How to Naturally Treat Acid Reflux | Dr. Josh Axe


Acid Reflux Symptoms, Causes, and Natural Treatments:

In this video, I’m going to go over how to naturally treat acid reflux.

Triggers for acid reflux usually involve not getting enough enzymes in your diet, causing low stomach acid. In order to address this issue, you need to change your diet. I would recommend avoiding citrus fruits, tomatoes, chocolate, carbonated beverages, grain products, and hydrogenated oils. Replace those foods with foods that are high in enzymes and easy for your body to digest like vegetables, fruits, organic meats, bone broth.

Additionally, you want to supplement your body with a digestive enzyme supplement (two capsules with meals) or HCL with pepsin (start with one capsule with protein). You will also want to focus on your lifestyle by eating less at meals and slowing down your eating pace.

Lastly, start using apple cider vinegar, which is the number one home remedy for acid reflux (one tablespoon before your meal). Apple cider vinegar is effective because it contains acetic acid which helps you to digest food. Following all of these tips will improve your symptoms and help you overcome acid reflux altogether.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people eat healthily and live a healthy lifestyle.
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73 thoughts on “How to Naturally Treat Acid Reflux | Dr. Josh Axe

  1. I’ve suffer from acid reflux for along time started taking apple cider vinegar because I had a yeast infection but didn’t know it can help with my acid reflux wow thanks Dr.

    1. Isn’t acid reflux caused by the lower esophagus sphincter being open when it’s not supposed to be? why does apple cider vinegar help?

    2. @Remelie Uy now I am in China how can you help me, I am suffering from chronic acid reflux please help me!!!

    1. Hey everyone, the greatest success that ive ever had was with the Fergs Treatment Crusher (just google it) – without a doubt the best method i’ve tried.

  2. Acid reflux was keeping me up several nights a week. Prilosec kind of worked as long as I took one every twelve hours, but could always feel the possibility the acid reflux could really flare up. I didn’t like the long term side effects of Prilosec and needed a better solution. I found this video, tried it, and by the second day of taking the digestive enzymes and apple cider vinegar I never had a problem again. It’s been over two months now. While I don’t take the enzymes regularly, I’ve come to really enjoy the apple cider vinegar on it’s own. Since I’ve started I’ve never had a flare up or any of the other problems that comes with reflux (bloating, gas, etc). Life is good.

  3. I used to have a problem with acid reflux….but one of the biggest things that I changed was removing or avoiding toxic people….also exercise really helped. For me it was really the bad nerves. 

  4. No more soda and no more “over eating” is what helped me the most.
    Also going to mostly vegan diet and vitamins/minerals.

    1. Karl Hans I drink a little bit with food everyday, I also brew my own, so it saves me a lot of money.. you could drink a bottle every other day. You need to take the medicine to feel better and have time for repair from the damage that acid is doing and at the same time make a life style change, limit carbs and sugars, kumbocha will also help you to kick sodas and sugar to some extent…

    2. Once you feel better and like two months passes, start to half the medicine and see what happens, you want to get off of it.

    3. @Ray Kodiak thanks I’ll try your method. I’ll search a bio store for it. I started drinking strawberry smoothies everyday recently, apparently it heals the esophagus.

    4. @Karl Hans also do research on GERD, stay away from carbonated drinks, until you figure this out, take a break from bad habbits and some end them, or else!!!!

  5. Hi Dr Josh, long story short, I was praying cuz I had really bad heartburn and constipated, while newly diving into a fully raw vegan diet. Getting rid of old junk eating patterns! I thought of ACV and was concerned if it would make it worse. But this video and Braggs website confirmed to get it. I can say, within the first day, heartburn was gone. Within the second day, all constipation was gone. What a Glorious and easy breakthrough! 🙂 I used two tablespoons Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of water 3 times a day, reducing to once in the morning, as symptoms greatly improved. I’m a new subscriber. 🙂 Hallelujah! God Bless you, for the quick and easy and simple tips!! Shalom! 🙂

  6. Tried to take tea spoon of apple cider then dribk water… Thew up instantly thought i was going to die

    1. I’m allergic to vinegar and to anything with vinegar in it. I also gag and throw up. It’s not for everybody.

  7. Hi, i have some low acid’s symptoms and as recommended I took an organic apple vinegar spoon before meal, both at lunch as at dinner. however I after the meal I started with burning’s symptoms, which is something I had not before. my symptoms were: reflux without burning and fullness even with small amounts, and slow digestion. plus reflux i also have a mild gastritis. May this is why I am with this burning after the vinegar? or I do you should i think i have the opposite, excess acid? What can I consider?

  8. avoid coffe,tomato,alcohol especially wines,all food comes with tmato sauce and lot of oil,fried fish,sour fruits,dairy products…all sour food dont eat…balanced your weigth to your body….go to gym….dont eat lot of rice….

  9. currently 4:33 a.m. Woke up with the feeling of something coming up my throat (I have emetophobia so anything like that is scary for me) so now it isn’t the actual acid reflux, Its the fear of vomiting 😖

    1. I had this prb…the more you think the more you will have it..just relax and over come your fear,anger,overthinking…stay busy with friends and creative work.

  10. I googled “how to get rid of acid reflux” and the first thing that came up was🤦🏽‍♂️ lose weight

  11. Dr Axe, PLEASE do a video/study on LPR “the silent reflux” this is different than typical GERD. The LPR sufferers are having the acid go past their heart straight into the esophagus.

  12. Never in a billion years did I think I would end up with a health condition. Every single doctor visit I’ve had, I was healthy. But last year changed it all for me…boom….acid reflux. And it sucks….big time.

  13. Does anybody else have tightness in the chest? It feels like there’s a lump in my chest. It’s not painful just uncomfortable. I’ve had my heart checked and it’s healthy so I ruled that out.

    1. Satisfying Slime DIY yes! I have gone the everything in moderation route and no longer take anything for acid reflux

  14. the supplement d-limonene has cured my reflux. took it for less than a month. look it up on amazon, reviews are great.

  15. i remember my father always eating ‘TUMS’ after a meal. a few years ago i learned that the problem was not enough acid (like Dr Ace says). i suggested my father use HCl suppliments and it worked! about two years later i asked him if it was still working. he said that he stopped because he no longer needed the HCl, the heartburn was cured!
    doctors are not as smart as they think they are and often do ‘bass akward’ treatments!

    1. @Karl Hans thanks I’ll look that up …my doctor just prescribed .a omeprazole…side effects scare me I need more stress about this😳😂

    2. @shantasticness ! i also have PPI prescribed but it had no effect so i stopped taking them. You should go see gastroenterologist first before taking these capsules, i read about someone that has vomiting acid from it, cause this capsule makes you produce acid. Check if its right for you.

    3. @Karl Hans I dont think shes going to say their ok cause shes the one who said she wanted my acid lowered. I’m starting to think its psychosomatic. Only because she did a scope and found nothing but a lil redness in my actual stomach. I’m going to find a new “holistic “doctor I lost my last one

    4. Can someone explain to me how low acid causes burning? And why giving the body more acid would help? I’m so confused I would think my body is over producing acid

  16. I am short of breath for weeks now. Sometimes I wake up at night and I palpitate and i shake and i feel suffocated. I went to the doctor and they told me that I have GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Does anyone ever experience this?

    1. Consider checking out dr.bergs videos, I’ve found helpful. Sometimes palpitations at night may be a sign of a hiatus hernia. Also low magnesium. I have silent reflux, which has been hard to pinpoint due to no heartburn. Also know as LPR, esophageal reflux. I’ve started taking betaine and Apple cider before meals, also daily magnesium. Dr.berg, and also Thomas DeLauer have been very helpful. And no, I’m not on keto.

    2. Yes yes yes. I thought I had some kind of heart condition, when I woke up and my heart was beating so fast and hard. Then a few days later it happened again. Then I started having pressure in my chest . A week after that I felt like I had a lump in my throat. My doctor diagnosed me with gerd

    3. Yes I have this too, it’s terrible! I went from a healthy person to having this problem. I pray to God everyday to heal me completely from this. I also experience a constant sore throat (everyday), lump in throat feeling sometimes, shortness of breath, pain behind my upper back area ( no idea why). I am taking Gaviscon at the moment, my ENT diagnosed me with silent reflux. Anyway I’m also going to try the Apple Cider vinegar.

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