Acid Reflux
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Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

| Modified on Jun 16, 2021

Dietary Changes
Posted by Diana (Texas) on 06/16/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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

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


Licorice
Posted by Ali (Wales) on 05/05/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Sauerkraut
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 03/25/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268643/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6306734/

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128023099000248

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/phytochemical


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

I totally agree ...so 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.


Kefir
Posted by Christopher (New York) on 12/21/2020
5 out of 5 stars

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!


Acidophilus
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
0 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Ginger
Posted by Erin Olsen (United States) on 05/23/2020
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Acidophilus
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 56 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
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Acidophilus
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/02/2018 224 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.

https://bit.ly/2RlFHx1


Acidophilus
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?


Kefir
Posted by Sara (Texas) on 06/24/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Apples
Posted by Rod B. (Richmond, Tx) on 02/02/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Acidophilus
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.


Water
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 11/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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


Avocado
Posted by Anna (Philadelphia) on 10/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Avocado and acid reflux. I love canned fish in oil - even though I ALWAYS have terrible acid reflux after eating them- always, except last time, a week ago. The only difference was that I ate them with slices of one fresh avocado. No reflux! But I had no idea why... Last night my husband had problems with acid reflux so I came here to find something for him. I was so surprised to read about avocado! So it was what helped me! Problem solved!


Sugar Tea
Posted by George (Uk) on 09/21/2017

Funny I came across this comment. I recently developed acid reflux. This happened after I have stopped taking sugar completely in my morning tea. I used to use refined sugar about more than a year ago. Then I switched over to unrefined sugar. Now, about 10 months since, I do not use any sugar. Now I have GERD!! I shall try my good old sugar again and see what happens.


Pineapple
Posted by Pat (Ca) on 09/02/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Pineapple Juice or Chunks for Acid Reflux

When I know that I may be eating dinner later or having a heavy meal, I drink a 6 oz can of 100% pineapple juice with the meal, or eat a little individual container of pineapple chunks, in juice, right after. I think the Bromelain in pineapple is what stops the Acid Reflux. Works for me!


Acidophilus
Posted by Cecily (Nc) on 08/14/2017

I noticed at 37 years old that if I ate bread products I got tremendous heartburn. It was so bad I had precancerous cells growing in my throat. I went gluten free and in the three years since being GF I have only had two GERD attacks and I believe it was because something I ate was contaminated with gluten. GERD is an inflammatory reaction, something you are eating is having a negative impact on your body and your body is attempting to attack it to reduce its impact on your body. Try eliminating foods in your diet to find what the culprit is. I am keeping activated charcoal on hand for an accidental contamination.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Donquish (Columbia, Tn) on 08/10/2017

I love salt. However I do take 400mg Potassium Citrate twice a day to attenuate the effect of higher sodium intake. I keep packaged and fast food to a minimum. This keeps the BP fluctuations to a minimum for me. Always use Himalayan Pink salt for the spectrum of minor minerals in it.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

Some older people who have high blood pressure can't take salt. I test it alot and if I eat more than 600mg sodium a day my blood pressure sky rockets. The other day it was 121/77 and that nite I ate two bowls of chinese egg drop soup and today it was 153/95. The other days it's in the 120's/80 except when I eat salt the nite before. So be careful with the salt. One hot dog can contain about 500 mg of sodium. I boil them to get the salt out into the water and I boil smoked sausage the same way and I believe that 90 percent of the salt comes out. I do it with ham too. You can tell cuz there will be no taste., but you can sprinkle a TINY amount of Celtic salt to make up for it and yet it will be way less than before.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

I didn't know about the polyps, but now that you mention it I remember reading years ago in the Merc Manual that PPI cause "tumors in the stomach". You just made me remember that. Wow.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

You are so right about the carbs, becuz I remember 12 yrs ago when I went on the Atkins diet for 4 months my heartburn went completly away!! I think I will try the paleo diet.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

Saurkraut from the store is cooked and will not help the stomach. Needs to be raw homemade. Even the frozen saurkraut says it's pasturized.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

You are right too. I think it is the "bromides" in the flour that is upsetting the stomach. They used to use iodine, but not anymore. And the bromide blocks any iodine from getting to the body and the thyroid and therefore more people are getting thyroid nodules and goiter.


Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

OMG. I am so glad you told us this. I need my endolithelium (sp) to be repaired to keep my blood pressure down. A damaged endo....raises the blood pressure. I am taking L Arginine to repair it. Even my holistic (MD) doctor just today sent me a paper saying how bad the PPI 's are and yet said the "benefits outweigh the risks" and said to take them for awhile. I have debated it all day... I took for 2 days. Went to health store and he gave me slippery elm and said it will heal the esophagus. I am trying not to take the PPI. I have a stricture and have to go for a endoscopy soon.


Chew Slowly
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

Yeah me too. I get heartburn so bad that even water gave me heartburn/reflux! And even oatmeal.


Cayenne
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/08/2017

I am so afraid to take cayenne again. I tried it a couple times a few yrs back for heartburn and it raised my blood pressure super high - really high. Maybe it was not the cayenne as at the time I was not taking blood pressure pills. I may give it a try again.


Apples
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017
1 out of 5 stars

I guess everyone is different. I have bad heartburn and tried the apples a few times, but it didn't help at all. I am on second day of PPI and am going to stop now. I will try the aloe vera and if that does not work I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda.


Antibiotics
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

Yes it is true that Bismuth will kill the h pylori bacteria. I have read about it. It works.


Apples
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

Ya know what gives me heartburn more than anything else? Sugar and carb food even a banana, cookie, and even oatmeal. Fried foods and grease don't give me heartburn.


Banana
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

When I got the prescription today for the PPI, the paper I got said one of the side effects of the drug is Lupus!


Blood Type Diet
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

And if you have type O blood then you have TOO much acid as O people have too much and are more prone to getting ulcers. Good book Eat Right For Your Blood Type. I think that is the correct title. Great book.


Acidophilus
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

Just be careful with licorice as it can raise the blood pressure for sure. If you take it every day it can do that. Keep taking the pressure with a home machine then.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

The problem with the acid blockers is that they shut down the acid producing pump in the stomach and when you suddenly stop taking these drugs the stomach pump tries to make up for the blockage and produces more acid so it's hard to get off these drugs., but not impossible. It would appear that reducing gradually would be better.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Marie (Ny) on 08/07/2017

Yes, but I have read that first you put the Apple Cider Vinegar in the glass, then add the baking soda, let it foam up and when it's done foaming THEN add the water and drink. I add a little bit of stevia too to sweeten it. I had forgotten all about this remedy and now I have a stricture in my esophagus and I need it to be stretched. I am on second day of the PPI, but am going to quit and take the aloe vera as the drug can cause seizures, harm the kidneys, pnuemonia, fractures, oh and even Lupis!


Baking Soda in Orange Juice
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 06/28/2017

I watch a lot of informational videos . If I am remembering correct, Eric Berg was teaching on how stress produces cortisol and cortisol alkalized the body and when the body is alkaline the flap at the top of the gut, the esophagus I presume does not close and stomach acid comes up into the throat, like heartburn.

Dhea helps with cortisol balancing, depending on your age, b vitamins in nutritional yeast, minerals in balance and hydration with water, extra magnesium for stress or epson salt baths, walks, fresh air and loving self talk.


Baking Soda in Orange Juice
Posted by Amy (Kelso, Washington) on 06/27/2017

I add 1/2t of baking soda to my spaghetti sauce to neautilize it. Works great. Hate the taste of it so ill have to try in orange juice. Thanks for the suggestion. Ive been on 40mg protonix for about 25 years. I want to get off my RX!


Acidophilus
Posted by Herb (Bc Canada) on 05/30/2017

Hi Pam5083 and thanks for this. we might be twins separated at birth ...same genetics as me. I will try your ideas ... I'm not much of a drinker, but I do love the occasional whiskey in the evenings ... hope I don't need to give that up.

Cheers, Herb


Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Nikkig (Adelaide) on 05/11/2017

When did you take the ACV, BS & Honey, was it once a day, before or after meals or did you take it only when you felt the reflux.


Acidophilus
Posted by Patricia (South East) on 05/11/2017

KennyWally,

Could you elaborate on the Sea Salt? How do you use it, and in what quantities? Thanks for sharing.


Acidophilus
Posted by Idow (Jupiter, Fl) on 04/15/2017

Hema, thank you so much for posting about fennel and raisin tea. It helped! Have you been able to cure your acid reflux? And if so, what other natural remedies have you used? I can't seem to tolerate any type of processed food, especially breads and cereals with additives. Thank you so much for your help!


Melatonin
Posted by Mary Alice (Oregon) on 04/01/2017

Will try this along with D-limonene. Thanks for posting.


Acidophilus
Posted by Anthony (Sf Ca.) on 02/24/2017

PPI long term has been shown to cause Kidney disease. A long term study completed at the VA has shown. (nexium, prevacid, etc...) CBS news had a story on it and now the law firms are running commercials looking for vics.

IMO, I try to control GERD without the PPI's.


Acidophilus
Posted by Anthony (Sf Ca.) on 02/24/2017

PPI long term has been shown to cause Kidney disease. A long term study completed at the VA has shown. (nexium, prevacid, etc...) CBS news had a story on it and now the law firms are running commercials looking for vics.

IMO, I try to control GERD Without the PPI's.


Spring Water
Posted by Baby Girl's Mom (Seoul, South Korea) on 02/19/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Actually, I was looking for a natural cure for acid reflux that also happened to address issues with women's infections. I had suspected that chlorine in drinking water was the culprit and went online to find information to support my theory. It seemed I hit the jackpot when I found an article written by Robert Reiling, who's knowledge of chemistry and experience working in the water treatment industry led him to conclude that because it is difficult to extract gaseous chlorine (used in water treatment facilities), even filtered or purified water consumed over long periods can lead to certain health problems. Heeding his advice of drinking only SPRING water (not bottled drinking water or "purified" water) my problem with acid reflux seemed to vanish after just one month. Fast forward a year and I have a new health issue with infection. I tried many of the suggestions here but wanted to tackle the root problem. I realized that while traveling I was drinking filtered water and my troubles started about the same time. So I went back to bottled SPRING water and after about 2 weeks I am happy to report the infection is gone. Sadly I don't live near a spring and I don't feel good about buying plastic bottles, so I make sure to recycle the bottles religiously. I am thrilled that I have found a cure dealing with the root problem and the cost is extremely low compared to the alternatives. One has nothing to lose by trying out bottled SPRING water for a good few months to see how many ailments can miraculously vanish :)


Aloe Vera
Posted by Helenation (Florida) on 02/18/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Shouldn't. I'm hypothyroid and the aloe juice (inner leaf) has worked wonders for my GERD. Btwy, my doc also has me supplementing my natural desiccated thyroid meds with a bit of iodine (mixed in water) each day. I've been drinking the juice for a month now and have noticed no impact on my thyroid condition.


Acidophilus
Posted by Prosperous1 (Va) on 01/30/2017

Apple Cider Vinegar is good for acid reflux also, get the one with the 'mother' in it.



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