acid reflux or heartburn

timothy g
By timothy g Latest Reply 2009-10-01 15:56:58 -0500
Started 2009-09-30 15:38:36 -0500

is apple cider vinegar suppose to help acid reflux or heartburn ? Hope someone can help me .

5 replies

treehunter 2009-09-30 18:12:36 -0500 Report

I use prilosec for acid reflux, took about 3 two week boxes, but I dont have the problem anymore. When it raises its ugly head again I take 1 a day for about 3 days and that does it.
Apple Cider Vinegar (with salad or cole slaw) really helps with glucose management along with prescribed glucovance.

Zoogirl 2009-09-30 17:17:20 -0500 Report

Heartburn - which is basically reflux I thought. It seems counter-intuitive as it's an acid but it does help for some reason. I've not tried it but my son swears by it. (I have reflux.)

Alicia039 2009-09-30 15:56:06 -0500 Report

here are some home remedies I found online. Baking soda is a natural antacid. If you dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water, it can neutralize acid and temporarily alleviate heartburn caused by acid reflux. There are some drawbacks, however, to this. When you add baking soda to water, it releases carbon dioxide. That's what causes the fizz. This fizz can open the LES to enable you to burp, and help relieve the pressure from bloating. Unfortunately, though, opening the LES can also allow stomach contents to reflux up into the esophagus.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is another remedy used for heartburn. It is available in chewable tablets or capsules you can break open and dissolve in water. You should not use DGL if you have been diagnosed with hypertension and/or are receiving treatment for hypertension.
Bananas act as a natural antacid in the body. You can eat either fresh or dried bananas.
Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has been used to help neutralize stomach acid. It is also used by people as a stress reliever.
Apple Cider Vinegar
People have reported that natural apple cider vinegar works for them. Apple cider vinegar can be taken in tablet, capsule, or liquid form.
Fresh ginger is one of the oldest remedies for heartburn. It is also used to help treat nausea. Ginger can be added to food when it's cooked, eaten raw, or consumed as ginger tea.
Turmeric helps stimulate digestion and prevent acid build-up. Turmeric is used in curried foods. If you don't want to use turmeric in your cooking, it is available in capsule form and can be taken before meals.
Aloe Vera Juice
The juice from the aloe vera plant has been used to soothe an irritated esophagus. Aloe vera juice has a long history of use in Europe as a natural home remedy to relive heartburn. You should only use aloe vera juice that has been specifically prepared for internal use.

Again, it is important to remember that none of these remedies have been carefully studies or compared with standard medications for acid suppression. Discuss the use of any you are interested in with your healthcare provider.

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I have tried the baking soda with water and that works really well, however, if you have high blood pressure please don't use the baking soda.
I've also done the Apple cider vinegar, but I can't just drink it :) so I eat it with cucumber.

Are you just looking for natural remedies? Tums works really great.

I now have to take Prilosec because I have gastro something or other that the natural remedies just don't help like they used to.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-09-30 16:59:09 -0500 Report

I grew up drinking baking soda in water for an upset stomach. When I met my father in law, who was a medical doctor, he told me that was one of the worst things I could do for my stomach. I don't know that I ever asked him why, but he was very adamant that no one should ever drink baking soda water for any reason.

So I think you should probably cross that one off the list.

Waltznfool 2009-10-01 15:56:58 -0500 Report

I've been drinking baking soda for several months now - shoulda figured it wasn't good for me. :^) Thanks for the update on acid reflux/heartburn natural subs instead of using OTC & prescribed meds.

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