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Posted by Bahbi (Salem, Oregon, USA) on 10/31/2008

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

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)

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

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.

Posted by Rose (Faun Skin, America) on 06/16/2008

ive heard that an apple, or even just one slice will take care of acid reflux! you can eat them through out the day. the more the better. i tried it and it worked, although i dont know if it is a cure, i know i can help right away. so for those of you who have to wait to get something to cure it, why not munch on an apple in the time being.

Replied by Concerned
(Jackson, Tn.)

my grandson is 10 yrs. old, he has had heartburn for several yrs. couple of yrs.ago Dr. put him on meds. worked a little. He quit taking the meds, we were uncomfortable with him taking them because he was so young. He loves red delicious apples. Haven't tried them yet. Do you think they will work for him?

Posted by Tekkhan (Lauraville, Maryland) on 06/13/2008

When I use to party into the wee hours in my youth,the only stores open back then were 7-11s and Taco Bells. So,2am quick food choices were limited, and I always ate the dreaded Chili Dog with the works; knowing in the morn I was going to regret the choice once again. But, this one time I drank apple juice with my chili dog because the slurpy machine was broken: to my surprise I awoke w/o any acid reflux or indigestion. I didnt understand why until I tried it again, after another night of partying. I was onto a cure, apple juice has worked for me ever since, for over the last fifteteen years.

Posted by Dave (Philadelphia, Pennsylvanis) on 05/16/2008

Acid Reflux Remedy: Golden delicious apples works well i find along wth aloe vera. I have had this acid reflux going on eight years besides meds have tried everything and so far (under one week..) this by far has worked!

Posted by Alita (USA) on 03/03/2008

I'll try to keep the history of my acid reflux short, as it pretty much reiterates many other people's experiences. Over the past 10 years I have figured out that my triggers are: 1st and foremost painkillers, particularly Ibuprofen, but the only thing I can take (IF I drink plenty of water or eat with it), is Tylenol. I can't do Sudafed either, and I try to stay away from meds as much as possible. 2nd trigger: dairy, plain and simple, it is very predictable. If I have too much dairy I can count on the fact that I'll be up that night. It's funny, there have been times I'm up struggling with this, and my husband will say "well, you had that ice cream (or whatever) earlier didn't you?", and then I remember, and know that it isn't all in my head, dairy does in fact aggravate it too. However, goats milk is much more tolerable in moderation, than cow products, I know that the proteins are different between the two, but other than that I don't know why it isn't so aggravating. I did Prevacid for a while initially, which controlled it slightly, but not enough. The turning point for me when I started being able to finally gain some control over this, was with an herbal product by "HERB PHARM" called "Neutralizing Cordial". Also, carbo veg homeopathic remedy has helped a lot, so lately I have been able to control it with that and/or Rolaids, (which I would prefer to get away from as well). By learning my triggers over the years and adding these natural remedies into my repertoire, I have been able to manage this and have found that when I'm doing ok I can eat anything, and that when I'm prone to this, anything will aggravate it. All that was prior to last week; THEN, the other day I followed a pop-up ad from (great web-site by the way) where a guy is selling some booklet about his acid reflux discovery (didn't by his book yet, where he claims to have a cure for it). But, he did vaguely mention his initial apple discovery helping acid reflux. I tried it that night, thinking "it can't really be this simple can it", and low and behold, it was. I kept expecting to wake up choking with acid, and it never happened. Every night (but 1) I have been eating an apple (or a few slices) after dinner/before bed and it is the first time anything has helped so completely!! The night I forgot, I had to take 2 Rolaids, which I realized had been helping me only minimally compared to the apple. What else is there to say, it certainly can't hurt! I fully expect that this will continue to help, as it's already proven to be far more effective than anything I've tried thus far. It just reminds me that in life, sometimes the best things don't have to be complicated or expensive to be valuable, we get so busy trying to "over-think" things sometimes, that we overlook the simple, basic things that are right in front of us. I wish you luck on your own journey of discovery.

Posted by Pauline (Yuma, AZ) on 02/18/2008

After being overseas for awhile, I returned back to Yuma, AZ and seen a doctor about my sinus. Well, he made his diagnosis from my charts dated one year ago. I didn't take any free drugs that he had given to me and surfed the internet for cures. I tried the vinegar and it really helped my clogged sinus. The cayenne pepper in water also took out the soreness in my throat. The slice of apple really helped the acid reflux (loose water pipe that I hear at nights.) Many thanks. I hope that you will continue because there are MANY medical care people nowadays only looking to obtain more money instead of really caring for their patients. Very superficial care.

Posted by Danie (Virginia, MN) on 06/14/2007

Ive lived with acid reflux burning for over 25 years and tried so many over the counter and medicalprescriptions and nothing seemed to help. I was on the computer some time back and came upon a testimonyial about a person who found a certain apple that cured his acid reflux and wanted money to get the name of apple. I thought it was a fluke just wanting money but began buying differant types of apples off an on none of them helped. While on a vacation trip my wife bought some jonagold apples and I sliced it up and ate little slices thru out the day. Im quite amazed at the affect these apples have done in releaving the pain i've always had in sturnum area. Its six days now. Its like a miricle. IM wondering if anyone else with similar pain could also get such fantastic results??? please let me know. P s. Ive tried the acv with baking soda remidies and not much help for me and I about gag when I use them.

Posted by Jillian (Lake Macquarie, Australia) on 06/07/2007

My daughter had severe acid reflux & was medicated for 2 years, but was in severe pain, & frequently vomited. She is now drug free & symptom free. Please tell Melissa from Tampa Fl to use the acv after a meal, but also to eat an apple, (even 1/2) before bed. These simple remedies changed my daughters life. We don't know why the apple works but it is fantastic. The problem with a lot of reflux is not too much acid but not enough, hence the acv aids digestion. This was the case with my daughter. She had bad breath and nausea. The food in her stomach was not being digested, it was just sitting ther rotting. I note with interest your advice to take 1/4 tspn b soda with acv. Will definitely add this to the mix. Thanks Jillian NSW Australia

Posted by Cally (Downsville, Louisiana) on 05/18/2007

I suffered with acid reflux for YEARS! I was terrified to go anywhere without a big supply of Tums. During my life I have had 9 surgeries and taken antibiotics for many things, and I assume this is what messed me up. I refused to get on a prescription acid inhibitor for obvious reasons. One day I had reflux very badly - hurting, belching bubbles of acid. Nothing helped, not even the Tums. About that time my grandchildren showed up with some baggies of apple slices to snack on and I ate some of them. Instant relief, I kid you not! No pain, no acid, no bitter taste. I then talked to my niece, about what I considered was a miracle - the simple apple. She has a background in nursing and exercise physiology, but was at that time selling products for a place which carried a probiotic. She ordered it for me and told me it would restore my intestinal flora that the antibiotics had destroyed, and which was the root of my problem. I took the capsules she ordered for me- called Primal Defense. I took one bottle over a period of 2.5 months and I have not had ANY gastric upsets or acid. I now make sure that I do not run out of the probiotic, or fresh apples. I have added other RAW vegetables to my diet and eat them on a daily basis - mainly organic carrots, red cabbage, spinach. I can't tell you what the raw fruits and vegetables and the probiotic have done for me. I was so miserable all the time, and now I am 100% free of the misery. Meat, dairy products, sugar, drugs, all those things cause acid to build up. This I learned from my niece. Also, apple cider vinegar is made two ways, one is acid and vinegarry, the one that is normally sold in the vinegar department of the grocery store, and the other is one that is CONSIDERED vinegarry, _____'s apple cider vinegar, but in fact it is alkaline to the body. Be careful you don't get the wrong apple cider vinegar.

Posted by Dee (Middlesbrough, England) on 06/14/2006

Forgot to let you know -- Jonagold apples are the best for acid reflux because they are highest in pectin.

Replied by Sheila
(Crewkerne, Somerset, UK)

In response to your posting. I will try jonogold apples. but I have been eating Pink Lady apples for a long while, these do not help with my dreadful reflux. It is so bad sometimes I feel faint and have to lie down. Also on the american comments they mention acv (or something) do you know what that is?? Does their 'baking powder' mean the same as ours, or do they mean bi-carb. Although bi-carb does nothing for me at all. AN IMPORTANT POINT - TOO MUCH ACID AND TOO LITTLE ACID GIVE OFF THE SAME SYMPTOMS - SO HOW DO YOU TELL. I would welcome any comments. Thank you. I hope you are cured now. Sheila in England.

EC: ACV = apple cider vinegar

Janelle from Brisbane, Australia clarified the baking soda/bi-carb issue for us in 2007: "...In Australia and England (it seems) we don't refer to a product called Baking Soda. We call it Bicarb Soda. I think some people outside the US are getting confused because we also have Baking Powder which is a different product, usually Wheat/Corn flour with added Mineral Salts. Bicarb Soda is definately Sodium Bicarbonate and is the correct product."

Posted by Tristan (Houston, TX) on 02/27/2006

ACV helped for a few days and then the acid was back worse than ever. Apple juice on the other hand seems to be helping. Within 20 minutes of drinking a bottle of Minute Maid Apple Juice with Vitamin C, the burping and pain are gone.

Posted by Jeffrey (UK) on 11/05/2005

After 25 years of suffering with an acid stomach and taking all kinds of medicine from my GP and also from the chemist which did not cure my condition. I was at my wits end thankfully I came across your web site and read with interest about acv. some time ago after having an attack of acid I ate an apple (cox) this did at the time help my acid on reflection. not connecting the two things at the time I simply forgot until i came across your web page. I now take a slice of apple or two after a meal and wonder of wonders no acid!!!

Replied by Leo
(Port Saint Lucie, Fl)

I woke up at 12:30 at night with a most painful and horrid bout of acid reflux. I drank the baking soda and water and it basically worked. I felt like I wasn't under attack anymore.

Posted by Tomm S (Indpls, IN) on 10/05/2005

I stumbled onto your site thru a lot of searching for relief because I've come to believe that there isn't a cure for Acid Reflux! I'm yet to try the ACV thing but for now I will stand on my aide. A simple slice from an apple. Any color. I've noticed that the vinegar suggested here also is to be "Apple." Try it and I guarantee that you will be amazed.

Replied by Omadath

Baking soda and water, really worked.Just dilute about a tea spoon of baking soda, into a glass of water, and the result is magic.