Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here from, doctor
of functional medicine and nutritionist. In this video I’m going to talk about how to
naturally cure acid reflux and acid reflux or heartburn or indigestion. These are issues
that millions upon millions of people struggle with on a regular basis. In this video I’ll
go through the exact acid reflux diet, the best supplements for acid reflux along with
the lifestyle changes you need to make in order to help overcome acid reflux for good.
This is something that I’ve helped thousands of patients overcome in my years of practice. So step number one, let’s talk about what
causes and triggers acid reflux. Typically it’s an enzyme deficiency, if you’re not getting
enough enzymes in your diet, that’s a one big issue along with if your stomach… if
the acid is imbalanced in your stomach. Typically it’s caused from low stomach acid, so your
stomach is not producing enough acid and not enough enzymes being produced in your body.
So again, lack of acid, lack of enzymes, that’s what’s causing your acid reflux. So in order
to address that, we need to do a few things. Number one we got to change your diet and
there are a few things that trigger acid reflux. Consuming citrus fruits, tomatoes, chocolate
and carbonated beverages like soda, those can trigger acid reflux along with consuming
too many grain products and hydrogenated oils. Those are the first foods you want to actually
remove from your diet. Then what you want to do is start replacing those with foods
that are high in enzymes and foods that are easy to digest. Doing vegetables, doing most
forms of fruits, doing organic meats, doing bone broth. Consuming foods that are easy
to digest, that’s where you want to start in terms of diet is getting those into your
diet. So again, organic meat products, fruits and vegetables are a great place to start
when you’re replacing those foods in your diet. The next step to overcome acid reflux is you
have to start using certain supplements. And the best supplements that can help you are
taking a digestive enzyme supplement, two caps with meals of digestive enzymes along
with taking something called HCL with pepsin. That’s hydrochloric acid with pepsin and what
you’ll do with hydrochloric acid is you’ll take one capsule and you’ll only take this
when you consume meat or a form of protein and see if you get a warm feeling in your
stomach. And then eventually you’ll go to two caps into three, but hydrochloric acid
is the acid your stomach produces that helps to break down food, so actually getting more
of that acid will help you with digestion. But really digestive enzymes are the first
place to start. If the enzymes help all the way, you don’t
need to do hydrochloric acid but if that still isn’t enough then you can add in those in
as well. The third step is lifestyle; you really need to eat less at your meals. So
oftentimes, acid reflux is caused from stuffing yourself, eating too much, eating too fast.
So eating too much, eating too fast is a major cause of acid reflux. And step number four
to naturally cure acid reflux, is to start using apple cider vinegar. This is the number
one natural cure or home remedy is apple cider vinegar and what you’ll do is take one number
tablespoon in a small amount of water and drink that before your meal. About ten minutes
before your meal and apple cider vinegar contains probiotics enzymes and certain acids like
acidic acid which actually helps you digest your food. So this apple cider vinegar is the number
one natural remedy for acid reflux that you’ll want to start using. And you want to make
sure that when you’re buying apple cider vinegar that it has some of the cloudiness you can
see there on the bottom. It’s called the mother in it, you can see there it says organic,
raw and filtered with the mother. This is what you’ll want to start getting and of all
the things, this is the most beneficial thing you can do to naturally overcome and heal
acid reflux is start doing one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before your meals.
With that and enzymes will make a big difference in turns of natural treatments. So remember
this if you’re looking at overcoming acid reflux. Number one, get some of those triggers out
like doing too much citrus, tomato sauce, hydrogenated oils, sugar, grain products.
Get those out and start consuming more fruits, more vegetables and organic meat products.
Step number two; hey get some of those good supplements like digestive enzymes as well
as hydrochloric acid. Step number three, change your lifestyle, don’t over eat and eat slowly.
Try and chew about 20 to 30 times before you swallow and start using apple cider vinegar.
If you follow those steps, you’re going to find yourself well on your way to overcoming
acid reflux for good. By the way, if you want to see a full guide on how to overcome acid
reflux, I have a video on my website, go to, that’s d-r-a-x-e dot com, just
search apple cider vinegar and I actually have two articles. One on apple cider vinegar uses and cures
and another one on all the medicine studies on apple cider vinegar. But the 20 uses of
apple cider vinegar, I think you’ll like that article there. Check it out on,
hey guys this has been Dr. Axe with home remedies for acid reflux.

100 thoughts on “How to Naturally Treat Acid Reflux | Dr. Josh Axe

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  3. But I want to eat one of my favorite foods Spaghetti at least Sometimes. Fresh! Is there a way to reduce acid in spaghetti sauce? I tried the baking see soda and sugar thing.

  4. I can drink coffee again! I had to stop for about 3-4 weeks, but doing the above, plus what I list here, got me back on it (not as much per day now though 😉 It may or may not work for you:

    -I would add Caprylic Acid to the supplements. It's good for if you have a fungal overgrowth of yeast (sugar and carbs can feed it).

    -Calcium citrate and magnesium citrate. I've noticed that caffeine seems to affect the LES it because it causes malabsorptions of these two. I also notice acid reflux as I'm COMING DOWN from my caffeine use. Obviously you can speed up the effects by slowing or stopping your coffee consumption, as well as naturally eating these via some green vegetables. Tums is simply calcium carbonate, but it's good to internally take in calcium as well.

    – Also a weird exercise: Drink a low/zero sugar carbonated drink and do NOT burp for at least 2 minutes. You'll feel your LES (lower esophageal sphincter) tighten when you hold it down. This is the only way I know to manually flex that muscle, which has been worn down from acid reflux and poor nutrient absorption. I felt relief when I did this, but I would say this is something to try and see if it works for you (may not).

    Watching this video because I was curious how much it lined up with my process. I've gone through the above process twice, with my last "episode" only lasting a week.

    I got everything I needed from amazon (plus a multivitamin, just to be safe):

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    Digestive Enzymes Plus Prebiotics & Probiotics
    NOW Betaine HCl 648 mg,120 Capsules
    Solaray – Calcium Citrate Complex
    Now Foods Magnesium Citrate Veg-capsules

    Good luck!

  5. Winner of a video, been searching for "refluxs" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Mackorny Cool Stomach Blueprint – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my brother in law got great success with it.

  6. This is just superb, I have been researching "for acid reflux" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Mackorny Cool Stomach Blueprint – ( search on google ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my buddy got cool results with it.

  7. I had surgery to fit a stoma this week (Monday 15 October) and almost immediately had difficulty swallowing. I thought it may have been due to the breathing pipe during surgery aggravating the throat. I have had difficulty swallowing every day since. I realised it was acid reflux. I have started taking bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar with immediate relief. I wondered if anyone else with a stoma had this after effect and if so how long will it last?

  8. Hello, Can you please give me a few examples of too many grains. I eat quinoa, spelt , kamut and a few others. Thanks

  9. I have a severe esophageal stricture from acid reflux. Im currently taking medication for acid reflux but it seems to be making it worse. I've tried to stop taking it and I get awful heartburn. I'm not really sure what to do. It's terrible ..I'm always nauseous and have this intense burning throughout my entire stomache and even in my throat. I'm miserable. I'm only able to eat very soft foods like yogurt or ice cream because of my stricture. Im so malnourished and have lost almost 20 lbs. I've been like this for over a year because I only recently found out that I have a stricture. I've tried Apple cider vinegar and it didn't help me at all unfortunately. My heart goes out to anyone suffering from this

  10. interesting points ,if anyone else needs to find out about natural heartburn cure try Jaffacter Natural Heartburn Coach (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my colleague got excellent results with it.

  11. interesting points ,if anyone else wants to uncover controlling excessive sweating try Panlarko No Sweat Planner(do a google search ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my cousin got great success with it.

  12. How long does ACV take to help long term. as ACV Gives me more reflux, and affects my breathing more as i have a weak lower esophageal sphincter.

  13. I have a question… once all the drugs are out of the equation and you are on the road to healing; by exercising all the other approaches like lifestyle, diet and Apple cider vinegar etc. how soon should one expect positive results? Many speakers make suggestions, but rarely does someone mention what the path to recovery should feel like, how long it may take, and if its gradual or immediate effect. Can anyone help address this?

  14. does anyone here knows any easy to make diet/tips for managing sudden attack for people who has gastrics/acid reflux? my mom has it for 2 years and it comes every now and then when it happens she always cries cause the pain just catch up from her back and feels like vomiting everytime while trying to burp

  15. Only get acid reflux if I eat a lot of sugar, especially fructose, from starchy vegitables, and from some fruits.

    So why would I eat more fruit and veg and take acid when eating meat? this would be a dissaster.

  16. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS NOT good if you have Histamine intolerance. I have histamine intolerance and noticed that the apple cider vinegar was not helping me at all among other foods.
    Histamine is not bad, having too much or too little is the problem. You should avoid high histamine and histamine releasing foods, but remember that healing the gut is the key. An allergist or immunologist will test you for food allergies and intolerance if they suspect histamine intolerance. Doctors will recommend you to have the allergy shot, but is not a solution, Heal Your Gut. PPIs and acid reducers are not recommended because they lower your Diamine Oxidase (enzyme) deficiency, and worsen my symptoms. I was tested and the doctor never mention that I should change my diet, I had to research myself and read like crazy.

    More information: – Low histamine food list.

  17. Is there such thing as too much acid? Because I’ve Been going to the dermatologist for years and they say I have a contact dermatitis but my skin always seems to burn at night and in the morning and in between when I miss meals is the acid burning my skin

  18. Can you send me a list of food wot I shud me eating had it for years not its hell don't no how long I can take it need ur help

  19. Worst cases of reflux I experienced, now nearly cured, were scary change of my voice, burning throat and even thinning of tooth that my dentist applied amalgam

  20. Another contributor is stress. There’s a reason for those sayings “gut wrenching” “stomach tied up in knots”

  21. Hey Doc everytime I drink any acidic juice like kombucha or vinegar and lemon juice my throat hurts and there's bad smell coming out of it, how do I prevent that I like those juice?

  22. Can pickled jalapenos make it worse? I thought it would help to make our stomach break down food that we eat. Apple cider vinegar helps somewhat and baking soda water.

  23. 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.

  24. I have never had this before but just recently I started consuming some vegan protein along with exercise which triggered this symptoms, can you tell me what went wrong?

  25. Okay, I have gerd, not just acid reflux. And even a tsp acv in a huge glass of water burns and hurts so bad.have read that if you have severe gerd to not take acv…

  26. The only treatmemt for acid reflux is drink warm water before breakfast in a daily basis and make it a habit eating an apple daily you will be acid reflux free in no time

  27. If you have Silent Reflux, I know from experience that apple cider vinegar activates the pepsin in your esophagus and will prolong healing the valves. I haven't tried it in pill from to bypass the throat. Diet change and the digestive enzymes plus probiotics have helped a lot . After three months of experimenting I'm definetly better.

  28. What seems to help me was not eating after 6pm, only water until 8pm then nothing to give my stomach time to empty. If I had a drink before bed that would make things worse for example. Also raising my bed, I simply put a house brick under each leg raising the end to elevate me a bit, almost overnight that seemed better. Aside from that the usual, don't eat too big a meal and don't have carb heavy meals, otherwise im usually ok. Antiacids only work once I have found but then I get a rebound effect and I have bad reflux the following day and if I keep taking antacids to combat the acid im screwed as after a week or so of doing that daily even they stop working, I have to go cold turkey and stop taking them and within a few days its all back to normal again so I find it better to not use them at all. I have also tried PPI both Dr prescribed and OTC and neither help, in fact they leave me feeling bloated and just not hungry as I always feel full. Not nice.

  29. Used allopathic and homeopathic medicine but of no use. Used apple cider vinegar it increased acid reflux too much. Totally fed up of everything. Don't know when it will be cured or controlled. ??.

  30. I had a scope after gallbladder removal and was told I had lots of acid and bile reflux and gastritis. Nexium worked I weened off was great I admit I didn’t eat great but then given prednisone and antibiotics and I can’t get it under control now.

  31. No oil, vegan diet helped my acid reflux. Small portions throughout the day. After the sun sets I stop eating. 3 hours before bed i dont drink anything. No carbonated drinks, just water. I've always been vegan but an unhealthy one, eating fried junk food alot. But since I changed diet by eating cleaner my body took care of the rest. Hope this helps. Acid reflux sucks. Keeps you up at night, and sometimes randomly vomit in my sleep.

  32. I've heard this so many times but I have it severely. I have GERD with a hiatal hernia. My throat is ragedy from having GERD for so many years. I tried this but instead of just stomach acid now the vinegar is coming up too. Burns. Any advice?

  33. It is not confirmed, but my ENT said I may have Laryngopharyngeal reflux. Is this the same as acid reflux? Would I follow same protocol suggested in this video? Thanks!

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

  35. I am taking Apple cider Vinegar for GERD and it is helping at lot..however I too have gastritis and it is messing up with my gastritis…plz help..

  36. i have few curious questions:
    1. what about drinking apple cider vinegar when you have ulcers in the esophagus junction due to GERD? i bet this will turn into an erosive esophagus with more acid
    2. what about hiatal hernia causing GERD? if you drink apple cider vinegar, then wont you be flaring things up more by adding to your acids?
    3. what about the PPI drugs becoming widely used and prescribed by doctors, isnt it contrary to take PPIs and at the same time drink apple cider vinegar which is acidic?
    4. last but not least, why do you say in the video that oranges, tomatoes, etc trigger acid reflux while you recommend increasing the acid in the stomach by drinking apple cider vinegar. if oranges and tomatoes trigger reflux because they are acidic, how come some people still recommend to add acid to the stomach by drinking apple cider vinegar?

  37. My acid reflux/gastritis cause my blood pressure to spike very high, which landed me in the ER multiple times and they blame my gallbladder and stones. They want to rip it out. I’m not sure what to do as I do t know if removing the gallbladder is the answer.

  38. And I can’t take Apple cider vinegar because I have histamine intolerance which also spikes my blood pressure. Fruit hurts my stomach too. I’m really scared as this is worsening.

  39. I'm doing intermittent fasting with two meals a day keto based diet. high fat, protein, and low carbs. I try to keep my meat grass fed and organic products oil limited to avocado oil, olive oil, and ghee. Some vegetables like cucumber, tomato and broccoli, and the acid reflux is killing me. I'm getting heart burn every day and it's not fun. I went to the doctor and he prescribed omeparazole for one month and stop taking apple cider vinegar. I don't want to take medicaton, so will these step help if I stay on my current die or i need to quit keto?

  40. Does acid reflux cause overall chest pain or on just the left side? Because I have chest pain all over.

  41. Hello doctor, I vil follow your advice, but I have h.pylori infection, does this increase acid reflux, I am on antibiotic course for 2 weeks for pylori bacteria. Please do advice me.

  42. Does acid reflex cause breathing problems? Feels like someone is sitting on my chest and it makes me cough

  43. 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!

  44. I had symptoms of acid reflux for a week went to urgent care they did a CBC and said I had GERD after that week I felt normal just little stomach pain but now I’m kinda feeling full after eating a little bit of food.

  45. Why doctors always give us pills, and we always comeback?
    That's call procedures…
    7 years have reflux headeaches bloating shoulder pain.

    The day I start drink apple cider vinegar, bloating is gone headeches gone ,
    When I tell my doctor they don't believe me,…
    And ask me to stop drink apple cider vinegar.
    Now its been almost 6 months
    No drugs…anymore

  46. Lemon water….1 litre of water…half a lemon. Filter. Leave in fridge to cool. Consume on empty stomach in the morning to neutralise stomach acid.

    The acid build up really wrecks the stomach lining, causes inflammation and ulcers.

    The medicines just mask symptoms. You NEED to fix the problem otherwise it will potentially cause stomach cancer down the road

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