After reading our story on melatonin, reader Kathy left us a comment about her experience with natural heartburn remedies. After being diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus and finding that proton pump inhibitors did nothing to relieve her symptoms, she started looking for alternatives – and finally found relief! We were intrigued, so we followed up with her to learn more. She agreed to share how she managed to get her acid reflux symptoms under control by making lifestyle changes and trying some natural heartburn remedies.
A wake up call: Kathy is diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus
After Kathy was diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus earlier this year, she started taking a daily proton pump inhibitor (PPI), but soon found the medication did nothing to relieve her acid reflux symptoms. “Taking PPI’s didn’t help me at all. I took them for two months and was chewing Tums every day like candy.”
She knew she had to do something to get things under control, so she started looking for alternatives, saying “Knowing I tested positive for Barrett’s esophagus at 72 definitely got my attention!”
Kathy turns to natural heartburn remedies
Since the PPIs weren’t working and she was still experiencing reflux daily, Kathy started researching natural alternatives, and she kept coming across the same remedies on different websites. Then, she saw them again on a Dr. Oz special on acid reflux and decided to give them a try.
“So far, I’m doing it all,” Kathy says. She started a daily regimen of ginger tea with probiotics, chamomile tea, chamomile tea with licorice, and taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water.”
Kathy also incorporated several key lifestyle/dietary changes into her daily routine. She no longer drinks carbonated beverages, and she cut out coffee and alcohol. Kathy also eliminated highly acidic fruits and vegetables from her diet and cut back on fried food. “Now watching football games I drink tea instead of beer.” As a result of her newfound focus on her health, Kathy has lost six pounds with “no other major changes in diet.”
So, how does she feel? “In the month that I have been on this regimen I haven’t had a single bout of acid reflux.”
Kathy is excited about her progress and wants others to know what worked for her. “I believe the chamomile and ginger tea and decaf green teas with probiotics are doing most of the good work. I was skeptical at first about the apple cider vinegar and honey in water, but saw it on several sources, and it seems to work, too. I thought maybe vinegar would increase the acid, but it doesn’t.”
Why Kathy is sharing her experience
“Every day I’m amazed at how well the natural heartburn remedies work and how cheap they are at grocery stores and Walmart.”
The lesson for other acid reflux sufferers
A combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, maintaining a healthy body weight, and watching portion sizes has helped many people reduce their acid reflux symptoms. While there isn’t much evidence about the effectiveness of natural heartburn remedies, many of our users have told us they have worked wonders for their symptoms. If you decide to try alternative remedies, do your research to learn about any potential risks and be sure to talk to your doctor since some remedies can interact with other medications.
Finally, remember to stay vigilant about your acid reflux – especially if you have Barrett’s esophagus – to help prevent complications down the road. Even though Kathy is effectively managing her symptoms, she still requires monitoring to ensure there are no further changes to the cells that line her esophagus.