The #1 natural cure for GERD, recommended by Earth Clinic readers, is organic apple cider vinegar. Readers have reported that this home remedy for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) relieved their heartburn and reflux symptoms when other treatments had failed. You will also find many other natural remedies for GERD, including recommendations from Bill Thompson and Ted from Bangkok.
How to Treat GERD with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps to regulate the body’s pH balance. Taken daily, apple cider vinegar assists the body in maintaining the alkaline pH needed to neutralize stomach acid. This makes it much easier to manage acid reflux.
The most often used mixture was 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of cold water, taken 2-3 times a day.
Some readers reported success with using pickle juice instead of apple cider vinegar.
Recommendations For Treating GERD from Bill and Ted
In addition to Earth Clinic readers’ favorite home cures for GERD, we also have two treatment regimens developed by long-time Earth Clinic contributors Bill Thompson and Ted from Bangkok.
Bill Thompson’s GERD Protocol includes a very clear description of digestive problems and the importance of the correct pH acid levels in the stomach. His recommended GERD protocol is easy to follow.
Ted from Bangkok offers treatment suggestions and answers to many GERD questions from readers. He covers such topics as: GERD, Acid Rebound and Quitting PPIs, Improving Stomach Function, Natural Stomach Remedies No Longer Working and many more.
Diet and GERD
However one chooses to treat their GERD, eating the proper diet is essential. While there are general recommendations for eating as alkaline a diet as possible, some people can eat foods that others cannot tolerate at all.
It has been suggested that these foods should be avoided: Coffee, red meats, chilies, fried foods, oily foods and excessive starch (white flour), milk, cheeses and aspartame products. Other diet recommendations from Ted of Bangkok can be found here.
Traveling and eating out can be a problem. One way to make it a little simpler is to find safe items on the menus of chain restaurants; since many chain restaurants are found all over the country, this will give the traveler a few safe places to eat when on the road.
Checking pH regularly is important. Test strips are available in most pharmacies.
Acid pH levels are: 1.0 to 6.9
Neutral pH level is: 7.0
Alkaline pH levels are: 7.1 to 14.0
The perfect pH level is: 7.43, slightly alkaline.
What is GERD?
GERD is an increasingly common digestive disorder that makes people's lives miserable. It's painful, chronic and can damage someone's overall health. GERD is usually caused by a weakness or problem in the lower esophageal sphincter at the base of the esophagus, above the stomach. This valve should prevent the stomach's contents from returning up toward the mouth, but weakness or damage can make this seal faulty. One conventional treatment is surgery on the valve; this may help, but for many people, this is not a permanent 'fix'.
This malfunctioning valve allows acids to escape from the stomach and burn the esophagus and throat – the heartburn GERD sufferers are all too familiar with. Every time this happens, the leaky valve can be further damaged. It becomes difficult to get a good night's sleep because laying down makes the reflux symptoms worse. Over time, GERD can result in a number of additional health problems, including a chronically restricted, inflamed throat and possibly even cancer.
We hope that some of these suggestions for dealing with this chronic problem will prove helpful. Continue reading below for hundreds more testimonials from readers who have tried many different remedies for GERD with varying success. Please let us know if you have an additional remedy to add to the list!