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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  1. Shae G.
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    I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. Hospitalized due to bile spilling out of my mouth, severe pain, lump in throat, you name it. Thats not even the worst part. I am deathly allergic to all stomach medications. Full on anaphylactic shock. I almost died when I was 22 because of Prevacid. They tried me on different class of medications in the hospital. Allergic. Tums? I get hives. Rolaids. Don’t work. The other day I was craving pickles, so badly that I was almost in tears. Then I thought, this would be the worst thing for me to eat. But I NEEDED one. So I ate it and it was like heaven opened up and angels started to sing!!! No more lump in my throat and the pit of acid inside of my body went away. It works for a couple of hours bit I don’t mind. I love pickles. I am going to try the tbsp of Apple cider vinegar soon though. My boyfriend won’t even hug me because of the pickle smell.

  2. Shae G.
    Reply

    I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. Hospitalized due to bile spilling out of my mouth, severe pain, lump in throat, you name it. Thats not even the worst part. I am deathly allergic to all stomach medications. Full on anaphylactic shock. I almost died when I was 22 because of Prevacid. They tried me on different class of medications in the hospital. Allergic. Tums? I get hives. Rolaids. Don’t work. The other day I was craving pickles, so badly that I was almost in tears. Then I thought, this would be the worst thing for me to eat. But I NEEDED one. So I ate it and it was like heaven opened up and angels started to sing!!! No more lump in my throat and the pit of acid inside of my body went away. It works for a couple of hours but I don’t mind. I love pickles. I am going to try the tbsp of Apple cider vinegar soon though. My boyfriend won’t even hug me because of the pickle smell.

  3. Rainbow
    Reply

    hello!!! if you get this I would love to hear more of your GAPS diet experience! ! I want to begin this way of eating for myself…but I’m too exhausted to even try to make the ferments and bone broth etc :(… would love some advice! !

  4. Jenn
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    I’ve had heartburn problems for years. It felt like a sword going from my chest to my back or from back to chest- either way, very painful. I’d been taking Donatol for years- it is very expensive and (for me) not a great alternative to take every day.
    My mom told me she had read that a teaspoon or two of pickle juice may help. I’ve never been a “home remedy” person, but tried it. Amazing!!!! It worked wonderfully about 99% of the time. After all the years of prescriptions and over the counter meds- I was amazed and thrilled at how well the pickle juice worked. I don’t know what other people have used, but for me the Kosher Dill type worked so well.
    I take other meds for other health problems, so I am grateful to find a natural remedy for heartburn- I really didn’t want to start another prescription. I wish all you other heartburn sufferers the best! Good luck and God bless :)

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