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Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda

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Posted by Mary (San Francisco, Ca, USA) on 06/17/2012
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Some one posted that when she took ACV, it gave her terrible acid reflux. Another lady told her to add a PINCH of baking soda to it. IT WORKS! I gave up taking ACV before because it caused acid reflux, too. So after I read the advice to add a pinch of soda, I gave it another try. Now I can drink 1 teaspoon of ACV, added a generous pinch of baking soda and a little honey; and I'm not experiencing acid reflux. THANK YOU so much!

Replied by Marie

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!

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Posted by Gaye (Gold Coast, Queensland/australia) on 12/14/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Hi Ted,

I have been trying the Apple Cider Vinegar and Bicarb Soda for terrible indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux. At first it seemed to be working, but now I think it is just getting worse. I have a lot of pain from my front through to my back. Can you please tell me if I should be doing this if I don't have a gallbladder? I had it removed 3 years ago as it functioned below 5%..

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Posted by Teresa (St. Louis, Mo) on 12/05/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I have silent reflux, take ACV and baking soda three time a day for three weeks now, so far it helped a lot, I will not say it is cure but at least my nose is not dry and my mouth is not sore and dry anymore. Thank you so much for this site.

Replied by Donna
(Calhoun, Ga)

I always recommend aloe juice. It doesn't have to be the thick kind that is hard to drink it does come in a gallon jug that doesn't have much of a taste and can be mixed with anything. My husband and I like it straight and chilled. About $8 at walmart. Have some before or after meals, before bed. Google it. You'll love it.

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Posted by Guaira (Seattle, Wa) on 08/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Works like a charm! Really!! I had an endoscopy scheduled because I was feeling terrible, with an acid reflux that nothing could stop. The Prevacid that I had been taking was useless. Since I had to wait about 1 month for my appointment, I stopped taking Prevacid and started taking the ACV baking soda remedy described here... I felt GREAT about 3 days into it, and PERFECT within 3 weeks. Got the endoscopy done: NOTHING!! Seriously, no inflamation anywhere, including the duodenum. Last time I had an endoscopy done I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia: GONE! Go figure... I must warn you again though: BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE BAKING SODA. Too much and you will end up in much worse shape. I used only 1/8 of a teaspoon, with ACV. Never measured the resulting pH, but preferred to err on the safe side. Good luck, and take care!

Replied by Kattis
(Auckland, New Zealand)

This is a great method. Also have a quick look into food combining , that is when you combined alot of protein and carbos in the same meal. What happens is the enter the stomach and alkalines rush out to digest the carbs and acid for the proteins... When they meet they just nuetralise each other... They try again and again and finally the food gets pushed through and not digested properly and we end up even more hungry as the body try to grab at nutrients. I think that maybe reflux stems from this. I now have fruit for breakfast and then a protein lunch ( protein nicely absorbed after a fruit bed ) only have fruit in the morning while body is in elimination stage.... or 3 hours after eating other food, as it breaks down so quickly and starts to ferment if stuck behind other food, this can start to cause yeasts) and then depending on your body type and blood type some carb and vege feeds.

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Posted by Ingrid (Sydney, N.s.w, Australia ) on 05/13/2011

I have been taking nexium for about 7 years, I am 55 years old, I have started ACV With BS about one week ago, and I can tell you that I can feel the difference already, all of this is for my acid reflux. But my question is, should I be worried if I stop taking nexium?

Is it possible to have ACV and BS with the nexium for long, until I feel secure to go off of the nexium?. It is very important for me to know this as soon as possible.

I am also taking BP(blood presure) medicine.

Thank you very much.

Replied by Jeff
(Nashville, Tn)

Ingrid, I no longer take Nexium since drinking ACV and BS everyday. I stopped taking the drug every other day and then every 3-4 days and so on till I was free. As with ANY drug you should never just stop taking it. Your body will revolt!

Replied by Kathie
(Houston, United States)

Nexium prevents us from properly digesting our food, thus we become deficiant in many vital nutriants. Nutriants will help us heal.... ACV, does not interfere with our body the way pharmacuticles do.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Ingrid, people get acid reflux because they don't have enough acid in the stomach not because there is too much. Nexium and others like it decrease stomach acid. The stomach acid needs to be within a certain pH range.

Without stomach acid, you can't absorb nutrients properly, and you can't prevent bacteria growth in your stomach! You also can't digest food properly.

I was taking ACV with bicarb soda and it made me ill so I now take it just with water. You could also drink lemon juice with water.

Google why stomach acid is good for you.

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Posted by James (Plainview, Texas) on 05/09/2011

For most of my life I would take baking soda for my severe acid reflux and after only minutes it would do its wonders of nuetralizing the acid, after a couple of burps I was good to go. But lately its been so bad that even putting 5 or more tablespoons in 8 oz of water didn't help.... So today, after finding this site I tried apple cider vinegar and although I had to take a few doses over a couple of hours, it seens to make the pain tolerable. Now keep in mind that my acid reflux is an extreme case that cases vomitting and on average 12 to 15 hours of level 9 pain ( 1 to 10 scale). For more mild heartburn and reflux I will swear by baking soda, and now , because of the wonderful site I am becoming convienced about the positive uses of ACV.

Replied by Maria
(Kent, Wa)

I just had my Endoscopy & Colonoscopy 2 days ago because of my Acid Reflux, I'd been throwing up. Sometimes I'm afraid to eat food anymore because I don't know what should I eat anymore. The result of the test said all normal but the Dr took biopsy suspected functional dyspepsia and didnt have the result yet..Dr prescribed meds for nausea or throwing up and for acid seems like it's not working. I'd been up all night can't sleep .. So I can't go to work. Terrible feeling & frustrated.. dont know what to do anymore... Can you please help me..

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Posted by Stacey (Sarasota, Florida) on 02/18/2011

Can you use this combo of Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda when pregnant?

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Posted by Donna (Nova Scotia, Canada) on 10/27/2010
4 out of 5 stars

I developed severe acid reflux after antibiotics and prednisone for a respiratory virus in March. I was taking 2 nexium 40mg, sulcrate, zantac, and domperidone, and had a very limited diet. My acid reflux was still awful. My gastroscope showed Barrett's esophagus and severe gastritis. I had elevated liver enzymes, gallbladder attacks, severe weight loss, and chronic fatigue. Previously I didn't have a problem with acid reflux and led an active life.

I started the apple cider vinegar with baking soda three days ago and can't believe the improvement already. Originally I used 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and a 1/4 tsp of baking soda and worked up to 2 tbsp of cider and 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda. I have been able to stop domperidone and zantac and only take 1 nexium now. I hope to be able to soon stop taking any nexium. I still have some burning and use DGL, baking soda, and chew gum. I tried several times in the past to reduce the nexium but the burning in my chest was always so unbearable that I always started taking it again. I am concerned about the 2 days off of the ACV. Do I wait to do this once things have settled down? Thank you so much Ted! I feel like I am getting my life back.

Replied by Marie

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.

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Posted by Aloha (Honolulu, Hawaii ) on 10/03/2010

It's been interesting reading all the comments on ACV/BS etc. I have been on Prilosec for years for acid reflux and it helps the burn but it doesn't help the constant regurgitation... Everyday my food/liquids come back up into my mouth and I can either chew it up again and re-swallow it or spit it out.. I know that is disgusting but I'm sure I'm not the only one suffering with this. My doctors approach to this so far is to "take more Prilosec" I don't want to take Prilosec to begin with because I heard it robs your bones of calcium. Well I've tried taking the ACV without BS and as soon as I take it, I begin to get a burn in my stomach. Will the BS help this??? and how do you know when you have mixed the right amount of BS to bring it to a PH of 7... How do I measure that??? Thanks...

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Posted by Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md) on 08/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I'm a 39 year old female with horrible acid reflux. I had my gallbladder removed about 10 years ago. I still would get horrible bouts of acid reflux after eating anything tomato based, spicy, creamy, or acidy (like fruit) I tried the ACV (2 tbl spoons) with 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 8 oz of water last night. I was attempting to enjoy some red wine and knew I would have a horrible night of reflux. I made the mix and drank it right before bed. It WORKS! No sour burps or acid burning it went away completely! I have slept with antacids, Pepto and pepcid by my bedside and none of it ever worked but this did! Thank you so much! I'm finally not afraid to eat and drink the things I love!

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Posted by Dee (Fairfax, VA) on 05/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I'd been having terrible heartburn for over a week. So bad that that my kids and husband were very worried. A few years ago I had six ulcers! But didn't want to start the standard gastro treatments lansoprazole or purple pills - I'm well aware of the downsides to them. My gastric problem was probably caused by my ADHD, I frequently forget to eat because I get so hyperfocused I don't notice I'm hungry!So, I went looking for a homeopathic cure and found your website. I read a whole bunch of stuff and probably confused one thing with another nevertheless this is what happened: I made the ACV mixture adding the Baking Soda also 2 tbsp Aloe juice; 1 tbsp of organic honey; 1 tbsp of'Coconut Oil (using warm water, which melts the honey and VCO). I tried with and without the VCO and for those who find the ACV drink unpalatable the VCO helps alot! The heartburn stopped in 24 hours! Major miracle. I felt focused, relaxed, energetic and pain free. The only side effect of note was/is gas. Is this from the VCO? Is there anything I can do about that? And is it OK to blend all this together? Should I be drinking it before or after or with a meal? I don't know about the other magical effects of VCO its only been 2 days! Thanks for this great site, its already helped me a lot!

Replied by Angie
(South Pasadena, Ca)

Dear Dee: A couple of things about your post. I'm really glad this has worked for you. Aloe gives many people including me gas. I've tried both aloe and acv, but acv works much better although it increases hypersalivation for me. It doesn't do that, thankfully, for most people though, according to what I've read on this board. Also, I would caution against using coconut oil. Oils are known to relax the lower esophageal sphincter which allows acids to travel up the esophagus. I'm going to try the acv and baking soda mixture by itself to see if the hypersalivation is any better. Also, people have had success drinking that for hair loss which is a big issue for me to. All the best, Angie

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
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Hi Dee,

I have a question for you. Did you have the gas and bloating along with acid regurg before starting the regimen you described that got rid of the acid regurg?

I also had a problem with almost constant heartburn, indigestion, gas and bloating which developed into ulcers 3 - 4 times per year. I got rid of all of them when I discovered that bleached flour products were causing them. Never had an ulcer since. Before I stumbled up on the real cause, I blamed sausage & other spicy foods I loved for causing them. Now I can eat all those spicy things, including cayenne pepper and hot sauce I want with no problems. Unbleached flour gives me no problems but I stick with whole grain products because the extra fiber also corrected the constipation problems.

My stomach also tells me to stay away from any acid fruit or juice in a metal can, including tomatoes. Otherwise, all foods are go, including raw onions.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon

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Posted by Lilli (Kenmore, Wa, Usa) on 02/13/2013 13 posts
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I've found that ACV works the best for my acid reflux. However, I had to tweak the formula a bit.

I cannot stand the taste of straight ACV so I added fresh lemon juice in equal amounts to the ACV. I used to drink a tall glass of water but found that too much water triggered the AR, especially before bedtime.

Now I use apx. 6 ounces of filtered water and add 1 tbs. ACV, and 1 tbs. Lemon juice. If this mixture is too sour, just add a squirt of good quality honey. Some have mentioned adding baking soda. I never have, but if the acidity bothers you, it is worth a try.

I drink the mixture throughout the day and never before bedtime. I've even tried drinking it with my meals in place of other drinks.

Another thing that has helped tremendously is not eating or drinking after the evening meal and at least 4 hours before bedtime. I also limit my intake of liquids while I am eating to aid digestion. I've added more raw fruits and vegetables. Apples work really well.

I find that these things work best whenever I feel the first twinge or feel the acid coming up in my throat.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Manuka Honey

Posted by Acidic (Campbellcroft, Ontario) on 04/22/2011

I have been reading the information on a number of sites lately regarding ACV and also MANUKA honey. They seem to have a number of benifits, my reason for the sudden interest in these treatments is that I have had stomach problems for yrs. and yrs. But it was always on average, just a minium effect in my life. I have been taking perscribed medication for this problem for yrs. In Feb. of this yr. I had a tooth problem actualy three teeth two with bacteria infection, and one that needed root canal, my pain was severe!! I was taking lots and lots of IBUPROFEN just to be able to function.

When I saw my dentist he perscribed antibiotics the first didn't work so he perscribed a much stronger one, after three days I could not stand the pain in my stomach and the heartburn so I quit the antibiotics, after all was said and done I am left with this heartburn that is so bad it is burning my throat and the back of my mouth, morning to night.

I have just yesterday purchased ACV with mother as I understand is the best one! Also picked up some Manuka honey. I really hope this works? I have a question Can I mix the honey and the vinager together in a drink and also if I boil the water and put the honey in the boiling water will the heat of the water damage any part of the honey's good properties. Also is there a maxium amount that I should take? I don't want to exceed it and create another problem. If anyone could help me with this I would appreciate it very much


Apple Cider Vinegar, Orange Peel, Aloe

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Posted by Crazydogjack (New Castle, Pa, USA) on 11/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Okay. Here's my advice to acid reflux. If you take the "medication" traditionally given for reflux, what happens is that it depletes the acid in your stomach and then you don't digest your food properly. I was on medication for 11 years and decided there was a better way. There are a slew of side effects from taking those suggested meds. This is what I came up with on my search for something better to cure this problem. I was very skeptical that it would work but I thought what the heck I'll try it and it worked.

In the begininning I used a combination of orange peel extract every other day, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and water daily and organic Aloe Vera juice as needed. After two months I became symptom free. I drink the Apple Cider Vinegar and water everyday because of the health benefits. I also keep aloe vera juice on hand and I keep the orange peel extract on hand just in case I have a flare up. I have been symptom free for over a year and I feel great! Best of luck to you! I am sure this will work for you too!

Replied by Sasha
(New York, Ny)

I am intrigued by your solution- I was put on Prilosec by my ENT(didn't work) then aciphex by the GI (made my symptoms worse) and digestive enzymes by the Naturopathic doc. Nothing worked. I have silent reflux, no heartburn, but spasms and throbbing in throat / larynx, constantly clearing my throat from excess mucus... I wil try your remedy- did you use baking soda with the Apple Cider Vinegar?? Before or after eating? Aloe vera juice when???? What is orange peel extract? in what form does it come?

Replied by Joe
(Toronto, CA)

What is orange peel extract?


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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.

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