4 Quick and Natural Heartburn Remedies

by Steven Wright


That sharp, burning pain… it shoots through your chest… it rises up your throat.

Is it Cancer? A heart attack? Nope, it’s heartburn.

Acid reflux and heartburn are an extremely common problem, 60% of adults in the U.S. will suffer this year alone. I used to be part of that statistic, I used to have that nasty taste in my mouth and constant burning in my throat.

I struggled for years with these pains. They always seemed to strike at the most inopportune times like right before job interviews, at family dinners, and on dates.

So, naturally the first thing I wanted is relief. But what kind… the natural, non-toxic kind? The prescription drug kind? The over-the-counter kind?

I don’t know if you can relate but I hated carrying Tums in my car, having them in my desk drawer and my medicine cabinet. And the last thing I wanted was to be stuck on PPIs.

So, I researched, tested and started using the following 4 very safe and natural methods. However, I think it’s worth mentioning why they actually work. I find that most people I talk with actually need to know WHY things work, before they actually stick to using them.

Why Do These Natural Methods Work?

The natural methods presented here are, in my opinion, actually better for you than PPIs, H2 blockers, or Antacids because most of them actually support your body in working properly. The unnatural options above actually stop your body from doing it’s job and contribute to ill health.

What do I mean? Well, acid reflux typically happens after eating right? Sometimes it happens right away or hours later when you lay down to sleep.


Most people think it has to do with too much acid… but turns out that’s a lie we’ve all been sold for a LONG time… and it’s the same lie that keeps us stuck on drugs to keep the symptoms at bay.

It’s Extremely RARE to Have High Acid Levels!

And yet tv ads, friends and even doctors tell us, “You have too much acid, so you need to stop all that acid production.”

They are making assumptions about the pain, rather than taking the time to think about the physiology of the body. Even if you had too much acid, it wouldn’t mean that you’d have reflux.

Jumping to conclusions like this is actually a big deal! Besides wasting your money, as I explained here, acid suppressing options could be making you even sicker.

You are probably thinking, “So you’re telling me you’re smarter than my doctor?” Who knows, but I’ve researched this topic for a long time and healed my own issues. What I am saying is that there are doctors out there, like Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD, who’ve spent a good portion of their lives understanding this issue and writing books on it. In this 10-minute video he explains…

“And we do the [stomach acid] tests exactly according to the specifications. What we find 99% of the time is when people have those symptoms [acid reflux, heartburn, GERD] there isn’t enough acid down there [in the stomach].”

What’s happening is that you have low stomach acid levels and the food you are eating is sitting around fermenting in your stomach. The by-products of fermentation are gases, which increase pressure inside the stomach and the easiest way for them to escape is up — right into your esophagus.

Now, the acid is in your esophagus burning it, causing tissue damage and sometimes even getting into your mouth.

For more on stomach acid tests, read this.

Instead of Taking More Drugs, Here Are 4 Natural Heartburn Remedies I’ve Used

Of course there’s no replacing working with your doctor and getting some tests done to actually figure out your acid levels and make sure that structurally your stomach and esophagus are working correctly.

But, let’s be honest, when the pain of heartburn strikes, we need a solution quickly. The first 3 remedies below are designed to support your body in digesting food. They will help increase the strength of the stomach acid and reduce the pressure in the stomach. I suggest you try these first. And if all else fails, if you’re in extreme pain, then I included the last option as a safe and non-toxic way to temporarily lower your acid levels.

#1 – Apple Cider Vinegar


Vinegar is an acid with a pH of around 5. Therefore it helps with heartburn by lowering the pH (making it more acidic) of the stomach contents to improve digestion and reduce the pressure build up we’re looking to avoid.

The pH of your entire stomach contents should be around 1-2 for proper digestion. Remember, this is a good thing, we want the acid levels stronger so that the food doesn’t ferment in your stomach.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is the best vinegar choice, in my opinion. Because, when you get an unfiltered brand like Bragg’s you’ll get the added benefits of the probiotics it contains.

So, you can help your health and many times get rid of heartburn. The ACV trick for heartburn is used by many people. While there’s no research to back it up, there’s also not really a downside to using it. Here’s how to do it:

Add 2 tsp of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to ¼ cup of water and drink. Repeat every 5 minutes until heartburn subsides.

Many people will even take a shot of it before meals to pre-empt the acid reflux.

#2 – Lemon Juice


Lemon juice has a pH of around 2, making it an acid stronger than vinegar. It also contains an added boost in lots of nutrients, especially vitamin C. So, not only can it help with heartburn, but it contains more nutrients than ACV and therefore makes a great choice when in pain.

However, just like the ACV remedy, the first dose might not be enough. And you may end up drinking 2 or more glasses of lemon juice, which can be not only annoying but hard.

It’s still worth a shot. Here’s how to do it:

Juice one organic lemon into a glass. If you can drink it straight, do it. Otherwise, add in ¼ cup of water and take like a shot.

Due to the organic lemon juice being so acidic, some people worry it might harm the enamel on our teeth. Unless you’re doing this daily, I don’t see it being a big issue. And, let’s be honest, if you need daily heartburn relief you really need the help at the very bottom of this post.

#3 – Betaine HCL


Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) is the main component of stomach acid. It’s secreted from cells in the lining of your stomach in response to eating and drinking. And due to stress, nutrient deficiencies, getting older, infections and other things the stomach can stop making enough.

This then leads to the fermentation of food and heartburn pains.

This is, in my opinion, the best natural remedy to help anyone with acid reflux. This is how I got rid of my pain — before I fixed my root causes.

It’s best to use Betaine HCL ahead of time. In other words, you can use this supplement on a daily basis to help your stomach work properly and NEVER have heartburn again.

IMPORTANT: Betaine HCL supplementation is not an option for anyone currently taking H2 blockers, PPIs, or long-term use of NSAIDs. I wrote a whole article here that explains more risks, how to do it step-by-step and benefits. You’ll need to work with a practitioner to wean off of these drugs before testing out Betaine HCL as a solution.

Read this article for in-depth info on Betaine HCL.

The summary of this is: Betaine HCL is basically replacement acid for what’s missing in your stomach. It’s natural in the sense that it’s the exact chemical that your body makes.  So, we’re just supplementing more of this chemical that your body actually needs.

If you’ve followed the directions in the article above and you have heartburn after a meal, you can take an extra Betaine HCL as soon as you feel it. Then, wait 20 minutes or so. If the pain is still there, try another pill.

If it’s still there, then it’s probably time to calm down the acid in your esophagus using the only natural remedy I approve of that lowers acid levels.

#4 – Baking Soda (Last Resort)


Baking soda is the home remedy for almost everything. And yes it can offer fast relief from heartburn as well. Baking soda is a base not an acid, meaning that drinking some of it will neutralize acid in your stomach or esophagus.

It’s non-toxic and actually can be helpful for some people as a supplement as it allows athletes to train harder and longer.

It’s not my preferred way of dealing with acid reflux, as it lowers acid levels. But in those extreme situations, where none of the above options have worked, it’s the perfect solution.

How to do it:

Mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in ¼ cup of water. Drink it. Wait 5-7 minutes. If you still have pain, repeat until burning is gone.

Here’s the thing, if you actually fix the root issue causing your acid reflux, you can stop thinking about taking antacids or at-home remedies. You can get on with your life and enjoy better health.

Say Goodbye to Heartburn and Acid Reflux Forever

If you want to actually handle this annoying and serious health problem, the good news is that it’s not only possible but 1000s have already done it before you…

Meaning you can do it too!

All you need to do is figure out the root cause issues behind why your stomach acid isn’t working properly, fix them, repair any damage that’s been caused by low acid levels, and you can get on with your life.

And no, it’s not too good to be true. I’ve done it myself, and many of my 1-on-1 clients have also done it. Now it’s time to teach everyone how to do it themselves.

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About the author

Steven Wright Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Mercy May 28, 2018 at 8:46 am

I am 70 and been taking Prilosec for many years I just found out that apple vinager will help with acid reflex. I want to try it will that work

Lori Jo Berg May 29, 2018 at 10:08 am

HI Mercy – we’d suggest consulting with your practitioner first, as it’s hard to say what damage has been done from the prilosec.

Joseph May 13, 2018 at 9:09 pm


Lori Jo Berg May 14, 2018 at 11:10 am

Hi Joseph – sounds like you may be experiencing some heartburn. First, we would recommend dietary changes to decrease inflammation and keep pressure from pressing on the LES (the sphincter that is located between the esophagus and the stomach). You can test your stomach acid here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Cassy Berry May 13, 2018 at 6:35 am

Wow thanks for the help. I tried the lemon juice due to the fact I had it close at hand. Oh my my it worked. GOD bless you for your help. When my husband wakes I will most definitely let him know about this little secret!!!!!!!

Lori Jo Berg May 14, 2018 at 11:13 am

Hi Cassy – thanks for letting us know! Glad you’re feeling better.

Jo May 12, 2018 at 12:29 am

Just wanted to say thank you! The apple cider vinegar worked like a charm.

Felicia BenLevi April 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

Hi, 2 days ago my husband had a serious stomach attack and had to use the bathroom….he then started throwing up. What really stood out was that he was getting such a painful heartburn and that caused chest pain and it also caused him to throw up more….but the most bothersome part was the burning and pain. It went on all day and he just kept throwing up every 5 minutes or so which gave him a very short time of relief. He ended up going to the hospital. They couldnt tell him anything other than him having acid reflux. He came back fine and was completely fine all day yesterday. But woke up this morning with the pain again and has thrown up again. He’s been trying the baking soda and has had 3 shots thus far but he says its not helping. Should we go on trying the apple sider vinegar?

Lori Jo Berg May 2, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Hi Felicia – He could try apple cider vinegar or HCL, although we dont know his full health history so it is hard to say. I’m sorry!

Stan April 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm


I have been taking Dexilant for the past six months to deal with gastritis/inflammation in my stomach, but over time my stomach has gotten significantly better and I’ve begun to ween off the meds. Recently though, when I switched from taking the pills every three days to every four days, I drank a cup of black tea and all of a sudden I had extreme heart burn and haven’t gotten rid of it for weeks. I haven’t experienced any heartburn since I started taking the dexilant and have only just started to experience it after anything I eat, as I ween down. I have tried ACV to address the heartburn and it has seemed to work great.

I have a question regarding the low acid production though, since I had to heal my stomach inflammation, I thought it was necessary to reduce the acid production in my stomach. But now as my stomach heals, I will soon be totally off the meds, and as the heartburn increases, I think I want to try the HCL, but I am worried that this increase in acid production might offset the progress I have made in healing my stomach acid. Any thoughts? Should I stay on the dexilant a bit longer to make sure my stomach has fully healed before I try the HCL?

Also, if it is better for digestion to have your stomach’s ph level to be lower and more acidic, why does heartburn seem to come about when eating the most acidic foods, like tomatoes?

Thank you very much for writing the article and providing us all this excellent info. It has proven so helpful.


Lori Jo Berg April 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm

HI Stan – we need the right amount as well as the proper PH of HCL to digest food. YOu can read more here on why it’s good for you: https://scdlifestyle.com/2014/02/stomach-acid-really-is-good/ More acid isn’t something that will hinder the progress you’ve made, as our stomach was meant to handle strong acids like HCL. I’m not 100% sure what dexilant is, but I’m if it’s a medication for heartburn, it will likely act to lower the stomach acid levels. The problem with this is it creates further issues – like opens the door for infections. We can’t legally advise you on what to do with your medications, though. There are a few reasons eating acidc foods can cause a burn, with one of the most common being gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach lining.

Arshad khan April 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Thanks a lot I can’t tell you how greatful I am

Thomas March 28, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Hi, I’m having exactly that problem where I’m burping up gas and then immediately followed up with extreme burning In my esophagus. I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar 4 times already and still no improvement. How many times would you suggest I try until I turn to the baking soda? Thanks

Lori Jo Berg March 29, 2018 at 9:47 am

Hi Thomas – you can try the baking soda test now and see how it goes. If needed, you can then substitute with HCL as directed in the article.

Brian March 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Hi. I have suffered from acid reflux for eight years I thought I was having a heart attack went to the hospital they diagnosed me with acid reflux I am now 56 years old I do not have the greatest eating habits and drink alcohol at first it was just a pill when I needed it over the last month or two sometimes I find myself eating to three pills of Praillis sec to get rid of the pain..I just saw this and did the Apple cider vinegar every five minutes and my pain is gone that’s impossible all these years please help me

Lori Jo Berg March 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Hi Brian –
Please read the following on the SCD diet and GERD, as this will be a great first step on your path to healing



The best place to start the SCD diet is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Ariana Smith March 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

I had shortness of breath and a feeling of something stuck in throat at work one day so I went to doc and she prescribed omeprazole but they made my situation so much worse. All it did was make my chest tight and increased my blood pressure to where I nearly passed out at work so I had to stop taking those meds. But I still get sour taste in mouth, chest tightness that feels like all day, especially worsens after a meal, throat hurts and I am alway belching crazy nonstop. Tums not rlly helping me at all either bcuz it always comes back. I was takin ACV for my diet months ago before all this happened, only I added lemon n cayenne pepper too with water and I was thinking that is what messed up my esophagus causing bad acid reflux so I stopped takin that too. My current meal plan is equate meal replacement shakes, 3 a day and a salad for dinner which was given by my fathers physician. Am I’m doing something wrong? I so badly want the pain to go away…..Which remedy would u recommend?

Lori Jo Berg March 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Hi Ariana – sorry to hear you’re suffering!
Please read the following on the SCD diet and GERD, as this will be a great first step on your path to healing



The best place to start the SCD diet is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Jimmy May 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm

I feel pain in my chest whenever I eat anything that’s mildly hot, like tea or food, is that an heartburn?, if yes, please what’s the beat solution to cure it?.

Lori Jo Berg May 10, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Hi Jimmy – it’s hard to say but it could be. We’d suggest trying some of the natural remedies in the article and of course changing your diet if you have not already:)

Rachel Ann Booth March 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

I am one of those weird people that like the taste of vinegar. Am I able to take a straight swig/shot of ACV? I don’t think I could get it down diluted. I have been so frustrated for weeks! I constantly feel like there is a burp in my throat but when I try nothing happens and If I try too hard, I will almost vomit. I’ve tried purging but it doesn’t seem to help at all. My mouth tastes like lemons and my tongue gets to be a weird green/yellow color. Help!!!! I take otc acid reducer (3 different kinds) and it doesn’t seem to help AT ALL!

Lori Jo Berg March 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Hi Rachel – getting rid of heartburn is going ot take a multifaceted approach of diet, supplements and lifestyle. If you haven’t started with your diet yet, we suggest starting here: https://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ You can test your stomach acid levels here, too, as it sounds like you might be suffering from low stomach acid: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

Ele March 12, 2018 at 2:50 am

I’m 2 month pregnant. From past 2 days there is severe Heartburn and pain in my stomach. Can I follow your tips to get it cured at pregnancy stage? Thank You.

Lori Jo Berg March 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Hi Ele – as always, consult with your physician about anyting you do at this stage in your life. We’ve seen these tips work well for pregnant ladies w heartburn:)

Marquisia Christian March 8, 2018 at 3:43 am

Hi Lori why is that pregnant women get heartburn specifically at night?

Lori Jo Berg March 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Hello and thanks for reaching out! Pregnant women have extra pressure on the LES – the sphincter between teh stomach and esophagus If this gets pushed on, it can cause it to open when it isn’t supposed to and let acid flow through to the esophagus (where it burns). We’d suggest some chiropracitic treatments, sleeping sitting in more of a propped up position, and eating light meals more frequently.

Sheena Swashanti March 7, 2018 at 6:53 am

Hi Lori! I and my father have been suffering from acid reflux since last 5 years and it so bad that, we had to change our diet and the lifestyle. But still things are worse..! Recently I moved to Australia and my reflux been troubling me.. it is like so embarrassing for me at workplace/any other social event as I tend to throw up . The vomiting is like so persistent that every 2 times a week.. I suffer from the reflux even though, have quit all the things that may have aggravated my situation. It is so depressing at times.. as in I can’t eat anything..even having a fruit makes me have acid come up and eventually leading to headaches and vomit! I would try your given remedies as I have to get rid of the pain given by the reflux.

Lori Jo Berg March 7, 2018 at 12:03 pm

HI Sheena – sorry to hear this. WE’d suggest trying at least one of these remedies and see how you do. Supplementing with the betaine HCl is likely going to make the biggest difference.

Peter March 8, 2018 at 5:25 am

You should get a Gastroscopy done ASAP

Gps March 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Hello Lori – thank you for the great article.
My fiancé is experiencing the similar – she vomited(like 3 weeks back) and now regularly has ( stomach pain, with a really bad reflux lasting for over 3 weeks and she says it constantly feels like something is up to the neck)This is the third time she has experienced this since 2016.Also, the doctor has prescribed omeprazole- other tests are normal.

She is hesitant and little worried on taking anything acidic thinking it would further complicate the situation.

What would be the best -you could suggest for this?

Thanks a bunch!

Lori Jo Berg March 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Sorry to hear your husband is suffering. It takes a multifaceted approach to get rid of GERD. The first place to start is by changing his diet and this free guide can help you get started: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/. He can also try testing his stomch acid levels with with at home test, as the cause of heartburn is often low stomach acid vs high. http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

Valerie February 27, 2018 at 4:43 am

Why is it that baking soda was listed as a last resort?

Lori Jo Berg February 27, 2018 at 12:34 pm

HI Valeria – we’ve found the other options to be a bit more helpful and some people may not be able to tolerate baking soda, depending on what they have going on:)

Anita April 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

I’ve just tried the baking soda and spewed up straight after is this ment to happen I’m in so much pain can’t sleep nearly 3am and just want it to stop have had it all day the pain is so intense

Lori Jo Berg April 10, 2018 at 11:51 am

Hi Anita – I can’t say that is a normal response, no. Wed recommend seeking attention from a doctor if you are at all worried or concerned something major is wrong. Were you attempting the baking soda to get the burn to go away?

Lebo May 14, 2018 at 7:06 am

Hi I’m Lorri I have a chest pai n sumtymz I feel like its a heart attack so I want to know that izt a sing of alcer or wht

Lori Jo Berg May 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

Hello and thanks for reaching out! First off, please do see a doctor if you feel something is seriously wrong. Heartburn can give a similar feeling, too, so it is hard to say (that’s why we advise getting checked out!). We’d recommend dietary changes first and then testing out your HCL levels. Resources to guide you can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Kate February 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

How long the scd diet should b taken?

Lori Jo Berg February 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm

HI Kate – the SCD diet is a lifestyle in which each person will put together a custom, long term diet that works for them.

Pina February 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm

about 2 months back, I had shortness of breath and feeling of something stuck in throat. I went to doc and prescribed omeprazole but meds make situations worse. Now I get chest tightness going over to right shoulder. I have stopped meds. But I still get sour taste in mouth, chest tightness that feels like all day. Would you recommend any suggestions? would it be low stomach acid?

Lori Jo Berg February 8, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Hello and thank for reaching out. This could be heartburn…but we’d recommend consulting with your doctor regarding any medication. You can test your stomch acid levels on your own and this article will walk you through how to do that: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

Pina February 9, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Do you have recommendations who can specifically help me with this problem? I live in Atlanta, GA area.

Lori Jo Berg February 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

While we are not familiar with any practitioners in that area, please do remember that our practitioners take all appointments via Skype or telephone, so your location should not be an issue here.

If you are interested, you can go here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

dr love March 6, 2018 at 12:56 am

Sounds like esophagitis. I use diluted apple cider vinegar for lots of things, and ginger tea with honey. I recently removed a sunspot by applying coconut oil !

Debbie March 6, 2018 at 1:59 pm

I have the same issue, Doctor put me on pantaprozole and it aggravated my symptoms. I felt a lot worse on it.

George March 15, 2018 at 5:49 am

This sounds like gall bladder problems due to pain near the shoulder

Emeka Henry Chidi January 27, 2018 at 2:45 am

Hi, I have been experiencing acid reflux especially after eating plant protein meals like beans. Is there a particular reason why it’s worse when I eat these types of food?

Lori Jo Berg January 31, 2018 at 12:09 pm

HI Emeka – beans (especially if they are not prepared properly) can caues gas and pressure and make reflux worse. We’d suggest omitting them from you diet for now:)

Eleanor January 16, 2018 at 10:11 am

Doctor has told me I have GERD and to identify the foods that trigger it and avoid them. So far I have found my night time pain (generally 8-10 hours after consumption) comes when Ive eaten tomato, vinegar or anything deep fried. I do my best to avoid these things however vinegar is hard to identify in meals I havent made myself. Reading this though you are saying to have more vinegar? Seems to contradict my theory that vinegar is causing some of my issues.
I dont get anything rising in the esophagus just pain in the stomach itself. Have had tests for helicobacter and also had an endoscopy. Everything has come back clear and the stomach is showing its in food health. Thoughts?

Lori Jo Berg January 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Hi Eleanor – Apple cider vinegar is an acid that, when taken before/with food, can help digest the good better (since we need acid to digest our food properly) and thus help to decrease the bloating and pressure that can cause GERD.

What you’re describing sounds like you may have gastroparesis – inflammation of the stomach lining and in which case, HCL and acidic things will burn the stomach. We’d suggest starting by changing to a gut healing diet like SCD if you haven’t already. This will allow the stomach to calm down a bit.

Is burning in the stomach your only symptom or complaint right now?

Eleanor January 17, 2018 at 3:08 am

Thanks for the info. I get some burning & pain, heaviness on my chest, hot flushes, wanting to discard whatever is in my stomach either via vomitting or out the other end and just genrally very uncomfortable when trying to lie down. It lasts for roughly 3 to 4 hours then eases.

Lori Jo Berg January 17, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Hi Eleanor – Have you tested your HCl levels? If you’ve changed your diet, take digestive enzymes and have tested your HCL levels…the next thing may be some stool testing to see what else may be going on.

Eleanor January 17, 2018 at 3:11 am

If the stomach lining was inflamed would that show up in an endoscopy? They told me my stomach lining looked healthy??

Lori Jo Berg January 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

I believe it would show up there, yes. (see reply to other comment for further tips)

Adeboye February 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Thanks so much for this valuable information. As an ulcer patient, may I know if Apple cider vinegar is good for me as I currently experience heart burn around my chest /throat region.

Lori Jo Berg March 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Hi! Thanks for reaching out to us. Apple Cider Vinegar can help with the symptoms of GERD. However, it will take a multifaceted approach to get to the root cause of GERD and this article can walk you through that: https://scdlifestyle.com/2010/04/the-specific-carbohydrate-diet-cures-gerd/

John Jameson January 9, 2018 at 1:43 am

It all seems to make sense, I’ll have to try the Betaine HCL because vinegar gives me a sour stomach. You mentioned lemons, what about limes? And instead of baking soda what about just eating cookies? I tend to have the acid problem an hour or two after I’ve eaten when I’m laying down. Usually after I’ve had Margaritas or wine which are acidic which should help not hurt right so what’s going on here?

Lori Jo Berg January 10, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Hi John – getting rid of heartburn takes a combination of the right diet and supplements. Our heartuburn program can help you sort through all the variables and overcome GERD naturally: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

Van Tien January 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm


My wife is 23 weeks pregnant and experiencing terrible acid reflux in her throat for the past 2 weeks, she also having strong headaches. Please could you advise me the best way/remedies to help her and will it be save during pregnancy?



Lori Jo Berg January 4, 2018 at 1:22 pm

HI Van – has she tried any of those in the article? Those would be our first suggestions:) Also sleeping a bit propped up and not eating right before bed can help too, as the pressure of the baby can push up on the sphincter and allow acid to come back through to the chest and throat area.

Lauren December 30, 2017 at 6:19 am


Would Apple cider vinegar tablets work or does it have to be the liquid form? I am pregnant and continue to experience terrible heartburn.

Thanks- Lauren

Lori Jo Berg January 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Hi Lauren, I can’t say we have experience with the tablets but you could sure test it out!

Vicky December 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Hi, I would like to know how many days it takes to cure tissue damage? Do you recommend to try these treatments until it gets cured? Do I have to take medicine to cure it or it gets cured naturally if we maintain a diet?

Lori Jo Berg December 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Hi Vicky – Changing your diet and optimizing your stomach acid will help you digest food ,absorb nutrients and will calm the inflammation so the tissue can heal. It’s hard to say how long that will take, but it’s going to be the combination of those three things that help it heal.

Tina December 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

Hi Lori,
I have very bad heartburn around 2:00am very often, how many times can take ACV?


Lori Jo Berg December 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

hi Tina -We’re not aware of any research on a limit for ACV. We’d suggest taking it to tolerance and monitor your symptoms.

Monica December 21, 2017 at 4:34 am

The lemon juice remedy works!! I just tried it because I woke up to my mouth filling with saliva. I was skeptical at first because its the opposite of what you are normally told. But its helping. Thanks for the article!

Sarah November 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Hi, I am interested in trying the apple cider vinegar remedy but I’m really worried it will taste bad. I have a really bad gag reflex that is totally exacerbated when I have heartburn. If I cough too hard or if the smallest thing effects me, I throw up. So my concern is that if I try the acv, I will throw up. I’ve read some different recipes but can anyone tell me if it’s as bad as I’m worried it will be? Will the taste make me gag and throw up? Also how common is the bad gag reflex in gerd or gastritis or any of those heartburn problems? thanks

Lori Jo Berg December 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Hi Sarah – we do get some feedback on a gag reflux with GERd but not everyone will have it either. You can try diluting the ACV is water or juice if you think that will help!

Donatha November 23, 2017 at 5:01 am

Is it okey to use lemon if you also have peptic ulcers?

Lori Jo Berg November 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

Hi Donatha – Great question! You can either ask your physician or test out a small amount to get that answer.

parmendra mohan October 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

lemon juice is extreamly helpful

drinking limca is not less helpful. i have tested and been relieved a lot of times by the help of thease 2 drinks

Sha October 12, 2017 at 1:14 am

When to drink lemon juice?

Maria Michelakis October 8, 2017 at 2:37 am

I have been suffering from severe heartburn throughout my pregnancy. The pain gets unbearable at times. Please help me.

Lori Jo Berg October 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Sorry to hear you’re suffering –
Please read the following on the SCD diet and GERD, as this will be a great first step on your path to healing



The best place to start the SCD diet is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Phillip Lean October 2, 2017 at 7:27 am

Suffered from reflux(now gastritis at times),have been using nexium or similar for years,told it from heavy drinking(no alcoholic drinks since may 2016),suffering severe anxiety/depression that causes flare ups of reflux,trying different meds for mental health that won’t activate stomach trouble,had cameras down throat,all clear,started on hemp oil today,but any helpful remedies much appreciated,had enough with reflux problems,does my head in at times,thanks

Lori Jo Berg October 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Hi Phillip, I’m not sure if you’ve addressed your diet yet but his is a good place to start (even for acid reflux and mental health).
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Kat September 28, 2017 at 1:09 pm

I have found that chomping on a handful of raw parsley takes care of acid reflux immediately. I sometimes feel like cow chewing cud when I do it. Haha! But, hey it works wonders. I remember that one from my herbal & natural remedies book called “Back to Eden” that I got back in the seventies. It has been my holistic Bible.

Lori Jo Berg September 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for sharing that with us, Kat! It’s always exciting to find something that has an immediate impact.

Manish September 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Hello, I am suffering from heartburn since a month. Every day in the morning when I wake up, acid from the stomach comes up and irritates until I do vomit and clear it all out. Just after 1 hour of taking breakfast or lunch, acid comes out along with the food taken. If I don’t Vomit the food it causes severe headache. Even after dinner at night sometimes the food comes out. And after taking any food just within 15-20 minutes acid starts coming out. I took many omeprezole but that didnot worked for me. Please help me out to get rid of this acid reflux ..

Lori Jo Berg September 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Hello – please shoot us an email at [email protected] and we can assist you (may be a longer conversation than a simple reply)

melissa September 18, 2017 at 4:23 am

Thank you for this fantastic article! I’m on round 2 of lemon juice, and I’m finally getting some relief. I never understood how acid helps acid reflux. Thank you for bringing this to light.

Lori Jo Berg September 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

You’re welcome! Glad you’re finding relief:)

Tammy September 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Hi, my boyfriend has horrible indigestion. He suffers from the pain in the chest, the nasty burping from the moment he wakes up u fil he goes to bed. He has major tummy issues like running to the bathroom after he eats, and he coughs all the time. For no reason. He takes some kind of over the counter antacid pill. His diet is horrible but he is one of those men that won’t go to the dr but lives in misery. I am going to try to get him to try these things to see if they help. I hope they do. My dad has the same issues. The loud burping and gas and burning in the throat and chest it’s crazy. When my boyfriend wakes up and just starts burping and my dad is the exact ame way. It’s hilarious but not really.

Lori Jo Berg September 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

HI Tammy – yes! It sounds like they have some stomach acid issues and that would be a great place to start:)

Sam Smith September 11, 2017 at 5:10 am

Fantastic post. I generally use baking soda whenever fell heartburn.

Mark Asante August 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Is gastritis GERD?. Been diagnose with gastritis .I go through burning sensations all over the body and pain.
I also have gallstone issues which is i think is the cause.
I have done couple of liver flush which has help passed over 300 stones and is left with 1.3cm which I need time to soften it before my next flush.
The gastritis cause me frequent heartburn and other burning sensation and since have read much on ppi and their negative effect I don’t take them.
Is good have come across this information.
Please,is gastritis Gerd?

Lori Jo Berg August 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Hi Mark – these two things are a bit different. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach and GERD is when stomach acid creeps up into the espohagus and causes a burning or painful sensation. For gastritis, we recommend some digestive bitters and a change in dietary habits to calm the inflammation. Eventually, you can work up to digestive enzymes as well.
First, here’s a video where Jordan talks about digestive enzymes and how to use them: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Here are some digestive enzymes we recommend:

Digest Gold – http://amzn.to/XHZOjS

Gi Pro Helath Prozymes – http://www.giprohealth.com/enzymes.aspx (SCD Legal)

Thorne Dipan 9 – http://amzn.to/1bQ6aHM

Shay February 16, 2018 at 1:46 pm

How do you do a liver flush? Thanks

Sruthi Moothat August 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

I’ve been taking PPI for more than 7 months now. It helps me temporarily but once I stop it comes back. If this is because of low acid how PPI is working for me. How can I know my stomach acid?

Lori Jo Berg August 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Hell0 – PPI’s work by supressing stomach acid…so your symptoms are appearing to improve but i’ts not a long term solution. Its actually quite rare to have high amounts of stomach acid (Low PH). Here is how to test your HCL levels: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

Raju August 6, 2017 at 8:45 am

I have very bad acid problem. I have pain in my chest. Like some kind of pressure in middle of chest. When i took some think from the floor, the chest get a pain, like a hammer stick. What is the remedy???

Lori Jo Berg August 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm

HI Raju – Please read the following on the SCD diet and GERD, as this will be a great first step on your path to healing



The best place to start the SCD diet is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

phil June 6, 2017 at 4:25 am

is it safe to take the baking soda remedy?is there no side effects if i try that?i have also heartburn but i have no pain in my chest but i feel my throat taste bitter and its like burning inside.and everytime it attacks i feel dizzy and i feel my body that not have energy.can you give me advise please.

Lori Jo Berg June 8, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Hi Phil – you can certainly try the baking soda test as we are not aware of any side effects. If you have concerns, please do consult with your doctor. As far as the heartburn goes, changing your die and checking for low HCl levels is a great place to start. http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Emma May 17, 2017 at 8:15 am

I’m wondering would this help for pregnancy as well, I’ve been suffering quite badly with heartburn and reflux since week 16 so not a size issue yet … any experience with this ?

Lori Jo Berg May 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm

HI Emma, we have seen this help with those who pregnant but as always, you’ll need to confirm this is OK with your doctor.

Eunice March 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

ACV,tumeric,ginger,lemon and honey all work very well for me,is it because I mix them?

Lori Jo Berg March 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Hello Eum=nice – it could be! Glad you found something to work for you;)

kaise kare February 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

I have got acidity problem so what should i do and i get pain from the upper abdomen. Pl suggest the remedy for this.

Lori Jo Berg February 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

HI Kaise –
Please read the following on the SCD diet and GERD, as this will be a great first step on your path to healing


The best place to start the SCD diet is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

JD January 29, 2017 at 3:14 am

I dip tobacco and i was wondering if that could be a reason i get heart burn. I sometimes get it during the day but a lot of the times its at night. It is sometimes so bad i caugh and even vomit.

Lori Jo Berg January 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm

HI JD – yes chewing can cause an imbalance in stomach acid PH. We’d suggest changing your diet and testing for low HCL. You read more here on how to do that:http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Peggy January 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

I’m 53 years old …I can’t go a day without my nexium 24 hr ..when I run out ….like I am now until payday..I suffer in pain..my throat is always on fire…I can’t lay down..I’m miserable…
I have some apple cider vinegar..but I’m scared to try it..
I thought meds heals your esophagus.? So you won’t have heartburn

Lori Jo Berg January 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Hi Peggy, I’m sorry to hear this. Medications mask the problem, but are not effective at healing the root cause of heartburn. Please consider this vital information on heartburn so you can better understand how it occurs and what to do to get rid of it naturally: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

Arabella January 7, 2017 at 1:03 am

I’ve been sporadically drinking a shot of organic apple vinegar (just over 2 Tbsp) and really noticed excellent weight loss benefits. However, recently I’ve developed heartburn having never suffered before – I wonder whether it’s connected? I would now like to reverse any damage done and rest/repair my osoephagus – should I avoid the ACV (as being undiluted it may have burnt the tract) or try a reduced quantity in water?

Lori Jo Berg January 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Hello, go ahead and try a reduced amount in water before food intake and see how that goes:) ACV is actually one of our recommended at home remedies for heartburn: http://scdlifestyle.com/2015/04/4-quick-and-natural-heartburn-remedies/

Ang December 14, 2016 at 8:00 am

Hi. These posts have been so interesting to read. I had a transplant (kidney) in Aug 2014, additionally I have gastroparesis from years of Juvenile type 1 diabetes.. Due to the anti rejection mess they automatically put you on Omeprrazope and Ranitidine to combat the issues from the transplant mess. Since then I vomit frequently, my food just ferments in my upper intestinal area from the gastroparesis and it causes severe pain, chest infections and losing my voice for two months. I’ve tried the apple cider – Braggs, consistently without a lot of success. Transplant team has me on sodium bicarbonate pills. Transplants solution is placing a gastric sleeve but I’ve only heard negative outcomes. I’ve been up since 4, acid woke me, and readings ways to help. I want off the PPIs etc. Any suggestions? Im losing my mind..thank you in advance.

Lori Jo Berg December 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

HI Ang, we’d highly suggest starting by changing you diet, adding in enzymes, and testing your HCL levels. You can start here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
Here are some digestive enzymes we recommend:

Digest Gold – http://amzn.to/XHZOjS

Gi Pro Helath Prozymes – http://www.giprohealth.com/enzymes.aspx (SCD Legal)

Thorne Dipan 9 – http://amzn.to/1bQ6aHM

Kim August 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Hi Ang. Just today husband found out he has gastricparesis. There’s a couple things we are still working on finding out because he’s having a tough time. When belching, have you had it smell like “rotten eggs “? He’s type 2. Reflux has been really bad for about 3 weeks now. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

Lori Jo Berg August 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Hi Kim – it’s isn’t uncommon for it to smell like that:) For now, you can try digestive enzymes and bitters along with dietary changes.
First, here’s a video where Jordan talks about digestive enzymes and how to use them: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Here are some digestive enzymes we recommend:

Digest Gold – http://amzn.to/XHZOjS

Gi Pro Helath Prozymes – http://www.giprohealth.com/enzymes.aspx (SCD Legal)
Thorne Dipan 9 – http://amzn.to/1bQ6aHM

Here is the best place to start for diet (if you haven’t addressed it already): http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Sarah December 9, 2016 at 1:09 am

Lemon juice just worked for me! Thanks 🙂

Luana M Leger December 5, 2016 at 2:27 am

HELP. I have had acid reflux for too darn long now. I have taken both prescribed as well as OTC meds for it with no relief in site. I read here and in several sites to eliminate any thing that causes it. Well that is 100% difficult for me to do as even a glass of water gives me the acid reflux. I am tired of having it & don’t know what to do any more. I am even sick of sleeping in a sitting position. My question is @. What else can I take as everything seems to be a band-aid & 2 is there any way that my asthma is what is causing all the problems?

Lori Jo Berg December 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

Hi Luana – sorry to hear you’re suffering. It sounds like you have some underlying issues going on and addressing your diet is going to be important here. We would suggest by starting here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ You can then try some of the natural remedies and work with your doctor to taper off the medications. At some point, trying the HCL (start out small) would be good. If that is too much for you at this point, you may consider some digestive bitters and slippery elm to heal the inflamed stomach lining.

Nicole collis November 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm

I think I have acid reflux.. the feeling of something stuck in my throat.. burping after eating or drinking.. pain in my throat for no reason.. i don’t have heartburn at all just the feeling of food going down my throats when I eat.. not pain just a sensation…my stomach feels bloated when I eat but it’s more like a hollow feeling like when I’m hungry… I haven’t tried any of the home remedies yet but I’m definitely going to… think I’m just looking for some advice as this is a very recent thing and I’m not quite sure what to do… thank you..

Lori Jo Berg November 29, 2016 at 11:15 am

Hi Nicole, thanks for reaching out! It sounds like you might have silent reflux instead of GERD. We’d suggest trying the home remedies and changing your diet to get to the root of the issue. You can start here with our Free Quick start Guide: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Christine November 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm

I came across your site the other day after being totally frustrated by being put on another set of “let’s try these” prescriptions… I was diagnosed with silent reflux a few months ago – primary symptom being what seems like a never ending post nasal drip issue, occasionally I’ll have a sore throat or lose my voice, but that’s rare. I was put on omeprazole, but it has failed to do much. Barium swallow confirmed reflux, but the ENT wanted to get a CT to see if there was a sinus issue that was perhaps inhibiting progress of the omeprazole. Insurance didn’t love that idea and wanted a series of antibiotics and Flonase before I went that route.

On Day 4 of all that crud – I could barely function at work with frequent nausea and a constant burning/”zinging” in my nose (this actually had me up most of the previous night as well). I actually started feeling the heartburn pain, which I’ve never had with the silent reflux. After I made it home I used the ACV and relief was nearly immediate. Quit the omeprazole and Flonase right then and there and have been feeling a lot better, though it’s only been about 6 days. Nose is still a bit sesitive, but quite honestly, I feel like the post nasal drip is starting to lessen (who knows? Maybe the antibiotic helped too? I won’t discount it). I’ve been taking 1TBSP ACV in 8oz water each morning before breakfast, but since you don’t suggest it for long term use, would the Betaine HCL work well for the silent reflux issue as well? I truly don’t understand what causes the difference between the two types of reflux.

And the more important inquiry… so have I been avoiding all of these fantastically awesome foods for no good reason!!?!? (Tomatoes, grapefruit, chocolate… Okay, maybe i haven’t been 100% avoiding the last one, but I have severely cut down on it! that’s for sure!)

Lori Jo Berg November 28, 2016 at 9:56 am

Hi Christine – great to hear your story. Although Laryngopharyngeal reflux or silent reflux present’s a bit different than GERD, the same mechanisms are involved. The LES or shpincter that joins the esophagus and stomach is malfunctioning. The treatment is the same in that we change the diet and test for low HCL. We do suggest supplementing with betaine if necessary and you can find all that information here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Stephanie November 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I’ve had acid reflex for the past week I’m trying to figure out which one to use I’ve been experiencing vomiting and I’m about done with it any suggestions?

Lori Jo Berg November 3, 2016 at 12:09 am

Sorry to hear you’re suffering, Stephanie! Apple cider vinegar is a great choice to start with and then we’d suggest moving to the HCL

Lita November 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm

I have been suffering from acid reflux for 25 years now I have Barrett’s I take prescription pills every day and it’s not helping I don’t know what to do

Mariel Heiss November 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Hi Lita – I’m so sorry you’re still struggling. I really encourage you to check out Steve and Jordan’s heartburn program: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

DR October 29, 2016 at 5:03 am

Something that has worked for me on several occasions is eating a few fresh spinach leaves. It has worked every time almost instantly. So save your money that you would have spent on antacids or other more harmful prescription drugs and give this a try.

Ramesh Mekhale December 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

Is it so easy? I will certainly try it out. Thanks

Ibrar September 28, 2016 at 4:09 am

Hi I’ve been suffering from gastritis for for 10 years and it’s just getting worse my hands and feet burn with a tingling feeling all the time I get really bad chest pains and head feels like it’s gonna explode please help. Thanks

Mariel Heiss September 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Hi Ibra – I’m really sorry to hear that. I recommend you check out our Heartburn help program – we cover how to heal gastritis and get your stomach working properly again! http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

Darlene B. Davis September 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

My 17yo son was just diagnosed with acid reflux and has been put on prescription pills. He said he thinks the pills are giving him a belly full of gas along with pain which he didn’t have before. He symptoms of only the sudden urge to vomit whenever hed start to eat something. It’s hard for a 12th grader to carry around a bottle of pills to take before he eats. I’m going to try these remedied because the side effects are terrible and he’s so young I don’t want him to be.stuck on any meds if he doesn’t have to. Can you get rid of acid reflux permanently?

Mariel Heiss September 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Hi Darlene – yes, you can. I suggest you check out our Heartburn Help program for your son – it has natural cures for lasting relief: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

Leila Blue August 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Experiencing what I believe is heartburn and am menopausal. Please help?

Mariel Heiss August 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Hi Elila – please check out our heartburn help program here: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

Angela August 28, 2016 at 12:36 am

Is it ok to take hcl in the presence of esophagitis /erosion?
Thank you

Mariel Heiss August 29, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Hi Angela – we recommend you talk with your doctor before giving it a try with esophagitis.

Fiona from Australia August 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Thank you had it all day so badly had quarter bottle gaviscon half a cow of milk couldn’t shake it. Tried the soda and done its gone almost instantly almost made me barf but i got it down and feeling so much better it’s 2.26am I’m almost too scared to let back down. But wanted to say thank you

Mariel Heiss August 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

We’re so glad this helped Fiona!

Here’s how to stop your heartburn from coming back: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/

Chris Bielecki August 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Drink pure aloe. It’s amazing and doesn’t taste bad. I was on prescription medication for my heart burn for a year and prescriptions dont cure heart burn or gerd, it just passifies it. Drink an aloe drink or take aloe pills. A couple of sips a day. It’s cheap too. I tried everything, cider vinager, eating apples, organic bone broth and changing my diet and exercise. None of that worked. The only thing that worked was the aloe.
Hope this helps everyone.

Rasa July 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

I had digestive problems almost all my life,since i was little,I could not digest fats,after eating meals i was burping,it was feeling like food just sitting there,i had bad stomach pains ,bloading,constipation,my gastroenterologist told me to take Mirolax,take purple pill,nothing helpted,I didn’t want to take pills because it was no releave and they depleting your body from minerals like magnesium,after 40 things get even worse,my heart start beating fast i was short in breath ,i went to doctor shesaid im not having heart attack,then she said here is pills for depression,very strong she mentioned,i left her office never bought pills for depression and never went to that doctor again,first i change my diet,second i found natural medicine doctor who using kinesiology method to find root couse of your problems,so he told me i have low stomach acid,i start taking Betaine HCL,together with digestive enzymes,i drinking lemon water every morning,im eating fruit and vegetables,i making my own kefir,I don’t have pain no more,im regular every day,so with my efforts to help myself and help of my doctor i dont have acid reflux no more,thanks god i found him,if i would listen to my gastroenterologist i would really be depressed by now

Yuri Hudson July 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Hi what do i do if acid reflux is bothering my throat?Sometimes i eat at certain times.I hate it!!What do i doo??

Yuri Hudson July 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Im also 14

Mariel Heiss July 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Hey Yuri – thanks for reaching out! We suggest you talk over giving these remedies a try with your parents and your doctor

Chris Bielecki August 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Drink an aloe drink or buy aloe pills. Its the only thing that worked for me. The aloe drink taste good too.

Jaclyn July 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

I have heard this before from your podcast with Chris Kresser, and I have seen these methods work for others. I personally have very limited experience with heart burn, perhaps 4 times in my life. However, that has all changed now that I am pregnant. I get some acid reflux a few times a week. I have been taking Rolaids for this because I wasn’t sure if the mechanism for acid issues during the pregnancy was the same. Do you know?

Mariel Heiss July 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Hi Jaclyn – we encourage you to give these methods a try and see if they help.

jamie July 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

I have Addison’s disease and take steroid everyday which are eating my stomach. I think I read somewhere that I can not take HCL supplements due to my steroids. Is there something else I can take instead to help produce more acid?

Mariel Heiss July 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Hey Jamie – you’re correct that you shouldn’t use HCL if you’re taking steroids. Before you start any supplement, we’d suggest you talk with your doctor. Some other good options are digestive bitters or taking a small amount of lemon juice of apple cider vinegar with meals

Mike S. July 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

My family’s natural remedy to quickly eliminate the pain is a few activated charcoal tabs followed by a half glass of water with 6-7 drops of pepermint extract added to the water. It really works quickly and the pepermint is very soothing.

Denise July 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

L-Glutamine powder dissolved in water also provides relief. It can be taken once to several times per day. I was expecting to see it on your list since you have promoted L-Glutamine before. It has nearly no taste.

Amy July 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

I have been using ACV for 20 years and I love the results. Once in a while, it’s not enough for me. Then I take 1 tsp Redmond Clay mixed in a glass of water. it works great to calm my esophagus!

Amitav July 19, 2016 at 11:03 am

Very informative and useful resource for anyone suffering from heartburn or acid reflux issues. I have been also a chronic sufferer since quite a long time. I never preferred any over-the-counter medications as it provides you with a temporary relief. It never takes care of the root cause, due to which the problem keeps re-occurring again and again.
The best natural remedies that has worked for me very well are Turmeric with honey, Cold milk with a pinch of sugar, lots of water intake and a good yoga routine. This has helped me a lot and now I am quite relieved of the burning sensation in my chest.
Thanks for the great piece of article BTW! 🙂

Jacob Whittington December 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GRED) is a chronic digestive disease. The esophagus is about 8 inches long and connects the throat (pharynx), to the stomach. The esophagus contains two sphincters (valves). The upper esophageal sphincter are under conscious control. The lower esophageal sphincter is controlled by the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.
Reflux occurs, when gastric juices from the stomach are forced back into the oesophagus and up into the throat. This usually happens when a peristaltic squeeze occurs. Everyone, at some point in time, will experience occasional gastric reflux. If reflux symptoms occur two or three times a week, or if it interferes with your daily life, it needs to corrected.
There are several reason reflux including.
• Diet and Lifestyle (fast foods, foods with high fat contents)
• Eating before going to sleep
• Scar tissue on the lower sphincter (prevents compete closing)
• Ulcers on the sphincter
• Lack of Gastrin
• Birth defect
• Pregnancy (excessive stomach pressure)
• Excessively large bolus of food (damages sphincter)
Gastric fluids, with, or without, the presences of Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is very bitter to the taste. When this very bitter fluid entering the throat, many people assume they are over producing acid. The symptoms associated with reflux, are identical in people that are over producing acid (Hyperchlorhydria), and people that are not producing enough acid (Hypochlorhydria). Hypochlorhydria and Hyperchlorhydria, will cause reflux, abdominal pain, belching, bloating, gas, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea and/or constipation.
It is virtually impossible, for a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis of reflux, without a pH diagnostic test, because the symptoms associated with Hypochlorhydria and Hyperchlorhydria are identical. Many doctors assume that the patient is producing too much acid, when in fact, the opposite is true. This misdiagnosis, usually results in the patient being prescribed a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI), or acid reducing medication. When a person that is not producing enough acid, is place on a PPI, he/she will develop Achlorhydria. Achlorhydria is the complete absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric juices.
People with low stomach acid that are placed on PPIs, will not digest their food properly, or receive the full benefit from the nutrients, supplements, and medication, they consume. Hydrochloric acid breaks down the nutrients consume into a thick semi-fluid mass called chyme. Proteins are broken down by the Peptic enzymes into peptones. Peptones are the building blocks for the Amino acids. Amino acids are necessary for sustaining life.
Pepsin is most active in the conversion of proteins into micro-minerals, when the pH of the hydrochloric acid, in the stomach, is at 1.0 to 1.3. pH. When the strength of the acid decreases, the Peptic enzymes become less active, in the conversion of proteins. At pH 5.0, the Peptic enzymes are completely inactive, in the conversion process. Low stomach acid, will allow raw unsterilized and unconverted nutrients to dump into the small bowel. When this occurs, there is reduced absorption of the necessary vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients, necessary to support the immune system, and keep the body health. This condition also allows bacteria and other pathogens to enter the small bowel.
If a person is actually over producing acid, the correct natural medication, should be one that mimics the normal physiologic buffering that occurs in the digestive process. The normal physiologic buffering that occurs in the digestive process is a 2 to 1 ratio of Sodium Bicarbonate to Potassium Bicarbonate. A Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI), should only be used on a short term basis, to allow healing of damaged tissue.
Long term use of PPIs, have been connected to bone fracture and other serious conditions.
Before taking any type of medication for a digestive disorder, ask your doctor to give you a pH Diagnostic test, pH Capsule Test, or gastrogram, to determine the condition of your digestive process.

Mal November 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Beautifully written, Jacob. Thank you

DD September 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

Thanks for this additional information!

Luis August 4, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Can turmeric be effective ?
Also I heard Cayenne Pepper is Good for Digestive problems.
And Systemic Enzymes.
Please advise .

Mariel Heiss August 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Hey Luis, thanks for your comment!

We do recommend turmeric for inflammation and digestive enzymes. You can find our recommended products here: http://scdlifestyle.com/recommended-products/

Jordan and Steve have been spending a lot of time lately focused on how to treat heartburn from all angles – diet, lifestyle, and supplements. They’ve put everything into a heartburn presentation you can check out here: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com

Amie July 3, 2015 at 4:45 am

Hi, the medication I was taking caused my acid reflux. Ive tried ppi’s & zantac, both didn’t work. I’ve had camera down & all clear. I am now tab free, my throat, stomach & chest feels inflammed & sore. Hurts to talk. I also get a salty taste. Would I be low in stomach acid ? Which natural products or supplements do u recommend? I manage to sleep all night & not in pain. Just burning, inflammation & soreness. At the moment I’m just trying manuka honey. Please advise as it’s making my life a misery.

Mariel Heiss July 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Hi Amie. Based on our experience, many people with heartburn have low stomach acid. This article gives 3 methods for testing your stomach acid levels: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/ I also recommend you check out Steve and Jordan’s heartburn presentation. You can learn more here: http://heartburnhelp.scdlifestyle.com/?_ga=1.34029729.180204042.1433519852

Jaspreet Kaur Dhillon November 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Too much acid problems burning my harts and voice problems .l am not talking to other people. So too much problems.

chris June 6, 2015 at 6:19 am

I was wondering if my 4 year old could be dealing with GERD, as she sometimes vomits clear phlem and sometime food, while laying in bed or after a late meal. She was on prophylactic antibiotics for years. I just got Elaines book, elevated the head of her bed, and ordered the started/yogurt maker. Would the betadine be too much for her, as I would have to break open a capsule as she cannot swallow pills yet? Any specific recommendations?

Lori Jo Berg June 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Hi Chris, thanks for reaching out about your daughter. We highly encourage you to speak with a trusted medical practitioner regarding your daughters symptoms, as can not give medical advice. If you are in need of one, you can search here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/ One thing you can do, however, is address her diet. You can implement some of the SCD diet principles and start to pay attention to how she reacts to foods, as this would be a great starting point for her.

ramkumar April 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

I am suffering from GERD for past 5 months. I am just 26. I am having PPI for past 3 months. Even for my age group also GERD is due to low acid production? kindly Clarify.

I am having clogged ear along with this. My Ent sad everything is perfect, there is nothing wrong in my ear and nose. Kindly help me.

Lori Jo Berg April 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Hi, yes, even for your age group low stomach acid can be the culprit. We suggest testing your HCL levels here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/ and using this article as a guide to supplement: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Ram April 30, 2015 at 2:38 am

i am suffering from GERD for past 5 months. Am just 26. Is it due to low acid production or due to High acid production? i am taking ppi for 2 months. Kindly advice.

Lori Jo Berg April 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Hi Ram, it is our experience (and is supported by research) that most who suffer form GERD have low stomach acid. Please read the following 2 articles to assist you with this issue: About low stomach acid: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Mary Cate April 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

My FAVORITE remedy is the apple cider vinegar. I mix 1-2 tbsp. with hot water and add honey for flavor (very necessary). I’ve become so accustomed to it, it’s my new tea. It helps my stomach almost immediately, and almost every time. Whether it’s upset due to an accidental dairy or gluten intake, too much to drink the night before, or just a normal day full of diarrhea, it’s a lifesaver. What I love most about it though, is when it makes your stomach feel better, your body feels energy again. I used to chew Pepto Bismol all day long, and after a while just the taste of it makes you want to vomit. I would recommend apple cider vinegar to anyone. At the moment I just buy any brand that’s on sale or the cheapest, and now I’m curious to try an unfiltered, organic mix. Reading that it has probiotics just blew my mind – that’s like getting 2 birds stoned at once! As always, thanks for the article!

Kelyrra April 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

I love papaya for indigestion and/or heartburn. Papain is a wonderful, natural digestive enzyme found in papaya. Helped me through three pregnancies!

Monica Smith October 19, 2017 at 5:42 am

How long does it keep the reflex away till you have to go for a another pill ? I wake up every late at night sometimes pr during the day i get it its constantly coming back but i have choking because it’s so bad it’s pretty much burned my esophagus to where no matter what i do I wake up chocking I could be just breathing and I’ll just start chocking on my own saliva can you find this at your local pharmacy? Is there some sort of diet you have to go to when taking these is there a limit or time you have to take this maybe with food ?

Monica Smith October 19, 2017 at 5:48 am

I’m also taking ranitidine and it has stopped working for me it doesn’t work at all it keep coming back i eat toms all the time and I’m also pregnant as well but even before i still get heart burn or stomach acid

Lori Jo Berg October 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

HI Monica – we would suggest a whole foods nutrient dense diet if you arean’t doing that already. Over time, a change in diet as well as taking the Btaine HCl will help the body produce its own acid. Working backward, the right amount of HCL in the stomach will also help keep infections at bay and decrease the bloating in the stomach area….and decrease the pressure on the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach.

julie brundies April 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

i have tried the vinegar, it burned like crazy going down, i have tried drinking lemon water juice in the morning, and that gives me heartburn after drinking it. maybe i should try the betaine hcl. i dont take acid reflux drugs of any sort. i usually do the baking soda, that seems to do a good job.

Lori Jo Berg April 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

HI Julie, yes please go ahead and test your HCl levels here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

susan murphy April 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm

I have a spastic esophagus and had a balloon dilation to break the lower esophageal sphincter back in 2007. I was able to swallow my food well for about four years and then it started to spasm to the point I could not swallow again. My doctor had me start taking omeprazole to ward off the spasms. I have essentially been on it ever since because each time I try to wean off of them I get an esophageal ulcer (no barrier between stomach acid and lower esophagus) and the spasms make it impossible to eat. I have tried natural remedies but none have worked. My doctors say that natural remedies will not work because of the fact that I am dealing with no barrier between stomach and esophagus and acid will always be a problem. Thoughts?

Lori Jo Berg April 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Hi Susan, we suggest getting a second opinion perhaps from a functional medicine doctor that you trust. If you do not have one, you can search here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Laurie April 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

I understand your perspective on acid levels and reflux when it is the result of a functional digestive issue but what about when it involves a mechanical problem. If the individual has a hiatal hernia or a problem with bile reflux due to a valve problem, do you recommend the same treatment?

Lori Jo Berg April 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

Hi Laurie, thanks for reaching out. NO matter the issues we are experiencing, it is important that our HCL levels are at the proper PH for optiomal digestion. This is not only important for heartburn, but this allows us to actually absorb nutrients within our food as well, which in turn affects the entire body. WE would suggest taking the same approach and as always, consult your physician about any concerns you may have.

Olasoju Michael O. May 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Hi, the Drug u prescribe is not easily access in Nigeria. Throne and also I have been looking for a way of buying Probanthine. I don’t if their is a way I can get it. thank you.

dawhoda June 18, 2017 at 4:07 am

Dude the whole point is to treat it without drugs! SMH

Tusha December 3, 2017 at 12:35 am

My daughter is in severe pain and we have no apple cider vinegar, can I give her plain vinegar to see if it helps?

Lori Jo Berg December 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Hi Tusha – regular vinegar may be a bit strong…. Our studies only indicate ACV for this purpose. Do you have any of the others on hand?

Dean December 15, 2017 at 3:45 am

I have found that taking an enzyme pill during my meal helps me not have acid reflux. It helps break down the food quicker so it doesn’t sit there fermenting.
Do you agree ?

Lori Jo Berg December 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Yes! Enzymes are a great way to decrease heartburn:)

Leslie January 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

What kind of enzymes?

Tarannum Mushtaq January 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

I have a mechanical problem (reflux due to a valve open) as per my gastroscopy report at least 25 years before now i am above 50 still have the same reflux problem inspire of all testament prescribed my doctor Please suggest me home remedies

Lori Jo Berg January 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Hi Tarannum, sorry to hear that. It’s important to change your diet first and then start building your HCL as tolerated. You can start by changing your diet here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Ben January 12, 2018 at 6:42 am

Ask your doctor for a referral to a pathologist to get tested for Helicobacter Pylori. There are several testing methods so do some homework to see which will suit your circumstances. If a positive test is returned, research the foods that help fight the bacteria and help your body to repair itself. There is also a natural therapy option available which has had significant success rates and is worth trying before the antibiotic therapy which your doctor will recommend. *Do your research thoroughly and weight your decisions heavily in favour of your own judgement. The ‘experts’ have been misdiagnosing and mistreating this problem until recently, and are still mistreating it in most circumstances, in my opinion. Even now there is very little DEFINITIVE information on the problem available that would allow individuals to find the correct remedy for their needs. Keep this in mind when hearing about inconsistencies in treatment success… The dietary requirements SUCK but with a bit of tweaking to suit your individual condition, almost immediately begin to help.

And don’t forget to get tested for ulcers and cancers if you have been ignoring a chronic condition for an extended length of time. A chronic condition could result in a ‘Bleeding Ulcer’ needs immediate attention.

P.S. Tums (before disappearing from shelves) were a Calcium Carbonate and a far, far less toxic option than Rennie, Quick Ease and all the other antacids available when used continuously. I had to resort to taking these when Tums disappeared and I noticed the severity of my condition increasing much more rapid rate than before. Then I found Nexium and liked the idea of only needing one tablet a day. Another dumb decision on my behalf. Do not take this drug. Unless it is the only thing available and do not replace your (my ignorant and incorrect) self medication practices with it.
Oh, and if you have problems with the sphincter in the top of your stomach, sleep on your left side to relieve the burning. Raising your self up slightly when feeling discomfort will immediately allow you to burp the built up gas out as the oesophagus joins to a he stomach at an angle on the top right.