Natural Cures for GERD

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Sherry (Orlando, FL)
5 out of 5 stars

I'had acid reflux for 2 yrs. and when I went on the Atkins Diet, I never even expected such a sudden cure! I then went to the Atkins Online forum and did a search about acid reflux to see if others had the same experience on this diet. AMAZING! I found other people on the forum saying their acid reflux is gone too as a result of this low carb diet. I realized that the HIGH CARBS were the CAUSE of the GERD ALL ALONG!! As I type this, I know I will sleep just fine again tonight as a result of this discovery!!! I can only hope that this helps others who are suffering.

Replied by Judyj
(Olympia, Washington, Usa)

I think it is individual. For me, my gerd trigger is protein. Atkins diet made my acid reflux worse.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Nancy (Agoura Hills, CA)
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I have never taken much ibuprofen, but I have been a rather regular user of Excedrin in the past (aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine). I don't take it anymore. My GERD started after I had been on a lo-carb diet for about 5 months. I had never had trouble before. I think the high fat/high protein diet wasn't the best thing for GERD. I went off the diet immediately, but the GERD never left (it's been two years now). Just for your information. I am not overweight and I exercise daily.

Digestive Enzymes

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Posted by Lalu (Aloha, Oregon) on 05/31/2013

Which digestive enzymes work best?

Digestive Enzymes
Posted by Paolo (Bloomington, In, Usa) on 05/16/2013
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My mother has GERD pretty bad a many senior citizens do. Of coarse things like dairy, sugary products, fatty meats, etc, exacerbate it. Controlling her diet is helpful but not always possible as she feeds herself as well. She used to be on nexium which I hear is the number one selling medication in America. I guess a lot of people have GERD. This worked but was expensive. I also found out not told by our doctor but through personal research that people who take nexium have an increasingly high risk of hip fractures as the medications stops the acid but also blocks to uptake of Important minerals like calcium.

So I got her off the nexium and started giving her all natural antacids which contain blueberry leaf and power. This worked much better than the tums which actually seemed to make things worse. But still it was a battle.

Finally I read a doctors newsletter that spoke of this condition and he among other things recommended digestive enzymes to relieve the stress on the digestive system. This worked like a charm. I give her usually just one digestive enzyme with her dinner since the evening is when it acts up the most. Since then not a single bout of GERD has come up. Thanks God this did the trick. I can't highly recommend this remedy enough.

Digestive Enzymes
Posted by Coye (Newberry, SC) on 09/05/2007
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I had moderate asthma and chronic gerd. I started using a natural enzyme that contained PAPAYA!! I take the tablets everyday. I haven't had a problem or symptom since I've taken them.I've read many studies that papaya helps withs gerd!!

Digestive Enzymes, Baking Soda

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Posted by S. Jones (Litchfield, Mn) on 08/18/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have tried it ALL. Prilosec, Zantec, Nexium, Apple Cider Vinegar just to name a few.

I have found IT! Digestive Enzymes with Betaine HCl. It works. I doubled the dose for the first week per my natural doctor I see, and then brought it down the next week to normal dosing. Take with every meal. Give this at least a week to do its thing! Oh and along with that take NO GERD, that contains Licorice Root Extract... double that dose for a week as well.

In the meantime to relieve the pain, try 1tsp Baking Soda in a 1/2 glass of water.

Replied by Adloule

Hi, how are you now? I hope your GERD is cured.

General Feedback

Posted by Michel (Oslo, Norway) on 01/17/2012

Hi, I have problems with my throat for years, when I swallow acidic food or alcohol it is hard to swallow and it hurts and burns in my throat but also my back and my chest. My doc says it is GERD, but does the throat really hurt in that case?

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Posted by Candy60 (Union City, Oh/usa) on 01/05/2012

I have GERD for a few years now. It makes me feel like I can't get a deep breath when it flares up. I was taking zantac before bed each night. It has stopped working. I was wondering if Lemons (fresh squeezed) will have the same effect as the ACV? I prefer the lemon with BS. I was doing the ACV a few years ago but felt like I burned my esophagus. I was just drinking it straight-- now it scares me. Or should I try this diluted? Also, have been trying to eat the apples to help with the acid reflux. It helps somewhat but still waking up after 4 or 5 hrs sleep and feeling heartburn. Any help appreciated.

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Posted by Lucy (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/19/2011

Does one have to have heartburn to be diagnosed with GERD?

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Posted by Trammi (Trinidad, Trinidad And Tobago) on 05/27/2011

Hi all, I was diagnosed with GERD in April 2011. I was prescribed Omeprazole and Gasec. These did not make me feel any better. I developed cramps under my skin. A friend of mine recommended herbal treatments of Kangen water and wheatgrass tablets combined. I have improved greatly. The fast pulse rate, heartburn and short breath feelings I used to have, have lessened. This seems to be helping but lately I have seen bright red blood in my stool. Can anyone help with this please?

Replied by Mike

Trammi....when you have excess acid it bloats you and presses on you vagus nerve ..this causes heartbeat craziness..and pain in centre of chest..there is nothing wrong really with your chest heart just pressure on the nerve causing th e symptoms....omeprazole with COLD water first thing in morning 15 mins before breakfast /cups of tea /coffee cure mine .. when in dire straits I use half tea spoon bicarbonate soda with half glass cold water mixed twenty minutes later relief...bicarbonate soda is an alkaline and dilutes the acid that is causing the bubblingin your gut which causes the probs....when you put alka seltzer in glass of water it fi=zzes like hell ..this is what is happening in your gut ...the bicarbof soda neutralise this fizzing

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Posted by Sharingwanderer (Quezon City, Philippines) on 05/14/2011

Hi I would like to ask if Apple cider vinegar and Kefir can be drink simultaneously for the relief or cure for GERD? I got GERD more than 2 months ago and been taking proton pump inhibitor for almost a month cause the doctor said drink it in 2 weeks time and take it if symptoms still occurs. Until I found this site sharing the wonders of apple cider vinegar, I stop taking my meds(PPI) for a while and started drinking 2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz of water 3 times a day and I felt a little better hope to continue it til I found the relief I needed. And then 2 days ago my boss gave me a half jar kefir and he said I should grow it and drink it twice a day, and since I'm drinking apple cider vinegar 3x a day I'm wondering if they are working together? or giving better results?

that's all for now thanks

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Posted by Richard (Quezon City, Philippines) on 05/13/2011

Hi guys, I'm battling with an acidic stomach / heartburn for almost 2 months, then a week ago I've found here in Earth Clinic the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux it really does make my tummy better.

First I've stopped my Omeperazole, Sodium Bicarb meds for a while (because I've extended my 2 weeks treatment of capsule and got no bail of tummy shaking) to try the Apple cider treatment.

2tsp of Apple Cider in a 1 cup / 8oz of luke warm water, sometimes I do add a teaspoon of honey for 3 times a day, upon arising, mid morning and mid aftenoon or after dinner.

I've notice that my heartburn and crumbling tummy got better though I still feels it but not like before and since I just started ACV for a week, I believe I'll get the relief :)

I only got one question, because yesterday my boss shared his Kefir and he said it has a very good help for acidic stomach, I'm just wondering if I could drink both Kefir and Apple Cider Vinegar? for treating acid reflux/gerd/heartburn without any unusual result?

thanks for your kind reply

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Posted by Joey (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines) on 08/31/2010

Hi, I just came from my doctor to get my results from my endoscopy. I have Non erosive reflux disease(NERD)my esophageal mucosa is pinkish and smooth. Unremarkable antral-type mucosa. My doctor has me on prevacid for 30 days. This is quite costly for me. I've been on 2TBSACV and 1/4 BS for 5 days and 2 days off. I'm on my 2nd week now(7th day today)I'm confused now. I thought I have GERD/acid reflux. What do I do now? Please help me anyone?God bless Earth Clinic.

Replied by Kaypeepogi
(Manila, Philippines)

try checking this site this helps me a lot with me having hiatal hernia and GERD

Gentle Remedies for GERD

Posted by Krishna (Dubai, Uae) on 02/17/2013

My daughter aged 20 years has been suffering from GERD since one year. We are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her symptoms are:

- Loose Esophagus Sphincter.
- Prescribed Clintodac one tablet daily after dinner.
- Initially she was vomiting as soon as she takes food.
- Started taking juices, coconut water, Glucose water, milk.
- She cannot take Paracetomol etc due to acidity.
- Started Ayurvedic medicines and after five months she started taking Salads, Curd, Milk, Oats, Bread, Eggs, cereal, Vegetables (without spice). No spicy or oily foods or fast foods. Most of them alkaline foods.
- Due to college activities she may not have taken regularly her medicines or food. She had stomach infection and fever that lasted for 10 days.

- Now she is back to beginning and vomitting whatever she takes. We are again starting with Juices, Coconut water, milk only.

Is there any treatment that would help her eat food without vomiting them?

Replied by Mahi
(New Delhi, India)

When my daughter was 8 years old she had this problem and now she is 16 and completely out of it. This is what I did with some ayurvedic medicine. Soak raisins at night and give her that juice in the morning. It is very cooling. Also I gave her sometimes chia seed. You have to soak this seed for couple of hours (This is what they used on top of faluda icecream in India. In Gujarati we called it Takmaria) This is also very cooling. My daughter completely stopped taking any kind of soda or diet soda. I was reminding her to drink lots of water. Also ask your daughter to eat little food one at time not to full stomach. This is a big help. It took my daughter one year to recover complety but she is completely out of it. Also at night we raised her bed so food does not come up. I hope it helps.

Replied by Ed2010
(Oakville, Canada)

Hello Krishna, Looks like your daughter is having low stomach acid. When there is low stomach acid, the Esophagus Sphincter will not close properly. This results in vomiting, burping, indigestion, infection.

IMO, high stomach acid is better than low stomach acid.

Clintodac what your daughter is taking now is a protob pump inhibitor. Which worsens the problems more. Now to increase the stomach acid. First stop cintodac.

After every meal drink lemon juice. Lemon juice made with half lemon squeezed and mixed with jaggery not white sugar in a glass of water, if you don't get jaggery then you can use sugar or honey. If your daughter sees any improvement make this to 1 lemon. If she feels good when taking this, she has to continue this for 1 - 2 months. During this time the stomach may heal and start producing its normal acid. This is like giving rest to your stomach so it can recuperate. If lemon juice works you can notice improvement in the 2nd day.

Alternatively, there is a supplement called Betaine Hcl which provides acid to your stomach. I am not sure whether you can buy in dubai. you can buy it online.

Take 1 betaine hcl capsule with meals. If you are feeling comfortable, then take 2 betaine hcl capsules in the next meal. If you are feeling good then take 3 betaine hcl in the next meal. Now if you are feeling acid reflux or stomach burning sensation then drink a glass of water mixed with half teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize stomach acid.

Now, the result is you have low stomach acid and you have to take 2 capsules with your meal for some time.

Some people are very low in stomach acid for which they have to take 4 - 6 capsules. Try Betain Hcl with pepsin. Betaine Hcl does not cure GERD, it just supplements Hcl, But the idea is lessen the burden of the stomach and give it time to rest and heal. If you don't find Betaine HCL, lemon juice is the simple and best remedy.

Let us know how your daughter is proceeding, it can help many here.

Good Health.


GERD Medication Side Effects

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Posted by Adrienne (Pasadena MD) on 03/15/2022
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GERD Medication Side Effects

Protonix caused numbness and pain in my legs and apparently this medication made my B-12 levels tank (which affects your bone /nerve health)