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Pickle Juice for Acid Reflux

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Pickle Juice for Acid Reflux

Pickle juice is a great natural remedy for acid reflux. Pickles have been among the side dishes or condiments served along side of a meal, not only for the good flavor they add to the meal, but for the positive benefits to digestion. Many cultures commonly use a fermented vegetable as a condiment to meals.

For many, pickle juice works as well, if not better than over the counter or prescription drugs for acid reflux. Pickle juice is less likely to cause side effects than medication.

How Much Pickle Juice Do I Have to Drink for Acid Reflux?

For some acid reflux suffers, relief is found after only a few sips of pickle juice. Others consume 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pickle juice and then feel relief from their reflux symptoms. It is certainly not necessary to consume a half a cup of pickle juice if you are feeling better after consuming a few teaspoons of it.

What Kind of Pickle Juice Should I Use for Acid Reflux?

Usually a sudden attack of acid reflux drives our readers to try this home treatment for acid reflux. In a pinch, really any type of pickle juice seems to work.

Should I Eat the Pickle, Too?

Most people just use the juice. However, sometimes a person finds relief just consuming the pickle. The pickle will be quite saturated with juice and should work as well as drinking the juice.

Cautions for Pickle Juice for Acid Reflux

If you find yourself using pickle juice for acid reflux on a regular basis, you should read the ingredients of the pickles you are using. Many pickles contain a lot of sodium, sugar, food dye and other chemicals that may not be ideal for frequent consumption.

Ideally you will figure out the root of your acid reflux and deal with the cause so that you do not have to constantly treat symptoms. Did pickle juice work for your acid reflux? We would love to hear your experience!

54 User Reviews

Posted by Katherine (Boonville, Missouri ) on 12/18/2018
1 out of 5 stars

Pickle Juice just made me vomit. I'm on my second pregnancy. I have already had Pancreatitis and some stones are in there. Still they are removing my gallbladder in 3wks in my 2nd trimester. Thank you anyways.

Replied by Teena
Melbourne Australia
188 posts

Katherine, before accept losing your gallbladder you may easily try eating green apples when you have an attack, or better yet, daily, at least morning and evening, for prevention.

Best to you.

Replied by Gerrit
Abbotsford, Bc Can.

Hang on to that gall bladder until you "Ask Dr.Bob" on you tube, the no drug doctor. He has your number so to speak 2nd pregnancy and gall bladder problems. Brings it up all the time. My wife the same 40-50 yrs ago.


Posted by Gingerkat (Mcdonough, Ga) on 06/05/2017
5 out of 5 stars

It does seem backwards that pickle juice and Apple Cider Vinegar would actually stop heartburn symptoms but it works. I have been on Prilosec for many years and my doctor has advised me to wean off it many times. Every time I tried the symptoms would be so much worse than I ever imagined and I would go back to Prilosec. Finally, I decided that I really need to do this so I tried the ACV. I couldn't get past the taste of that but I love pickle juice. I have been using pickle juice for years for leg cramps and it works almost immediately to stop cramps. Now, I find it is working for my heartburn as well!! I'm so excited.

Posted by Gailanne (Ohio) on 09/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I just tried a half a cup of pickle juice for my acid reflux and as soon as I drank it my stomach felt better...

Posted by Lucky (Betterville, US) on 04/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I get GERD eating gluten, coffee, chocolate. What helps is pickle juice. I drink Acv regularly but somedays it gets so bad only P J helps. If I know I will be eating food that will give me acid reflux I take a swig or two of PJ before I eat. Relief finally. Prefer it over meds :p. And now I sleep with 2 pillows under my head. Hope Pickle Juice gives others relief too. good luck!

Posted by Angi (Peoria Il) on 01/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

OMG I'VE BEEN UP FOR HOURS CRYING OVER THIS BURNING PAIN IN MY BACK CHEST AND THROAT!!! Nothing was working.... Until I looked up natural remedies! It just so happened my son ate the last pickle today :, ( HOWEVER, my boyfriend likes to eat weird things like honey on grilled cheese and drinks the pickle juice once the pickles are gone! Usually I get mad because he ALWAYS leaves a empty jar of pickle juice in the fridge..... Which I would normally toss out! NOT THIS TIME AND I AM SO THANKFUL for my boyfriend and his weird pickle juice cravings!!!! IT REALLY WORKED AND IN MINUTES!!! I can FINALLY fall asleep now!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AHHHHHHH

Posted by Anon (Scotland, Uk) on 07/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I think I've inherited Acid Reflux as both my parents took a certain milky-liquid non-prescription treatment for heartburn. I have just recently started getting acid reflux/heartburn on odd occasions when I've eaten late. The last time I had it my first thoughts were to stock up on those fizzy tablets made of citric acid/bicarbonate soda or something similar (don't like the idea of that milky liquid stuff). I looked in my kitchen cupboard and had Apple Cider Vinegar which I took diluted in water (a couple of teaspoons in less than half a glass. It didn't help much so I rooted around some more and found a jar of pickle juice, My mum had sent me a jar of pickled peppers; I'd finished the peppers but the pickle juice was still there. I took a couple of swigs of the juice just by instinct and the sour-fermented taste was an immense relief, not to mention quite tasty!

I came here to look for a less weird remedy but it seems I've already got the top two remedies after all!

Posted by Cassandra (Utopia, Canada, Ontario) on 05/25/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Pickle Juice worked for me as well. Usually, I wake up with acid reflux and it continues through my day to the point that I get sick 2-3 times before I sleep. I drink Gavisgon and I chew the tums smoothies and they don't work for me. Eating plain foods like boiled brocolli and chicken breasts help the feeling of my acid reflux and sometimes it helps prevent the pain as well. This morning I woke up with really bad acid pains to the point where eating my food was making me nauseaus. I ate a pickle and drank a couple mouthfuls of pickle juice and it totally took my pain away! I definately recommend everyone try this, because I suffer from really bad Acid Reflux pains, and this worked like a miracle! Don't spend your money on temporary relief stuff, this works way better!

Replied by Sarah
Thomasville, Nc
5 out of 5 stars

It's 2:30 am and I cannot sleep due to the burning in my throat. I do not suffer from GERD and this is one of the few times in my life that I have had an episode of acid reflux and therefore I do not have a medicine cabinet full of pills to prevent it.

I stumbled across this page and found that pickle juice might provide some relief since I don't have apple vinegar so I guzzled down some pickle juice and I feel much better. The searing, burning sensation in my throat has almost subsided and it's only been a couple of minutes since I drank the juice! Yay! Maybe I can go to sleep now! Thanks for the information!

Posted by Shiran (London, England) on 08/08/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I read all the positive comments here and went straight out to get some pickles. Unfortunately, soon after eating a pickle with a few spoons of juice my symptoms got quickly and markedly worse. So I'm really glad some of you guys have had such great results from something so simple, but I guess I may have a different problem. Are there some people who actually DO have too much acid that is causing these problems? I've started on plant enzymes and priobiotics.

Posted by Loretta (Ofallon, Il.) on 07/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had a bad case of acid reflux , he took rolaid morning , noon and night and in between until they took it off the market. He started sipping a little pickle juice in the morning and took two baby pickle to work with him and then a sip after supper. It really cured his problem. I'm so glad I found this web site. Thank you so much.

Replied by Blessed Farm
Little Town, Wa, Usa
1 out of 5 stars

The BEST pickle juice I've found to work is from fermented pickles, not the vinegar ones. The MAIN problem with GERD is the lack of gut flora balance, I've found, and increasing probiotic foods, especially in the form of ferments, has helped me tremendously. I, too, was having GERD to the point of thinking I was having a heart attack. Cutting out ALL grains, starchy veggies, sugars (other than RAW honey), and processed carbohydrates, taking HCL with pepsin with each meal, plant enzymes after each meal, and drinking and eating LOTs of fermented foods each day is what is helping me.

If I get a flare up, a quick trip to the fridge for a sip of juice from one of the ferment jars, or a cup of Kombucha, often does the trick. If not, then I know I have TOO much acid for some reason, and I reach for NOW brand's Acid Comfort. It's a blend of vitamins, minerals and enzymes to help calm the effects of the acid.

Posted by Kim (Columbus, Oh) on 04/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up at 3 am with awful heartburn. I never suffer from Acid Reflux so I was a bit alarmed. Tried to go back to sleep but it would not go away. At 4 am I got online and saw something about eating bananas... Tried it... It helped a bit so I could sleep... But I woke up at 7am with the reflux again... Took zantac, tums... Nothing seemed to help... Found this site about pickles and had to give it a try as I was about to call Dr. Opened a jar of Claussen dill pickles and poured a 1/2 cup... And took a pickle to nibble as I was not sure I could handle the juice. It really wasn't that bad... And it helped almost immediately... So much so that I decided I could have a second round of juice and another pickle.. I have no idea how or why this works... But hey... Whatever works! :)

Posted by Courtney (Rockford, Il) on 12/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 19 year old female and just found out I have acid reflux. I went to the hospital one night because I just couldnt take the pain anymore. Nothing was working. I was put on medication and it worked. Then my perscription ran out. Now my pain has come back. I just tried pickle juice and it helped a lot. I can lay in bed the way I want to. I can walk and do the normal every day things. Thank so much Eirth clinic!!!!!!

Posted by Pye (Spokane, Washington Usa) on 12/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I can't believe how FAST and well this worked!!!! I've been on Prilosec OTC and it seems to have stopped working the last month or so. After I woke up gasping for breath after having aspirated regurgitated stomach acid while I slept (absolutely NOTHING scarier) I turned to the NET and found this site. I had no ACV and was snowed in at the time so couldn't go get any, but I DID have a couple of jars of pickles in the pantry. Incredible but true - after downing about 1 oz of the pickle juice from the jar of sweet pickles (gherkins, in about a half hour I wasn't feeling the acid coming up anymore. Last night I did the same again before bed and actually had the first restful sleep I've had in ages, with NO acid coming up into my throat. Thank you, thank you.

Posted by Chieko (Albuquerque, Nm) on 01/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

For acid reflux, first I try vinegar. If that doesn't work, then the pickle juice. I feel the salinity of the pickle juice contributes to its effectiveness. Also works for me is pickled hot pepper juice (capsaicin is a natural anti-inflammatory), and the juice from pickled ginger (another anti-inflammatory long known for its gastrointestinal benefits). If the reflux is bad, I may have to do all of the above to get relief.

Posted by Toni2201 (Detroit, Mi) on 12/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

For the past three nights i have woken up at around 2am on the dot, with a burning sensation in my throat, i know something was up, so i stumbled upon this website, and the pickle juice remedy.

I love pickles and the juice that is left after they are gone, so i easily downed about half a cup, and almost immediately i felt relieved, i feel nothing in my throat right now, and i can go back to sleep now...thanks for the wonderful remedy, now im gonna go give my wife a nice big pickle juice breath remedy kiss..i hope she enjoys...

Posted by Josh (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have had Acid Reflux for years. One quick fix that works for me is pickle juice. I just buy a jar of pickles from the store and when I have a bad acid attack I drink the juice from the jar. About 1/2 cup should work depending on how bad your have it at the time. It's a quick temporary fix but it works very fast. Do not get the "Zesty" pickles or any that have peppers. I made that mistake by not reading that label or looking at the bottom of the jar before I bought them. The peppers make things worse. There seems to be a common trend here with vinegar based products. Remember it's the juice, not the pickles.