tea. So far I'm back to normal.

Posted by beverly (Texas) on 11/03/2022
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I will have to agree with you. I have a number of things I try...celery...alkaline water and aloe vera, and gum is one of the more effective ones.

Posted by Carmel (Essex, England) on 05/26/2022

Most yoghurts are heat treated and then the "live" bacteria is added after. Any that was there before was killed in the process.. Same as vitamin d is added to fish oil capsules etc. You need a few biotics to work, and one month is nowhere near enough anyway. It also depends on when you take them and if you use prebiotics before and during taking them.

Posted by beverly (Texas) on 05/02/2022

This is because celery contains hydrochloric acid, which restores function and helps heal the gut.

Posted by beverly (Texas) on 05/02/2022
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Celery for Acid Reflux

I find this incredible. I have been having an episode of gerd today that was giving me lung congestion. Lousy day. I tried ACV/BS, ginger, cilantro, and a dozen other things and no help. I was making vegetable soup for supper and started nibbling on a celery stick. within a few minutes I started feeling better. I was amazed so started researching it and came to this site. Wish I had been aware the past few years and might have saved myself some agony. I will not leave home without it :)

Posted by beverly (Texas) on 04/05/2022

Activated charcoal is good but remember it can cause constipation, so compensate for that.

Posted by beverly (Texas) on 03/06/2022

PPI'S - not only kidney damage but depletion of vitamins and minerals and studies that they are linked to Alzheimer's.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Lilu (Los Angeles ) on 01/09/2022

Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Juice is a very nice & trusted one. It is the juice of the inner fillet. The rest of the aloe (the green slippery stuff or anything other than the inner fillet part) will not only give you extreme stomach pain (as it did to my years ago) but it is also not good for your health.

Sea Salt
Posted by Peg (Texas) on 11/19/2021

Hi Kennywally, How are you using the salt; proportions and how often?
Thanking you in advance.

EC: See his post just below this one in the sea salt for acid reflux section.

Aloe Vera
Posted by VioletScorpio (San Rafael, California) on 10/28/2021
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For those of you ingesting aloe vera gel or sure to use the inner fillet, not the whole leaf. The outer leaf has no notable benefits, at the very least, and has been found to be unfit for consumption and even carcinogenic if not filtered properly.

The products usually noted as beneficial for both relieving and curing reflux, GERD, leaky gut, etc. actually make mine worse. I have one of the longest-term, extreme cases that I personally have ever known of and my doctors, as well. They are clueless, of course, and offer NO HELP. ACV, ginger, mint, betain hcl, etc. all exacerbate symptoms immediately and intensely. Very much a bummer. The only thing that works at all is baking soda. But of course I have to be careful about how much I take of that, because too much can be harmful and cause various issues. The leaky gut I deal with happens throughout the day, even when I don't eat!! Although notably worse at night, obviously because I am laying down. Anyway. While I am certainly interested in safe products to take to relieve symptoms, I am mainly interested in getting rid of it!! Lol. It has been 13 years and is quite extreme, as I mentioned. It has taken over my life and is rotting the inside of my body. I am going to stock up on organic aloe vera inner fillet juice, get a stronger PROBIOTIC (which has noticeably helped in the past) and I am going to save up for a series of super high-does vitamin C (w/glutathione, zinc and b-complex) IVs. They are about $300 a pop for like 75,000mg with the glutathione added. Since the leaky gut essentially causes back up of toxins which shuts down your eliminatory (and other) organs/systems and pollutes your blood and creates a purely inflammatory acidic environment, etc.. I have utter faith in these IVs. It indicates to me intuitively. I cannot wait until this crap is out of my being and my body is cleaned out and I can get rid of the malfunctions. And all I need is about $4000. Lol. Cheers everyone! Be well xx

Posted by KS (Vienna, Austria) on 10/03/2021
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Turpentine for Stubborn Acid Reflux (GERD)

This is how I cured my acid reflux which I suffered from for 17 years (nothing else had helped):

1 teaspoon daily of purified gum turpentine. (I took it in my mouth and washed it down with a glass of water. do not swallow without water as it can get into the windpipe.)

I paused for 1-3 days when side effects like diarrhea were too much. Side effects subside the cleaner your body gets. Turpentine kills of biofilms which cause the acid reflux.

Reader Theories
Posted by SJ (TENNESSEE) on 09/27/2021

I would love to get your advice on my issue. I have acid in my arms legs and back as well as my stomach. I'm very acidic and I've tried everything. Thank you!

Reader Theories
Posted by SJ (TENNESSEE) on 09/27/2021

I too have acid in my stomach, back, neck, arms and legs, it is very debilitating. Wish I knew what would help it.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Diana (Texas) on 06/16/2021
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I also found that lowering my carbs eliminated the acid flux problem. Was having significant reflux 2-3 times per week. To lose weight I lowered my carbs to 40-50 per day. About 7-11 days after starting the diet, I realized I hadn't had any bouts of reflux since a day or two after lowering my carbs. This was a complete surprise as I had gone into the diet without any thought that it might have this happy result. It also eliminated the armpit rash I'd been having. It has been about 8 months or more since starting the low carb diet and both issues have remained resolved as long as I watch my carbs. The only times the reflux has recurred was after I had been backsliding for a few days. I can get away with higher carb intake for maybe a day or three but then the reflux comes back. It's a great motivator! I'm 5'3 and weigh 165 now after losing about 15 lbs on the diet, if that is pertinent. Hope this helps someone.

Posted by Elisabeth (Rosarito, Baja) on 05/20/2021

I'm wondering if I can just eat a little bit of Mott's applesauce...

Posted by Ali (Wales) on 05/05/2021
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Elevated blood pressure can often be due to a sodium & potassium imbalance. The modern diet tends to be high in sodium & low in potassium, especially if little or no fresh fruit & vegetables are consumed. Whilst sodium can raise BP, potassium can lower it.

Licorice is often blamed for raising BP, however because potassium is likely required by components in the licorice in order for it to work properly in the body, it can potentially make an already existing potassium deficiency worse. The real issue may therefore not be the Licorice as such, but the lack of enough potassium.

In order to mitigate this possibility it is important to get enough potassium-rich foods in the diet generally, & especially if consuming Licorice root. Rather than removing the highly beneficial Glycyrrhizin, would it not make more sense to advise a higher consumption of potassium-rich foods?

Licorice has been used medicinally & highly beneficially for thousands of years. But it's only in the last century that dietary focus has veered from a more natural diet featuring abundant plant foods, to high sodium, low potassium highly processed, & high animal product consumption.

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 03/25/2021
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My friend has suffered from chronic acid reflux for years. Doctors put her on stomach medication. Last month she was talking about how her nerve pills (Klonopin) are causing her stomach to act up. I told her to go buy a jar of sauerkraut. According to my other friend's German born mom, Deutsche Kuche German Style Sauerkraut sold at ALDI Grocerystore USA is the most like the kraut she grew up on and the best to buy.

I told her to eat about a tablespoon daily. Doing so is known to aid in digestion and prevent constipation. Sauerkraut is low in calories and high in fiber. Sauerkraut will improve her digestion within a few days.

She saw results using this treatment within 3 days and now her whole extended family are eating raw sauerkraut right from the jar.





Posted by Allan (PEI Canada ) on 02/05/2021

I totally agree many remedies to consider but all need to be used with time ... Log your info ..what you been eating and what are your trigger foods. Change your diet and life style habits . Eliminate the bad stuff and eat healthy ... Try Yoga to relive stress ..which is a big problem with your digestive . I been taking Magnesium Citrate and L Glutamine, Vit D and a Probiatic and it seems to be working.

Liver Cleanse, ACV and Baking Soda
Posted by Veronica (California) on 12/31/2020

Hi Amy.

Can you clarify which Dr. Clark's cleanses you are referring to here? Thanks.

EC: Hi Veronica,

Amy's post is from 2007, so it is unlikely she will see it at this point. Sorry!


Alkaline Acid Diet
Posted by Joe (London) on 12/23/2020

Probiotics are not recommended for people who are immuno compromised, i.e., those that are taking immuno supression medications for transplants etc. Speak to your doctors first.

Posted by Christopher (New York) on 12/21/2020
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Since I started drinking a cup of kefir in the morning my stomach acid discomfort has gone away. I just bought grains and within a week I will be drinking my own homemade kefir. Good luck, everyone!

Posted by Liz (Arizona) on 09/20/2020

Leon from FL - Is there a test to find out if stomach acid is too low?

Proton Pump Inhibitors Side Effects
Posted by Talea (Oregon) on 02/08/2020
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Responding to old posts about PPI. What most people don't know is that prilosec is a self-perpetuating drug. When you take it, it gives great relief. When you stop, it increases your symptoms so that you think you REALLY need it more than you do. Most people need to wean themselves off of it. I have had horrible stomach acid problems my entire life. I will not go on that stuff for anything!

DGL Licorice
Posted by Peter (California) on 02/08/2020
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Chewable DGL Locorice extract works great for heart burn and it works immediately. I keep it on hand. The reason I use DGL is because it removes the substances in licorice that raises blood pressure.

Posted by Erin Olsen (United States) on 05/23/2020
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I tried just about everything, chewing on a piece of fresh Ginger from the root, calmed me reflux instantly. I am off PPI's now for about a week. Ginger worked better than they ever did.

Posted by Idot13 (Ireland) on 12/23/2018

It looks like an allergy more than anything else. You have try allergy tablet or nettle water.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Denise (Us) on 11/17/2018 50 posts
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I have my acid reflux under control, mostly to Dietary Changes so I wanted to reply here. One huge change for me, was to eat no later than 6pm, but mainly, just don't go to bed within 4 hours or so of eating. I can eat toast as a snack, or anything that is very, easy to digest. I've had a few nights where I had eaten something I shouldn't have, pretty late, like only 2 or less hour before bed. If I do get it, I elevate my upper body, take a bit of baking soda in water usually. I did have a bottle of Gaviscon beside my bed, but no longer needed. I do eat mostly fish, poultry, and vegetables, but I'm more about moderation than anything. I do incorporate some things into my diet such as Apple cider vinegar (Mother's type) Coconut Oil, Blackstrap Molasses in my grated Ginger Tea, and nutritional yeast I just started recently. I also supplement with C, B50, extra B12, D3, Zinc and Magnesium. I love this site as I wouldn't have known all the things to try.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Olddude (Tn) on 10/16/2018 21 posts
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I used ACV and baking soda for years, then I got into a Plant Based eating program and all my acid reflux went away,,, watch the documentary Forks over Knives on netflix when u can.

Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/02/2018 235 posts

Dear Carrie

How disappointing that something that was supposed to help with your digestion issues caused further discomfort. I have looked into it and the reasonings may be, reaction to nitrates, overload of pesticides, as celery are one of the most sprayed veggies (tip if unable to buy organic, university study showed baking soda/sidium bicarbonate wash was the best to remove pesticides) I wash mine with bs and borax. Or you simply did too much too fast, which is easy to do when you just want relief, and I entirely sympathise. A spoon of honey, on its own, sticky and clumpy, should leave a layer of healing, warning, expose in Australia on how most US honey is only HFCS and water, to be safe get it from your local beekeeper. My other suggestion is cold mallow tea, has protective and mucilaginous properties for any lining, these come out far better in cold infusion than hot. See article attached but also see comments, I trust comments far more than articles, although mallow has been used since ancient times internally and externally, and grows like a weed.

Posted by Carrie (Missouri) on 09/30/2018

@Evalynne from Mexico:

i just wanted to say that I had read about fresh made organic celery juice 16 oz every day on empty stomach, for better digestion and correction of methylation issues, I bought a $300 masticating juicer so it would have all the enzymes and very little oxidation, and did it for months along with other juicing, imabit of a health nut...but here's the weird thing, never had any symptoms of acid reflux except it took long time for food to digest sometimes, but after few days doing the juice, nothing else different, had acid reflux burning up my throat 2 nights in a row...thought maybe my body was just adjusting, but now I actually have all the full blown symptoms of the very worst acid reflux disease including even the shortness of breath bending over, w a lot phy activity, or laying down...possibly even hiatal hernia (chicken or the egg)its ruining my life, I'm exhausted from no sleep or air...don't really want to get scoped bc I know what it is, but if lifting head bed plus refrigerated probiotics, aloe from leaves I cut myself, and ACV w dash baking soda followed by raw honey doesn't work, I will...wonder if anyone has any idea what happened w the celery juice??...i also had been eating sprouts I grown myself for the high potency probiotics, one of the last posters ND doctor was right about them ruining the probiotics benefits of our fruits/veggies, even organic by washing them too much, and homemade kefir for years before...what a bummer...could I have had the silent kind, then the celery juice caused the symptoms to become noticeable?

Reader Theories
Posted by Rita (South Africa) on 08/31/2018

Hi there .....look at Dr John Bergman on Youtube .....on reflux and hiatal hernia cures. Also Google Breath of Fire which is a yoga breathing technique for same.

Helps me a lot.

Digestive Enzymes
Posted by Elaine Chafetz (New Orleans) on 07/06/2018

What is the brand of your Digestive Enzymes With Probiotics?

Posted by Sara (Texas) on 06/24/2018
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KEFIR for acid reflux works for me. I use only the plain Kefir and drink about 1/2 to 1 cup, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It is full of nutrients, probiotics and has antibacterial properties. I wait and do not eat anything for about 1 hour or longer so as to let the probiotics work effectively. I have not had any problems with acid reflux since. I realize everyone has different body chemistry's, but this has sure worked for me.

Olive Leaf
Posted by G (Birmingham ) on 05/06/2018

no it's not. GERD doesn't normally have anything to do with bacterial infection.

Posted by Rod B. (Richmond, Tx) on 02/02/2018
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I used to suffer from acid reflux until someone recommended me to try red apple delicious. It really helped and even my sister and some of my friends tried it too. The ripe ones work better.

Posted by Evalynne (Mexico) on 12/01/2017

Sounds as if you have "Silent Reflux". I had it for YEARS ... until it turned into (daily acid reflux) GERD. I was told I had reflux years ago, but didn't believe it because I had no symptoms (except the hoarseness, etc.). NOW it all makes sense. You may be able to avoid all this by doing everything you can -- now -- to increase your stomach acid. I am currently doing 16oz. fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach. Google ways to increase stomach acid naturally.

Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 11/08/2017
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I was Rolaids #1 customer from the time I was a teen until I was into my 40s at which point I got a tip from an old geezer - a heavy drinker - which was 2 glasses of water, you're dehydrated.

I haven't had indigestion or acid reflux since, And I don't drink so it's not some weird combination of that and water. I only mention the drinking because the guy was in his 80s and the only heavy drinker I ever met who wasn't averse to drinking plain water. He'd stroll into the tavern where I tended bar, shortly after dark, and drink until 11 o'clock - you could set your watch by him. But come 4:30 am, he'd be eating breakfast at the diner, happy as a clam with his bacon and eggs and a whole pitcher of water then back out in the fields by sunrise.

He was a character. He took in any stray that would happen to come around - always had at the least a half dozen dogs running around - and you always knew when one of the dogs was either new or sick because he'd cover them in clay. He'd loosen up some dirt and dump in the water and just pack the mud on them, no matter what, and they'd roll around in the mud and the other dogs would come and roll around with them until they were all running around muddy - it was awesome.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Monica (Atlanta, Georgia ) on 11/07/2017

PLEASE seek professional medical help and do not stop until you find a doctor who will help you! You may have one of the severe cases that requires surgical intervention. This may sound scary, but it could save you from serious problems down the road. Even when you are without symptoms, GERD could still be causing difficulties internally. Please don't be disheartened. There IS help for you!

Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Nancy (New Hampshire) on 11/02/2017

I am told I have acid reflux and I may end up with Barretts esophagus if I am not careful. One report says cayenne is bad for reflux another says it is ok for a cure of Barretts what is true. I am also Lactose intolerant and have Hypoglycemia. So I am trying to find foods that I can eat without causing problems and lose of energy. I need help. Thanks Nancy