#1 Remedy for Heartburn / Acid Reflux / GERD without Medications

The root cause of heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux is the opposite of what we've been told. Learn more and discover the best natural remedy for these problems.


0:00 Introduction: Heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux remedies
0:10 What causes heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux?
4:38 The importance of hydrochloric acid
6:25 Typical treatments for heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux
8:10 What causes low stomach acid?
9:40 How to get rid of heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux
12:30 Learn more about what causes GERD and acid reflux!

Today I'm going to cover the #1 remedy for heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux.

We're told that the cause of acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD is too much acid. But, I've found that rather than the overproduction of acid, these issues are typically caused by an underproduction of acid.

Two main conditions cause low stomach acid: hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria. Symptoms of both these conditions include acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.

Hydrochloric acid is there to help you break down food, absorb minerals and vitamins, and protect against pathogens. A deficiency in hydrochloric acid can lead to a myriad of health concerns.

One of the side effects of antacids or other acid-suppressing medications is a loss of stomach acid. This can temporarily cause someone to feel better but can lead to other health issues.

Top causes of low stomach acid:
• Hypothyroidism
• Poor diet
• A suppressed immune system
• Antacids
• Low-salt diets
• Potassium deficiency
• Zinc deficiency
• Iodine deficiency
• Eating too frequently

Betaine hydrochloride is the best natural remedy for heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux. However, you shouldn't take it if you have an ulcer, and don't take betaine hydrochloride on an empty stomach. Consuming the Healthy Keto diet® and doing intermittent fasting may also be beneficial.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps explain what causes heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux and the best remedy for these issues. I'll see you in the next video.


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  1. Daily Dose of Medicine on March 26, 2023 at 10:07 am

    Heartburn symptoms include:
    Burning sensation in the chest or throat.
    A sour taste in the mouth.
    Difficulty swallowing.
    Feeling like food is stuck in the throat.
    Regurgitation of stomach contents into the mouth.
    Nausea or vomiting.
    Sore throat or hoarseness.

  2. Kevin Polo on March 26, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Amazing! I always argue with my friends regarding this because they always believe the backward ways and thinks that PPI and antacid are the solution for gerd and heartburn. Thank you Dr. Berg for this video. You are really an angel to a lot of people

  3. Mark White on March 26, 2023 at 10:19 am

    I used to take 4 Pepsid AC chewables daily. I’ve posted this before but after intermittent fasting, dropping sugar drinks and improving my diet I lost 52 pounds, mostly visceral fat. I can honestly say I have not taken one in 19 months now. In addition to this is the dropping of 4 prescriptions for triglycerides, blood pressure and asthma. I’m pill free and also feel much better. 9.96 million subscribers, almost there!!!

    • Debra Hewitt on March 26, 2023 at 10:38 am

      Acid reflux affects everyone any size. So weight isn’t always the problem.

    • Mark White on March 26, 2023 at 10:48 am

      @Debra Hewitt Weight is the #1 cause of GERD and obese people have 3X the occurrence. It isn’t always the problem but the most common.

    • Angiebaby99 on March 26, 2023 at 12:51 pm

      Well done. I’m trying to get off Lansoprazole after 19 years.

    • Timea Varga on March 26, 2023 at 5:10 pm

      ​​@Angiebaby99 I took lansoprazole as well but replaced it with ginger carrot and potato juice.

    • Amina Raza on March 26, 2023 at 5:46 pm

      ​@Timea Varga ..how much of each n how u make the juice?

  4. G S on March 26, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Thanks Doc, my Dad and Grandad suffered from Gerd and both had cancer eventually. Myself on Zantac for years until I found out that its dangerous too. You may have blown the door off a generational family ailment. Will try this, thank you

    • Revealanation 777 on March 26, 2023 at 11:00 am

      Works 101%

    • my on March 26, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      I’ve been on Zantac for years, just lately after a scope I’ve been told I have active hpylori, maybe your symptoms stem from an underlying condition. Mr. Berg is the best & his knowledge priceless. Keto, IF & cabbage juice is the way to go. Good luck on your recovery & making your body bullet proof.

  5. Faisal Bashir on March 26, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Doc is a great man. Giving service to humanity

    • Ben on March 26, 2023 at 11:16 am

      It alcohol😰

  6. Sabrina and husband on March 26, 2023 at 10:31 am

    To me: gerd is very rare: it only occurs when I eat foods that I don’t usually eat, or my digestive system is not used to, like takeaways or junk foods, like when I’m dinning outside, which I rarely do since I’m in keto for a long time. Thanks for the info Dr Berg 🌸

  7. fidel catsro on March 26, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Top causes of low stomach acid:
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Poor diet
    • A suppressed immune system
    • Antacids
    • Low-salt diets
    • Potassium deficiency
    • Zinc deficiency
    • Iodine deficiency
    • Eating too frequently

    Thank you Dr Berg! 🐱👍🏿

    • fidel catsro on March 26, 2023 at 1:10 pm

      ​@CARREG y BWGAN perhaps maybe not sure, until it reaches a point?

    • Kel Blue Skies on March 26, 2023 at 1:17 pm

      The gut flora and eating habits as well.

    • Adrian Vye on March 26, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you, Fidel. Viva la Revolucion!🇨🇺

    • Shels1976 * on March 26, 2023 at 5:07 pm

      Stress caused my Barretts Esophagas

    • Miriyam Ysrael McDonald on March 26, 2023 at 5:10 pm

      Nice one

  8. Celebrating Life with Muthu on March 26, 2023 at 10:34 am

    After watching your videos, I suggested this to one of my friend. He got rid of his 15 years acidity GERD problem. This testimonial is for people who suffer with this issue. IT WORKS…!

  9. Schmidteren on March 26, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Betaine HCL with pepsin is really helpful. But getting your diaphragm to work properly fixed it completely for me. Stretches both for mobility and strenghtening, and breathing exercises. And try not have bad posture, and be more active. Had extreme issues for a couple of years. These things reversed it. The sphincter is connected to the diaphragm. A weak, tense or damaged diaphragm, and the valve wont close properly.

    • Epic Linkwolf on March 26, 2023 at 4:11 pm

      I also take betaine w pepsin before large meals and it helps a lot 👍🏽

    • Sandra Dalton on March 26, 2023 at 5:23 pm

      This is me. My hiatal hernia has damaged or loosened my les. I’m not sure how to get it working again. Any ideas? Thankyou in advance.

    • Mama Knitter on March 26, 2023 at 5:29 pm

      I’m currently pregnant and take Betaine HCL with pepsin several times a day!

  10. marsack7 on March 26, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Listen to this. Hubby in hospital for another problem. He got out and hours later got a blockage. Had to go back to ER 2X. They were going to send him home the second time with flu. I said no, it is a blockage. Head of ER came in, looked at his chart and agreed. Treated him for blockage. That night the nurse came in to give hubby 2 shots. 2nd was a PPI. I said no and He started yelling at me that he gives PPIs to everyone in hospital every night. I was willing to fight him. He gave hubby the shot the night before.. Cause of blockage. If I had not been there, he might have really been blocked up. Hubby is 77 and I knew from Dr. Berg’s videos we need more acid as we age. They did not insist and He went home the next day. He was so weak he could have died. Listen to this man and believe what he says. His info may have saved hubby’s life. Now we both drink Apple cider vinegar light solution with every meal. No more digestive problems for either of us.

    • Joe K on March 26, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      You saved your Husband’s life. This information has been out for years. You found it recently through the magic of video/ youtube / Dr Berg … BUT chose to listen, learn and apply. Good job taking health into your own hands and saving a loved one. It’s liberating to say the least. I did it for my Mom. So many people refuse to believe in their abilities to learn and just go ahead and put their cars, homes and bodies into the experts hands. Problem is… not all are true professionals. As a customer, some knowledge is necessary to not get ripped off or killed. Have a bless day

    • Jetthead18 on March 26, 2023 at 6:45 pm

      What a story!! Good for you

  11. TheDude 1909 on March 26, 2023 at 11:05 am

    You changed my life six month ago. Been struggeling with heartburn for many years. I am 35 yrs old. No doc or medication helped but then i watched your video about acid reflux and sugar. I stopped eating sugar from sweets and snacks and had NO MORE heartburn at all. Amazing feeling. I was never obese no smoking not much drinking alcohol but i like chocolate snacks and so on. Now i am IF 16/8 sometimes 24 hrs and i am feeling as good as i never could imagine. This video is my opportunity to say THANK YOU DOC❤ much love from germany.

  12. Rick Backous on March 26, 2023 at 11:06 am

    I used to struggle with acid reflux. When I was exercising it was the worse. I accidently cured this by switching to IF and a low carb diet and started exercising towards the end of my daily fast. All the difference in the world. No drugs or supplements needed.

  13. Yankee 🌹 Rose on March 26, 2023 at 11:25 am

    I tell my family to take 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and it will get rid of their heartburn. Thank you Dr. Berg, Blessed Sunday to all. ✝️❤

    • Who Knows on March 26, 2023 at 4:40 pm

      Yes, it works. I told that to my brother he had heartburn for years and after daily ACV intake he got rid of it.

    • brianlawl on March 26, 2023 at 4:53 pm

      Idk if I have high or low acid. ACV does provide immediate relief for me but the pain will come back like 40 mins later, also pain stays in stomach does not reach throat..prob a hernia

    • vcash111 on March 26, 2023 at 5:23 pm

      This can agravate gastritis 🔥

    • Jetthead18 on March 26, 2023 at 6:43 pm

      ​@elmer fudd wow,that’s harsh.
      If something works for someone, it’s not for you to say it’s “dumb”. It’s their experience, not yours.
      You’re comment is “dumb”

  14. Pamela Braman on March 26, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Dr Berg, I was put on antacids after being diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and my overall health has tanked ever since.
    This video explains a lot of what happened to me

    • Pete's workshop on March 26, 2023 at 11:41 am

      They tried to put me on lifetime antacids. I declined and did ACV for a month heartburn free ever since.

    • Pp Ss on March 26, 2023 at 2:21 pm

      @Pete’s workshop I’ve been with very reluctant to try the ACV route, but I guess I’m gonna have to try it out… You’ve convinced me to try it… 25 years with severe GERD.

    • Seattle Six on March 26, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      Started combining fresh lemon juice with ACV and Dr Berg’s Sports Electrolytes this month, very palatable and reminiscent of lemonade

    • Elsy Valle on March 26, 2023 at 6:34 pm

      ​@Pp Ss, you will not only cure the acid reflux but you will help and clean your kidneys and clean your liver too!

  15. sumaiya noor on March 26, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Dr. Berg is absolutely right as usual. I wish other doctors can do some basic research as well before putting our health at stake.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on March 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you very much. Appreciate your comment.

    • D on March 26, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      if other doctors do this then,any cured patient is lost customer.noor ge sumja kuro

    • TheDestroyer73 on March 26, 2023 at 7:07 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC is there a video you have done when you have overgrowth bacteria in the small intestine? and what to do about that?

  16. K J on March 26, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    68 yo and diagnosed with achalasia which is daily torture unable to hold food/liquids down without regurgitation. Currently facing surgery. Wish Dr. Berg would address this specific topic.

  17. BlackMasterRoshi on March 26, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve been living unhealthily lately, my whole body was hurting with muscle aches and stiff neck, back and joint issues etc.
    I’ve been binging your videos lately and decided to get back into IF and keto.
    I haven’t taken Prilosec in almost 2 weeks and I used to take it every single day of my life since high school. Looks like my GERD is just a bad memory now.

  18. Marlena Cooper on March 26, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Dr. Eric Berg, this information is greatly helpful. I found an older video that you have on this about 4 years ago, and it has helped tremendously and improved my health since I found your information on this long ago. Skin is cleared from acne, no more acid reflex, no more bloating. I also been on the keto diet for a while and followed all your recommendations to a T. It does make a huge difference. Thanks so much.

  19. katenda100 on March 26, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    This man should be given an award! Thank you doctor for your words of wisdom!
    Please do a video on Barrett’s esophagus. And any advice on how to treat it would be greatly appreciated.

  20. Claire Hachey on March 26, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg for another amazing video. Would it be possible to do a video on the danger of prolonged use of PPI’s, particularly the research done linking them (or some of them ) to dementia? Thank you!

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