Natural Reflux Remedy Without That Pesky Purple Pill

by Sarah Healthy Living, Natural RemediesComments: 114

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Need a reflux remedy that is easy and totally natural?  Read on for the details but don’t be put off by how simple this solution is.  It works so give it a try!

Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is at epidemic levels today. Not only do many adults suffer from it, but children and even infants frequently do as well in ever increasing numbers.

According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons:

The term gastroesophageal reflux describes the movement (or reflux) of stomach contents back up into the esophagus, the muscular tube that extends from the neck to the abdomen and connects the back of the throat to the stomach. Because the stomach manufactures acid as an aid to digestion, this phenomenon is often referred to as acid reflux. Most people experience acid reflux from time to time as heartburn, a burning sensation below the breast bone that occurs after eating or at night. When the frequency of acid reflux is much greater than normal, or complications develop as a result of acid reflux, the condition is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

Now that we know what reflux or GERD actually is, let’s examine what causes this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition and how to resolve it without dependence on drugs.

Contrary to conventional thought, it is not too much stomach acid that is causing the discomfort.  In fact, according to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MDthe nexus of the problem is too little stomach acid which causes the food that is consumed to sit and putrefy in the stomach instead of being immediately and properly broken down by hydrochloric acid produced by the digestive glands.

This putrification process generates a secondary acidic environment. This is the acid that people experience as reflux, but the truth of the matter is that if the stomach produced adequate acid to begin with to digest food properly, acid reflux would never occur in the first place!

The uncomfortable result of this secondary acid in the stomach is that the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) gets paralyzed, allowing both acid and partially digested food to flow back up into the esophagus. Hence the acid in the back of the throat and the related discomfort.

While the putrefication of the food in the stomach from a lack of hydrochloric acid itself generates an acidic environment, it’s not the kind we need for digesting food optimally in order for us to be nourished by it. Toxins are generated and the surrounding tissue is affected and ultimately damaged – especially the sphincter which opens and closes to allow passage of food from the esophagus to the stomach.

Of course this cannot be a good thing on a long-term basis and it’s only natural that complications would develop over time, the worst being esophageal cancer.

Besides the typical burning in the throat sensation, acid reflux sufferers also typically experience slow digestion which makes metabolism very inefficient.  A healthy digestive system uses about 30% of the body’s energy on a daily basis.  As a result, any major reduction in its capacity will tire you out quickly.

Sleepy after meals anyone?

So what’s to be done? According to lectures by Dr. Campbell-McBride MD, a natural reflux remedy is available that is actually ridiculously simple.

Help the stomach produce more natural acid to prevent the problematic, secondary acid from occurring!

Whatever you do, don’t suppress the stomach’s efforts by shutting down what little beneficial acid it is producing with TUMS, a purple pill, or any other medication – over the counter or otherwise.

Reflux medications are a monster cash cow for the drug companies, but it’s at the expense of the long-term health of the consumer, even if there is some short-term relief because there is less secondary, putrified acid to be refluxed up the esophagus. The toxins are still being produced and the damage is still being done to your sphincter.

Reflux Remedy: Cabbage to Encourage Normal Stomach Function

Your natural production of stomach acid can be stimulated and enhanced easily, safely and cost-effectively with cabbage.

Yes – cabbage!

Cabbage is a reflux remedy as it naturally stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid (HCL) to permit digestion to proceed normally without a secondary wave of acid from paralyzing the sphincter and causing putrifying stomach contents to erupt back into the throat.

You can juice it and drink some before eating or make yourself some good old coleslaw (you know, the kind grandma used to make – or at least someone in your ancestry if you go back far enough). Or, here it comes, just eat some traditionally fermented sauerkraut. Not the canned or jarred stuff on the shelf at the supermarket.

Cabbage and particularly fermented cabbage, aka sauerkraut, is a reflux remedy that is about as simple as you can get!

Sauerkraut, especially, is treasured traditional tucker in various parts of Europe. And now I understand why.

How to Put Cabbage to Work as a Natural Reflux Remedy Every Day

In order to have a comfortable digestive experience all day long, start the morning by eating a quarter cup or so of sauerkraut or plain shredded cabbage five minutes before your meal.

Dr. Natasha’s orders!

Just be sure that first meal is a good one, such as soaked porridge, eggs fried in butter with some cooked veggies or fruit on the side and maybe a little homemade broth for good measure.

If you’re eating processed cereals with skim milk, pop-tarts or doughnuts for breakfast, forget about the cabbage as nothing will help. Just take your purple pills.

More Information

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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Comments (114)

  • jerrry

    Thank you for your information. I make my own kraut.I am 80 years old. No meds, no aches or pains and I can run 10 miles without breathing hard. I eat sauerkraut every day.

    March 17th, 2016 1:39 am Reply
  • Mithillai

    What will work for a 3 month old with acid reflux?

    April 6th, 2015 2:57 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Is the baby breastfed? If so, the mother’s diet needs radical modification more than likely … eliminating all pasteurized dairy and wheat to start with.

      April 6th, 2015 3:00 pm Reply
  • Natalie Hill via Facebook

    I love cabbage! I couldn’t get Austin to touch cabbage with a 10 foot pole.

    September 6th, 2014 9:37 pm Reply
  • Lisa Lehmier via Facebook

    My NB baby had acid reflux and I went to whole foods and got some natural papaya chewable pills. Took two before breast feeding or pumping and it immediately worked and my baby was no longer in pain (and didnt have to use a prescription!). Plus it’s easy to Take with you wherever you go!

    September 6th, 2014 1:24 pm Reply
  • Jessica Felix via Facebook

    My 20 month old had gerd and gastro allergies. Her GI doc put her on Prilosec and then nexium. We took compounded Prilosec for a few months but I introduced naturally fermented sauerkraut when he wanted her to switch to nexium. Still have the rx in the med cabinet but she is reflux free! And she LOVES sauerkraut.

    September 6th, 2014 1:33 am Reply
  • Melissa Cheslak Smith via Facebook

    Yes- and don’t forget Braggs Apple Cider vinegar!

    September 5th, 2014 8:35 pm Reply
  • Mandy Jeffries-Cancino via Facebook

    Would you just purée cabbage for a baby with reflux?

    September 5th, 2014 8:10 pm Reply
  • Diane Neuman

    Thanks for another just terrific post! Kraut is magic. I am wondering if carefully dehydrated kraut would offer the same benefit as fresh? (under 105 drying temp) . Dehydrated can be crumbled and offers a great quick flavor and topping. Napa cabbage, savoy, we love them all. We are hooked on a “dill kraut” right now. Basically the same spices that are in pickles. It works great on burgers, sandwiches etc – anywhere you would eat pickles.

    September 5th, 2014 6:18 pm Reply
  • Courtney Crowell via Facebook

    Wheat. Start with wheat. It cured my reflux, my swollen legs and a few other things.

    September 5th, 2014 2:31 pm Reply
  • Shelby Snorek via Facebook

    First throw out your microwave and secondly take organic apple cider vinegar everyday.

    September 5th, 2014 2:11 pm Reply
  • Lisa Sadler Marxuach via Facebook

    I didn’t do sauerkraut but incorporated more kombucha & raw milk kefir as well as some aloe juice when I was put on this. I went back in after going off the prescript. for over a few weeks. The doc was amazed at how my throat had healed 80% from what a scope showed a month or so prior. I told her I stopped the meds & told her what I was consuming. She had never heard of kombucha or kefir. Guess you get what you pay for.

    September 5th, 2014 1:06 pm Reply
  • Michele Moynihan via Facebook

    I’ve been making sauerkraut for my husband for a couple months now. He’s ditched the pill too :)

    September 5th, 2014 1:00 pm Reply
  • Kathryn Roux Dickerson via Facebook

    I had a co-worker who took this stuff all the time. Felt it gave him free reign to eat what he wanted. I worried about him. Found out recently (i’d not worked there for almost 10 years) he died a couple of years ago, at age 51. I’m sure this crap was part of the problem. Plus, when you take this stuff it prevents the food from being broken down into usable nutrition. RIP, David.

    September 5th, 2014 12:35 pm Reply
  • Amy Smith via Facebook

    I’ve heard that thyroid patients should not consume a lot of cabbage (unless it’s cooked).

    September 5th, 2014 12:23 pm Reply
  • Chris N Jim Frisby via Facebook

    I’ve also heard that eating celery helps with heartburn.

    September 5th, 2014 12:10 pm Reply
  • Lori Toro Finger via Facebook

    the cole slaw helps me a lot. take a zantac maybe once every 3 weeks.

    September 5th, 2014 11:59 am Reply
  • Marisa Mascitelli via Facebook

    My mom was on acid reflux meds for years. She stopped drinking her morning coffee, started eating an alkaline diet and takes digestive enzymes. It went Away and she has been pill free for months.

    September 5th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
  • Pamela Fife via Facebook

    Take it from someone who took this crap for 18 years prescribed by doctors…its going to kill you slowly. Not once was I told of its side effects. I did research and found out on my own, Now I am free of this drug thanks to natural treatments without poison.

    September 5th, 2014 11:17 am Reply
  • Sarah Scott Barnette via Facebook

    My husband was dealing with an esophagial ulcer and he went off the meds and used the cabbage juice. It really did work…also going off regular coffee and tea. His doctor told him that the caffeine relaxes the sphincter and allows the acid to come up.

    September 5th, 2014 11:15 am Reply
  • Naoime

    If someone can’t eat fermented cabbage would fermented carrots or another fermented veggie work? Thanks!

    July 3rd, 2014 2:51 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      For some reason it has to be cabbage.

      July 3rd, 2014 5:57 pm Reply
      • Jimi

        I have suffered with GERD/ACID Reflux and have been taking Prilosec/Nexium for over 20 years. I am willing to try anything at this point. I was told that I can’t just quit cold turkey with the Nexium, that I had to wean myself off of them. Can you please tell me if this is true? I would love to get off of it as soon as possible. Thank you.

        February 16th, 2016 12:05 pm Reply
  • Jeanne

    I was able to stop taking all these meds when I gave up processed foods and eliminated most gluten. I had to take two pills a day, and now I haven’t needed any for years. Its amazing what a healthful diet can do, and yes, I love sauerkraut!

    June 30th, 2014 2:57 pm Reply
  • Katarina

    Do you know a cure for reflux in infants (3.5 months) who are exclusively breastfed? Thank you

    June 29th, 2014 11:48 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I have seen mothers cut out gluten and pasteurized dairy from their diet and this usually works very well for reducing reflux in breastfed infants.

      June 30th, 2014 8:41 am Reply
  • Andrea

    We Eat Traditionally Prepared Kimchee.We Use Napa Cabbage. Will That Still Work The Same Or Does it Need To Be The Cabbage Usually Used For Sauerkraut?

    June 29th, 2014 11:00 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      That should work great!

      June 29th, 2014 11:02 pm Reply
  • Ruth Simmons

    DGL Ultra extra-strength deglycyrrhizinated licorice – link below to a chocolate flavored version. This has been incredible for my husband’s heartburn. Before he could not sleep, now he barely ever even has to use this after months of popping one after meals. Cheap (around $10 a bottle) – natural – tastes great. Was recommended by our natural doctor.

    June 29th, 2014 10:46 pm Reply
  • Okiemom

    I have been trying to treat my son’s acid reflux naturally for about a month but it isn’t working. He doesn’t like most fermented foods so I used store brought dill pickle juice instead. Is this the problem?

    February 26th, 2014 2:20 am Reply
    • Annie

      Hi Okiemom, its a few months since your comment . The dill pickle juice from the store might not work. you probably know by now if it will or not. However if it didn’t I can highly highly recommend making your own sauerkraut with just cabbage and salt. I use to use whey as well but it just didn’t taste very good so we didn’t eat it. But with just the salt (from the sauerkraut recipe in Sally Fallons book Nourishing Traditions) it’s wonderful and even fussy eaters enjoy it. My whole family eats it now and thats saying something.. And YES… it does work for acid reflux. All the best

      May 30th, 2014 6:10 pm Reply
    • maggie

      Hi Okiemon, yes it is a problem ,the store fermented products it is not good at all, save your money, except if you get it in the organic store, and is expensive. try to make it is so easy and worthy. good luck

      November 20th, 2014 10:50 pm Reply
  • Lisa ‘Rhorer’ Katzenmeyer via Facebook

    Toni Rankin Purcell you may enjoy this!!! hope you are feeling better!

    February 24th, 2014 9:41 pm Reply
  • Alex Hernandez via Facebook

    can the Bubbies Sauerkraut help heal my dad’s ulcer or is it too late?

    February 24th, 2014 5:43 pm Reply
  • Ahlgren Fam via Facebook

    My dad has been doing it for a couple of months now with great success!
    He told his doctor that he quite taking the reflux medicine and his doctor asked what he was doing instead. “Cabbage!” my dad replied proudly.
    “So you’re taking a cabbage supplement?” the doctor queried.
    “No. I’m eating cabbage!”
    Haha, you know, the food, the real thing you put in your mouth and chew!!!!! 😀 I so thankful for the healing powers that God has put in nature all around us! Thanks for sharing this idea!

    February 24th, 2014 3:07 pm Reply
  • Vickie West Beasley via Facebook

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    February 24th, 2014 8:16 am Reply
  • Luis-Christina Aldrich Torres via Facebook

    I had acid reflux that was being treated with Nexium & I really didn’t want to be on meds for the rest of my life. I like natural remedies. After 3 months of the purple pill I looked up natural remedies for Acid reflux & found cabbage!!! I hate cabbage, but it found ways to cook it & make it edible for me. I read the best way to battle it for the first month without the pill, was to eat about a cup of cabbage before breakfast & to stay away form cereal during that month. Cabbage CURED my reflux & the possible ulsar it was creating. Now I try to eat cabbage at least 2 x a week, and that it to ensure it doesn’t come back. Sour kraut, cole slaw, any kind of cabbage will work. I sautéed mine in a little olive oil, salt & pepper, a tiny splash of apple cider vinegar with grated carrots. Makes an excellent side dish. Never knew it could be such a simple CURE!

    February 24th, 2014 7:34 am Reply
  • Shannon Vogus via Facebook

    D-limone was a miracle for my gerd

    February 24th, 2014 7:29 am Reply
  • Jennifer Fobart via Facebook

    Raw apple cider vinegar concoction was the best solution for me!

    February 24th, 2014 7:26 am Reply
  • Keziah Mruttu-Nganga via Facebook

    Isaac Mruttu

    February 24th, 2014 7:12 am Reply
  • Robin Kelman via Facebook

    After several years on the purple pill with minimal relief took things into my own hands 4 years ago. Few reflux attacks now, eat smaller meals, limit foods and fluids after 6, limit fluids right before/with meals, tomatoes early in day and limit quantity, no black pepper, white is okay for me, learn your trigger foods, ACV, increased fermented foods, eating better overall like Weston Price guidelines. Each person is different but well worth figuring out what works for you.

    February 24th, 2014 6:48 am Reply
  • Lance Alvis via Facebook

    Eat right-no reflux

    February 24th, 2014 5:58 am Reply
  • Angela Marlin Miller via Facebook

    Kasey Miller

    February 24th, 2014 5:10 am Reply
  • Jay Miller via Facebook

    Gastrazyme which has vitamin a, vitamin u from a cabage extract and a couple enzymes has worked wonders for my reflux.

    February 24th, 2014 5:06 am Reply
  • Diane Smedra via Facebook

    Also, ACV does not seem to help me. It only irritates.

    February 24th, 2014 2:45 am Reply
  • Diane Smedra via Facebook

    After over a decade of reflux treated with marginal and declining success by Aciphex and other drugs, I stumbled upon my own cure when I decided to climb on the South Beach Diet bandwagon a little over a decade ago. Since that time I have had occasional flare ups at times when I have been lax about controlling refined carbs and sugars, but in general it is mostly under control without medication. I also have a hiatal hernia which has aggravated the situation but, once again, if I keep with the low carb protocol, it’s mostly not a problem unless I’m doing a lot of bent over activities, such as gardening, or some types of exercise. Low carb has been a lifesaver for me–no other tricks or potions required.

    February 24th, 2014 2:43 am Reply
  • Brian Gallentine

    Great article. I’ll share my experience – Had GERD for a couple years, the first bout sent me to ER because I thought I was having a heart attack! Was on RX proton pump inhibitors and then went on Omeprazole for economics and got disgusted with the mantra that you can’t heal it and that sort of thinking doesn’t sit right with me. Firmly convinced we can healour bodies any nearly everything I did a search and turned up that one of the main causes is a weakening of the LES ( lower esophageal sphincter) as noted here. Further querying noted that a lack of a certain dietary Calcium causes poor function of the LES among other things. I changed my diet and have had only one or two relapses, usually after having had too much wine! Enzymes helped too! To your health, Brian

    February 24th, 2014 2:36 am Reply
  • Julie Jabaley Wilborn via Facebook

    Paula Wilborn check this out. I would try this or braggs apple cider vinegar (put 1 T in a glass of water morning and evening).

    February 24th, 2014 1:29 am Reply
  • Elana Weinberg via Facebook

    Slippery elm bark- they come in capsules but I get it in the powder form and mix it with tea. Only thing that has worked for me and I’ve been dealing with GERD and stomach ulcers since I was a teenager. I don’t really see anyone else talking about it, but I’m telling u it works! Try it

    February 24th, 2014 1:10 am Reply
  • Alison Polglase via Facebook

    Thea Cooper would this help David?

    February 24th, 2014 1:05 am Reply
  • Anna Cherie via Facebook

    Hasnul Fadhli

    February 24th, 2014 12:37 am Reply
  • Hdr Supermama via Facebook

    I’m highly allergic to any reflux med out there. Raw aloe juice has changed my life. A shot a day.. No problems.

    February 24th, 2014 12:14 am Reply
  • Ella Bartelsian via Facebook

    Tyra Teberian, check this out.

    February 23rd, 2014 11:41 pm Reply
  • Kim Jackson via Facebook

    I suffer from extreme GERD. 3-4 attacks a week. I now drink some ACV before bed and I’ve only had 1 GERD attack since I started!

    February 23rd, 2014 11:31 pm Reply
  • Olga von Hoyer via Facebook

    A glass of Kefir ( old Russian remedy) works great for me

    February 23rd, 2014 11:21 pm Reply
  • Emily Streich via Facebook

    Skyler Streich

    February 23rd, 2014 11:07 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Wells Carpenter via Facebook

    Yes! I did just the juice from sauerkraut for my baby starting at 6 months when she spit up virtually all of her food and was on the failure to thrive chart. She instantly kept her food down with 1-2 tsp mixed in every meal. I also started her on GAPS foods. By 12 months she was up to 80th percentile and drs said they’d never seen such a turnaround! By the way, I used Bubbies sauerkraut in the refrigerated section of your health food store.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:55 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Holdridge Black via Facebook

    Trust me. Im pregnant and eat a dose of Bubbies kraut. It works.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:54 pm Reply
  • Kim King Stone via Facebook

    My 13 yr old daughter recently began suffering with reflux. We tried your remedies, and lemon, sugar, and water before eating fixed her issues! Her daddy has been on the purple pill for 25 years. Thank you! (PS… The fresh cabbage juice worked but wasn’t the tastiest thing for her. The cider vinegar burned too much and gave her a stomach ache.)

    February 23rd, 2014 10:49 pm Reply
    • Angela

      What do you make cabbage juice with? Water or what? I have Barretts
      esaphogus from acid reflex. I had it burnt and have to have it done again. my grandfather died of stomach cancer years ago.

      March 2nd, 2014 3:18 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Chatwin via Facebook

    Janie Davis McAndress

    February 23rd, 2014 10:45 pm Reply
  • Dianna DeAngelo Clevenger via Facebook

    Pregnant and my ACID reflux is worse than ever….I have tried every natural remedy out there, along with top-notch probiotics. I wish this were a true “super fix” in my case…but did not work either. I am very grateful for that little purple pill at this point in the game. Maybe after pregnancy it will help.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:41 pm Reply
  • Jah-nē Abernethy via Facebook

    All I know is eliminating processed foods and not eating too close to bedtime have pretty much eliminated my reflux. There has not been an episode to which I could not connect eating processed foods (or poor food combining) consumed in the evening. Any daytime episodes are even more indicative of eating lousy food. (That supermarket scone is NEVER a good idea :-/ )

    February 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm Reply
  • Jerry Moote

    Just made my first batch of lacto fermented kraut. Cured my reflux in 3 days. I had been taking the pill almost daily for over 15 years.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:35 pm Reply
  • Jean Francy via Facebook

    Jacqueline Baugh

    February 23rd, 2014 10:34 pm Reply
  • Sandi Slover via Facebook

    Ashlie Holler

    February 23rd, 2014 10:33 pm Reply
  • Alex Hernandez via Facebook

    My dad has a bad ulcer in his throat. He can only swallow liquids and he is having trouble swallowing that! His doctor tried to scope his throat and the camera couldn’t pass through due to that ulcer. Doctor told him it needs to heal by his next scope on March 14 or they will operate and remove part of his esaphogus :(

    February 23rd, 2014 10:31 pm Reply
  • Ilka Jones via Facebook

    I have reflux due to a hiatal (spelling?) hernia. Any ideas for that…?

    February 23rd, 2014 10:29 pm Reply
    • Tera

      You posted this quite a long time ago, but our chiropractor has helped my daughter’s hiatal hernia… She somehow pulls the stomach down where it should be, and it makes a big difference.

      October 7th, 2015 8:18 pm Reply
  • Amy Lepage Paul via Facebook

    Alister Paul

    February 23rd, 2014 10:25 pm Reply
  • Erika von Hoyer via Facebook

    I like and agree. Annoying to read blah, blah, to get to it.

    Would be nice to have more resources say ‘got this?’ ‘Do that!’ Instead of writing a whole blog.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:22 pm Reply
  • Karissa Ann Dewey Oliver via Facebook

    Minimizing acidic foods works for me – tomatoes, for example.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:19 pm Reply
  • Julie Homer via Facebook

    I’ve got an oil for that!!

    February 23rd, 2014 10:18 pm Reply
  • Courtney Crowell via Facebook

    Please share. I was recently diagnosed w. GERD and am doing ACV, manuka honey and chamomile tea. So far, I’m not sure if it is working. I’d love to hear what is working for others.

    February 23rd, 2014 10:16 pm Reply
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    February 23rd, 2014 10:13 pm Reply
  • Sara

    A RED DELICIOUS APPLE is MAGIC…and tastes so much better!

    February 11th, 2014 5:10 pm Reply
  • http://Carol Cox

    I want to try this, and tell Anna. She’s just recently had some unpleasant tests re: her heartburn.

    January 23rd, 2014 7:37 pm Reply
  • Marty Vandenberg

    When I try to view your other articles on my Samsung, a pop up keeps blocking me and tries to make me apply an app.

    January 22nd, 2014 4:48 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Thank you Marty … I think I’ve found the source of the problem .. a wordpress widget that got hacked. I’ve removed it now. Please let me know if you experience further problems.

      January 22nd, 2014 7:43 am Reply
  • Leah

    I have a four month old who is exclusively breast fed and suffers from acid reflux. If I consume cabbage would it pass through my milk and help him?

    January 21st, 2014 1:48 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      No this would not work for him.

      January 21st, 2014 2:39 pm Reply
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  • Terry

    So what exactly causes this low acid condition. Ive had GERD for 25 years & had ups and downs with it, its a lot better since ive been paleo, about 10 months now.

    January 2nd, 2014 7:45 pm Reply
  • Anita

    Does it have the same effect if you cook the cabbage? I don’t care for raw cabbage, but I love it cooked.

    January 2nd, 2014 12:27 am Reply
  • courtney

    Does anyone know of a good way to make a cabbage dish for a toddler? Is the cabbage more affective when not cooked? I’m concerned that she will get gassy as she doesn’t do well with broccoli and will wake-up in the middle of the night with gas. She was a ‘happy reflux baby’ and I’m still under the impression that she is still affected by this as she doesn’t sleep well at night. Thanks, for the article!

    January 1st, 2014 7:42 pm Reply
  • Julie De Groot Radmacher via Facebook

    I’ll have to try this! I’m 38 weeks pregnant & have horrible horrible problems with this!! Nothing helps more than 15 minutes. I eat healthy & avoid “triggers” but everything even water is a trigger now (not everyone with this problem eats junk!). Thanks for the info!

    December 31st, 2013 6:04 pm Reply
    • ted

      it makes them feel better to put other people down. Sad

      January 2nd, 2014 12:52 am Reply
  • Katrina Harrison via Facebook

    Kylie Bailey

    December 31st, 2013 2:14 pm Reply
  • Dana Renae Fedor via Facebook

    Love the end! Don’t you think most people who have this issue are eating junk?

    December 31st, 2013 12:59 pm Reply
    • ted

      I used to drink and use drugs, heroin, pot, speed, smoked very heavily and ate very poorly. I got GERD pretty bad. The pill took it away. Now that I take care of myself and eat really healthy, don’t smoke etc. I find it hard to get off these pill because when I stop taking them I get a very painful condition. Last time I could barely function because of the pain. So I really am looking for a healthy solution. Unfortunately there is a lot of advice on columns like this but no one really seems to be able to answer simple questions or knows for sure. I would like to take the ACV in pill form to try and get off the pill but no one responds to tell me if this is a good solution. Thanks, Ted ted619 at

      January 1st, 2014 11:33 pm Reply
  • Mindy

    Here, here! I ditched the “purple pill” years and years ago. I’m taking 1/2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in about an 1/4 cup of water before meals, along with a supplement with ox bile and pancreatin (not a life-long supplement; just till digestion recovers). Also eating some kraut and pickles here and there too.

    For sure, when heartburn comes out of nowhere, if I can just push aside the brainwashing about “too much acid” and drink more ACV, it immediately goes away!!

    December 31st, 2013 11:40 am Reply
    • Ted

      can someone tell me if I can take the ACV in pill form for this. I want to get off the omeprazole but last time I tried I was in major pain and seriously found it hard to eat anything or sleep for that matter.

      Thanks, Ted

      January 1st, 2014 10:39 pm Reply
  • Courtney Crowell via Facebook

    1 to 2 tsps of ACV, not a half tsp. Apologies.

    December 31st, 2013 10:55 am Reply
  • Courtney Crowell via Facebook

    Aloe Vera juice and DCL did not help me at all. I’ve been taking 1/2 tsp of Apple cider vinegar diluted with water every day (not an easy swallow). It has really helped. I also take a tsp of manuka honey before bed and drink camomile tea.

    I’m not a cabbage fan. But, if the ACV stops working, I’ll try that next.

    December 31st, 2013 10:55 am Reply
  • Leila Best Trinidad via Facebook

    I drink aloe Vera juice and I add aloe from the plant to my carrot juices for this problem.
    Stay away from dairy, colas and all processed foods, eat more raw fruit/vegetables and drink more (filtered) water.

    December 31st, 2013 10:38 am Reply
  • momawake

    I have found that Wildbrine makes a good sauerkraut. I generally buy it by the case and keep it on hand. It does help with stomach issues.

    December 31st, 2013 10:04 am Reply
  • Morton

    I realize reflux and heartburn aren’t necessarily the same thing, but for whatever it’s worth, we’ve recently found kombucha a simple and tasty alternative heartburn treatment. I have the testimony of two very pregnant women in their early thirties, and one nine year old boy. :)

    December 31st, 2013 7:35 am Reply
    • Lisa

      I’ve struggled with bad heartburn for 17 years. Tried Omeprazole, but eventually I saw that it stopped working and it all just got worse. I got off of it. I started juicing cabbage and celery. That did help, but was trouble, and not tasty. I found a an all-natural product called Gastrazyme (I’m not affiliated with it.). It has the extract from cabbage that heals the stomach lining and helps heartburn. It has helped tremendously. I too HAVE to stay off wheat and most highly-processed foods, even if they’re gluten-free, or I get an acute attack. I might try to add some real sauerkraut in as well. Thanks for the post. I’m sure it will help many.

      January 21st, 2014 1:06 pm Reply
      • Cheryl

        I too had the same thing as you , the purple pill wasn’t working so I ordered some gastrazyme and have found complete relieve. I can’t believe how much this pill has helped me. I ordered mine on amazon. I’m not an any way affiliated with these companies, just want people to know there’s help out there others than the purple pills.

        February 24th, 2014 7:29 am Reply
        • Kit

          What dosage are you using with Gastrazyme?

          June 3rd, 2016 1:03 pm Reply
  • NS

    Can you also give this to babies suffering from reflux? I can imagine that they can’t eat the cabbage or any sauerkraut. So maybe just the jus?

    December 31st, 2013 7:31 am Reply
  • Michelle B

    Is consuming apple cider vinegar before meals the same concept? Between this and a digestive enzyme my sons acid reflux has greatly improved.

    December 31st, 2013 12:56 am Reply
    • Morton

      I mentioned this in another comment, but for whatever it’s worth, we’ve found kombucha to be much tastier than apple cider vinegar, and equally or more effective.

      December 31st, 2013 8:16 am Reply
  • Michelle Rose

    I used to have HORRIBLE acid reflux. As long as I don’t eat wheat, it’s completely gone! Wheat was my culprit. I do love Bubbe’s sauerkraut and try to eat a little nearly every day! :-)

    December 31st, 2013 12:50 am Reply
  • Mark Morrison

    I had suffered from heartburn for decades until about three years ago when I read about the positive effect fresh lemons could bring heartburn sufferers. I have been cutting lemons in quarters and squeezing one per eight glass at least twice a day and have not had heartburn since. If I go out on the road and or forget to have them on the weekends I get an attack, so I am a firm believer of this natural remedy. But, since I love cabbage and coleslaw and my wife makes her own home made fermented sauerkraut I now have other alternatives to supplement my lemon regimen. Thanks!

    December 30th, 2013 11:57 pm Reply
    • Janet R.

      May I have your recipe for the fermented sauerkraut, please?

      February 23rd, 2014 11:58 pm Reply
  • Irene B

    Thank you Sarah, I love this article. About a year ago I started to have occasional reflux. I bought some Betaine HCI capsules to take before dinner. It definitely helped. Co-incidentally I began eating more cultured foods about 6 months ago including home made sauerkraut about twice a week. After a few weeks I instictively felt I didn’t need the capsules any more and I haven’t had a problem since.

    I enjoy your blog and videos very much so thank you for your hard work. I am in Bendigo, Australia.

    December 30th, 2013 11:36 pm Reply
  • Erica P

    Uggg, please tell me there is another food besides cabbage or sauerkraut? Both of these foods I dislike. I can eat cabbage finely chopped and cooked in a crockpot all day but that’s about it. I have suffered from GERD as long as I can remember, as does my mother, and her mother. Neither of them eat well, but I have learned to and yet, I still suffer.

    December 30th, 2013 10:58 pm Reply
    • John

      Hi Erica, I have found homemade from raw cultured buttermilk to work for me. I started drinking it last year before learning about fermenting (which I now do saurkraut, Kimchee, corn relish, okra, pickles salsa and even pica from the islands.) My advice is go to the shopping list section on this blog and buy Nourishing Traditions I am certain you will find ferments to your liking in that book. Best of health to you!

      December 31st, 2013 8:15 am Reply
  • Christine

    Haha! Thanks for the last paragraph. Made me laugh out loud.

    I seem to be seeing more recommendations for eating raw goitrogenic foods lately from WAPF/real food people. Are they being disassociated with thyroid disease?

    December 30th, 2013 10:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Sauerkraut consumed in small amounts on a regular basis as suggested in this article and practiced by traditional cultures is fine for healthy individuals. If someone has thyroid disease, it is best to consult with a practitioner about consumption of cruciferous vegetables as this may prove problematic.

      December 30th, 2013 10:56 pm Reply
      • Susan

        I spoke to my doctor about this (she’s a forward thinker like us) and she said with her thyroid patients she has seen NO difference in their recovery whether they were eating goitrogenic foods or not.

        December 31st, 2013 1:09 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Interesting … thank you for sharing that!

          December 31st, 2013 11:29 pm Reply
        • Dave Query

          Ummmm… What are goitrogenic foods?

          January 6th, 2014 5:23 am Reply

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