Acid Reflux
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Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux


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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.

Posted by Varinder (Houston, Tx/usa) on 11/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I just eat 1/2 an apple anytime I eat acidic food and acidity is bothering due to overeating or fried food. It has helped me. I don't take any medicines, always the natural cure. It works. Doctors were writing prescriptions for my acid reflux but thank God I checked home remedies.

Posted by Cool Woman (Bremerton, Washington) on 10/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Im 18 years old and studying in college, when 3 days ago I justs started feeling this sensation like acid was backing up in my throat. So the first day I ignored it, but it continued to grow worse so on the second day I started popping tums and they didn't help at all. So on the third day I decided not to eat anything at all in hopes that the sensation would go away. Well haha, halfway through the day it still persisted and I couldn't take it anymore so I got online, found this website, and out of desperation tried eating apples. To my surprise, within 30 minutes the sensation cleared right up and I feel much better. The weird feeling in my throat is not completly gone, but I feel like if I keep eating the apples and stay away from trigger foods, I will be fine :) thanks for this great tip

Replied by David

Yes apples can help with acid reflux. But acid reflux can cause irritation to the esophagus and lead to Barrett syndrome and precancerous situitions so get a doctor to check you med situation. Just don't rely on home med alone.

Replied by Jo
(Derby, Uk)
5 out of 5 stars

Having recently found out that I am too a sufferer of acid reflux I am sooooooo glad I found this site!! After reading these comments about apples I thought I would give it a go as I'd far prefer to do this than take medication for the rest of my life! No joke, within half an hour of me eating my first apple that awful burning in my throat started to ease up. 24 hours later after having a few apple slices after every meal the burning has gone completely. I am still taking my medication but when I report this to my doctor when I see him next week maybe he will allow me to stop.... You know what they say, "An apple a day"... (I don't need to say the rest!!! 3 cheers for the good old apple!!

Replied by Elisabeth
(Rosarito, Baja)

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

Posted by Van (Sa, Tx) on 01/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Keeping this short so as not to repeat information -- I stopped taking my meds for a couple days till symptoms appeared. Tried the ACV, and it didn't really work (for the reflux). Tried the almonds, worked slightly. Ate the apple...worked almost immediately!!! I was amazed. Since then I have been eating on average 2 apples a day, drinking apple juice with my meals (which seems to work also). I still am experimenting with the ACV though...but for my sinus clogs and allergies...too early to tell but that seems to be working slowly as well.

Thanks to all who post here and to the site owners for helping people try to find more healthy ways to live. The part that really chaps my hide though is that doctors HAVE TO KNOW that these remedies exist and work and yet they still try and sell us on those prescription meds.

Replied by Laurie
(Huntington, Indiana)

I found this site doing a google search for natural acid reflux remedies. I suffered a C. Diff infection last spring, and the first thing the gastroenterologist told me was to stop taking Nexium. I had no idea that proton pump inhibitors could contribute to such infections. I had to start taking it again because the reflux was getting to be too bad, but I'm going to give the apples a try! If it works, hooray!

Replied by Novella
(Moab, Ut)

With respect to pregnancy-related GERD, I recently came across the information that during pregnancy, the elevated estrogen levels react on the VAGUS nerve (which is always involved with esophogeal/GERD problems). This was of particular interest to me because in the early weeks of one pregnancy, I had horrible acid reflux (a new experience for me) My throat felt raw and burnt, and a doctor said it looked as if it had been burned by chemicals. After the morning sickness period passed, I was fine.

This may be a temporary problem for you, but it could be a warning sign to help you avoid full-blown GERD. I believe it was a signal to me, but knew nothing about the disease, so failed to pick up on it. And now I'm dealing with the real thing.

It's also very interesting to me to note your affinity for apples, as that is the one fruit that my body likes right now. I can't use the ACV cure--can't even use my favorite balsamic vinegar. So I'm very intrigued by all the information about apples.

Thank you to everyone involved here in sharing and making this information available!"

Posted by Mrgrace (Concord, Nc) on 12/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from Acid Reflux for over 10 years and have been on a precribstion for at least 7 years. I still have problems from time to time and noticed that eating an apple helped me. I think I just lucked up with that, I tried it only a few times and it seemed to work, so I deciced to google apples helping with reflux and found this site! It is good to know it is not just me, it really works! One apple (I have used Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delishious and all worked fine)

Replied by Lucillefanniel

Thank you for the Apple advice. I am going through a rough spell with acid reflux my doctor placed me om omeprazole last year and now I am fighting this stuff the best I can fighting it with apples, coconut water and a healthy green diet. I pray I get through this, so much pain.

Posted by Charlene (Mccoll, Sc) on 12/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Just eat a small to medium size apple in the evening before bedtime, or after dinner. Better than vinegar, and tastes much better.

Posted by Nicole (Springville, Utah) on 11/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am 32 years old. I tried the pickle juice remedy that I read about on this site. Being a pickle lover, I was open to trying it! I drank some of the juice from a jar of kosher dills. I felt some relief a few minutes later. The pain from the acid burning diminished, but did not go away. I also read that apples do the trick, but not having any apples on hand, I turned to my jar of organic apple sauce. It is helping also. I think more so than the pickle juice did. Cold applesauce had a cooling effect to help ease the burn of the acid. If you have a very sensitive stomach, I recommend trying the apples or applesauce first, before the pickle juice. Good luck!

Posted by Erin (Rockingham, North Carolina) on 09/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

When my acid reflux got so bad that it came back every morning even without eating any trigger foods, I decided I couldn't keep taking antacids every day. I tried ACV first, but it upset my stomach and gave me gas. So next I tried eating an apple when the acid reflux came on. It worked immediately and has worked every single time since then, over several months. Plus, the acid reflux doesn't come back later in the day or the next day either!

Posted by Dm (Dublin, Ireland) on 09/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My wife read about the Apple Cure for Reflux. I gave it a try. Its now 1 week since taking a Purple Pill and substituting it with a Green Apple in the evening. At this stage I would normally expect to be in agony. Good news, total relief. So, I am now baffled, I have been taking the PP for 7 years and warned of the long term oncsequences if I stopped. But if after 1 week I feel this good, then I am pushing on! Ill keep you posted....

Replied by Connie
(Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA)

Do you mean green apples such as Granny Smith apples, or green apples as in unripe apples?

Replied by Doreen
(Hartford, Ct)

What type of green apple did you use. For eg.Granny smith apple or (green not ripe)

EC: Believe it's Granny Smith.

Replied by Eve
(Sayville, New York)
05/07/2010 has that been working for you?

Posted by Erin (Lima, Ohio) on 05/09/2009
5 out of 5 stars

After suffering from symptoms of "Acid Reflux Disease" for about three and 1/2 years and feeling very frustrated with (expensive)pharmceutical treatments and not getting any results, I decided to try both apple slices and apple juice before going to bed or when symptoms appeared (not at the same time). The results, I am THRILLED to say were IMMEDIATE!!! I tried them the same night that I read the testimonials from others on this site and I slept the best I have in those 3 1/2 years! No more sleeping sitting up or on my left side only. I had sloppy joes this afternoon, felt the symptoms coming back, ate apple slices (red delicious) and the symptoms went away. I am still trying to figure out what all of my trigger foods are. THANK YOU for this site and the information!

Replied by Mary
(Saint Charles, MO, USA)

I wondered if anyone had any info on what kind of apples help reflux. I was reading that eating an apple after a meal also helps a hiatal hernia.

Replied by Le
(Bloomfield, NJ)

Apples may work but I never tried this remedy but after experiencing heart burn (which I seldom do) I took a tbspn of Aloe Vera Juice. It helped soon after I ingested it. Aloe Vera juice can be found in some supermarkets and health food stores and must be refrigerated after opening the bottle.

Replied by Suresh
(Lautoka, Fiji Islands)
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to everyone who has suugested to take an APPLE for the remedy..... yes it really helps to reduce the acidity.

Posted by Gary (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

This last week I started having this acid reflux happen to me really bad. I went online and saw that apple cider vinegar and some type of apples were mentioned to help it. So, I bought some medicine at the store, but I haven't taken them. The apple cider vinegar and eating apples seem to work. It hasn't been bothering me much now and when it does, I eat an apple or drink apple cider or a shot glass full of straight apple vinegar. That's a bit of a "face-twister", but just drink some water after it and it's not too bad. Seems to work. I haven't opened the meds yet.

Posted by Jenny (Tucson, Arizona) on 11/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered heartburn for the last week really bad and off and on throughout my life. While researching home remedies I came across your site on the issue.

I am so glad I did...I was not brave enough to drink the apple cider vinegar, but I had apples. So I ate a whole red delicious apples and had a full glass of water with it. Within a half hour I had great relief and I can say that after a few hours now the reflux is gone.

I am going to eat an apple after every meal and see how it goes. I am so happy and I can't thank you enough for this information as I have been so miserable. I tried baking soda, basil tea, sucking on peppermint...and nothing compared to the Apple.

I guess an Apple a day does keep the doc away.LOL I am really amazed!!!

Thanks again, Jenny in Tucson, Arizona

Posted by Bahbi (Salem, Oregon, USA) on 10/31/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My 81 yr old husband has suffered Acid Reflux for probably 50 years. He has used over the counter antacid tablets like candy for years and years, and for the last 3 years his doctor has also had him on Omeprazole 1/2 hour before breakfast & dinner, Famotidine 2/day WITH breakfast and dinner, AND Metoclopramide at bedtime if the reflux is bothering him. But he still has had trouble sleeping due to heartburn and reflux while lying flat in bed, and has had to sleep with he head raised (in his recliner) 2-3 times a week. But a week ago I found the entries on EarthClinic about apples for reflux. He likes apples OK--we usually share an apple at lunch, so I asked him to eat the lunch-time apple as "dessert" instead of "appetizer", and to also eat 1/4 apple after breakfast and after dinner. He had an IMMEDIATE positive lessening of reflux, and after 3 days he eliminated the Omeprazole from his daily regimen. By adding 1/4 apple in the later evening as well, he has not needed Metoclopramide even once in the past week. APPLES FOR REFLUX WORK LIKE A MIRACLE!!

Posted by Robbie (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) on 08/04/2008
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Ha, I actually thought I was a genius because I discovered that apples subdued my acid reflux but I see that people discovered this before me.

Apples only subdue the acid for a short while for me... don't get me wrong, they are better than any acid medication I have tried. I think I actually just have something wrong with my esophagus (however it's spelt). I normally try to eat an apple in anticipation of my acid reflux and I always eat one when I feel the pangs of acid at my throat. However, after a month of doing this I'm still suffering. I have cut down my diet to the point where I've cut out all caffein, all alcohol, all flour based foods, all dairy based foods, red meat (I read somewhere that that was bad) and I'm basically juest eating fresh fruit and vegetables (no citric acids).

I only eat small meals frequently and never before I go to bed. I even angled my bed so that I sleep in a slightly up right position and when I do sleep I sleep on my left (I also read that somewhere, something to do with the position of the stomach). I think I've tried everything unless anyone has some amazing miracle cure that they're not sharing with the world.

Regards, Robbie.

Replied by Daniel
(Weston, Florida)
1 out of 5 stars

im in the EXACT same situation, trying the alkalizing diet, elevated bed, cut out all the alcohol, coffee.. i cant figure out what to do anymore... its really depressing... i eat the apples, apple cidar vinegar... drink aloe... still get the reflux ALL THE TIME!!! if anyone has any suggestions, please feel free!!!

Replied by Pat
(Milton, Fl. USA)

I too have suffered for about 20 years with acid reflux. I have been using medication now for at least 6 years - Aciphex (one 1/2 hr. before breakfast.) After a while that didn't help at night, so I have been taking a generic one 1/2 hr. before my evening meal. Be sure it contains Ranitidine. At least 1/2 hr. before going to bed I eat a Gala apple. That normally helps stop the reflux. All these things need to be taken early to stop the pumps in the stomach that produce the acid. If you can find Ice Breakers chewing gum - the stick kind- sometimes when I'm out or even at night I will chew that. That helps some. Have you ever been checked to see if there is a serious problem?

Replied by Scoop
(Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)

Mine started about a year ago and before I figured out what was wrong with me, I would wake up in agonizing pain most nights with terrible stomach aches and on occasion I would cough up bile (GROSSEST EXPERIENCE EVER)... While these things still occasionally happen, I'm managed to minimize the occurences to where they don't interrupt my life as much.

I take a probiotic (10 billion cpu lactobacillius acidophilus) and an acid reducer (ranitidine) every evening about an hour or so before bed. It seems to work for the most part.

I've also taken to drinking aloe vera juice mixed with guava juice and if you're having a tummy episode, it calms down the pain fairly quick.

Hope I've helped.
I haven't managed to find a permanant solution, but this should keep the disease in check.

Also, antibiotics can be harmful because they destroy all bacteria, even the good kind that helps aid digestion.

Replied by Scoop
(Lake Geneva, WI)

Hey guys, I know how you feel. Chocolate and Sugar Substitutes are also VERY bad for acid reflux, but I've found that coffee helps my stomach for some reason. I don't know if that works for everyone.

In addition to the GERD I am lactose intolerant too. So maybe that has something to do with it?

Replied by Mary
(Valparaiso, In)

I had a friend tell me just this evening to take cayenne pepper capsules to cure acid reflux. She told me her dad suffered with it for years and since taking the cayenne pepper he no longer suffers with it at all. I am going to give it a try.

Replied by Suresh
(Lautoka, Fiji Islands)

Hi!!! Robby

I also had thought the same way as you did. Yes Apple is a magical fruit..

Replied by Marie

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.

Posted by Bev (Elroy, WI) on 07/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from reflux for four years after getting an ulcer following ibuprofen and antibiotics for a recurrent pneumonia. Originally took Protonix [this is fluoridated and is very harmful]. Eventually replaced that with Therazyme STM enzymes. Didn't notice any difference with apple cider vinegar with baking soda. Now I am just eating an apple after supper and taking raw honey to coat my throat before bed. This works as well or better than anything else. Camomile tea is helpful and I take some baking soda and water if I notice any heartburn which is seldom.