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Pickle Juice Against Heartburn

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Q. Recently I had heartburn that was painful but not devastating. This doesn't happen to me often, so I had no antacids. Instead, I planned to wait until the burning stopped on its own.

I took a sip (no more than a tablespoon) of pickle juice (from sweet pickle sandwich slices) and to my amazement the pain went away INSTANTLY and didn't recur. A week or so later, I got heartburn again. This time, the only pickles in the house were dill spears, but once again, a small sip of juice gave me immediate lasting relief.

I've only tried this twice, but I'll never reach for antacids again if I can get some pickle juice. I've never heard of this before.

Once could be a fluke, but twice? Have you ever heard of this?

A. Pickle juice seems like the last thing you would want to swallow if you had heartburn. Nevertheless, we have heard from many readers that vinegar, the main ingredient in pickle juice, helps ease indigestion. Here is just one story:

"I am extremely skeptical of alternative medicine and home remedies, perhaps because I taught human physiology for 25 years. Nevertheless, after having little success with drugs, I tried apple cider vinegar in water for my acid reflux. It has been much more effective than any of the standard medications."

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Swallowing a teaspoon of mustard will also cure heartburn. Mustard has vinegar in it, too. The vinegar in these foods neutralizes the acid. Taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar will also do the trick but it's not as tasty as mustard or pickle juice. :)

Don't bother with antacid pills they are a waste of money.

A teaspoon of saurkraut will stop my indigestion -

My dad's (born 1911) favorite remedy, in fact his only remedy, was a mixture of water, soda and vinegar. He would take a glass an eighth full of vinegar, add water to make half a glass, then quickly stir in about a tsp of soda. Of course it frothed and he drank it immediately while it was frothing. Cured his condition every time. Hmmmm, I haven't tried it since an adult, I must do that. Then maybe I can know what I am talking about.

I have read that it takes stomach acid to close the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, and the reflux is from insufficient acid. The apple cider vinegar works for me too. Digestive enzymes after a meal and probiotics beforehand also help.

For the last 17 years I have had terrible indigestion at night. Often I would have to sit up for several hours late at night, sleep on a wedge (very uncomfortable) or take Prilosec in order not to wake up in the middle of the night with such an acid stomach that I would end up vomiting. Most mornings I would awake holding my hurting stomach. I have tried lots of things over the years from very expensive and supposedly potent, probiotic supplements to Swedish bitters. For two years I was on the Macrobiotic diet. For the last 3 years I have been on a raw food diet. Nothing really kept my stomach from turning acid at night other than skipping dinner or eating ridiculously early.

Recently I heard Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride being interviewed and decided to glean what I could from her book, "Gut and Psychology Syndrome". Within a couple of days of adding some of her delicious fermented and cultured food recipes (using raw antibiotic free milk and fresh vegetables) to my diet, I was cured!

Apparently all I needed to do was to eat unadulterated foods that would vastly improve my gut flora! Commercially made pickle juice adds good bacteria to the gut, but it is probably good to actually change the balance of good bacteria to the bad bacteria and heal the gut by making naturally fermented and cultured foods a regular part of your diet. She also suggests foods that are good for healing an already damaged gut, like antibiotic free, local eggs. This has been a miracle for me!!!

Sauerkraut is much better/I use it vs. ulcer: I am cured now .

I have been living with GERD (reflux) for several years and tried several remedies, both commercial and natural. I found that adding some crushed garlic to whatever I am having for supper totally removes the symptoms, which usually set in about 4 hours after eating, and I can rest well. If for some reason I cannot take garlic, I can always fall back on the old standby - a teaspoonful of baking soda in water.

As a kid, my family made sauerkraut from scratch in 70 gallon crocks. When I got hungry for a snack, I used to lift the wooden lid, scrape the brim away and get a big paddle of the kraut. To this day I like cold kraut over heated and I do drink from the Clausen jar now and then to help the indigestion.

All the comments that have come in so far refer to eliminating the symptoms. From my experience, you can actually get rid of the problem so that you don't need to continually treat symptoms. It is possible to heal the digestive tract by eating a special diet of foods with natural probiotic organisms them and foods that actually heal the gut. After 17 years of problems it really blew my mind that within a few days the symptoms have gone even though I've eaten rich and sugar-laden foods relatively late into the night, but have no re-occurring symptoms.

Your remedy may be effective, but vinegar, an acid, does not neutralize acid.

I've been using dill pickle juice for indigestion and queasy stomach for about 50 years. No one suggested that I do this - it was just what I wanted when I didn't feel good. It works great for motion sickness also. I always take dill pickles when I go out in a boat.

In fact, vinegar, although an acid when you ingest it, does not stay that way. Weak acids like the acetic acid in vinegar, and the acids in most fruits and especially lemons, contain lots of minerals which are basic, along with their weak acid part. The weak acid part combines with water and is converted into carbonic acid which then breaks apart into carbon dioxide and water. You breathe out the carbon dioxide and pass the water out through your kidneys. The minerals remain behind to replenish deficient minerals so in fact these weak acids in the end, alkalize your body by supplying more minerals to it.

Please sign me up to receive any additional information. My husband has GERD and in addition he just had a Whipple operation. He has been told he will be on Prilosec for life.

I to have been using a shot size class of apple cider vinegar with water every morning before breakfast and have not had any of my usual symptons of Gerd.

I heard that, in addition to needing the proper balance of bioflora in the gut, we lose the ability to create stomach acid as we age so that the problems described above are actually a result of insufficient stomach acid, not too much. That would be why drinking vinegar, and the like, provides comfort. I also heard taking Betaine HCl increases stomach acid and provides similar relief. Anyone know anything about the Betaine thing?

Apple (any) and Honey with sea salt helps my anti-acid reflux. If I have an attack, I take 1 teaspoon of honey with warm water. The relief is fast. It's good also to use the blender with the apples and a little bit of apple juice or water and put half teaspoon of honey with ice.

An instant, easy remedy for my heartburn (only had it once) was half a mouthful of ginger ale pop. the heartburn was gone instantly. I only had to drink about half a mouthful of it for it to work. It might be the carbonation in the pop that worked - so if someone could try other carbonated beverages (ie pepsi, carbonated water, etc.) it would be interesting to hear if they work.

A teaspoon of vinegar (white or cider) instantly cures hiccuups (have used it personaly and seen it work on others, have never seen it fail). I have often wondered how effective it would be on heartburn as it's cause is similar. I do not get heartburn often but will try the next time that I do.

Pickle juice and mustard works wonders. No more expensive doc visits or antacids that do not work.

I was diagnosed with H pylori which causes stomach ulcers last Friday. I have very bad and painful gas and heartburn..... sometimes it feels like I'm having a heart attack! Night time and sleeping are nearly impossible! I tried drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water, it was nasty..... I just sip on pickle juice and it helps with the reflux and the nausea.....

It would probably be the vinegar of the pickles that helped. Most of us need a little more acid in our stomach when we suffer from heartburn, so this helps.

Limiting the foods that give the heartburn/acid reflux also makes a difference. Tomatoes are one most people have problems with.

I have suffered with acid reflux most of my adult life and have taken numerous prescriptions over the years. Several months ago, I discovered these really great baby dill pickles and seem to crave them, especially when experiencing burning/gas problems. I get immediate relief from these pickles and the juice. My prescription days for this health problem are over. Plus, I love the pickles.

I found that most interesting and amazing at the same time. I would have thought the opposite would have been true :)

I've used slippery elm for my heart burn and it's worked on me.

Both of my pregnancies brought heartburn and oddly enough I found that if I ate a pickle it would go away!
Even now I will keep pickle on hand for heartburn relief!!

I have been taking antacids for about five years and have always been concerned with prolonged use, but if I don't, every 24 hours I'm am very sick and in extreme pain. I just had a ham sandwich with mustard and a pickle as a side and suddenly remembered that I had not yet taken my pill and began to panic. To my surprise there are no symptoms! Someone mentioned yesterday something about eating a pickle for heartburn. In the back of my mind I thought that it certainly couldn't work for me and would likely make matters worse. I searched the inet and found this sight and am elated! So, I am more than willing to experiment with this new remedy and see how far I get with it. Ordinarily I would be very sick right now but I feel great! It's unbelieveable!s I am so thankful for everyone's input. I'll keep you posted.If it continues to work it truly is a Godsend. Take care :-)

December 2013 I had my gallbladder removed. It's been a month now, and everyday I have acid reflux. My niece said she drinks pickle juice. I googled this, and found your site. This is day 2 of me drinking pickle juice, and thanks to Clausen I have been heartburn free. With no gallbladder, not sure if this will be a lifetime problem or not. At least I know there will always be pickles out there.

I am buying pickles. Been suffering with severe iindigestion.

It's not the vinegar, it's the dill! I once had debilitating, painful gas. I steeped my dill seeds for the garden in some hot water and made a tea. I immediately began to pass the gas. Turns out, dill is always used in baby's gripe water and good colic soothing tonics.

OMG - I'm amazed. I'm pregnant and suffering with heartburn. Woke at 5 am and took a Zantac. At 11 am I tried Tums. At 2pm I had another Zantac. At 4:30 more Tums. The heartburn persisted - just varying in intensity. I ended up here after frantic googling and where I finally found a new suggestion. I went to the store got pickles. The heartburn was gone within minutes. Oh I hope this is not a fluke. Especially since I love pickles and have been craving them.

The main reason why Pickles, Sauerkraut and Apple Vinegar Works is because your stomach does not contain enough acid to digest the food properly. The Stress is the main reason of Too High Or Too Low Stomach Acid. You can take Acid Supplement called Betaine HCL With pepsin if you have too low stomach acid OR you take anti acid if you have too much stomach acid.

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