Alternatives to PPI Treatment for Heartburn, Acid Reflux

The primary goal of treating heartburn and acid reflux is to restore the body’s natural gastric balance and function, which can be achieved naturally by eating a healthier diet and avoiding processed foods and sugars, which can exacerbate acid reflux and upset the balance of bacteria in the stomach and intestines. Rather than taking a proton pump inhibitor, you can try eating plenty of vegetables and other high-quality, unprocessed foods, and avoiding common food triggers for heartburn and acid reflux, like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. It may also be helpful to ensure that you are getting enough good bacteria from your diet, which can aid in proper digestion and help eliminate H. pylori bacteria without requiring antibiotic treatment. You can get the probiotics you need from fermented foods like chutneys, fish, fermented vegetables, and cultured dairy products, like yogurt or sour cream.

If you are experiencing heartburn or acid reflux due to having too little acid in the stomach, you can encourage your body to produce adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) by consuming foods like high-quality sea salt, sauerkraut or cabbage juice. The following are some other things you can try to help get your heartburn under control without turning to potentially harmful prescription or over-the-counter medications:

  • Baking soda
  • Aloe juice
  • Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger root
  • Chamomile tea
  • Slippery elm
  • Vitamin D
  • Folate or folic acid
  • Glutamine