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Old 03-06-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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I hate taking meds, and for various reasons I either can't or don't want to take the usual OTC stuff like Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, etc.

I've read online that Marshmallow Root capsules and also Deglycerinized Licorice Root (DGL) chewables can be helpful. Has anyone tried either one? Did they help? Any side effects?

Also another question about licorice root chewables, for those who have used it: Did the chewable pills stain your teeth brown? A friend of mine says she read somewhere that they do.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:11 PM
 
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If you do a search for acid reflux here you'll find lots of really good information!

One tip is daily use of raw apple cider vinegar. I use Bragg's organic.

I hardly ever need antacids anymore, and I'm off prescription pills.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:21 PM
 
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Yep, I was going to suggest vinegar. If you don't have cider vinegar in the house, even white vinegar will do... a tablespoon in a large glass of water. You wouldn't think that it would work, but it does! Apparently when you have heartburn, it's your body trying to compensate for a lack of the right kind of acid, and vinegar is the right kind of acid. Your body can stop making more, and the heartburn goes away.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:04 AM
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I'd still stick to the raw organic apple cider vinegar.. But if you don't have any in the house, keep a bag of raw almonds in your fridge. Chew between 6-10 slowly when you get heartburn and it takes it away naturally. Plus almonds taste good.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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I'll try the almonds definitely. I've seen all the anecdotal support for apple cider vinegar, but it makes no sense to me that someone would just ASSUME their heartburn is caused by not having enough acid in the stomach, rather than by having too much. It can be caused by either factor, but how to know which? Obviously if someone's problem is too much acid, vinegar would be the worst thing to take. And since I have no way of knowing whether mine is caused by too much or too little, I'm not inclined to possibly cause further damage to a definitely already-irritated esophagus by swallowing anything that is known to be acidic. Not saying that no one should try the experiment on themselves... only that I myself don't choose to risk it.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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I'll try the almonds definitely. I've seen all the anecdotal support for apple cider vinegar, but it makes no sense to me that someone would just ASSUME their heartburn is caused by not having enough acid in the stomach, rather than by having too much. It can be caused by either factor, but how to know which? Obviously if someone's problem is too much acid, vinegar would be the worst thing to take. And since I have no way of knowing whether mine is caused by too much or too little, I'm not inclined to possibly cause further damage to a definitely already-irritated esophagus by swallowing anything that is known to be acidic. Not saying that no one should try the experiment on themselves... only that I myself don't choose to risk it.
I know. I thought the same thing, until I decided to try it.
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