Recently, some friends asked me for home remedies for acid reflux, so it seemed like a great topic to add to the Home Remedies Collection. Whether you call it acid reflux, GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, it doesnt feel good. Symptoms include upset stomach, regurgitation, and the classic mid-chest burning sensation known as heartburn. Many folks resort to proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and omeprazole (Prilosec). The thing is, long term use of PPIs has been linked to problems such as life-threatening diarrhea, respiratory illness and osteoporosis. (See Do PPIs have long-term side effects? for more information.) So what can you do to feel better?
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #1 Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is hands down the most popular home remedy for acid reflux on Earth Clinic, with over 270 positive votes. Its recommended far and wide on the internet and home remedy books. There seem to be two schools of thought on dosing. Some people find indigestion relief by consuming between 1/2 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of ACV in room temperature or warm water right before a meal. Others prefer a similar dosage upon rising in the morning and before going to bed at night. Some people put a couple tablespoons in a quart of water and drink it over the course of the day, but Id be hesitant to keep sipping an acidic drink all day long. Start with a smaller amount of ACV and work up to larger amounts if needed. The flavor is pretty strong, even in water, and some people find it very unpleasant. You can also mix ACV into tea in place of lemon. Organic is best, because apples are a pretty heavily sprayed crop.
Home Remedy for Acid Reflux #2 Pickle Juice
Many of us have an open jar of pickles in the fridge. If you dont like vinegar on its own, you can get your vinegar with a little flavor bump via pickle juice. Just take a shot with meals, or any time youre hit with heartburn. Check out my neighbors recipe for No Canning Required Dill Pickles for the easiest homemade pickles youve ever made.