Therefore, taking a shot of apple cider vinegar or diluting 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water twenty minutes before meals can help provide relief from acid reflux symptoms that are linked to low stomach acid. A word of caution here: Don’t forget to use a straw when drinking apple cider vinegar to prevent the acidity from wearing down your tooth enamel.
As mentioned above, many people experience a relief in acid reflux symptoms when taking a hydrochloric acid supplement. Betaine HCl, which is typically derived from beets, can help increase your hydrochloric acid levels naturally.
Taking a hydrochloric acid supplement with meals can be especially helpful if you experience acid reflux when eating protein-rich meals (especially animal protein), as hydrochloric acid is essential for protein digestion (13).
While there’s limited research to prove the efficacy of marshmallow root, it’s commonly used as a natural remedy in Ayurvedic medicine for alleviating digestive symptoms. This is because marshmallow is a natural demulcent, which soothes and protects the stomach lining and esophagus from acidity (14)(15). Marshmallow may work as a gentle, natural “painkiller” as you address the root causes of acid reflux.