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Home Remedies for Acid Reflux (GERD) and
It's true. The right home remedies for acid reflux work very quickly and very
effectively. So here's a complete list of the best home remedies for GERD and
heartburn, along with the reasons why they work so amazingly well...
Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is now one of the most common health
complaints doctors and pharmacists are asked to deal with (especially in pregnant women). In
fact, close to half of all Americans are affected by acid reflux at some point, many of them
severely. The worst symptom and side effect of GERD is heartburn. This condition produces a
painful burning sensation behind the breast bone that can be mistakenly interpreted as a heart
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If you’ve ever had a severe case of acid reflux and heartburn, you’ll know just how painful it can
be. Usually it will attack while you’re sleeping (or trying to sleep) and can have you reaching for
virtually anything you can get your hands on that might help to alleviate the terrible symptoms!
Heartburn also increases your risk of developing esophageal cancer quite significantly, so if you
regularly suffer from this condition then you definitely need to fix this problem A.S.A.P.
What Causes Acid Reflux or GERD?
When you eat your food (and swallow it) it goes down through a long tube called your
esophagus and ends up in your stomach. A small valve called the lower esophageal sphincter
closes (no this is not where the nickname for your bum came from!), which then stops any food
or acid from being able to move back up the esophagus. The problem is, when this valve doesn’t
relax and close properly it allows stomach acid to flow (reflux) back up your swallow pipe.
When you get “heartburn” this is simply the stomach acid eating away at the ling of your
But contrary to what the medical profession believe (and try to tell you), acid reflux is not caused
by excessive acid production in your stomach. In fact, it’s usually caused from not having
enough stomach acid and an unpleasant little bug called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Nobel
Prize winner, Dr. Barry Marshall from Australia, was able to conclusively prove that
Helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers and is a major cause of GERD. You can also have
severe acid reflux and heartburn if you're suffering from a hiatal hernia (you can read more about
hiatal hernia's here).
Your Medical Options for Treating Acid Reflux and Heartburn…
The most common drugs used by the medical profession to treat GERD are proton pump
inhibitors (PPI’s). And yes, these pharmaceuticals do help to stop acid production in the stomach
and relieve the symptoms of acid reflux. But the problem is if you want to fix your acid reflux
for good you actually need more stomach acid not less! The other problem is without enough
stomach acid your body cannot digest the food and nutrients it needs so you end up with more
brutal and dangerous health problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome, leaky gut syndrome and
severe viral infections. The side effects of these drugs are not pretty either… pneumonia, bone
loss, hip fractures, and the high chance of infection from a harmful intestinal bacteria called
Clostridium difficile. So although using these medications can help in the short term, long term
they will turn out to be an absolute disaster!
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and Heartburn Are Your Best and Safest
Using natural and home remedies for acid reflux and GERD really do work spectacularly well.
And the biggest benefit is they don’t just treat the symptoms and give you a bit of temporary
relief like pharmaceuticals do, they also treat the underlying cause. So this means you will not
only get immediate and sustained relief, you will also become completely cured of your acid
reflux within a few short months (as long as you continue to follow the recommendations
below). These natural remedies are also safe for pregnant women and children
(including toddlers) as well.
This might sound a bit outlandish to you at the moment, but we promise that if you follow our
directions to the letter, GERD and heartburn will definitely be a thing of the past for you. You
will also find yourself with more energy than you’ve had in a long time and you will be a lot
healthier than you’ve been in long time as well. The reason for this is your digestive system will
be working properly and at its peak, and this will allow your body to be able to easily absorb the
nutrients it so desperately needs right now. It will also allow your immune system to rebuild and
recharge itself back to the maximum level.
So get ready to enjoy these positive health benefits as well!
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and GERD That Give Quick Results…
There are basically 3 types of home remedies for acid reflux… One’s that give fast (instant)
relief from your GERD symptoms, ones that give long and permanent relief (cure) your acid
reflux and heartburn, and ones that do a combination of both. We will be listing all of these,
beginning with the natural remedies that will give you long and permanent relief, followed by
the home remedies you can use for quick relief from acid reflux and heartburn if you’re having
an attack right now. We will also let you know which remedies do a combination of both so you
can make sure you integrate them in your daily routine first.
So enough of the chatter. Let’s get started shall we and finally cure your GERD and heartburn
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #1 - Probiotics are Your Best Friends…
There is no way in the world you can effectively treat and cure GERD and heartburn
permanently without probiotics. These beneficial bacteria are absolutely crucial to the health and
correct functioning of your entire digestive system, from your gut all the way down to your
waste disposal. When you have enough “friendly” bacteria in your stomach and colon, the bad
bacteria (and there can be lots of them) are unable to take up residence and wreak havoc on your
insides. This also allows food and nutrients to be digested correctly and efficiently, and the main
cause of acid reflux and heartburn (the Helicobacter pylori bacteria) will be sent packing by the
If you aren’t taking a high quality probiotic supplement every day and regularly eating fermented
foods then you will definitely be deficient in good bacteria (of course, acid reflux in the stomach
and throat is a sure sign of this). The other problem is if you’re taking any type(s) of medication,
this will also have a negative impact on the beneficial bacteria as many pharmaceuticals harm the
good bacteria in your gut.
Consuming sugar and fried foods also kill off the good bacteria and allow the bad bacteria to
grow and thrive, but we’ll talk more about this problem in a minute. It's also important to note
that probiotics are extremely safe, and in fact, absolutely essential, for all pregnant and lactating
women as well as infants, toddlers and teenagers!
Natural Remedies for GERD – Best Ways to Get Your Probiotics…
So the first thing you need to do to treat and cure your acid reflux and heartburn is to take a good
quality probiotic supplement every day. You can easily purchase them online or from any
reputable health food store. Remember to always keep them in a cool place, and for dosages,
follow the directions on the bottle or container.
The second thing you need to do is either start fermenting your own foods or go out and buy premade fermented foods and products. Of course, it’s much cheaper (and much more fun) to
ferment your own foods. And the great thing is, it’s not that hard to do and they taste really
delicious! We’re a big fan of “Cultures for Health” and they have some terrific articles and give
you all the information you need on how to ferment foods for a healthy gut. Make sure you take
the time to check out their website here… culturesforhealth.com.
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #2 – Take Apple Cider Vinegar Everyday…
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of our favourite “cure all” remedies. And as an effective
natural remedy for acid reflux, it works like magic! The beauty of using ACV to treat heartburn
and GERD is it not only gives you quick relief, it also gives long term (permanent) relief and is
also safe to use if you're pregnant or breast feeding. What apple cider vinegar does is improve
and build up the acid content in your gut by stimulating stomach acid production (this is a good
thing, by the way).
ACV also helps to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria (lactobacillus), which you now
know is crucial for treating and curing GERD and heartburn. It contains the essential vitamins,
minerals and amino acids our bodies need every day, especially one of the most important
minerals we need for overall good health... potassium. In addition, apple cider vinegar boosts the
immune system and helps protect us from viral infections.
So as the saying goes… An apple a day really does keep the doctor away!
Home Remedies for GERD – How to Get the Most Out of Your ACV…
The most effective way to take apple cider vinegar is by using a combination of the liquid and
the capsules. With the liquid, mix two tablespoons of filtered water with one teaspoon of ACV
and drink 5-10 minutes before each meal. Before swallowing though, hold and swash the
mixture in your mouth for five to ten seconds first to promote saliva production. This helps to
digest food in the mouth when you eat and also promotes stomach acid production. It also kicks
the gastric juices into gear so they start flowing faster and more efficiently, resulting in improved
digestion and assimilation of your food and nutrients.
With the capsules, take 1-2 tablets either with your meal or straight after. This will also help to
stimulate stomach acid production and improve digestion. In fact, most people who suffer from
acid reflux and heartburn are gob-smacked when they first start taking the ACV tablets and find
their symptoms disappear almost immediately. The other thing is many people actually find the
capsules much easier to take than the liquid (the smell of ACV can be quite off-putting for some)
so this is an extra plus for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of apple cider vinegar. We should
note however that you do get use to the taste and actually start to like it once you’ve been having
the ACV for a while (yes it’s true).
Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux – Make Sure You Buy the Right Type of ACV…
Now when you purchase your apple cider vinegar, it’s absolutely crucial that you buy the correct
type. There are plenty of commercial brands of vinegar and apple cider vinegar on the market
now and most are complete rubbish! The only type of ACV you should ever buy is the organic
raw, unfiltered type that still contains the “mother” apple (very important). Most of the capsule
supplements on the market are safe, but the liquid versions are definitely not so be sure to check
them beforehand. Amazon is one very reliable and trustworthy supplier. You can find their ACV
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #3 – Green Foods Treat Heartburn and GERD
With No Side Effects…
Wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella and spirulina are all very powerful home remedies for
heartburn and GERD. And unlike pharmaceuticals, they come with no side effects or adverse
reactions. They are also 100% safe for pregnant women and children to have.
These amazing green foods all contain live digestive enzymes, which are vital for stomach acid
production and the assimilation of food and nutrients. The other big benefit of these foods as a
natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux is they make a perfect food source for the beneficial
bacteria to feed off (prebiotic). So having one of these green foods with your probiotic
supplement every day is an excellent way to enhance the effectiveness of the probiotics and
multiply their benefits a thousand fold!
Wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella and spirulina also contain some very potent antioxidants and
chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants). Chlorophyll contains many important nutrients and is
a strong gut soother and mucosal lining healer. Severe acid reflux and heartburn can damage the
wall and lining of the stomach and esophagus (and cause cancer and other very serious health
problems) so supplementing with these “live” foods is crucial for the protection and healing of
these vital organs.
Home Remedies for GERD – Where Do You Find These Foods?
You only need to take one of these green foods daily so we recommend you go with the one
that’s most affordable for you and easiest to take. Once again, you can purchase any of them
online or from any good health food outlet in either capsule or powdered form. For acid reflux
and heartburn sufferers, they are best taken with food or immediately after eating. Also try and
go for the dehydrated varieties over the juiced varieties if you can as these contain more natural
plant fibers (which are good for your digestive system). For dosages, follow the directions on the
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #4 – Calcium, Magnesium, Boron and Vitamin
Calcium is a popular natural remedy for heartburn and GERD in the throat and stomach. In fact,
it’s the active ingredient in most over-the-counter antacids. Your body needs calcium to maintain
its correct acid/alkaline balance (pH) and without it your digestive system doesn’t work properly
so end up with poor digestion and the subsequent problems that accompany this, namely, acid
reflux and heartburn. Magnesium, boron and vitamin D are all needed for the proper absorption
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, vitamin D is especially significant because it helps with the
production of antimicrobial peptides. So this means when your vitamin D levels are at their peak
any unwanted infections and viruses are quickly eliminated from the body. This is extra
important for people who suffer with GERD and heartburn as infections can be rife in these
people. Boron is also critically important for killing off the bad bacteria in the gut and allowing
the good bacteria to thrive. We strongly suggest you take the time to read this astonishing article
on the incredible health benefits of boron… The Borax Conspiracy Revealed.
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux – Best Sources for These Nutrients…
For calcium, you simply can’t go past coral calcium supplements. These foods supply a highly
absorbable amount of calcium and magnesium at the perfect ratio of 50:1. However, you will
still need to take extra magnesium to get the required amount. You can do this by either using a
transdermal magnesium spray or taking a terrific product called NaturalCalm with added
calcium. For vitamin D, get out in the sun every day for 30-40 minutes and make sure your face
(and eyes) and the back of your hands get plenty of sun exposure. If you are unable to get
enough sun exposure every day then you will need to take vitamin D3 supplements (you need a
minimum of 3000 IU a day). For boron, don’t do anything until you read "The Borax
Conspiracy" article first, then be sure to follow the advice on Borax or Boric Acid to the letter
for maximum benefit.
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #5 – Eat Lots of Coconut Oil…
Coconut oil is a very powerful bacterial and fungicide killer. But the biggest benefit for
heartburn and GERD sufferers is the fact that it fills you up, so you naturally eat less. One of the
most common problems of people who suffer from acid reflux and heartburn is they just eat way
too much food! And the bigger your meals are the more chance you have of improper digestion
(indigestion) because your stomach acid simply can’t break down all of the food you’ve eaten
quickly enough. The result of this “indigestion” is of course acid reflux in the throat and
heartburn. But coconut oil fills you up faster and having it with your meals has been proven in
studies to make you eat less. This is another reason why it’s so good for weight loss. Coconut oil
also contains MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) which are easily digestible and provide lots of
health benefits, the most noticeable being a considerable increase in energy.
So be sure to go out and buy some raw organic, extra virgin coconut oil and have a tablespoon
with your meal or mixed in a smoothie (half the amount for children). And make sure you use it
in your cooking as much as you possibly can as well!
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #6 – Take a Hydrochloric Acid Supplement…
Hydrochloric acid is naturally produced by the cells of the stomach and is one of the substances
that helps to break food down. Most acid reflux and heartburn sufferers have low hydrochloric
acid production so taking a betaine hydrochloric acid supplement is a good idea. The other
benefit of taking betaine is it also helps to kill the H. pylori bacteria in the gut. You can buy
betaine hydrochloric acid supplements from most health food stores or online. For dosages, just
follow the directions on the bottle.
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #7 – Take Astaxanthin…
A recent study showed that astaxanthin was far more effective at alleviating the symptoms of
GERD and heartburn than a placebo. And it was found to be especially beneficial for those with
advanced helicobacter pylori infection!
You can also purchase this powerful antioxidant from most health food stores or online.
According to study organizers, the best daily dose of astaxanthin is around 40 mg’s (which is
quite high) but many people report great results from as little as 8-10 mg’s a day.
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #8 – Foods That Make Heartburn and GERD
Worse - Foods That Make Them Better…
What you eat has a definite impact on how bad you get an acid reflux and heartburn attack, or
whether you even get one at all. This one is really simple… any food that comes from nature is
going to help and any food that has been contaminated by man is going to make your GERD
much worse. If you go out and eat spicy Mexican or KFC for dinner then don’t be surprized if a
few hours later your stomach and chest feel like you’ve just drank ten litres of sulphuric acid!
It’s not rocket science really.
So all refined and processed foods, especially all fried foods, fatty foods and takeaway foods
must be eliminated from your diet, at least until you get your acid reflux and heartburn
completely under control. Once you do then the occasional “splurge” every now and then is okay
(we still have to live right?).
As for the foods that will help to ease and stop acid reflux and heartburn… fruits (except citrus
fruits) and veggies should be your number one choice. For instance, eating an apple when you
get a GERD attack is an excellent way to quickly treat the problem. Raw almonds are also a
great home remedy for acid reflux and should be eaten as much as possible. And of course,
eating plenty of fermented foods including fermented vegetables, chutney’s, and cultured dairy
such as natural yoghurt, kefir and sour cream will all help to replenish the good bacteria in your
digestive system. It’s also a good idea to splash an extra tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on
your salads as well for additional benefit (along with drinking the juice).
Some of the other “home remedies for acid reflux” do’s and don'ts you might like to consider
“Home Remedies for Acid Reflux” Do… Make sure You Consume Lots of Pink Rock Salt:
Himalayan pink rock salt contains over 80 essential trace minerals our bodies need every day for
optimum health and longevity. It’s also rich in chloride, which the body uses to make stomach
acid. So you can literally go nuts with this one and use it in your cooking as much as you want
and to salt your food to taste (and no it doesn’t raise your blood pressure.
“Home Remedies for Acid Reflux” Don’t… GERD Triggers Need to be Avoided:
Consuming alcohol, especially red wine, along with carbonated drinks and caffeine will
definitely make your GERD and heartburn worse. I know it sounds boring but good old
fashioned water is a much better alternative. Smoking is also known to exacerbate acid reflux so
this practice is best kept to a minimum (or preferably eliminated altogether).
“Home Remedies for GERD” Do… Drink Lots of Ginger and Lemongrass Tea:
Ginger has been used and valued since ancient times for its powerful healing effect on gastric
disorders. It’s known to help destroy the H. pylori bacteria and calm stomach acid. Lemongrass
also helps the body to balance out its acid levels. Make up a ginger and lemongrass tea by adding
2-3 slices of ginger root and a teaspoon of finely chopped lemongrass or lemongrass tea leaves to
2 cups of boiled water. Leave for 30 minutes before straining and slowly sipping. Drink one cup
of this delicious tea 20-30 minutes before each meal, particularly prior to breakfast. This remedy
is especially good if you're pregnant and suffering from acid reflux and heartburn.
“Home Remedies for Acid Reflux” Do… Drink Aloe Vera Juice Everyday:
Aloe vera juice helps to relieve inflammation. Because the stomach and esophagus can become
inflamed from severe acid reflux and heartburn, aloe vera juice can help to soothe and relieve the
symptoms. Half a cup of the juice before or during meals is recommended. For pregnant women
with acid reflux, aloe vera is a God send!
“Home Remedies for GERD” Do… Try to Lose Any Extra Weight and Do Some Light,
Studies have shown that losing just 10% of your body fat can improve your digestion and make a
big difference to your acid reflux symptoms. And light, moderate exercise helps to improve
digestion and boost your immune system so your body can fight off infection and disease.
Exercise also makes you feel better and less stressed because your brain releases powerful mood
stimulating chemicals called endorphins while you're training. So make sure you find 30 minutes
“Home Remedies for Acid Reflux” Don’t… Certain Complex Carbs Can Fuel Acid Reflux and
Heartburn So Avoid These to Begin With:
Two studies have been done so far where they limited the amount of certain complex
carbohydrates from GERD and heartburn sufferer’s diets to see if this made any measurable
difference. In both studies, the difference was striking. All participants reported substantial relief
from their acid reflux symptoms by doing nothing more than limiting the amount of complex
carbohydrates (disaccharides and polysacharides) from their diet. The theory is that these carbs
feed the bad bacteria in the stomach (including H. pylori) so by eliminating them you allow the
good bacteria to grow and thrive and take over. Grains (except oatmeal) and starchy vegetables
are the ones to avoid while fruits and non-starchy vegetables are okay to be eaten (these are
monosacharides). The idea is that you eliminate these carbs from your diet only till you get your
GERD and heartburn under control, then you begin to slowly re-introduce them. Following a low
carb diet for an extended period of time is not considered healthy, nor is it recommended.
“Home Remedies for Acid Reflux” Do… Eat smaller meals and Eat More Slooowly:
It’s much easier on your body and digestive system if you eat 5-6 small meals a day rather than 3
large meals. Smaller meals are easily digested and don’t give you GERD and heartburn whereas
larger meals do the exact opposite. Also try and eat your food slowly and chew it completely
before swallowing instead of shovelling it down!
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #9 – Quick Fix Remedies…
So now you have everything you need to know on how to prevent and treat your GERD and
heartburn for good. But if you are suffering from a painful attack right now, then you need some
fast relief right now! So apart from the apple cider vinegar remedy, here’s some more natural
remedies for acid reflux that work quickly to relieve the symptoms…
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux “Quick Fix” Number One – Baking Soda…
Baking soda neutralizes stomach acid almost immediately. It also spikes your body’s pH level
and helps with digestion. Mix a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a glass of filtered water and
drink straight down for rapid relief from your GERD and heartburn. We also recommend taking
this concoction 3 times per week (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for a month on month off
cycle to keep your pH level elevated and keep your acid reflux and heartburn away!