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5 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Updated on May 20, 2015

Our Experience

My husband suffers from horrible heartburn and acid reflux. For him there is nothing worse than the moment when he is in the middle of a meal and suddenly feels like his throat has shrunk and the food feels like it is stuck in his throat and chest. This feeling leads to coughing which leads to throwing up just to find comfort. As his wife I felt horrible because there was little I could do. All the pills on the market never helped and if they did they only worked for a short time. One day I had enough and decided we were going to find a natural solution one way or another. Thankfully we found a few. I hope this list is able to help you.

5 ways to beat Heartburn and acid reflux

  1. Apples - My first suggestion is to keep applesauce or an apple around. This has been the most effective for my husband. Just eat it right before a meal to prevent heartburn. You can also eat it at times you know you are prone to acid reflux or heartburn. For some they get acid reflux at bedtime. So just eat about 6 oz of it just before bed time.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar- This stuff is amazing for so many health conditions. It does burn for some people when taking, but there is usually relief within a couple of minutes. Just drink about 2 oz as needed.
  3. Honey- This one has shown effective for a lot of people.The thickness seems to promote acid to go the correct direction. You only need a couple of teaspoons for good results. Natural honey is preferred and local natural honey is best.
  4. Pickle juice- This one works well if you don't have vinegar in the house. Pickle juice contains vinegar, so it will help. If you can't stand the pickle juice alone then try eating the pickles. It may not work as fast but a good option if you have nothing else to help.
  5. Yellow Mustard- I have zero clue as to why this one works but it does. Just eat one teaspoon in one big gulp! Relief is usually seen within a minute.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid Reflux is a medical condition in which the gastric juices containing some acid flow back (reflux) coming from the stomach back to the esophagus. According to recent researches, somewhere around 20 percent of all people in the United States of America suffer at least once a week from acid reflux related symptoms. An additional 20% percent experience the uncomfortable symptoms at least once a month. Sadly most people who suffer from acid reflux don't even understand or know what is actually happening in their body.

At the entrance to your stomach there is a valve, which is the ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food goes through it. If the LES doesn't close all the way, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

What Are The Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

  • Heartburn that feels like it starts in your stomach and works it's way to your chest or throat.
  • Bloating or a feeling of being over full
  • Burping or hiccuping a lot soon after a meal
  • Nausea that seems to appear shortly after eating
  • Weight loss that is accompanied by some of the other symptoms
  • Feeling like food is stuck in your throat or chest, which can at times cause you to feel like you need to cough or throw up in order to relive the pressure you feel in your chest or throat.

Remember that these symptoms could also be signs of other illnesses, so never assume you know what is causing them.

How to Reduce Acid Reflux and Heartburn

  1. Do not eat very large meals.
  2. Avoid laying down right after eating.
  3. Keep your weight down to a healthy number.
  4. Avoid Eating and then doing an activity that requires a lot of bending.
  5. Avoid snacking near bed time
  6. Avoid acidic foods, spicy foods, and fatty foods
  7. Avoid taking NSAID medications like Ibuprofen or aspirin
  8. Stop drinking Alcohol
  9. Avoid smoking or inhaling second and smoke
  10. Avoid caffeinated beverages including your beloved coffee or tea

See a Doctor

Acid reflux and heartburn can be serious conditions. If the condition persists you should see a doctor. Natural and home remedies should only be used while working with a doctor. Discuss any new treatment with your doctor prior to using. If your doctor is completely against all natural remedies, find another doctor. Natural products are usually safer than medication.

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    Scott Bateman 3 years ago

    I was diagnosed with acid reflux, and after researching it quite a bit, gave up coffee and colas. My problems went away within weeks.

    That approach may not work for others, but it did work for me.

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    tlkuhn 3 years ago

    It's kind of surprising how many people are looking for more natural methods to cure heartburn and acid reflux. I think it has a lot to do with the serious side effects or all of the medications that are available. There is a great blog that has helped me a lot, and I hope it will help you too.

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    Rod Martin Jr 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Lovely suggestions. I also learned of the apple cider vinegar. It tastes yuck! But it works far better than the prescription medicine my doctor said I would take for the rest of my life. (Boy, was he wrong!)

    Also, digestive enzymes (papaya is best for me). But I have hardly needed any remedies since I changed my diet from the typical American fare. I've lived in the Philippines for 5 years and eat mainly vegetables, rice, fish and occasionally chicken. Whenever I stray from this and eat bread or pizza or hamburgers, my lovely "disease" starts to come back.

    I did a study not long ago (even wrote a hub about it) concerning worldwide cancer rates. Western food is poison! Everywhere Western (Americanized or West European) food is prevalent, cancer rates are at their highest. I wonder if this also applies to other diseases (including acid reflux).

    Naturally, the food industry, FDA, medical industry and pharmaceutical industry won't tell you this. Not good for profits. Cures are outlawed.

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    Peeples 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Collisa I never heard that one before! I will remember that because I get the hiccups all the time! Thanks for stopping by!

    Lipnancy thanks for visiting glad you like it!

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    Columba Smith 5 years ago from California

    I'm big on natural remedies. Never had this problem, but it's nice to know. By the way, apple cider vinegar also works like magic for hiccups. Just sip one teaspoon and they're gone!

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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Love the natural remedies. Voted Up and Shared.

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    Peeples 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Billy I hope you never have a reason to use them! Thanks for stopping by.

    CM I'll have to have my husband try that next time! Never heard that one. Thanks for your comment.

    Diana I have heard a lot of things about Vinegar but never muscle relief. I will have to look up some more info on that for future use! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    Thanks for the information. Vinegar, pickle juice and yellow mustard are also relief for muscle cramps. Honey is great for coughs and apples have the same wake-up effect as coffee. It's good to know they also work for acid reflex. Voted up.

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    Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

    I have tried a suggestion from good ole Dr. Oz

    He suggested, and it has worked for me, to simply drink 6oz. of warmed water..

    Yes, I thought he was nuts, until I tried it..

    Thanks for sharing your other suggestions as there is never enough information on correcting such an annoying condition... And its never a bad thing to have back up remedies on hand just in case. *smiles*

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have never suffered from this and had no idea that these home remedies could be helpful. Thank you for the info and I"m passing it on.