Effective Natural Remedies for GERD Relief - Holistic Approach

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Josh (Sheffield, England) on 01/04/2016

I'm a 26 year old male and have been suffering from GERD about 6 months now. I have tried all the prescribed medication and none of it worked.

I then came across this website and saw that apple cider vinegar is a good way of helping with the constant heartburn and tightness in my throat.

I have also seen that using DGL licorice can also help.

I am just wondering if you can use both at the same time to try and combat acid reflux? I have been taking 2 tbl of ACV with abit of honey watered down with water and it has eased my symptoms. I am hoping to start using both apple cider vinegar morning and night and HGL with meals, was just seeing if this can be dangerous or have adverse effects? Thanks.

Strawberry Powder Extract
Posted by Lewpatrick (Thailand) on 12/26/2015 2 posts

A remedy I used to successfully treat my acid reflux GERD of over 20 years is strawberry powder extract. There was a study performed on a series of patients who had Barrett's Syndrome which is a precursor to esophageal cancer. The patients took one ounce (2 Tablespoons) of the powdered strawberry in 8 ounces of water(not tap water, filtered water, no chlorine) 2X/day. This protocol was for six months. The study resulted in a positive result in over 80% of the participants.

I had an upper GI to determine the extent of the damage to my esophagus. Fortunately, it had not progressed to the Barrett's esophagus stage. I found a source for the powder on the internet and ordered several pounds(if you want to do the whole six months figure 2 oz./day times 180 days or approx. 22 pounds.) I took the solution after meals in the morning to allow the extract to coat the esophagus and refrained from drinking and eating as long as possible.

The second dose was taken a couple of hours after dinner and before bedtime. In approximately 8 weeks my reflux symptoms had disappeared. Before I could not sleep on my left side. To sleep on my back I had to elevate my head. I also greatly reduced my refined sugar intake. Also, no sugar after noon.

Randomized phase II trial of lyophilized strawberries in patients with dysplastic precancerous lesions of the esophagus.


Hopefully this will help some of you out there with potentially life threatening problem.

Posted by Sarrah (San Diego, Ca) on 12/18/2015

Sounds like ur gerd was caused by low acid production - I was suffering with gerd for 6 years, last month I started taking colostrum 30 minutes before eating and my gerd is gone. No more diarrhea, heartburn, retching is all gone - gave it to my teenage daughter who had IBS for last two years and it fixed that too - her pediatrician is amazed because we were going to have to do several thousand dollars in test - my daughter is stoked because she has had to deal with diarrhea for two years and it's gone! We are taking Symbiotics colostrum plus and we order from iherb.com they are reliable and offer free shipping

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joe (Manteno, Il Usa) on 12/14/2015

Here's how I cured a LIFETIME of suffering of GERD: I took ~1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to ~12 ounces of water in a glass bottle. Took a sip whenever you feel gerd coming on. Have this bottle by your side at all times. If you don't feel instant relief this process may not work for you. You may need to protect your teeth from the vinegar by drinking through a straw.

Also very important: When starting this process, I weened my self off of prilosec by switching to one pill every other day then after a few weeks 1/2 pill every other day. You can't split a capsule so just open the cap and pour half out. Prilosec (omeprozole) will cause lifetime damage to your body so this is important to get off of it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Green Augustine (Mold, Denbighshire) on 05/23/2015 41 posts

Hi Bill,

Thank you so much for explaining all about Colostrum and why you recommend Sovereign. Living in the UK and seeing the postage charges from The U.S, I did a bit of research using your guide lines and have had some great information from Neovite about their manufacturing processes which are well within your recommendation. I note that Sovereign also refers to Professor Playford's research in their reference section. He was commissioned by Neovite to do research on the product. The cows they use are free for heavy metals, chemicals and other nasties and the colostrum is processed at below 40 degrees And freeze dried so I hope it will be good. So thank you again for your time and patience in answering my queries. I also tested positive for colostrum and Betaine when my kinesiologist tested me though not for slippery elm, ACV or Kefir! Just goes to show one size doesn't always fit all.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 05/16/2015

Hi Green Augustine...If you're low on stomach acid or have GERD then you're body is probably low on chlorides. Your body needs chlorides(different to chlorine) in order to produce or manufacture sufficient amounts of stomach acid or hydrochloric acid. That's why taking Betaine HCL with protease enzymes should help you. The full protocol that I recommend for GERD/Low Stomach Acid problems is shown here. But if you have other digestive or intestinal issues as well then I would recommend that you take all the vitamins and minerals that are recommended in the above link. I also recommend Ted's method of taking bicarb + water an hour after meals. And if you also have palpitations then both the iodine and the magnesium recommended in the protocol should also help this problem.

Colostrum is well-known for healing a damaged or over-permeable intestinal wall. This is how it can heal Leaky Gut and cure allergies -- because it helps to heal the intestines. See the research on colostrum here.

A while ago I wanted to know exactly how well nutriceutical companies processed their colostrum products and which ones were the best because if their colostrum processing includes high heat and frequent use of chemicals then it will be an inferior product. The only company I found that actually published details about its colostrum processing method was Sovereign Labs brand(bovine colostrum) who appear to use minimal chemicals and low heat only in their processing. Here is their process details page. I have also looked up the Mt Capra brand of goats colostrum -- I couldn't find anything about how they(and many other brands) process their goat colostrum so that's why I do not recommend it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Green Augustine (Mold, Denbighshire) on 05/16/2015 41 posts

Hello Biil, In one of your posts you suggested that a reader use Colostrum for healing Leaky Gut and Betaine for Gerd etc. According to another site I've looked at, it says that using Colostrum for any length of time causes over growth of cells because IGF-1 being pro growth can cause rapid cell division and thus cause cancer.Bengreenfieldfitness says that goat colostrum is better than taurine? But then he sells it on the web...... so how long would I need to take it safely for it to heal the gut and not cause cancer? At the moment I'm using Ted's formula of ginger, turmeric and cumin with each meal followed by bicarbonate of soda/baking soda about an hour after each meal and have done this for nearly 3 weeks and seem to have very few strong symptoms. Just a bit of palpitation sometimes in the morning and the occasional burp. But nothing compared to how it was before. I've tried slippery elm, cayenne pepper etc but they don't seem to help. I'd really appreciate your feedback on this as you seem to be very well informed. And thank you in advance for your valuable time. Earth blessings on you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dean Nadzri (Kl, Malaysia) on 05/07/2015

Just get the the organic ACV "with the mother".

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lori (Marco Island, Fl) on 04/23/2015

Acidosis can be a pretty serious diagnosis. Why would you think you have acidosis (metabolic acidosis I presume)? The symptoms you describe could be many, many things, but do not seem to relate to the symptoms of acidosis. I think you should ask your physician to rule this out with blood work.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bodulica (Barrie) on 03/10/2015

For me, after 3 days - absolute disaster! I don't know how to repair the damage. It is really bad.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cecilia (Nashua, NH) on 02/03/2015

This ACV is like a magic. I've been sick for more than three weeks now & I've been taking Prilosec for ulcer & GERD but I keep on having heartburn continually like 5-6x a day. I thought by looking for alternative end cure as I was waiting to get a CT scan would be worth it so I came to see what earth clinic suggests. So I asked my boyfriend to get me a bottle of ACV from Shaws & he came to me with a bottle of ACV, just a regular ACV. I've poured two tablespoon on a cup of water & drank it. It's been 3 days that I have no heartburn. This is a miracle cure. I still have the muscle aching from the spasms but the heartburn is gone. I am very grateful to the people who vested time & energy to write this gift of love & care on the internet; it is quite a miracle that I responded very well with it. This is why I am adding my testament to it. I will post more in a couple more days & see what the CT scan would show. I have all the symptoms of heartburn, nausea, vomiting, weakness & I know I have hiatal hernia.
My gratitude to all of you. Cecilia

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Morgan (Grass Valley, Cal.) on 01/23/2015

I was slightly concerned with the ACV and acidity. I have GERD gas trial upper reflux disease and have literally been through every kind of antacid there is including prescription. After I was left with no other option for this, I tried ACV and oh my god I love the stuff!. I have turned into a " spokesman" for it with heartburn. It makes sense, vinegar is a base which neutralizes acid. We all learned this in school or from the movie fight club and on the bottle it says, I think, either 3% or %5 acidity, but I am seeing a never ending list of the benifits that come from it - RAW apple cider vinegar.

Betaine HCl
Posted by Sam (Miami, FL) on 12/26/2014

First do the test if you need it, then follow the guidance on how many to take.

Betaine HCl
Posted by Fabio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on 12/26/2014

What do I do if Betaine HCL flares up my acid reflux even more?

Cabbage Juice
Posted by Quesno (Maple Ridge, Bc) on 12/16/2014

I had suffered with Gerd for about 8 years after our mother passed away from Lung cancer. I tried everything, nothing worked not even the medications worked until this past week I had decided to cure it up forever using fermented green cabbage juice with the pulp.

It worked, I found a recipe online and used it. Here's the funny thing is that I have no juicer but a blender, I just poured the hot boiling water into the blender after I had added the raw cabbage. I was going through a really bad attack that night when I was making it. I ate it right off of the spoon but didn't look back when I was trying to collect the cabbage, and place it's contents into a jar or a glass.

It's a success now because I have no new problems or acid in my throat, mouth or any other irritations. I do now take the cabbage juice in between meals. I do recommend this one for all of the Gerd suffers out there.

Grape Seed Extract
Posted by Glen (Colorado, US) on 12/10/2014

Mix Lemon Juice, Grape Seed Extract for Gerd/Acid Reflux

I was on the purple pills for years. Had GERD type problems on and off 2004-2012, only got worse as time went on. Tried many of the remedies here, and some did help, some didn't. Learned not to eat Tomatoes.

Long story short, I have no problems anymore, eventually developed a strange combination thus:

I take 1/4 cut lemon juice and mix in two capsules worth of powdered "grape seed extract", after it's mixed I add a packet of the vitamin c powder.

I drink this slowly on empty stomach, at first twice a day, now occasionally. I would like to say why it works, bla bla bla biofilms etc., but I do not really know myself. General theory:

The plenol compounds in the grape seed won't mix with water but will with the lemon juice. Lemon juice by itself did seem to help but also kinda burns!!! But if acidity is tamed with the vit C powder it does not burn.

Hope it helps others as it did for me!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jamesh (Indonesia) on 11/07/2014

Hi there, that Apple Cider Vinegar with or without yeast.

Posted by Ellen (Tx, US) on 10/30/2014

I have been trying different things for acid reflux. Raw almonds worked better than anything else. I didn't even eat very many. I ate about a tablespoon of slivered almonds. Fantastic results! I will be buying more almonds tomorrow! Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 10/27/2014

Hey there Cornelia,

About Acid Reflux and how the ACV is not working...well, ACV will work in mild Reflux cases, but you have to do your part as far as making sure the food you eat is within Reflux Control Bounds.

For instance, it is well known that coffee and ice cream, all milk in fact and red meats, chilies, and even too much sugar products at night can all contribute to the problem of reflux. The diet has to be moderated and made as alkaline as possible. If you do that you'll find the ACV will carry you the rest of the way to getting the reflux greatly under control.

This has been my experience at least. Reflux control is dual; right diet and right digestion.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cornelia (New York, New York) on 10/26/2014


Has anyone had problems with ACV not working anymore? I have been taking it 3 times a day for over 2 months and was reflux free and a few days ago just started to feel some symptoms again. Am I taking too much? Or can it stop working?? Please help. I am so devastated as it seemed a miracle that I was cured.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Payitforward (Tx, US) on 10/26/2014

I personally would not use Apple Cider Vinegar or HCL at all for treating acid reflux. Those who have used it for years may have compromised their intestine lining. Treating AR is best by consuming low acid and low fat foods. The first several days of the diet you will find great relief. As you detox your system from being overly acidic. Also, calcium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate will help relieve symptoms at night.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dropjaw28 (Washington, DC) on 09/02/2014

Wow. I have been suffering with GERD for 10 years and like most people, have been using proton pump inhibitors every day. I've also been anemic (iron and B12 deficient) for at least the past few years. I only recently connected the two issues through research on my own after taking iron and B12 supplements didn't help my anemia. Prevacid was preventing my stomach from absorbing needed nutrients - is the theory. I wanted to get off of the Prevacid, but my acid reflux was debilitating.

I've used ACV many times for sinus infections, but taking it every day wasn't something I was sure I could do. After about 4 weeks of taking it 2-3 times per day (2 teaspoons in cold water) my reflux was completely fixed to the point that I'd forget to drink it since I wasn't dying from reflux symptoms. I'm not gonna lie, it was difficult; ACV is acidic itself and can cause temporary worsening of reflux, it also doesn't taste great. While using it for sinus problems I'd always mix it in green tea with raw honey, but honestly the cold water mix was easier to get down.

I've been making an effort to drink it once per day for general health, but I have gone weeks without it with no reflux, even when I sometimes drink coffee or wine. Thank you Earth Clinic!

General Feedback
Posted by Mike (England) on 06/05/2014

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

Raw Potatoe Juice, Baking Soda
Posted by Dave (Fountan Inn, Sc) on 04/17/2014

Hello, Reflux Master from Brazil;

You list the things that didn't help and the two that did, both alkalizing in effect. So that may tell you that the issue is largely (in your case) and in most cases the issue on reflux is usually ACIDIC body in nature. Try this experiment... which works for me; For one MONTH... get off ALL acidic foods; really...hard to do but the biggest source of base line acidic issues. Get off COFFEE, even decaffed. (It's acidic too.) No chili products, nothing with tomato, like Ketchup...and I know that in Brazil you may have lots of such acidic food temptations.

Next: reduce your red meat intake after 1:00 pm especially. The body has trouble digesting too much dense proteins. Let up on those a LOT. Eat salads at night and finally: Fish and chicken are OK. NO milk products after 1:00. Like: Ice Cream.

At night take this digestive remedy. Around 9 pm take a tablespoon in a glass of water with one third teaspoon of baking soda...Let finish fizzing and drink. An hour later take an HCL-Betaine tablet.

And finally eat a few bites of papaya...the miracle digester. And careful for too much SUGAR...that's the wild card and often overlooked in getting the body alkaline. OFTEN sugar is the main culprit. SO...NO sugar after 1 pm. The idea is ... let your digestive system catch up with the foods you give it and give it alkalizing items and let up on acidic items. 90 percent of people who follow the DIET logic and the DIGESTIVE logic of the above formula will get substantial relief. I take that back...95 percent. REALLY. Try it. I know the coffee break is hard but the coffee I found was about half of my problem.

Raw Potatoe Juice, Baking Soda
Posted by Reflux Master (Brazil) on 04/16/2014

GERD: Things that I tried that didn't work for me:

1: remedies 2: surgery (actually it got worse!! ) 3: Betaine Hcl 4: probiotics 5: ACV 6: Almonds 7: Lemons 8: Apples 9: Kale 10: Gluten-free, Dairy-free diet

Things that works for me, but didn't cure:

1: Raw potato juice 2: Baking Soda

Posted by Zark (Emerald City, The Land Of Oz) on 03/18/2014

Yes, I did try ACV for my reflux. It did work but I had to take it regularly, and I was concerned about my teeth - they started to hurt from all the acidity.

Rutin worked better for me as the reflux has now been gone for a few weeks and I don't need to take anything regularly to keep it that way. In other words it was a proper cure. Just don't take when pregnant as it could possibly bring on delivery.. maybe.

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