I was reading over natural cures for Acid Reflux, or GERD, and noticed no one mentioned sauerkraut. I have been using this and it does work wonders. I used to get pains like aliens eating through my body from the GERD, and the sauerkraut has helped immensely. I don't like the taste of it, so I'm going to try a few things mentioned on this site. 2 tblsp sauerkraut 2x daily helps clear the nausea and pain for me.
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I have suffered with GERD with a year. I could not eat tomato sauce, choclate, soda or fried foods (basically 90% of my diet :). I also could not lie flat in bed. The pain was constant, no matter what I ate, how I ate, when etc. I was put on the typial meds which either did nothing or made the pain worse. I was eating antacids like tic tacs. I asked the MD why I developed GERD as I have no risk factors for it and was unsatisifed with the answer of "it just happens". As a nurse, I need to know the reason why. The pain had to stop. I was not going to go through this the rest of my life. I came across your web-site and thank you and Thank God!! I used the regular ACV and it worked a little. My sister in law talked me into trying the organic ACV with the enzymes and I have used it for two weeks AND HAVE HAD NO PAIN!! I am back to eating whatever I want. I realized I felt better when I had raviloi for lunch followed by pizza for dinner and NOTHING HAPPENED! Previously, I would have been in pain for hours and eating meds and not able to lie down. I still get pain in my stomach if I'm stressed out, combined with bad food, and I rely on an OTC med that works, now one pill is all I need. But I have gone to eating meds to taking nothing!! I checked with my MD first who could neither recommend or dissuade me from using it, but he had no problems with me using it and basically said "knock yourself out". Thank you for being there for us who suffer and I wish someone would do a study on this so that others could be pain free as well.I can also sleep flat again, and on my back, with no pain. I take a tblsp in the morning in 12-16 oz water (be sure to shake the bottle) and again at night before bed. I feel great otherwise as well. It's like my stomach is happy!! Thank you thank you thank you
i've had acid reflux/gerdfor about 15 years. currently taking prevecid. wanted to try natural. went with acv with baking soda, aaloe vera,digestive enzymes,and papaya. even tried apples. my symptoms are very bad especially at nite. i eat very little and coffee and or alchohol doesn't seem to make much difference. ive been doing this for 10 days im about ready to start taking the pills again.i eat oatmeal for am and cereal for lunch then dinner no fast food or eating out ever. i put 2 tb acv into 1cup water with 1/4 tsp baking soda and some honey. the other capsules were as directed. the problem i have is i hate to pay my doc 75.00 just to write me a scrip. so im trying much more expensive natural approach. maybe it takes longer than 2 weeks. miserable and wanting my previcid JL
I have had GERD for so many years and relied heavily on the meds. After reading the patient insert on Prevacid recently, I was scared into seeking alternative treatment. Well, here I am. After trying the ACV, straight like wiskey :-), I burned worse than ever, then went about my day, and after five hours I realized that my symptoms were gone and that I had not taken my usual calcium anti-acids. I understand the new concept that it is an under-production problem and not over-production. This makes perfect sense that an acid would be the cure. I will keep you all posted on my progress. Thanks to Earthclinic for putting this very helpful information "out there".
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SUCCESS WITH ACV!
I have been on Nexium for about 3 years. Prior to that, I had been eating Rolaids like candy and taking ranitidine OTC. I had my share of "breakthrough" acid over that period of time, and I had my doubts as to whether or not this was the correct way to treat my heartburn/GERD. It seemed as if we were just treating the symptoms not the underlying issue. Since my insurance company will no longer cover Nexium, I decided that it was time to find another route for relief.
A couple of friends who are studying to be naturopathic healers suggested I check this site. Thank heaven they did! My husband and I tried ACV with the Mother and we found almost immediate relief. We have only been using it for a few days, but I have now been off Nexium and all OTC products for heartburn/GERD, my husband has not awakened with acid problems during the night, and we are very happy with the results thus far. We will continue to use ACV and tell everyone about our wonderful results!
Thank you so much for this site! I will refer to it whenever I am in need of suggestions for other ailments.
I was doubter, I wasn't sure to believe the hype about using alternative meds, but after being told I have Acid reflux and trying to deal with the pain I truly believe. Last Tuesday, I got really bad heart burn induced by the stress at work, my boyfriend leaving for the summer to work and eating a heavy breakfast. I got home took a couple of tums and tried to go to bed when I had this sudden burst of wonderful acid up my throat. The pain got to point when it was hard to swallow eat and drink food! Now come on I am a chef tasting and eating food is my life and I am not able to work effectly nor sustain myself it was a complete bummer. Long story short I had this 1 ton elephant feeling on my chest and the raw pain in my thort didn't help either. I wen to urgent care. I was prescibed prevacid and instructed by the doctor that it will take time to heal the irriation in my throat and really there is nothing you can do for the pain. I immediately called my mom because my grandma also suffers from GERD as well and she gave me some helpful tips butI wanted result immediately. I first changed my diet and put my self on eating soft foods and whole grains which I am still doing Completely stopped drinking coffee :( tried honey, drinking kombucha tea which worked but got expensive. And ate soft rolaids like taffy. I fried recommended this site and this simple and inexpensive drink 2 TBSP ACV 1 TBSP desert honey and 1/4 tsp baking soda and 8 oz. of water. I can definately say that after drinking the drink it has soothed my raw throat and I an able to eat and drink things a lot bettter now and the heaviness on my chest isn't as bad but it is still there but at least I can starting eating and drinking since it hot out here ( it was a 107 today) being able to drink the fluids is important. Thank you all for your help.
Those who experience pain with using ACV probably first needed to resolve (i.e. heal) damage due to exposure of the throat to acid from reflux/GERD or to heal up damage in the stomach due to bacterial infestations. That is if you take ACV and you have advanced damage due to reflux it might not feel good. That is, if I'd take 100% Aloe Vera juice without additives for a while to clear up ulcers or the like. I'd take a Bismuth based remedy (Pept-l Bism-l). That is if you have advanced damage from GERD/Reflux the ACV might not feel so good going down or coming up. I'd not take it straight at first only diluted and then increase. If there is pain you might have damaged tissue or ulcerations that need healing. A good month long of daily Aloe vera juice intake should help clear that up...or bismuth based products in the extreme. Again those who experienced great pain were probably at a point where their body tissues were extremely damaged by the HCl reaching places it wasnt meant to.
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GERD: Marshmallow Root tincture. Has Eliminated sore throat, sinus issues not too mention other issues that go along with gerd. Instructions varied on web sites I followed the bottle.
Did you have to avoid trigger food and drinks while including okra in your diet?
I have chronic gerd and also am allergic to iodine. I use digest advantage for lactose intolerance an OTC in small amounts whenever my stomach acts up. I also take benadryl in very small amounts an hour or so after the digest advantage. It works miracles for me. I tried so many other meds that only worked temporarily and caused soo many discomforts. I am back to eating and drinking whatever I wish mostly.
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I don't quite understand how Apple Cider Vineger even though a low acid, but an acid, would help anyone. I took 1Tb with 8oz of water and instantly I got heartburn and it all started coming back up. The next morning was even better, I had horrible diarrhea for hours. I have had severe gerd with tachacardia for over a year as a result of hydrocodone es and Robaxin (muscle relaxer). The recipe for ACV with Baking Soda sounds even worse, isn't that what makes the volcano eruptions in the science projects? I don't want my stomach to ingest that!
ACV cured my GERD. I've been suffering from reflux for 3 years. My symptoms include sore throat, gas backing up and excessive amounts of phlegm to the point I was having difficulty talking. Also, I would get these "vomit spasms" from my stomach whenever I eat any solid food. X-ray revealed that I had a loosened esophageal sphincter. The doctor gave me Zantac, Patriot and Nexium all with limited success. Finally I gave up and looked on the net for alternatives beside these expensive drugs. Found this site and decided to try ACV, it was 4$ for a large bottle so I really didn't have much to lose. I mix 2 tablespoon acv with water and honey and take it 2 times a day: One morning and one after dinner.
The result was immediate and amazing. All the symptoms disappeared. The spasms stopped, the sore throat is gone and I can speak clearly now. ACV is trully a miracle cure. Thank you so much for this site.
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I found your website after being given three months supply of omeprazole. I felt I needed to research the condition in more depth.
I am glad I have not had to take any. The Apple Cider Vinegar worked wonders with my very very sore throat almost immediately. The relief from the constant pain was hard to believe. I can now sing in the choir again. My throat feels wide open. It is hard to describe the sensation...
I have had a lump in my throat for years. My throat' was getting more and more dry and hoarse which spoiled the enjoyment of singing in the choir. My breath is much better. My chest is still tight, the sensation of a band wrapped around it, but not as bad as it has been.
I had a very bad virus three years ago with agonising cough and was prescribed strong ibuprofin for the pain from torn chest muscles.
Although I did not take many I did not realise the side effects.
I have stopped coffee and red wine and will try to cut back on bread products. My bed is propped up and I think I am sleeping better.
I take two cap fulls of ACV in 500ml water three to four times a day. It works for me, I understand GERD is a chronic condition and I intend to keep taking the ACV for the rest of my natural. I also mix up a concoction of manuka honey one teaspoon, big pinch slippery elm powder, pinch of powdered ginger, capfull aloe vera juice, capfull ACV, half cup apple juice and top up with water. Give it a good stir and sip during and after meals. It is delicious. I think the internet is just marvellous and your website excellent.
Hi Sriram from India, the sensation you felt was probably not acid reflux. Taking ACV, for me, feels like taking wine. It produces a burning sensation as it goes down the esophagus.
After years of severe acid reflux that no medicine helped, including Nexium, my doctor convinced me to have a sleep study. After being diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea I started using a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure). It took about a year for my esophagus to heal, but I never ever have acid reflux anymore. My pulmonologist explained that the struggle for breath was squeezing the contents of my stomach up my esophagus all night. I used to sit up in a recliner all night rarely getting any sleep. I now sleep all night laying down flat. It was an adjustment getting accustomed to the CPAP but it is worth its weight in gold. My GERD had absolutely nothing to do with what I was eating nor with overproduction of gastric acid.
The CPap Machine: I have add GERD for so many years I can't remember. I need to lose weight. I know this. I have also been diagnosed with apnea. I got the machine, and vanity wouldn't allow me to use it correctly. Vanity is no good if you can't get restful sleep. I hope it works as good as it did for you. I have to take 80mg of Nexium daily. My ins only covers (1) daily so I have to try to get samples to cover the rest. I have an appt with my dr in late Sept. I am willing to try anything.
The best remedy I have found for indigestion, acid regurge, GERD, flatulence is elimination of all bleached flour products in the foods you eat - I find I can eat l00% whole grain bread without problems (usually cures most people's constipation problems also). I don't know what chemicals? are used in the bleaching process, but apparently that is where the problem comes from. However, you must really work at getting bleached flour out of your diet, as many pastas are made with bleached flour, many breads say whole wheat but read the ingredients and you'll find that most start off with bleached flour unless the label reads l00% whole grain. Most gravies, dips, sauces, etc. use the cheapest source of thickening agent - bleached flour. So try it and see if it works for you. It's nice having a "cast iron stomach" which has no problems with cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers, and all that spicy stuff I used to blame my stomach problems on before I lucked up and stumbled upon the real cause of them.
I agree with Joyce 100%. When I eat white bread, I sometimes burp and burn for hours, and if I eat too much I get the dreaded itchy butt. Wholewheat, whole grain is best, but even if I eat too much of that, that is more than 2-4 slices a day for too many days running, the problems also return. A sandwich on the run is my answer to a busy lifestyle, but if I'm not careful that leads to too much bread. I have found a Spelt Flour bread at our local bakery, that doesn't seem to have these effects. I have only just started using it, so it will be interesting to see what happens over time. Spelt is an ancient grain that was used to make bread centuries ago. Google it, it's interesting. So far I haven't had any belching or burning with the Spelt.
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Hi, I've been taking ACV for two weeks now and I am feeling much better (No more sore throat, dull chest pain...). I was diagnosed with GERD about four years ago and was given Prevacid -later prilosec. I thought all was lost unit ACV. Question though, will I have to take ACV for the rest of my life or will I eventualy completely heal?