Acid Reflux
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Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Don't Eat Before Bed  

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Posted by Jill (Chicago, IL) on 12/29/2014
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I almost always have a lump in my throat from acid reflux. I even bought special wedge pillows but I couldn't get used to them, they were so uncomfortable. All that really helps is eating three hours before bed and not laying down until the three hours are up.


Posted by Lily (Nashville, TN) on 11/09/2014
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Yes when I had reflux due to lack of acid Apple Cider Vinegar helped but so does changing the diet to more clean foods and not eating close to when you will sleep (elevate your head if you need to).


Eggs  

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Posted by Muktar (Minneapolis, MN) on 02/14/2008
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i am a 22 year old male and i have being struggling with acide reflux with sometime now. i have found that the cure for this disease is very simple. all you need is two eggs, two slices of bread and a long glass of milk. thats right just scramble some eggs with just a touch of salt and stick it between two slices of bread and wash it down with a large glass of cold milk and your cured, you will sleep like a baby.


Posted by Sarah (Maplewood, NJ) on 05/11/2006
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My mom uses an egg yolk, honey and milk for me since I was little when it attacks. Egg yolk -- try to use twice a week but every day use warm milk [whole milk works better] and one teaspoon of honey for three to four days. Once I use this, I don't get the acid reflux for more than six months or so. Trust me I have tried so many things but nothing works like milk and honey. I have never try the AVC. I will try it.


Eliminate Grains and Legumes  

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Posted by Michael (Dix Hills, New York) on 03/28/2012
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I had reflux attacks so bad that I went to the emergency room on several occasions thinking that I was having a heart attact. I was getting most of my calories at the time from whole grains and legumes. I read that concentrated carbohydrates are not a natural food for man, and they can contribute to creating an environment that encourages the growth of bad bacteria that have a hand in reflux. I went low carb-paleo and stopped eating all grains and legumes. The reflux disappeared in TWO DAYS. The arthritis tht I had developed in my neck and shoulders disappeard in TEN DAYS


Eliminate Soy  

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Posted by Curious_Emily (Berkshire, New York, Usa) on 01/23/2013
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I've just recently learned that acid reflux can be a symptom of adult-onset soy allergy, or soy intolerance. It is very simple to see if this is all, or part, of the problem. Just eliminate all soy products from the diet for 2 weeks and see if symptoms improve. Please note that soybean oil, soy lecithin, and soy protein isolate are in a wide variety of foods, supplements, and vitamins, so it's very important to read labels carefully. For example, most brands of mayonaise are made with soybean oil, as are most products that contain vegetable oil or vegetable shortening. Factory-farmed eggs also contain a lot of soy, since soy protein is fed to the chickens; ditto for farmed fish. So many people must avoid these foods as well. After eliminating all soy from the diet for at least 2 weeks, deliberately eat something very high in soy content, preferably unfermented, such as soy milk. If your acid reflux symptoms return, you have your answer.

As a bonus, several other health issues have resolved since eliminating soy, including a decrease in chronic arthritis pain, brain fog/short term memory issues, loose bowels, insomnia, and vitamin B and D deficiencies. After some study, I've found that these are all common side effects of adult soy allergies.


Fruit Juice  

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Posted by Michael (Plainfield, Illinois) on 07/17/2007
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I was fighting Acid Reflux for over 45 Years I've tried every pill and formula out there and read every book on the market. I have one remedy that works for me. I call it the Blaster I got it out of a juicing book and it will keep the fire from starting 90% of the time. I use a Vita-Mix blender and put in 2 glasses of filtered water - 1 Banana - 1 Mango - 1/2 Papaya - 1 large slice of pinapple- 1 orange - I blend it into a drink and drink a 8 oz glass 2 times per day - the mix is enough for roughly 3 days you don't want to make it for more time it loses it's effect and there are plenty of other healthy perks along with it - I keep it refrigerated in a stainless steel thermos.

Replied by jill
Ft Lauderdale, FL
04/25/2008
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Similar to The Blaster, I find that most fruit smoothies that include a banana when made in the Vita Mix are outstanding for keeping the heartburn at bay. I used to suffer daily before I started making these awesome high fiber drinks,soups and ice creams. I use bananas, oranges, apples, carrots, and cooked sweet potatoes mostly but I will usually add whatever I have on hand. I used the following link which included a coupon code for free shipping https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/index.aspx?COUPON=06-003085


Posted by Connie (Dayton, Ohio) on 01/30/2006
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I suffered with the discomfort of Acid Reflux for years. Often times, I would be doubled over and holding my chest. In the last two months, I stumbled upon a remedy. I drink equal parts of apple juice and Cranberry/ Grape juice. I no longer have to take Prilosec OTC. Praise God for this natural, simple and cost effective cure. In addition, thank you for providing this wonderful website for others to share their natural cures for Acid Reflux.


Garlic  

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Posted by Seanb (Port Mcnicoll, Ontario, Canada) on 04/26/2011
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I have suffered from Acid Reflux for about 5 years. I have enjoyed many of the typical symptoms, Lump in throat sensation, burning behind breast bone, throat palpatations, excessive mucous etc. I have tried every remedy I could find including Ted's alkalizing forumla's primarily Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking soda. As with most remedies I have found nothing seems to work for long. I had the best success with ACV and Baking soda but it too stopped being as effective after about a year.

With all the remedies I have tried I think at best I could only describe the results as controlling my symptoms. This no longer seems to be the case, my acid reflux seems to be gone entirely. This is a direct result of taking Garlic supplements daily.

In researching this condition I found a few articles claiming that the active healing ingredient in garlic called Allicin is one of the only natural ways to kill the H pylori bacteria in the stomache. its widely believed that a high percentage of people with reflux have this bacteria.

Over Christmas I was having an exceptionally bad episode and out of desperation ate a couple raw cloves. After my mouth stopped burning I was amazed to note my symptoms had subsided. I have since been taking garlic and over the course of a couple months all of my symtopms have ceased. I quickly switched to galic supplements from Wall Mart as taking raw garlic was too poweful and was causing some social implications.

Garlic is one of the trigger foods we are supposed to avoid, I believed this to be true and would not have tried this if not out of desperation. It may well be responsible for the occaional heart burn I have had since but this has been minor and typically reiieved with a few almonds or some candied ginger. All of my other more concerning symptoms are gone.

reading up on Garlic you will find it has a lot of benefits including fighting some types of cancers. One of the other benefits is bowel regulation. I did not think I had a problem in this area but its now apparent that I did. I think its this issue that led to my acid reflux in the first place.

I hope others will try this and hopefully get the same benefit. Its my hope that if this works for others that we can spread the word and help others. I know this condition can really get you down over time and can seem hopeless but like the X-Files the truth is out there. Good luck to all of you

Replied by Mckenzie
Charlotte, Nc
09/11/2011

how much raw garlic did you take a day, and how many times a day? then how many capsules per dose and how many times a day? how many mg per capsule? did they contain pure allicin?


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Posted by Gabi2121 (Toronta, Ca) on 02/01/2014

Hello Folks... Just finished reading about side effect of using AVC and acid reflux. All of you who complain about acid reflux: always eat at the table, do not go to lay down after meal. More likely acid reflux is caused by wrong position at the meal and after. Food is just pushing up. Eat less and be active after meal. The same applies to the children and infants. What do we do? We feed them before bed time so they will sleep better. Do not do it because it is the beginning of suffering from acid reflux in the near future. Acid reflux is an acquired ailment so do not do things leading to it: bad position at the meal, overeating, taking nap after and eating too much acid forming foods, coffee, alcohol, tobacco. Greetings


Posted by Marcia (Someset. England, Uk) on 04/19/2012

I have read with interest, the suggestions for help with acid reflux on this site. I have suffered for years with this problem and have now resigned myself to taking proton pump inhibitors to ease it. Digestive disorders are on both sides of my family so I'm thinking it could be partly hereditary. The tablets do make me feel more comfortable, I do watch what I eat as well. I just wish someone could wave a magic wand and make it dissapear altogether.


Posted by Asterio (New Orleans, La) on 03/26/2012

I really don't know what I have but it sounds similar to what you guys are talking about. I'm not going to the the doctor cause, first, I don't have money for that and two, I lost faith in them long ago. Tomorrow I start my war against this stuff. I got a lil overwhelmed at the beginning with all your remedies but I said to myself... Well something has to work. So I'm using them all. I'm getting tomorrow: aloe vera, honey, cabbage, coconout oil, garlic, mastic gum, peroxide, ginger, turmeric, acv, baking soda, cayenne and glutamine. I'll try to use them separately to see what happens, I'll let you guys know!! Thanks for the info!! . By the way, I was so stressed out about this pain that I just had a lil baking soda, garlic and maple syrup (I had it abandoned in my cooler and I know it's good for you) and... I don't know if its in my head or what but I feel a lil better :) somebody wants to try? maybe it does help a bit! . Love you all!!!!


Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 01/04/2012
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Does anyone know if probiotics can make reflux worse? I cannot understand why this would be, however it appears to make my reflux worse. Thanks.

Replied by Humphry
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada
01/04/2012

When I had a parasite (and I did not know it) my acid reflux got much worse when I took a probiotic. I think this is because the probiotics were fighting for a place in the intestines and trying to dislodge the parasites.

I had chronic giardia which cause numerous problems in addition to diarrhea and stomach issues. I had constant acid reflux. Once I took medicine (flagyl) to kill the giardia I could take probiotics without flaring up my acid reflux.

Incidentally, it has been 8 months and my acid reflux hardly ever flares up (I follow the paleo diet, eat coconut oil regularly and take probiotics daily).

I believe acid reflux is a symptom of something else. I used to think when I took the probiotics and got horrible acid reflux problems that it was the probiotics but it wasn't - it was actually a parasite.

Get a stool sample done and find out what is going on in your stomache and intestines. Because of what I went through I still get stool samples taken whenever my stomach does something weird to make sure I dont have giardia or any other parasite or bug.

Replied by Christine
Nottingham, England
01/05/2012

Thank you for your response Humphry, I had thought about parasites. It is nice to know we are all trying to help each other on this great site. Thanks again.


Posted by Mollie (Riverside, California) on 01/04/2012

I just wanted to add something to help with the problem of Acid Reflux.

I had this problem in the past and this might help:

1. Place blocks of wood under the two legs of your bed where you sleep near the headboard side. Not so high that you slide off but raised slightly so that your upper body is slightly raised so that your acid will have to stay down and not come up to where it will give you trouble. When I was suffering from panic attacks years ago the acid reflux would inflame the situation.

Baking soda about 1 tablespoon in a glass of water (I used more) and/or antacids (Tums/Rolaids and even Maalox) will help.

You might even want to go so far as get on a bland diet if the problem is really bad.

I was told that as a last resort some people need surgery for acid reflux. But it would be better to control the problem without surgery.


Posted by Fieldmouse202 (Deferiet, Ny, Usa) on 12/21/2011

Hi, I have suffered from sore throat and heartburn and chest pain nearly daily for almost a year now. I have been taking Nexium now for 3 months. After little relief, I am seeing a gastro. Apparently my esophagus appears normal and I am now monitoring my pH levels in my throat with a probe. My readings appear normal (6-8 pH) but I am still experiencing the "typical" GERD symptoms. I am baffled because I thought for sure I had GERD, now I am not so sure. What could this be? I am feeling hopeless because now, it seems, there will be no diagnosis after this testing. =( Thank you so much for your time and what you all do! Aloha, Liz

Replied by Hkw612
Oakland, Ca
06/09/2012

When I initially found out I had reflux with no reason for getting it, it turned out my gallbladder had "died" and I didn't know it. I had to get it removed and have been on a low-fat diet ever since. You have to ask to have a scan done because most doctors won't offer it up. Hope that helps.



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