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Does Coconut Water Ease Acid Reflux?

Coconut water produced amazing results against acid reflux.

Given the increasing list of serious complications from long-term use of popular heartburn medicines such as esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid), it is little wonder that people are pleased when they find a home remedy that helps ease acid reflux.

Coconut Water for Reflux:

Q. I had such painful heartburn and reflux that it would wake me up in the middle of the night. I read somewhere that coconut water helps with heartburn. I have been drinking about two cups of coconut water for four days, and the heartburn is almost completely gone. I haven’t even had to give up my morning cup of coffee.

I cannot believe the quick response that I had to the coconut water. I also noticed that I’m not getting cramps in my legs at night. A friend said that might be due to the potassium in the coconut water.

A. Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside coconuts. It is a popular beverage in the tropics and is indeed rich in potassium. Coconut water has become popular in North America in recent years, so it is now easy to find in any grocery store.

Testimonials But No Science:

Your story is fascinating, but we have found no research to show that coconut water tames acid reflux. We have, however, heard from another reader who reports:

“Coconut water helps me with reflux. I drink a box every morning and take no meds. When I had to fast for my colonoscopy and drank coffee on an empty stomach, the acid attack returned. Since I was allowed clear juice, I drank coconut water and my stomach was soothed.”

We also heard from Saurian in London:

“I have experienced the exact same effect described by the original poster. I have a hiatal hernia which has been causing me extreme pain for 2 years now. I have been taking omeprazole ever since the problem started, but lately it has stopped helping and the pain was becoming unbearable.

“A friend of mine suggested I drink coconut water to alleviate the pain. I didn’t think it would make much of a difference but I tried it nonetheless. The same night I started drinking coconut water I realized that I had run out of my medication and I would have to wait until after work the next day to get to the chemist to restock. I really wasn’t looking forward to enduring a day without my medication but I went to work anyway.

“It was only when I finished work that I realized that I had suffered no chest pains whatsoever through the entire day. The day before I couldn’t even get through the 30 minute train journey back from work without the pain setting in. The day after drinking coconut water the pain was completely gone!

“I haven’t taken my medication in four days as I’m writing this message and I have felt no chest pain whatsoever. I’m so thankful for it and it feels like I won’t be needing medication any more. All it’s taken is a glass of coconut water in the morning and one in the evening to cause my symptoms to vanish. The speed with which this has happened is astounding!

“I would recommend anyone suffering from acid reflux-related health problems to try this. For me it’s been a life changer!”

In the event coconut water doesn’t do the job for you, we have lots of other home remedies for reflux and heartburn in our book from National Geographic, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.

Revised 5/19/16

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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My mother (82 years old) was having heart attack symptoms, so she had a chemical stress test done and passed with flying colors. Then she had a heart catheterization done, but no stint was put in as she had no blockages.
She had swallowing problems for many years and upon googling her symptoms, I was led to this site. She was never officially diagnosed, but I believe she was having esophageal spasms which many people say mimics a heart attack. Besides swallowing problems, she would get winded with any kind of activity- even walking across the house.
Anyway, she began drinking 16-32 ounces of coconut water every day. Within 2 weeks her symptoms were all but gone.
So, I researched coconut water some more and found out it can be good for palpitations which I have had really bad for the last 10 years. I’ve had my heart checked and was told everything looked great and that it was normal for me. Of course I’ve never believed that so I have been drinking Hawthornberry tea and it helped a lot. However, once I would stop the tea, the palpitations would return full force. After reading that coconut water could help with palpitations, I also began drinking 16 ounces per day and within a couple of months my palpitations have almost completely disappeared and i haven’t had any Hawthornberry since I began drinking cocnut water.
I buy organic no sugar added coconut water and usually find it near the bottled water section of my local grocery stores. Also, I drink it any time during the day without paying attention to meals. Same with my mother. I’ve never liked the taste before, but once I found out how good it was, I not only got used to the taste, but prefer the taste over plain water. I could literally drink it all day. Also, I read it’s even supposed to be good for cataracts!

Thank you for this information about drinking coconut water. I just started this morning. That’s why I had to research about it. We have plenty of fresh coconut fruit in my place. I think I will continue drinking.
Thank you

I too have had good results with both coconut water and coconut meat. I drink the liquid periodically throughout the day, perhaps two cups in total. I preface meals with a little fresh coconut, and snack on it during the day. The results have so far been astounding. Nothing else I have tried has worked as well.
I would like to know the science behind it. It’s not just potassium or coconut oil. I have tried both before with no effect.

For about 2 months I have experienced, every night, seriously painful cramp on the left side of my throat when swallowing but only at night. A week ago I had a glass of coconut water late evening and no spasm/cramp that night at all. I was shocked and thought it was either coincidence or coconut water was the answer. I had coconut water the following evening – sure enough no cramps. I’ve been taking it since and have one cramp on occasional times but no more cramps every time I swallow. I came home from work yesterday and my throat became very sore and I could feel the spasms beginning so I chugged about 3 glasses of coconut water Within half an hour it was gone and no spasms last night either. I don’t have heartburn but I do suffer a little from reflux according to a CT scan so that could be causing the cramps. Its the oddest thing but I will be drinking coconut every night from now on.

I suffer from severe Gerd. I aspirate the acid at night, frequently waking up trying to catch my breath. I’ve tried every otc on the market. Pepcid complete use to work for me but since has stopped. I’m drinking coconut water as we speak. Can anyone recommend the best brand to use. There are so many out there.

I don’t think it matters which coconut water but I would search out the pure with nothing added. Organic would be best. My personal favourite is Cocobella plain.

I have had acid reflux for pretty much my entire life. I think it’s a genetics thing because my mom’s mom had it and my dad has it. I was diagnosed when I was 13 (like 15 years ago) and I’ve known the tricks to not triggering it for a long time because the attacks are terrible: eating healthy(basically whole foods)/ non spicy (which sucked because I LOVED spicy foods), not eating late, staying propped up at night BUT sometimes, no matter how careful I am I still get one now and then and it is hell.
I have prescription strength meds for when this happens, as well as the TUMS smoothies (which are 2 tums in 1). Well today/ yesterday (5/18/17) has been just awful. I have had heartburn all day and barely even ate because of it. 8am (5/18/17)-2:30am(5/19/17). Yep. That’s just 5 and a half hours short of 24 hours. I took the prescription meds. I took 8 TUMs smooties (that’s 16 TUMs). Didn’t touch it. I fell asleep briefly and it was so painful that it woke me up and I could feel it creeping up my esophagus. Yep. Awful.
Well I was talking to my friend Lindsey who is also big into natural remedies and she told me her friend has this problem and drinks coconut water and it’s insta-relief. I was a little skeptical but thought it was worth a try at LEAST and so at 2am I went to the store and got 2 liters of Harvest Bay Coconut Water in a box (I prefer non gmo more natural stuff because I think it’s better for you) and poured an 8oz glass of it. I was like ‘welp I’m probably going to need a ton of this because the other stuff hasn’t touched it’.
I took one little drink. Maybe a tsp worth because I didn’t really like the taste of it warm and holy shit it was gone. That’s right. I swallowed it and it took the fiery inferno that had been creeping up to my throat all day with it. One. Tiny. Drink.
Now before you go scoffing at me and thinking I’m bullshitting you, writing this crazy message 7 minutes later in this crazy sense of urgency I have to share it with fellow acid reflux sufferers (let’s face it sometimes these things are a scam) go to the store (yes your local store, this post is just for honest opinions), buy some and try it. 2 liters (they come as 1 liters) of the natural non gmo stuff cost me like $10. I’m sure there are cheaper variations. I spent that much on a huge thing of TUMs today. If you can get away with a natural remedy versus something that will harm your body over time, it’s always worth a shot.
One little drink. My mind is so blown right now.

Me too. I came here to look for backing that coconut helps with reflux, since I experienced relief every time I drink it, and I wanted to know the active ingredient behind it. It could even replace the medicine. There is apparently no research about it yet.

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I tried few thing that worked well in my stomach acidity case; 1. Taking Too much water, 2. Fematodine plus omeprazole, 3. Mucaine 4. Chewing gum 5. Avoiding teac, coffee, spicy foods, meat, tomato and pcikles.

After reading your column about coconut water, I bought some and started drinking one slug just before bedtime. That was about 4 weeks ago. I have changed from daily Tums, to twice in 4 weeks, and 3-4 times weekly ranitidine to none in 4 weeks. If it is a placebo effect, it is pretty strong. In any event, it seems to be working for me.

Re: The coconut water. I bought some at a health food store. Worst tasting stuff I’ve tried in years. How can all of you stand drinking it? Really, I’d be grateful for some feedback. Should I be drinking a flavored water? Or what? I threw out most of the can I purchased. But if it can be helpful, I’d like to try again, if I can find some that won’t taste like poison. Thanks. SGH

I was diagnosed with Achalasia, which is a very rare desease. I had to have major surgery to help with this condition, I have horrible acid reflux all the time now. I take several different medicines & still have to use over the counter meds as well. I was told about coconut water & I sure hope that it helps !!!

Try the organic one not the can

I tried the coconut water, but it did not work for me.
Another person said that she was taking two Prilosec tabs a week, and I
have been doing that with some success.

I also started taking 400 IU’s of Vit E daily for leg/foot cramps. My doctor
recommended 800 per day, but I am building up to that.

Several years ago I was put on Previcid, 24 hour, but twice a day. Was very ill, and hospitalized with three stomach ulcers and Ulcerative Colitis.

When I was put on Previcid twice a day, I was also taking Indocin sustained release for severe arthritis, they immediately took me off of that and later put on Celebrex , the doctors said that was the only NSAID I could take. The Indocin was the only one that helped, due to the severity of the problems I did what they told me to.

Recently, or relatively recent, I have read about the side effects of PPIs and also found that my Iron and B12 was in the lower normal. I asked my current doctor about getting off of the Previcid, he said I could cut to one, but due to the previous ulcers he said I would be in danger of having another one. He didn’t give meany instructions on stopping one, so I just stopped taking the evening one. Has not been easy but I have continued to take just one. Reading about the problems with PPIs and kidneys, I am worried about taking even one. Any suggestions to help stop taking it without getting an ulcer and the other problems again?

The Indocin you were taking was almost certainly behind your previous ulcers. If you are no longer on Indocin, you might be able to use DGL, cimetidine or famotidine and/or antacids such as Tums or Maalox to help you gradually reduce your dose of Prevacid.

Here’s another ‘so that’s what it is”. Waking up in the middle of the night, feeling like I was either having heartburn or a heart attack. It went away after a few minutes. I mentioned it to my GI Dr., & he said, no, it’s your heart. So, I took some expensive tests, and my heart if fine. Next time, I’ll drink some water. Speaking of water, sometimes when I feel heartburn coming on, I drink a couple oz. of plain water, and it seems to help, at least for awhile. A person could do this if they found themselves away from home with no Tums, Pepcid, etc…

BTW – Which aisle in the grocery store has coconut water?

I read by accident about using Bragg’s organic unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar for rebalancing the acid. I stopped taking Nexium several years ago, but still used Pepcid and Rolaids. I figured, why not? So I stopped taking the other stuff, and just swallowed a tsp or two of the vinegar. Sometimes with a water chaser.

I was stunned actually. After a few days of taking it 2 or 3 times, I took it once a day, then after about a week, I didn’t need to take any more. I stopped all Pepcid, stopped all rolaids. I have take a tsp. of vinegar once in the past week for mild indigestion. I am amazed at how it worked. just be sure to rinse your mouth so the acid doesn’t remain on your teeth.

A few friends tried this too and also were stunned at how well it worked. It has something to do with an imbalance of the acid . I don’t care how, all I can say is it worked for me. I am so glad, because those PPI’s cause absorption of important vitamins and minerals. Don’t start them if you don’t have to! Getting off of them was like a stomach drug addiction. It was so painful. I was miserable. It took me months to do, and I had to take pepcid and rolaids for the past few years.

Coconut water I find in the dairy and the only one I like is Naked brand and I swear by it with my gastritis.

Just plain ol’ water helped me. Perhaps it is just the water in coconut water that helped. I have to drink a lot of water, though. That also makes me wonder with OTC remedies, which require you to drink plenty of water with the medication.

I tried Lifesavers Mints Wint O Green and had great results for heartburn and belcing . Diagnosed with Gerd ,I have had no problems since I started with Lifesavers. 4 during the am and 4 during the pm.

Has anyone tried DGL to coat the stomach? I heard Manuka Hiney and Aloe Vera might also help. I will try the coconut water again. I used to drink it for the potassium.

I was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus and could not tolerate any the PPI meds, so I researched natural alternatives online and came up with Slippery Elm Powder. I put a teaspoon of the powder in a pint jar, added a coffee mug of water, heated it in the microwave to the jar, put the cover on the jar and shook it (the powder will not dissolve by just stirring it), and poured it back in the mug. I drank this anytime I felt heartburn, especially before bedtime or during the night. The next time I had an EGD (6 months later), my gastro told me my B.E. was gone! I shared this natural treatment with 3 other people who used it and had the same results.

I hadn’t heard of coconut water before. Where in the grocery store can I find it? Also, would taking coconut oil be effective?

5 mo ago I had tif operation by Dr. Mars at the Mayo Clinic in Barron Wi for severe acid reflux. The operation went well; she successfully reshaped my upper stomach and repaired a hiatal hernia. My gall bladder was bad so it was taken out also. Taking the gall bladder out caused bile reflux. Since the operation I was getting up 3 times per night to take medication and often felt bad during the day. I suddenly had my symptoms pretty much go away 2 days ago; I had never had a single day without symptoms before. I haven’t taken my sucralfate pills for 2 days. The only change I made was I drink 2 coconut worth of water each day and used saffron for the first time putting it in rice.
Maybe it was just time for the bile reflux to go away on its own; I never had anything natural work for any condition before for me. Knock on wood I hoping the relief is lasting.

I have a hiatal hernia along with a lot of intestinal damage from an undiagnosed gluten intolerance that wreaked havoc before I went gluten free. I suffered greatly from acid reflux and heartburn on top of hiatal hernia “events” that were nothing short of hell. I began drinking kefir milk each morning and coconut water throughout the day and am absolutely blown away by the difference. I can actually sleep at night (when my cat allows it!) and enjoy meals again without being afraid of them.

If anyone has any sort of intestinal problems, I’d recommend coconut water. Also, cutting back on caffeine does wonders to promote healing.

The last few weeks have been mostly free from heartburn. It occurred to me just tonight that of late I,Ve been drinking a couple of glasses of coconut water a day so I believe that is doing the trick. The bonus is that I love drinking coconut water.

The coconut water has worked for me as well, although I’ve only used six tablespoons a day for a week. It feels like a miracle to be relieved of the constant pain of GERD, not well managed with meds. The other benefit is the cessation of cravings for food to relieve the pain.

Linda, that’s good to hear, but a little more detail would be appreciated. Do you take it before the meal, with the meal, or after the meal? Thanks!

I started 4 cups of ginger lemon tea 2 in morning 2 at night before other meds. I went from 40 nexium down to 20 nexium.

Thanks sure will try coconut water as well.

Can eating fresh,unsweetened coconut help with acid reflux
symptoms? I have had a miserable time with this problem
and would love to get some relief.

Jancil Wooge

I’ve taken PPIs ever since they came on the market, about 30 years and I still fight the battle. The coconut water is the only thing I haven’t tried, but will. I am on Dexilant now, requiring twice daily rather than one, because my gene analysis says I need more. Perfectly clean scopes. I have found when I get esophageal spasms, which feels like a heart attack, that drinking something cold will stop it immediately. Just a hint for anyone else who might need it.

So that’s what that is. I get that very infrequently and it does feel like a heart attack! And I, too, discovered that a drink of cold water immediately stops it.

I live in Mexico so coconuts are everywhere.

I sweat a lot at night. I use green coconut water to assist with maintaining electrolytes.

After I drink the water, they then remove the coconut and I take it home. I do keep it refrigerated.

Have tried nearly everything for acid reflux and cannot get off the medications. I take 2 Prevacid each morning with aloe vera juice and that gets me throught the day. Have tried all other suggestions with no luck. I guess trying the coconut water can’t hurt.

Coconut water is great but people on potassium sparing drugs, like ace inhibitors, need to be very careful about how much they drink. Drinking it because she was dehydrated, put my mom in the ER as she was on lisinopril and got overloaded on potassium . Just be aware.

I have also experienced the exact same effect described by the original poster. I have a hiatus hernia which has been causing me extreme pain for 2 years now. I have been taking Omeprazole ever since the problem started, but lately it has stopped helping and the pain was becoming unbearable.

A friend of mine suggested I drink coconut water to alleviate the pain. I didn’t think it would make much of a difference, but I tried it nonetheless. The same night I started drinking coconut water I realized that I had run out of my medication and I would have to wait until after work the next day to get to the chemist to restock. I really wasn’t looking forward to enduring a day without my medication but I went to work anyway.

It was only when I finished work when I realised that I had suffered no chest pains, whatsoever, through the entire day. The day before I couldn’t even get through the 30 minute train journey back from work without the pain setting in, the very next day after drinking coconut water the pain was completely gone!

I haven’t taken my medication since Wednesday 15/07/2015, it’s Saturday 18/07/2015 as I’m writing this message – I have felt no chest pain whatsoever since Wednesday, I’m so thankful for it and it feels like I won’t be needing medication any more. All it’s taken is a glass of coconut water in the morning and one in the evening to cause my symptoms to vanish, the speed in which this has happened iis astounding!

I would recommend anyone suffering from acid reflux related health problems to try this, for me it’s been a life changer!

I was diagnosed with GERD 1 month ago. It was bad. My asthma came back, never had it since my childhood. Lack of oxygen and felt like fainting everyday. I tried many methods and medicine with no effect. One day I just went to drink one full coconut water and immediately I felt better and the next day I felt healthy. However the symptom strikes again the day after. And this time I notice coconut water lessened the trouble although it doesn’t completely erase it. Since then I drink coconut water when I feel the acid reflux. Just wonder if there are side effects of drinking coconut water too much?


Here is some candid sharing from one GERD sufferer to another.

Four years ago, I was on a zero carb diet for almost two years (ate only pulses, legumes, vegetables, lots and lots of fruit, and non-vegetarian food (once a week).

After two years, in June 2014, I suddenly felt a typical angina pain (crushing pain in chest, throat, jaw, and left arm) when I went rock climbing. I got an ECG, treadmill stress test, echo-cardiograph, stress ECHO, and chest CT scan. Everything was normal.

Got a comprehensive blood test done (everything was normal, except that I had low vitamin D and my morning cortisol was high.

Turned out it was GERD and dyspepsia. So, I was initially given esomaprazole 40 miligrams twice daily, which immediately brought down the pain.

The interesting thing is, more than a burning sensation in my chest after eating, I have a chest, throat and jaw pain when my body jerks, I run, or simply exert myself. My pain cycle typically lasts 4-5 days and then it is almost gone for another 3-5 days, and then something triggers it.

I also developed chronic fatigue with eyes either dry or very wet in August 2014.
I have chest pain on exertion (climbing up the stairs, lifting something heavy, or straining during bowel movement). Initially, I thought it was my heart, but then all cardiac tests were clean. I get chest, throat, and jaw pain from time to time. I take one tablet of esomaprazole 20 miligrams every morning and that has reduced the frequency of this pain, but not eliminated it. Milk causes phlegm and also brings on this pain, so I am off it.
I started eating carbs almost a year back.

I have been on esomeprazole for 5 months now and with a high doze (80 mg daily) feel almost normal, while a lower dose (20 mg daily) seems to create a once a week chest pain flare up.

Today, my GERD symtpoms are somewhat managed through esomeprazole, but my fatigue symptoms persist.

Could I be suffering from adrenal fatigue? Is there a connection between GERD and adrenal fatigue? What can do? Please advise.

Acid reflux???
I know it’s a stressful situation but a major fact which people don’t get advised on, “Stressing” by worrying about the problem and the discomfort the underlying problem can cause from person to person can be frustrating, but you need to be relaxed and not stress as this makes any health issues a lot worse especially stomach/ immune symptoms.
Hope you all feel better and thanks for sharing plenty of tips above.

I was getting heartburn yesterday driving down the highway. I started drinking a coconut water to rinse my throat.
By the time I had finished the can, all the reflux had stopped.

I always thought of heartburn as being caused by an excess of acid. And sometimes it’s not that you have an excess of stomach acid, but a weak sphincter. I read that heartburn may also be caused by a lack of acid. So before you decide a remedy, identify the type of heartburn too much or too little acid.

If you have the excess type, then drinking vinegar isn’t going to do any good because it itself is a weak acid (acetic acid). Baking soda (bicarbonate) is basic, drinking it is almost the same as chewing on antacid (which contain bicarbonate, carbonate, or hydroxide) but it may be better because if dissolves immediately in acid.

In my quantitative chemistry class, I analyzed multiple antacids, one dissolved immediately, the other within a minute, and another over hours and I stopped keeping track (I tried these in whole tab form and ground up form as well). Just some additional thoughts.

I’ve also read some comments here about digestive enzymes and can say that I’ve met some people who told me they experienced heartburn relief after supplementing their diets with digestive enzymes. So curing heartburn isn’t exactly simple, it can vary from person to person and one remedy may not work for someone else. In everyone’s case, it’s trial and error, but good to have a page like this where we can see other possible cures. Like everyone has their own hiccup remedy.

I have been dealing with so much with acid reflux. Who knew it could wreck havoc on your life. I have lost so much weight because I can’t eat. I was 131 and now I am 112. I have been to ER be cause my heart would race whenever I would eat, or bed or exercise and I know now that the acid is causing it. I just checked out clean from the cardiologist (I am a heart patient and he has been with me for 34 years). ER dr keeps giving me these acid pills and they aren’t working. They did take the swelling down in my throat.

Have been taking enzymes but sometimes it makes it worse. So I stopped a few days ago. Today I went back to the clinic because I am not getting ahead with the ER, homoeopathic or nutritionist.

It is not in my head either! I know when I am normal and comfortable! I want to eat but I can’t. I get gassy, acid, pain, burning, like a flame in my stomach, sometimes I can’t even walk because it hurts so bad and I want to vomit. I feel nauseous all the time. I feel like I have a permanent flu! I know I am not getting enough calories in and that is adding to my issues and it making me frustrated. I want a cheese burger. When I get gas I can feel it in my chest, and causes my heart to race when I burp it stops. It is so retarded!! I have pain burning all over my chest.

I am just so fed up with this. Any suggestions would be great.

My husband has had bad acid for years and has tried various remedies for both maintenance and acute attacks, including, apple cider vinegar and baking soda in water. But after reading this post I gave him a glass of coconut water tonight, to address an acute occurrence brought on by a spicy meal, and the coconut water took care of the problem immediately. He told me this is the strongest remedy he has tried thus far, and he has bad acid. Nothing any doctor has prescribed has ever helped him, on the contrary, the medication made him unable to digest food normally.

I was just recommended coconut water and am looking forward to seeing the results on my next attack. I’m curious if your husband has tried proton pump inhibitors, they work for me (for now, I know that over time they will lose their effectiveness) and I only get real bad attacks when I forget to take them. And once I get an attack it’s too late to take the pill. One night I had such a bad attack that I couldn’t sleep and finally asleep as 6 in the morning. When I woke up, I woke up with raw throat and ear ache. I don’t like throwing up but sometimes have had to resort to it to relieve my heartburn.

I suffered from acid reflux for almost 7 yrs. I even take all of the med omeprazole, losec, prelosic I even take apple cider vinegar and lemon before breakfast yes, it work for lemon and apple cider vinegar for the feeling of hungry almost 50% my problem right now is that I take anacid everyday before I can sleep… can you help me if what will I do? thank you and God bless I hope you can help me a lot with my problem.

I have acid reflux and I drink coconut water, which I have found helps me enormously. I only, very occasionally, have a problem now.

Good day every one, I am diagnosed with kidney stones and acid reflux, I’m taking 5 meds a day (omeprazole, rowatinex, acalca, maalox and tylenol). I would like to ask if coconut water helps me with my situation? I just want to lessen my med.
People’s Pharmacy response: Rat research suggests there may be a benefit:
We don’t know how well this will translate from the rats to you.

Katherine, have you ever been tested for Krohn’s disease? or Colitis or anything like that? Even Celiac… if you haven’t, ask your doctor to run some of these tests.

Thanks for your response (almost a year ago). I am now 21 days without medicine at all (took me all this time). But, there are occasions when I feel a pang in between my breast bone, and when I start to feel very uncomfortable. There was one day when I did take Pepcid Complete, because from the “The People’s Pharmacy” book, it stated that this could be taken occasionally without being as dangerous as Omeprazole and others like it.
Can you explain what you meant about the digestive enzymes. You mentioned to “gradually increase until you feel an acid stomach. Take a couple glasses of water to douse the fire and then go back to the last good dose of enzymes.” I am not clear as to what this means. Do I want to feel pain at first? Also, where can I get the Betaine HCL? Would I combine this with the NOW digesties. Have you ever heard of DGL and is this a
viable source?
I found that ginger helps and the Braggs Apple Cider vinegar. I sometimes suck on hard candies, also prescribed in the book. Thanks!

I would just like to know if taking 4 teaspoons of Turmeric in a glass of milk will help acid reflux or is it only used to relieve pain in muscles, joints etc? Also, is it safe to take if one has high triglycerides?

Coconut water for me is heaven sent. I was taking powerful meds for 5 years, 3 colonoscopies with no abnormalities whatsoever. I’ve started taking coconut water since 3 years ago and since then I have no attacks and no meds. Meds actually made my stomach worst but with coconut water, now I’m back in playing tennis and with my new life free from acid reflux.

How do you drink your coconut water to help with acid reflux, before meals, after meals or in between meals?

Well. Based on what you’re saying it looks like you have too much stomach acid, NOT too little. Too much stomach acid would explain your symptoms. So maybe try some antacids or any other medication to lower your stomach acidity and see how you feel. Best regards.

I have suffered with reflux for over 10 years. I now take Prevacid everyday, and it works until it wheres off in the evening. I tried drinking coconut water, And it actually worked. I was surprised because most natural remedies don’t seem to work for me, but coconut water really worked.

I had acid reflux at the end of summer…had a lot of stress and ate food to fast and got the reflux….I searched all over the internet for a cure or even something that would kill the pain….nothing worked so I went to prilosec-zantac and they did not work either….I didn’t understand why orthodox medicine doctors said you have to much acid and holistic said you didn’t have enough to digest your food….so who was right?
I decided to try natural cures because always lived that way and low and behold I’m on my way to recovery….finally quality of life….I got some hcl betaine with pepsin and probiotics and a backup such as coconut water made by vita….I take 1 or 2 betaines after a meal depending on how big the meal is or proteins involved….I do a probiotic once a day and drink coconut water….and its really made a difference…no more attacks and I can sleep at night…try it
it’s the real cure….my opinion…pass it on…you don’t want to be on meds forever….they cause long term problems….go natural!

I have heartburn and acidity for four years already… my first year having hyper-acidity was worst. I felt pain and cramps in my upper abdomen. and I’m not taking any medicine that time and what cured me is just eating a right food… leafy vegetables… and every morning when I woke up I drink a glass of water… then add a spoon of honey then after 30 minutes I eat quaker oats then after 30 minutes my breakfast and I feel so great :) :) and don’t forget to have an exercise… just walk for 5 to 10 mins.. and after you eat don’t lay down… just wait for one to two hours… and if you feel hungry eat little. Don’t eat much.. eat slow… eat 6 times a day…. don’t eat to much foods in one meal :) :) before I forgot… coconut helps a lot :) every-time I drink a glass of coconut water I feel relief :) and drink fresh coconut water…:) another advice… don’t be so angry or stressful or you hyper-acidity or heartburn will even get worst. Try to live with a happy life… don’t think so much of your problem… relax your mind… :) and change your life style :) sleep early and when you wake up… I know you cant get back to sleep because you can feel the acid in your stomach into your mouth so better get up fast and drink water :p :p and before you eat, take a shower first. massage and reflex will help too..that’s all

I took Nexium for years, then insurance said I had to switch to generic. I stopped gradually and have had heartburn but not the crushing chest pain radiating to my neck. Read about the coconut water and will try it. What about coconut juice with pulp?

I have had GERD for eleven years and took Nexium during most of those years. I started looking for natural alternatives and have finally found what works, at least for me. I mix a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar with a shot glass of water and drink that once in the morning after waking up and once in the evening before bedtime. I also drink a few gulps of coconut water whenever I feel the slightest symptoms of heartburn. I also take a probiotic in the morning with breakfast. This has worked wonders for me. No more Nexium!

I believe you are right about lack of stomach acid causing symptoms similar to GERD. Take a look at “Achlorhydria” in Wikipedia. It is reported to affect about half of the population worldwide. Makes you wonder when the medical profession is going to wake up to this issue.
Stomach acid is necessary to regulate the proper sequence for stomach sphincter opening and closing and the release of other digestive chemicals. It also acts to kill microbes that enter the stomach. Low acid levels can lead to overgrowth of H pylori in the stomach. Low acid also results in poor absorption of essential protein, minerals and vitamins.
I have gone off acid blocker medications–replacing them with 1 to 3 Betain HCL/pepsin capsules washed down with Bragg apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbs per 8 oz of water, at each meal. I experienced bad heartburn for about 2 weeks after stopping the Prilosec. Sucking on three or four 500 mg chewable vitmin C tablets helped a lot. The heartburn is gone as long as I don’t forget my Betain/vinegar. My gastric emptying has been speeded up also.

I am on Prevacid for acid reflux AND DECIDED ON MY OWN to try and stop taking the drug.
I was fine for three days, and on the fourth day, I had HORRIBLE INDIGESTION AND VOMITED———-SAME THING HAPPENED THE NEXT DAY,——and then I realized YOU CANNOT QUIT THOSE ACID REDUCING DRUGS SUDDENLY——–it has to be very gradual.
I had done this on MY OWN, but will talk to my Endocrinologist the next time I want to wean off this drug, although HE SAID they are perfectly safe.

I have had acid reflux and haital hernia for over 20 years and have tried all the omeprazole products. They just make me sicker. Of course I have tried many natural remedies over the years such as probiotics. Do you have any idea why probiotics (even in teeny tiny amounts) gives me so much pain I think I am having a heart attack? And it takes me days to recover.
Also, why can I not eat yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk without paying a dear price? Enzymes also create pain, nausea, etc. I have tried the vinegar, apples, aloe vera, all just make matters worse. I have had a terrible cough for years as well. I have had aspiration pneumonia several times recently. I am going to try the coconut water. The only thing doctors ever recommend is the medications, and of course change in diet, which I did years ago. Now my weight is dangerously low because of these eating difficulties. Does anyone have other suggestions? Thanks for your help.

hi, i lost 60 lbs because i could’t eat any thing. i had such pain. i had endoscopy and then motility test that showed i had nutcracker esophagus. they put me onb 40 mg omaprazole . I didn’t think i would ever be able to eat normal again. I started taking cocozia coconut water one first thing in the morning before eating and then one in the evening. I can’t believe how good i feel. I am eating normal again. I thank God for directing me to this drink. I hope this helps all of you.

Try tracking foods to see if they cause your heartburn. Leaving food out of your diet that cause heartburn is less expensive than taking medicine. I quit wheat/gluten and milk products. Tough diet to follow in America, but i’m so much healthier for it.

AS, you are doing great by taking the med every other day. I’d stick with the coconut water and add a mild digestive enzyme with only about 200 mg of Betaine HCL and the other digestive enzymes.
I’ve helped many friends get off these acid reflux drugs. I usually have them ease off very gradually, just as you have started to do. Take one every third day and then every 4th etc. If you have a problem lessen the days and then try again. I usually start my friends with one NOW brand Super Enzyme and then start increasing them after the meds are stopped completely.
Every person is different and you will have to play around with the dose of digestive enzymes. Gradually increase until you feel an acid stomach. Take a couple glasses of water to douse the fire and then go back to the last good dose of enzymes.
Every few years you will need to do a challenge to see if you need to up your dose. If you get up to three of the NOW digesties then it would be better to take a separate Betaine HCL and Pepsin with one of the NOW. I have been doing this system for over 30 years and have no digestive upsets and have strong bones.
It was a medical Dr who first tested me for minerals using a hair analysis and found that I was deficient in quite a few-even ones I was taking as supplements! He gave me the above advice. I do check every few years.

I am taking Omeprazole 20mg once a day for acid reflux from a hiatal hernia. I sometimes skip a day, but then in the evening, I may start to feel some uncomfortableness. Yesterday, I drank some coconut water when I started to feel this way, and it seemed to soothe my symptoms.
My question is: Is medication such as Omeprazole something you have to wean off of gradually, or is it something I can stop all at once? I would like to continue drinking the coconut water without taking the medication, but am hesitant since my symptoms can be severe when I don’t take the medication.
People’s Pharmacy response: It may be helpful to ease off the omeprazole gradually. Stopping suddenly can exacerbate heartburn.
If you know anything about this, I’d be interested in learning more.

Often painful heartburn is due to not enough acid and digestive enzymes rather than too much. Many people I know have found relief, even a few young people, by adding a digestive enzyme when they eat. Usually one that has Betaine HCL and pepsin along with the other enzymes works best.
To find the right dose one must increase gradually until acid stomach results. A couple glasses of water will help resolve the acid stomach and then one should go back to the last good dose. Every few years it is best to do a challenge test again to make sure one is getting enough.
If we douse the acid in our stomachs then we will not be able to get the nutrients out of our food. As time goes by osteoporosis and mental problems could result. Our foods are commercially grown now and I’m sure that is why we are a nation with stomach problems. I’ve seen it increasing over the last forty years or so, even in younger people.

When I was having diarrhea for quite a while—-I found (through your column) that eating two coconut macaroons a day would help, AND IT DID—-however my doctor told me coconut would cause cholesterol to rise and endanger my arteries——BUT I HAVE BEEN USING COCONUT—-sometimes flaked coconut—-for several months now, and just had blood work done and my cholesterol readings were very good——–SO WHAT IS THE COMPLETE STORY REGARDING COCONUT AND CHOLESTEROL????
Or could it be that the fat in coconut is like the fat in avocados and actually GOOD FOR YOU?

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