Acid Reflux
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Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Basil Seeds

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Posted by Soneeta (Santa Cruz, California) on 02/10/2013
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Acid Reflux: Mix 1 teaspoon Basil seeds (Tutmalanga) in a glass of water, let sit for 5 minutes (the seeds will look like it has fuzz on it) than drink it.

Bentonite Clay

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Posted by GT (Vero Beach, Florida) on 08/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Used Medicinal grade Bentonite clay for acid reflux,works within a few sips. Get a small bottle of water put in a teaspoon of bentonite clay (PH is 9.1) shake hard so it disolves in the water and take some sips. You will notice within the second sip the acid starts to calm down. A note; People with bad acid reflux have trouble sleeping, magnesium gets depleted when acid is on overload, a few sips of bentonite clay before bed you sleep like a baby. Magnesium has a 'calming' effect for the mind and the physical muscles. There is magnesium in bentonite clay.

Betaine Hydrochloride

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Posted by Norman (Anza, California) on 12/14/2009

Acid Reflux Can IMO be caused by too little hydrocloric acid as well as two much. Years ago I had very bad acid reflux a friend told me to take HCl capsules, I thought he was nuts telling me to take acid on what I thought was already too much acid in my stomach. But I worked, Years later it came back again I tried tums, milk, water etc, it was like pouring gasolene on fire. Then I remembered the HCl and it went right away. So in my opinion it is difficult to tell if your to acid or too alkaline, Same symptoms.

EC: Note: IMO is slang for "In My Opinion"

Replied by David
(Pensacola, Fl)

This works great... And so does eating fresh Grapefruits. Grapefruit juice helps, but is not as fresh.... it is not as strong then. The best was D-Limonene... A Citrus Peel Extract.

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by FreeBrrd (San Francisco, CA USA) on 05/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Acid reflux symptoms are same for too much acid & too little acid. Most treatments are for too much. Most treatments will take care of the symptoms either way. Test for too little acid is if vinegar helps as it is acid. From my research, I don't think vinegar will cure too little acid, just the symptoms. Taking betaine HCL is supposed to cure it by teaching your system to produce more acid.

Too little acid causes nutrients to not be absorbed. You may become anemic, etc. I think this is why they say that older folks do not absorb nutrients as well ei. calcium.

So while the stuff you get at the drugstore will cure the symptoms, if you have too little acid, it will actually make the problem worse.

If you search online for Betaine HCL and acid reflux, it will tell you how to do it. Basically take the HCL with meals that include protein. Take enough to make you feel better. After a while you should be able to reduce amount of HCL taken, stopping completely at some point. If you use acid blockers, etc. it reverses the good results.

Get Betaine HCL at health food stores. Pharmacists go into shock if you tell them that you want to take Hydrochloric acid.

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Woody (Frankston, Australia) on 09/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered Gastric Reflux for about 6 years, tried eveything including Tagamet, Zoton and all the beta blockers and Proton pump inhibitors but nothing worked. One day I tried Betaine, one tablet at breakfast and 6 years of grief have been replaced with zero reflux. This has been good for 3 months now with no problems at all. What causes Acid reflux is slow digestion, the added Acid from Betaine speeds up digestion. And the food goes down.

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Dee (Middlesbrough, England) on 07/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hi again everyone, I have had gastric reflux for six years for two of those years I lived on salmon and cous cous, that was all I could eat. Recently though my life has turned around, I realised through this website that I had low acid. The ACV worked but not enough to make a huge difference. I have also had accupuncture which I think has helped.
But one day I had indigestion as usual and I tried a clementine, within a few minutes I started to feel better. I started to eat them after main meals which prevented any symptoms from coming on. I would also take them to work and have one if any symptoms came on. Then I tried Betaine Hydrochloride which has made such a difference to what I can eat. You can only use Betaine Hydrochloride if you know for definate that its low acid and you shouldn't try if you think you may have an ulcer. If fruits like oranges or lemon alleviate your symptoms then it might help you.
I hope so. Dee

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by Jonathan (Van Buren, Arkansas) on 06/15/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I took Betaine Hydrochloride which is basically stomach acid ingredients in pill form to add acid back to my stomach (which I was lacking apparently). I had been on Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. for a VERY long time. I was starting to suffer from the side effects; when I stumbled onto this site. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar at first and it worked great (which told me I lacked acid in my stomach). I hated the taste of it though and wanted something I wouldn't have to force myself to take. So; I read remedy #5 and decided to try it. I went to the health food store and described what I wanted and they went and got it right away. I've been trying it for the past two days now and my stomach has been great!!!! I give a big YEA to the Betaine Hydrochloride.. it works!

Replied by Dena L.
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
5 out of 5 stars

After suffering from C-19, I started suffering from heartburn everyday. This went on for months. It got so bad I could barely eat any food and it would affect my sleep. So I started only eating from 12pm to 7pm and I started taking a supplement called HCL betaine pepsin. I got this from Amazon. I took HCL for only three weeks and my heartburn never returned. If you have bad heartburn you may have to take them for life but it's safer than doctors medications that may cause side effects. I also stop drinking lemon and orange juice everyday. I only have them occasionally. I now drink apple juice and teas like hibiscus tea. So far I'm back to normal.


OR - you could try Manuka Honey, which is great for acid reflex and heartburn. Many Naturopaths prescribe it for same.

And since HCL is what you have used with success, wouldn't ACV be cheaper and work just the same?! ; also its easier to find!

Betaine Hydrochloride
Posted by John (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

If apple cider vinegar cures acid reflux then you do not have enough acid. An acid supplement like Betaine Hydrochloride can work wonders. It did for me. I lived on acid reducers until I figured it out. Quick test take a teaspoon of baking soda on empty stomach. A good belch with normal stomach acid should occur in 2-3 minutes. Mine took 15-16 minutes. Goodbye to Nexium/Prevacid etc.

Replied by Rob
(Prince George, Va)

Hey John, with very little acidity in your stomach, would this possibly produce hard stools???

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

To Rob from Prince John,

08/25/2008: Rob from Prince George, Va replies: "Hey John, with very little acidity in your stomach, would this possibly produce hard stools???"

I'm not John you asked the question of, but I can tell you that too little fiber and too little water will definitely cause hard stools.

Blackstrap Molasses

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4 star (1) 

Posted by Becca (Colorado) on 06/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Blackstrap Molasses works immediately for acid reflux. Now let's see how long it lasts...

Replied by Kennywally
47 posts

Re: Becca, Colorado.....I used to carry a small container of himalayan pink salt, to instantly knock out acid reflux. I was at a transformational workshop and folks seen me taking a pinch and wondered what I was doing, so I shared that with them, of course it worked great. I rarely get the reflux, but am not sure why, I'm just glad it worked, and fast too!

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Kat (Arlington, Tx) on 01/09/2012
4 out of 5 stars

This is my first post on Earth Clinic. I just started using BSM this past week for the first time ever. I had never even tasted it before. I'm trying the Organic Unsulphered Wholesome brand. (I wanted to use the Plantation Organic brand because it's packaged in glass instead of plastic, but I couldn't find any. :() So far I'm only using 1 tsp in my coffee once a day. One day I also tried it in tea, and it tastes ok, but I like it better in coffee. Anyway, I only started for the health benefits of getting extra vitamins and minerals, and also as a possible hope of maybe helping my endometriosis. I found it on Earth Clinic while trying to help my mom find a cure for her very large Uterine Fibroid so that she won't have to have a hysterectomy. So I figured, if people say it can help that then maybe it could help me also.

Well, I would have never guessed that it would help my GERD/Acid Reflux! I had no idea it could be used for that. I've mainly heard about ACV. I know it's got to be the BSM that's helping. I have had GERD for the past 2-3 years, and it is flairing really badly right now. I have been in extreme pain and discomfort this last week from reflux (dry cough throughout the day, acid belly--which I normally only get during my cycle, burping up food and acid 1-2 hrs after I eat, congestion in the morning). Somehow these symptoms have become considerably less since starting the BSM, and it hasn't even been a full 7 days. Amazing.

Last night I even ate tacos and didn't have any reflux issues. That's a huge breakthrough. I will try using up to the recommended 1 TBSP on the bottle to see if that cures it completely.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Kita (Detroit, Michigan) on 08/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I had acid reflux bad for the past two years. Oneday my aunt went to a health food store. Her and a lady got to talking about blackstrap. The lady had tried everything for her acid reflux so the doctor finally told her about blackstrap molasses. My aunt brought some for me and within days the acid reflux started to go down. Now I have been taking it for4 months now. It is just about cured! It is the best thing for acid reflux. I took two teapsoons of it everyday in april and now I take less because it doesnt bother me. One or two teaspoons will help get you through the whole day.

Blended Raw Potato

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Posted by Mia (Chicago, IL) on 11/08/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was suffering from a very, very bad sore throat. I was told to suck on ice in order to keep my throat muscles and glands from swelling, making it hard to breathe. Someone suggested I take ibuprofen (Advil (100 mg of Ibuprofen) to prevent my glands from swelling, I did. I took two every 6 hours, for a day and developed that "acidity/belching/sour, bitter" is horrible. I firmly believe that ibuprofen brought it on. My Mom had the same problem. Our remedy is, RED POTATO and ONE CUP MILK. Chop up RED potato, throw in blender, add cup of milk, blend until liquefied. Strain the mix and drink. Two times a day, for about 5 to 6 days will do the trick. NO DRUGS NECESSARY!

Blended Raw Potato
Posted by Maylin (Miami, FL) on 01/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I've found a good amount of (acid) relief by drinking a raw potato in the morning. I peel one raw potato (although people recommend to ingest the peel), dice it, put it in the blender with some water, strain it and drink it. Best way to drink it is by covering your nose and drinking it fast without tasting. It relieves reflux with its base-like qualities.

Blood Type Diet

Posted by Janise (Los Angeles, Ca) on 09/23/2009

I read of a test. After a meal when you are experiencing reflux to sip apple cider vinegar. If you feel better you have low acid stomach if you feel worse you have high acid stomach.

Also I take papaya enzymes chewable after eating carbohydrates and Bromelain digestive after I eat proteins.

Also if you have type A Blood you tend to have low stomach acid production and pineapple enzymes are best and papaya is not as good. Reading the ___ ___ __ ___ __book will help you discover which foods you can digest better than others. I found this book most helpful for my digestion as well as other bodily symptoms. I use to get cold sores on my lips all the time, headaches and hemmeroids and when I ate the diet for Type A Blood all of the symptoms have gone away and not come back for 4 years now!!! This book is really right on for my friends too with different blood types.

Hope you feel better! Good luck.

Replied by Janise
(Los Angeles, Ca)

One more comment on Apple Cider Vinegar, my doctor said it does help people but doesn't correct the problem. The problem is to diagnose which enzymes you need to get your digestion back on track.

Also Pro-Biotics are helpful. The best kind to get is "Enteric Coated" capsules. ___ has a good one and also ___ ___ has a good enteric coated Pro-biotic. All others digest in the stomach before they can get to the lower intestines where they do their work. Enteric coated capsules don't open until they hit the lower digestive track. I once had an enteric coated capsule in my pants pocket and did a load of laundry and when I took them out of the wash the capsule was still intact which proves it ability to not open in the stomach. Pro-biotics may make you bloat the first few days if you have not taken them before. The Enteric Coated capsules are powerful. If you have taken non-enteric coated forms of pro-biotics before and then take the enteric ones you will notice a huge beneficial difference and realize you were wasting your money on other forms of pro-biotics. Forget eating yogurt for pro-biotics the dairy is not so good for your stomach and the pro-boitics digest before they can get to the lower digestive track.

Think healthy and positive is always a plus in any healing treatment.

Replied by Marie

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.


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Posted by Dave (Hyattsville, MD) on 11/30/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I found that adding 3 heaping tablespoons of Quaker Unprocessed Bran to yogurt in the morning or at night produces great regularity. The regularity relieved my acid reflux. I also an prescribed and take Prilosec 40mg daily at night. However, If I don't stick with the daily unprocessed bran, the reflux returns as well as anxiety. I try to remember to take an enema once a month just for extra cleansing but believe me if you make a habit of taking the unprocessed bran you will feel it literally scraping your insides as you eliminate and it improves your cholesterol profile while helping with reflux as well.