Supplements for Acid Reflux

5 Amazing Supplements for Acid Reflux (That Work Fast!)

How to Stop Acid Reflux

In this post you will learn how to eliminate the following GERD symptom using supplements for acid reflux:

  • Burning
  • Pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Food regurgitation
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Persistent cough
  • Poor sleep

We will cover the following topics:

Causes of Acid Reflux

Once you have an understanding of the true root causes of acid reflux, it is quite clear how it can be eliminated.

In the below video, I share my personal acid reflux story:

The amazing thing, is the remedy is simple, fast, and inexpensive.

Sadly, it is little known because of the prevalence of acid blocking medications and antacids.

The real cause of acid reflux will be surprising to you because it is counter intuitive

Low Stomach Acid

There is a neuromuscular mechanism, called the LES, that is designed to prevent stomach contents from re-fluxing into your throat.

The LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) is activated by the pressure buildup that occurs when food is digested in a highly acidic environment.

In the case of low stomach acid, there is not sufficient pressure to signal or cause the muscles to contract.

If the LES does not seal fully, stomach contents and vapors are allowed to travel up the esophagus into your throat.

Lower Esophageal Sphincter


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Causes of Low Stomach Acid

As covered in this Healthline article, the primary causes of low stomach acid are

  • Prescription acid reflux medications like Rabeprazole (Aciphex), Esomeprazole (Nexium), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid), Pantoprazole (Protonix), Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)
  • Aging, as your stomach acidity naturally declines as you get older
  • Stress reduces production of stomach acid
  • Zinc and Vitamin B deficiency, possibly due to smoking or alcohol consumption
  • H. Pylori infection
  • Stomach surgery

The very ugly truth is the very medicines you are taking to help with your acid reflux, are digging a bigger hole.

Furthermore, once the balance of digestive juices gets out of line, your body can no longer balance the bacteria present in your gut.

A healthy digestive system is high acidity and has a balance of beneficial enzymes and bacteria that aid in the process of breaking down food.

Enzymes break down larger molecules like fats, proteins and carbs into smaller molecules that are easier to absorb across the small intestine.

That said, there are three essential supplements for rebuilding a healthy digestive balance.

The next day after starting these supplements, I was able to stop taking my acid reflux medication!

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Digestive Enzyme Supplements For Acid Reflux

Digestive Enzymes For Acid Reflux

The second is Essential Enzymes which help the body breakdown proteins, fats, milk sugars, fiber and carbohydrates.

You can take one with every meal to support digestion and alleviate indigestion.

Once your body reaches normal digestive efficiency with no reflux symptoms you can discontinue this supplement.

Here is the brand I recommend: Digestive Enzymes 

5 Amazing Supplements for Acid Reflux

HCl Supplement For Acid Reflux

The first, and arguably most important supplement is Betain HCL.

Watch this video by Dr Eric Berg:

Recommendation is to take them with every meal to encourage stomach acid and pepsin production.

Pepsin is one of the primary digestive enzymes that helps you break down proteins into smaller components.

Once your body reaches normal digestive efficiency with no reflux symptoms you can discontinue this supplement.

Here is the brand I recommend: HCl 

 

How to take Betain HCl

HCl is tremendously beneficial to digestive health when taken properly:

  • Those with ulcers should not use HCL.
  • Individuals taking medicines such as steroids or anti-inflammatories should not use HCL as the combination can damage the GI lining
  • HCL should primarily be taken with meals containing proteins as not as much stomach acid is needed for digesting vegetables and fruits.
  • It is important to figure out the correct dose of HCL needed as too much or too little can be problematic.

To find your ideal dose:

  1. Eat a meal with 4-6oz of meat (15-20 grams)
  2. Start with one pill (650mg or less) in the middle of your meal
  3. Observe reactions in your body, specifically in the stomach and belly button area. You are looking for heaviness, hotness, or burning
  4. Stay at this level for a day for another day of meals with protein. If you don’t notice anything on the 3rd day try 2 pills
  5. Stay for a day then try 3 pills
  6. Keep increasing until you notice temporary GI discomfort as mentioned above.
  7. When this happens you will know your ideal dosage is 1 pill less
  8. Over time, as your acidity recovers you will notice this discomfort again; this is your signal to further reduce your dose
  9. When you are down to a single pill per meal, and you get that discomfort you have fully recovered from your reflux!

Apple Cider Vinegar For Acid Reflux

The last is Apple Cider Vinegar, which is also rich in enzymes and promotes a health pH in your stomach.

Take one with every meal as it additionally can help kill pathogens, including bad bacteria that multiply in low acid conditions.

Once your body reaches normal digestive efficiency with no reflux symptoms you can discontinue this supplement.

Here is the brand I recommend: ACV 

Natural Supplements For Acid Reflux

For many years my acid reflux symptoms were mostly managed by the acid blockers and a ready supply of antacids.

When my symptoms escalated my independent research and my doctor confirmed serious side effects of prolonged PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) usage.

The most common side effects of PPIs (medical term for acid reflux medications) include (I have marked my symptoms in bold):

  • Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
  • Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
  • Pale skin
  • A smooth tongue
  • Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
  • Nerve problems like numbness, muscle weakness, and problems walking
  • Vision loss
  • Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
  • Muscle Problems (aches, cramps, spasms, numbness, tingling in hands, arms, feet, legs and around the mouth)
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Nail and skin symptoms (itch, inflamation, psoriasis)
  • Osteopenia and osteoperosis (low bone density)
  • Painful PMS
  • Dental problems
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety

These are caused by Vitamin B12, Calcium, and Magnesium deficiencies.

These are in turn are due to  inability to properly break foods down so they can be absorbed.

Which ultimately is caused by low acidity as a result of prolonged use of acid blockers.

I don’t recommend taking Calcium supplements as they are an alkaline and counteract new acid production.

Given this, it is best restore your gut’s microbiome which will in turn allow your body to properly process calcium again.

You can take the following B12 and Magnesium supplements daily to restore these extremely vital vitamins.

In my personal experience the positive effects on my sense of touch, vision, and mood were immediate and significant!

B12 For Acid Reflux

Vitamin B12 helps support energy metabolism, nervous system health, and helps convert food to energy

This brand contains NO high-fructose corn syrup, NO artificial sweeteners, NO gluten, NO dairy and NO synthetic (FD&C) dyes.

Here is the brand I recommend: B12 

Magnesium For Acid Reflux

Magnesium is important for many systems in the body, especially the muscles and nerves:

Here is the brand I recommend: Magnesium 

Wrap-Up

I hope you got value out of this post!

Now,  I want to hear from you:

Which recommendation from this post are you most excited to try?

Are you going to use B12 or Magnesium supplements or are you going to stick with the HCl, ACV, and Digestive Enzymes?

Let me know by leaving a quick comment!

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Don was an acid reflux sufferer for more than 15 years. With a father and grandfather with the disease, and a medically diagnosed Hiatal Hernia he resigned to the fact that he would take acid blockers for the rest of his life. Dissatisfied with medical advice, he researched the root causes of acid reflux and by solving them was able to eliminate his acid reflux for good!

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Bobby
Bobby
4 months ago

Thank you

Sean McVeigh
Sean McVeigh
4 months ago
Reply to  Don Daniels

Similar to you I have been on PPIs for years, research and current body tells me need to week off these at earliest. Last endoscopy found polyps and small duodenal ulcer. 40mg omeprazole once daily for 8 weeks to sort acid reflux, heartburn symptoms. 3 supplements or B12 and Magnesium best approach now? Thanks

Sean McVeigh
Sean McVeigh
3 months ago
Reply to  Don Daniels

I would take your advice on testing the levels as this is a good shout, so will ask doctor to set this up soon and let you know how that fairs. The only major concern I have at present is the brown saliva I bring up in morning, I don’t have it at any other time of day so seems to be a nightitme acid reflux issue. What is your best guestimate on what this could be signalling? I stop eating 4+ hours from bedtime so not sure why this would still be an issue. I asked my doctor if… Read more »

Don Daniels
3 months ago
Reply to  Sean McVeigh

For years I woke with copious saliva in my mouth in the mornings. It wasn’t brown, but it was a significant amount. What I didn’t realize until I got rid of reflux was this actually my body’s response to the reflux. I suspect this is blood mixed with saliva. For you, I suspect this is blood mixed with saliva. Guessing this only happens at night because the blood is from an irritated area of your esophagus (or gums, but I suspect you would feel if they were irritated or sensitive). To test this, try sleeping with your upper torso elevated.… Read more »

Walter
Walter
3 months ago

After starting the supplements, how long do you recommend still taking acid blockers? I’m on Prilosec OTC (self prescribed for over 10 years now) and I’m trying to find the best way to get off it so far this seems like one of the best ways! Thank you!

Sean
Sean
3 months ago

I typically get heartburn in the evenings about 4 hours after dinner. It’s not a constant burn or regurgitation, but just some burping and with that, a burn sense at the base of esophagus/stomach. It is driven by carbohydrates. If I go low carb, the reflux disappears almost overnight. I did this for 1 week the other week and then reintroduced carbs again. I was fine for 3 days eating all sorts of carbs before heartburn started again. I’ve tried HCl but it seems if I take 1-2 it does nothing and I still get heartburn and I once took… Read more »

Sean
Sean
3 months ago
Reply to  Don Daniels

I’ve been dealing with it for about 2 years now. Had an EGD done 1year ago which showed h pylori gastritis. That was eradicated with antibiotics. Didn’t help reflux at all. In fact 3 months later I developed c diff from all the antibiotics and I believe I acquired c diff from the EGD procedure. They do about 40 per day and they do BOTH ends of people all the time and they do them back to back. It’s gross. So anyway, I had to go on vancomycin for another 10 days for c diff. Since then I’ve been taking… Read more »

Sean
Sean
3 months ago
Reply to  Sean

I should note that after the hpylori antibiotics and the subsequent c diff infection, I didn’t really have reflux for several months. I had posted that the antibiotics “didnt help reflux at all” — what I meant to say was that I am dealing with reflux today just as much as 2 years ago, however it did subside after h pylori treatment for some time (not sure how long, probably several months). This may have been due to my incredible fixation/obsession on treating/fighting cdiff and I may have just been completely ignoring any reflux, but I think it was probably… Read more »

Sean
Sean
3 months ago
Reply to  Sean

I just tried taking 2x HCl with my meal. I took 1x with dinner last night and it didn’t seem to do anything.

It’s been about half hour and I’m feeling a stomach ache now. Wouldn’t say its a burn, its more a wrenching ache.

So apparently 2x is too many yet 1x does nothing…

Juliet
Juliet
1 month ago

Hi Don thank you for sharing
I have been having bad acid reflux and was prescribed omeprazole. I notice my heart racing and tingling left side of my face. I cannot eat much because of the pain.

Tyla
Tyla
1 month ago

During this Quarantine I have started to have a strange feeling on my throat where it felt strained. From there I began to have abdominal pain/ bloating and constipation. Now unfortunately the pain has moved into my chest as well as my back. I was told by a doctor I had acid reflux. So I’m really hoping the digestive pills you recommended work! Because the pills they have given me have not.

Deborah Rork
Deborah Rork
30 days ago

Hi Don I have been to an ENT. He prescribed me Prilosec it might of helped a little. That was 2 years ago. Today I’m sitting here thinking what do I do. I have a constant throat clearing, cough, & recently I have been having this gagging like symptom. Kinda feels like a little pinch in my throat. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have a drink handy. Like right now it is 8:20 am I went ahead and took a Prilosec with a little water. I can feel my throat. I’m having phlegm already. Haven’t… Read more »

KIM
KIM
2 days ago

Thank you so much for this insight. I’ve been diagnosed with reflux about 8 days ago. N placed on PPI. But I can tell exactly when the medication wears off because I’m awoken from sleep with the burning n chest pain and sour taste in my throat. I also don’t like the tingling I’m getting in my legs since. So I’m going to definitely try your recommendations as I don’t think I should be this dependent on medication for life

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