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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

As people age, they tend to produce less acid. The use of apple cider vinegar is too supplement the reduction of acid for those people to help digest food. If your problem is not due to a reduction of acid, this remedy would make things worse.

More specifically, many naturopathic physicians believe that the supplement betaine hydrochloride can aid GERD by increasing stomach acid. This sounds paradoxical, since conventional treatment involves reducing stomach acid. However, according to one theory, lack of stomach acid leads to incomplete digestion of proteins; these proteins cause allergic reactions and other responses that lead to an increase in reflux. When taken as a supplement, betaine hydrochloride provides extra hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Naturopathy has long held that low stomach acid is a widespread problem that interferes with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Betaine hydrochloride is one of the most common recommendations for this proposed condition, along with the choice of apple cider vinegar. But, scientific evidence is lacking to prove or disprove this.

Digestive enzymes are another thing we try to break down the proteins. All we can do is try and see what works for ourselves; what works for me may not work for you. Good luck!
Thanks to the reminder from here!

I just tried ACV yesterday and it worked for me. I took it after I ate and was having GERD symptoms, buring all the way up to my throat, nausea... Drank it and it stopped buring and nausea, in a while the rawness in my throat went away.

I stopped Prilosec, (omeprazole) when it started to cause gas and bloating, which are issues for me anyway. I didn't even know it was an antacid or I wouldn't have taken it.

First took Pril a few years ago when I was on a prescription pain pill, that caused the burning and reflux. Finally I stopped that pain medication.
lately I have been taking extra nsaids and symptoms started, etc

Years ago I read about ACV and tried it for weight loss or something. Now with age and too many meds, my stomach is getting sensitive I guess.

I plan to try Betaine HCL for this problem, but until I order some the ACV seems to help. Also the Papaya enzyme tablets

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