Originally Posted by Arggg
I have frequent mild heartburn. I can't take anything with salicylates (such as Pepto-Bismol, Mylanta, all the good ones). I'm allergic to Zantac and prescription antacids - they make me break out in hives all over.
I've heard that baking soda is helpful, but I don't know how much to use. Does anybody use a natural product like this? Please give me some advice!
I suggest DGL which is a form of licorice that does not cause a rise in your blood pressure like regular licorice. You can purchase it at any healthfood store. It comes in tablets that you can suck and let dissolve in your mouth. I buy the type that is chocolate flavored and sugar free and it tastes pretty good. It coats and soothes your esophagus. Another remedy is drinking aloe vera juice once a day. A little goes a long ways.
There is an over the counter antiacid called Briosch which is a lemmon flavored form of bicarbonate of soda. It fizzles like Alka Seltzer when dissolved in water, and tastes lemmony. I use that ocassionally for heartburn that comes suddenly after a meal.
A remedy I tried that did not work for me was taking D-Limonene capsules. This is orange peel extract and I think the product is called Heartburn Free. You may want to read about it and try it. You are supposed to take the capsules every other day for twenty days and it is supposed to relieve heartburn for up to six months. I took it during the height of my acid rebound symptoms when I was withdrawing from PPI use in January. I may actually try it again now that I think I am over the acid rebound.
I also drink apple cider vinegar (two tablespoons dissolved in water) twice a day through a straw. I have found that it helps me. Apple cider vinegar is a somewhat controversial remedy as it involves drinking an acidic product to relieve acid. Again, you may want to read on all these and see which work for you.
Calcium is supposed to have antiacid properties. I think it has to be the type that is chewable or liquid.
Hope these suggestions help and congratulations on your efforts to deal with this disorder through natural alternatives.