Do you get uncomfortable after a big meal? A burning sensation under the breastbone after eating is common. If you have ever suffered from this type of indigestion, you may want to know how to cure your heartburn.

Will Baking Soda or Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

Q. My mother and grandmother both used baking soda for heartburn. Mom will be celebrating her 92nd birthday in two weeks so it must not have done her any harm.

My partner cured his heartburn by drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar in juice before every meal. This was recommended by a PhD pharmacologist, who told him the reflux is sometimes caused by too little, not too much, acid. Drinking the vinegar apparently helps rebalance your system. This worked for my partner. He no longer takes antacids, baking soda or vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn:

A. We have heard from many other readers who report that drinking some apple cider vinegar in juice or water helps heartburn symptoms. It may not cure your heartburn once and for all, however. Moreover, some people find that it doesn’t help at all.

One reader wrote:

“Adding more acid makes matters far worse for me, whether it’s mustard, apple cider vinegar or something else. Normally, when I get indigestion, it is due to eating something that was acidic to begin with, and antacids bring me quick relief.”

Baking Soda to Cure Your Heartburn?

Baking soda is a time-honored solution for minor heartburn. The usual dose is ½ teaspoon in at least four ounces of water. Do not use this remedy if you have overeaten, however. In rare instances, baking soda on a full stomach could cause rupture. That’s because of rapid carbon dioxide release. There are at least 15 cases in the medical literature.

What’s more, it should go without saying that you should never combine baking soda and vinegar as a remedy. You may remember from fifth grade science class that this is a wonderful way to simulate the action of a volcano: dramatic in a beaker, but wholly undesirable in your stomach!

Learn More:

You may wish to read more about ways to cure your heartburn here, or listen to some of our recent interviews with gastroenterologists. The interview with Dr. Nick Shaheen focused Barrett’s esophagus as well as heartburn. It is Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract. Our interview with Dr. Robynne Chutkan put more emphasis on what to eat to cure your heartburn. It is Show 1078: How to Have Good Digestion Without Heartburn Drugs.

Related People's Pharmacy Radio Show

Watch a brief welcome from Joe & Terry

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.