Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux - Ted's Q&A

Browse Ted's Q&A

Weak Esophageal Sphincter, Scarring

Posted by Asif

Hello Ted I have been taken the ACV with baking soda and it has helped a lot. One problem i have is that my tongue is always white - brown / creamy the next morning witha thick coating. When i stop the ACV for 2 days, it goes back to normal. Any suggestions on this?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Asif: Normally it takes 2 weeks for the body to acquire enough bicarbonates, without the ACV, in event the body is acidosis, acid tongue, or creamy white tongue, and the ACV begins only after the second week. Apparently that was taken initially so the body has not have a chance to acquire enough bicarbonates yet. Creamy white color is a fungus problem, try using green tea no sugar, no fructose no milk. Use that as a mouthwash and drink that 3 times a day. It should reduce the creamy white thing. Or you can switched to a more powerful alkaline using lime (lemon) juice freshly squeezed 8 teaspoon with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. That should help alkalize more and reduce the fungus like problem. Adding some 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter of water should help.

Replied by Elena
Northern, Ca/usa
03/25/2011

I reviewed this blog. My humble opinion, after 20 months of hell with LPR, a fundoplication that left me 10x worse than before the surgery, best thing you can do for reflux (its caused by loose LES and UES) is to reduce meat/chicken/pork and eat most of everything veggies or fruit that are non acidic. (Also I think my taking vitamins may have contributed to a constellation of things coming together that caused LPR. I think the calcium citrate vitamins I took before bed for several years may have contributed to my LPR. I also had severe sleep apnea and used the c-pap faithfully and developed severe allergies to the air pressure.)

Also take mega doses of probiotics. Those two things: probiotics and reducing meat & eating a veggie/fruit diet is the best way to manage GERD/LPR without drugs. Another words don't eat things that take alot of acid to digest and that hang around your digestive track too long.

I never found that PPIs helped me at all. In fact Nexium gave me a severe case of pnuemonia that would not clear up, even with antibiotics, until the PPI was stopped. (You need some acid in your stomach to kill off the bacteria and viruses that come down from your throat. Your stomach is 50% of your immune system) My legs felt like lead weights on PPIs. Your not making B vitamins in your intestines while on PPIs and a host of other really important things aren't happening when you shut down your acid pumps. I was constipated all the time. And worse, it didn't work to stop the searing throat burn! My LPR was atypical and nothing worked for it, not even surgery. 6 months ago I thought I would wither away slow but sure from a burning & searing throat. I lost 1-2 lbs a day for 3 months. They gave me pain medicines that a person suffering from any type of GERD shouldn't take at all. It was terrifying to burn to death every day with no Dr. able to help me. My PH test showed that I had gone from an acid test of 40 to .4 but I was still burning to death!

Finally I saw a ENT Dr and my clincal presentation showed that my throat was burnt to a crisp and the burns went right up to the back of my molars. My ENT told me I had to learn to live with it. My GI gave me Carafate and that I had to learn to manage it. That was it! I stumbled upon mega doses of probiotics and cutting out meat (meat of any kind takes a very long time to digest and therefore you have acid hanging around in the stomach for extended periods of time; just think about what happens when you eat meat everyday). Hope my dibiltating near death experience helps someone out there.

My Drs tried to help me but nothing worked except megadoses of probiotics & cutting meat out... And don't drink alcohol, sodas, or anything with citric acid in it! Read your labels. Drink akaline water, spring water worked for me. Yes, I even burned when I drank water! I also gargle with baking soda water to neutrilize the acid that is hitting my throat but I don't swallow it. From my research digesting baking soda consistantly is not not a good idea). LPR is disasterous dibilating anatomical problem. I wish you health. Hope to hear if this helped anyone. Elena

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
04/01/2011

Elena; Like you I have had many debilitating illnesses, as well as acid reflux, I called my Dr. and asked what I should do, he told me to take another prilosect I said but Dr. it says not to exceed more than one pill per day; he yelled at me and said he was the Dr. do as he said, so late that evening I was rushed into ER where I needed gallbladder surgery, the ER Dr. said your gallbladder was ready to explode. I found recently through trial an error that acid does control a higher or lower form of acid same as I found oil on my blouse and used another oil to take it out. Not everything works the same for everyone, we eat, drink, live and think differently which changes our body functions. I do a lot of foot work searching these sites out and this one is the best by far, it has helped me from many annoying doctors exploratory tests by the dozens.

Then it has stabilized a stray kitten in much pain with mange where I am hoping it will save her life and put her where she can be a real kitten. And yes I gave her Apple Cider Vinegar vinegar because she had a very high amount of acid where it burned a small pocket under her eye. So this Apple Cider Vinegar has so far been a great hit with my kitten and I, also two small dogs where I pamper them with Apple Cider Vinegar as well. I hope your feeling well. Good luck.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
04/01/2011

Elena;Like you I have had many debilitating illnesses, as well as acid reflux, I called my Dr. And asked what I should do, he told me to take another prilosect I said but Dr. It says not to exceed more than one pill per day;he yelled at me and said he was the Dr. Do as he said, so late that evening I was rushed into ER where I needed gallbladder surgery, the ER Dr. Said your gallbladder was ready to explode. I found recently through trial an error that acid does control a higher or lower form of acid same as I found oil on my blouse and used another oil to take it out. Not every thing works the same for every one, we eat, drink, live and think differently which changes our body functions. I do a lot of foot work searching these sites out and this one is the best by far, it has helped me from many annoying doctors exploratory tests by the dozens. Then it has stabilized a stray kitten in much pain with mange where I am hoping it will save her life and put her where she can be a real kitten. And yes I gave her Apple Cider Vinegar vinegar because she had a very high amount of acid where it burned a small pocket under her eye. So this Apple Cider Vinegar has so far been a great hit with my kitten and I, also two small dogs where I pamper them with Apple Cider Vinegar as well. I hope your feeling well. Good luck.

Replied by Jenny
Pomona, California
06/21/2011

Hello Ted,

I am 19 years of age and I get this really bad pain in my chest. Toughness in breathing, stomach becomes really hard, and my back and stomach hurt REALLY bad to the point where I can't sleep but just lay there in pain and tears. At first I just thought it was Acid Reflux but now I'm afraid its something worse. I took Prilosec for 14-days and that actually helped with the pain a lot. However, you cant take that again until 4 months after the 14-day treatment already taken. Do you think its a peptic ulcer or do you just think its a really bad case of GERD? I can't afford to go to the hospital to get it checked so until then im hoping you can help me out. If you dont mind, can you please tell me the exact apple cider vinegar treatment? I take 2 tablespoons of ACV in 8oz of water right when the pain starts but I don't see it helping me out. Please, help me!

Replied by Sara
Fl, Florida
06/10/2012

Ted, I am just wondering abut acid reflux. I've had acid reflux for about a month now, it started when I wore a tight dress and I ate food but the dress restricted my stoamch and maybe damaged my lower esophagus sphincter from properly operating so the food remains stuck in my esophagus, not able to move downwards to my stomach. So I've had that feeling of food stuck in my chest for weeks until one time, I ate a piece of chicken and it immediately got worse, the chest feeling blocked. My doctor prescribed Zantac and I was on it for 3 days and the acid reflux (for days, the acid came up into my throat and I felt nauseous) got better and all taht remained was chest tightness. Then when it was getting better, I ate a hard bagel and everything started up again. Chest tightness, then acid coming up. Now, I have heartburn, needlelike pain that radiates up and burning sensation and nausea and fatigue that is relieved slightly with eating food. The Zantac doesn't work that much anymore and I'm afraid to go on Nexium. Should I just continue not taking drugs and wait for the stomach to heal by eating apples, baking soda?


NEXT