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Acid reflux/heart burn can be so uncomfortable and can completely put you off food. But you don’t have to suffer in pain.

Here’s 9 home remedies for curing that awful feeling.

1. Apple cider vinegar

Not many people realise by acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by drinking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water every day.

2. Licorice

Research shows licorice helps to ease heartburn and get to the source of the problem. Try chewable licorice tablets before meals – there are some brands that don’t taste like licorice at all, which gives you the benefits of the aniseed without needing to taste like it.

3. Bi-carb soda

Bi-carb soda helps to neutralise stomach acid. Mix between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon of bi-carb with a glass of water and drink only occasionally.

4. Ginger tea

Ginger has been found to have a gastroprotective effect as it blocks acid in the stomach from going up the oesophagus. Add two or three slices of fresh ginger root to two cups of hot water and let steep for about half an hour. Drink about 20 minutes or so before your meal.

5. Slippery elm

Slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, and contains antioxidants that can help with your reflux issue. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 2 tablespoons of powdered bark, then steep for 3 – 5 minutes. Drink three times per day to see results.

6. Bananas or apples

Bananas and apples contain natural antacids that can act as a defence against acid reflux. It’s one of the most effective and cheapest remedies for relieving heartburn.

7. Almonds

Eat some almonds after every meal, every snack, and every time you ingest something basically. Try to track down organic almonds if possible. Almonds neutralise the juices in your stomach, relieving and preventing acid reflux.


8. Lemon juice

Before you eat anything of a morning, drink a cup of warm water with fresh lemon juice. It’s a great digestive aid and will help you feel more full so you don’t desire fatty foods that cause acid reflux.


9. Sleep on your left side

Studies found sleeping on your stomach or right side can cause additional pressure, resulting in heartburn. Try to sleep on your left side if you are having recurring symptoms of reflux.


Tell us, do you get reflux often? What works for you? 

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  1. Very handy, I suffer like hell with acid reflux have tried cider vinigar etc but will focus on the giner tea and see how I go. Drives me mad.

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    • Please get checked by a gastroenterolost. My husband had reflux for years and never got it checked. Cancer of oesophagus.

  2. This is getting off the track a bit but the article interested me because for several years now my wife has had what some would call a cronic cough. She has had numerous tests and specialist advise and tried many treatments; all to no avail.
    Recently she visited a throat specialist who suggested her condition may be related to reflux whereby rising acid is irritating her vocal cords; hence the cough. She has been prescribed medication to treat this but so far no relief.
    So I am wondering if there are any other people out there who suffer from a cough and what is the treatment or if anyone has heard that reflux may be responsible for a cough.

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    • I saw a specialist who prescribed Somac I was coughing sneezing not really bad but enough to be annoying my voice kept getting really rough like you have (frog in the throat) said it was reflux Somac didn’t do much good I find if I don’t eat to much bread and only have sour dough if I do have bread also use malanta if needed much better

    • My reflux seems to be connected with phlegm and asthma. I find almonds quite effective to keep the reflux at bay (also choc probiotic balls) and use a Ventolin puffer. Apple cider vinegar makes me gag.

    • Dear Rod, l know exactly what you are speaking about. l was given a inhaler and it helped. Some months later l noticed l was coughing agian, but not that much. A little more time went by and l started to get reflux, to the piont of seatting up to sleep. l was put on to reflux medication, which did not help and was the opposite to what l needed. At this piont l started to do my own research, BINGO. What l found out was, that l did not have low acid. When your stomch has low acid it is a good place for bad bactera to grow, so explains why vinigar can help, as it is a acid. The problem still is l needed good bactera, which is probaly why a probiotics was the first thing that helped me, as this fights the bad bactera which loves a low acid stomach. Kefir is a good probiotic if you wish to make, and very inexsensive, which l make part of my daily intake. l went off coffee, and then started again and noticed the reflux after. All so remember bad bacteria loves it’s cards and sugars. Please look up hypochlorhydria (low acid) and you will find much information .
      l am still tring to cut down on my cabs, but have seen results in what lam doing. Though this all l was visiting my doctor who is great, but he did not have all the answers, but was interested in what l was tring.

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      • Sorry Rod, l meant l had low acid. Maria

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        • My doctor got my to have a Breath test, and was found clear. A few years ago l did safer for a hole year with very bad reflux, before getting diagnosed with Helicobacter bacteria and fixed in a week. Once again work with your doctor.

  3. Don’t know if its Acid or heart but it hurts. Spray under my tongue & it eventually goes. Will try a Banana. Thank you.

  4. I have tried most of these remedies except for the slippery elm. Everything else works, especially apple cider vinegar. I buy the organic brands from the health food section in the supermarket

  5. I have stopped eating sugar completely as this is my trigger for the most awful acid reflux. I now only get this if I fall off the wagon.

  6. Bicarbonate of soda, 1level teaspoon in a glass of water almost immediate relief. This is my remedy.

  7. Go on an alkaline diet. That fixes it. Be aware of what you eat and drink. Its important to take responsibility of your body and health. No amount of band aids are going to cure it. The problem still remains. Prevention is the best way.

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