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How to Cure Acid Reflux: Natural Smoothies and Juicing to Get Rid of for GERD, Heartburn and More

Updated on July 31, 2012

Are you one of the 60 million Americans who would like to know how to cure acid reflux? Have you been relying on expensive prescription drugs or antacids to alleviate suffering? These drugs contain harmful ingredients which can only be safely taken for a short time. Studies show that those who have taken these drugs for extended periods of time, need to gradually increase the amount taken in order to maintain relief. Serious side effects reported with prolonged use have been increased blood pressure, vision problems and fatigue.

There is a simple reason why antacids can never cure acid reflux. Hydrochloric acid is used by the stomach for digestion. When acid flows up from the stomach into the upper intestines and the esophagus this is known as acid reflux. Drugs made to temporarily remedy this condition drastically reduce the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This temporarily solves one problem but creates another. Hydrochloric acid is essential for proper digestion. If there isn’t enough hydrochloric acid, food doesn’t get digested properly, increasing acid reflux and the need for antacids. Most of the over-the-counter antacids contain large amounts of aluminum, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. If you are using these antacids on a regular basis dangerous mineral imbalances can occur. Excessive sodium leads to hypertension and aluminum is linked to Alzheimer's disease.

You don’t have to risk your health with dangerous drugs and antacids to get relief. There is a better, all natural solution that will heal this condition permanently? Unfortunately, you won’t get an instant fix but with some patience you can not only heal your condition, you can safely and comfortably add more variety to your diet in moderation. I used to suffer with acid reflux on a daily basis but after making changes in my diet, I no longer have any problems with it. The first change I made was to limit my portions.

Overeating can fill the stomach so full that there is no room left for stomach acid, which causes it to overflow into the upper intestine and the esophagus. The next step is to do an internal cleanse. This will help to heal the esophageal sphincter muscle if it is not opening and closing properly. There are several ways you can do this. The most effective would be to go on a juice fast with fresh fruit and vegetables. Another effective method is  to replace two meals per day for several weeks with all natural fruit smoothies with organic plain yogurt, high in bacteria culture, and preferably a vegetable source protein powder.

Going the smoothie route won't be effective if you are snacking on junk food and your one solid meal per day is unhealthy. It is important to avoid foods that promote acid reflux during this time of cleansing. Foods to avoid are products containing caffeine, cheese, carbonated beverages, desserts, sugar, rich sauces, onions, processed foods, tobacco, high seasoned or spicy foods, gravies, eggnog and fried foods).


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      Lisa 5 years ago

      OMG.. I know why I have heartburn now. The mistake I made was eating one meal a day that was bad foods with a lot of sauce or its spicy. Feeling the heartburn since after I worked out and worst after I ate a spicy dinner. I hope this will go away. What can I do?

    • profile image 6 years ago

      This is a Fantastic website, very informative. I have had this problem for years and have giving up until I found your website. I will now make an effort again using your suggestions. Will be back, bookmarked. Thank you!

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      divmarch 6 years ago

      Hi there,

      I am 30 years old. suffering from chronic acid reflux attack almost daily..i have not undergone any tests.i don't wish to start any allopathic medicines as i have heard it might make u worse.i want to eliminate i ve stopped taking spicy food n stuff. just started vth aloejuice and apple cider vineger. lillt relief is there. but still having attcks. and also bite at the side of the centre whr stoomach and esophagus join. Any advice to improve my condition and for a faster healing.

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      treating acid reflux 7 years ago

      This is nice! Now, I've gotten a lot of new ideas on how to prevent acid reflux. Thank you for sharing.

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      acidrefluxinfo 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      hi susu, i'm an acid reflux patient myself and i understand how you feel about those sites promoting that they can cure reflux. i've read already 3 i think, they've been helpful... but i noticed that it's not much of one cure, as it is many safer natural ways to treat heartburn and acid reflux. stuff that your doctor usually doesn't recommend because most often his loyalties lie with pharma and drug companies and that's just natural.

      my take is these books recommend a number of natural approaches in treatment, because the effects vary from person to person.

      i still haven't gotten to cure my reflux, but the information was very helpful in lessening my symptoms by i say around 50-60% (if i can put a percentage on it!).. hopefully it'll get better, as i do still have some sleepless nights...

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      susu 9 years ago

      all what i want to say is there're loads of pple out there sayin they can cure the heart burn...but actually none of them is sayin how...and even though if you ask the normal doctor in the GP he'll tell you to not take anything pple say ....and ofcourse you wouldn't know if they are lying ir not????so how can i belive what is sayin or refluxremedies etc.... seriously now if there's a medicin out there why don't the doctors in hospitals use it to get rid of their continues comin pateins????

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      Gwen P 9 years ago from The Heartland

      Hey, very useful article. I get heartburn occasionally. I always know when I haven't been eating right. LOL! Oh well. Thanks! Gwen

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      michellemoseley 9 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      This is great information. As a big fan of natural remedies, I know how well this works. My husband suffered from heart burn for 20 years and it continually got worse. He only slightly changed his diet, added digestive enzymes right after eating and drank aloe juice for the occasional flareup. His heart burn slowly disapeared, (probably would have been fasted if he had done a cleanse) now he no longer has it, except for the occasional overeating times. Then I don't feel sorry for him. :-)

      Anyway, if a person is willing to adjust their diet, do a cleanse, eat smaller portions and add maybe a digestive enzyme and/or an aloe juice, with a little time they too can find permanent relief from heart burn, acid reflux and/or GERD.


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      hot dorkage 9 years ago from Oregon, USA

      slippery elm bark. just put some in hot water and steep. drink the tea then chew the crud at the bottom of the cup, sucking the gooey stuff down and swallowing it and spitting out the spent crud. it contains a mucilage that is wonderful for GERD

      Also, getting rid of toxic people or situations in your life does wonders for GERD.

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      Leta S 9 years ago

      Hi, Steve-

      You became my fan recently, so I thought I'd hop over and check your articles out. And here it is--one that I could use right now... I have never had a problem with this until recently and am also trying to find a way to deal with it naturally. Small meals seem to work for me--but also not just eating once a day like I have a tendency to do when I'm busy. I'm going to give eating more yogurt a try, plus I'm thinking any kind of moderate exercise should help for some reason. (?)


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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I know it. Fresh carrot juice is one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted.

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      stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Constant! Juicing does take some effort but there is nothing better for your health and longevity and fresh juice tastes the best by far.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great info, Steve. I do get occasional, but very temporary, acid reflux, which I battle with cold water. I avoid pills like the plague (knowing the long-term dangers). I like your smoothie/meal replacement recommendation and have been wanting to get a good juicer, anyway. Now I have one more reason to do so!