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The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole

f you often suffer from heartburn and want to treat it with natural remedies, oneHOWTO will show you the best natural alternatives to omeprazole or prilosec. This drug is a potent antacid that inhibits the proton pump, resulting in perfect relief for heartburn and the prevention of gastric reflux. However, abuse of any drug is never good, so here we detail how you can replace Omeprazole with natural ingredients.

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  1. Omeprazole (or prilosec) for heartburn
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Sodium Bicarbonate
  4. Aloe vera
  5. Lemon juice
  6. Foods high in glutamine
  7. Licorice root
  8. Other useful tips

Omeprazole (or prilosec) for heartburn

When stomach fluids fail to digest food properly they return to the area of the esophagus and cause the well known gastric reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is responsible for the sensation of heartburn.Symptoms usually include:

  • belching
  • a burning sensation in the stomach area
  • malaise
  • nausea & vomiting
  • fever (in severe cases)

To ease these symptoms there are traditional drugs like Omeprazole or prilosec that can help reduce discomfort. However, abusing this medicine can lead to harmful side effects. It is important to know which are the alternatives to Omeprazole as well as some tips to help prevent heartburn.

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Omeprazole (or prilosec) for heartburn

Apple cider vinegar

The first natural alternative to Omeprazole we can recommend is apple cider vinegar. We recommended you purchase an organic version so to avoid chemical components or additives. Then it will function properly as an inhibitor of heartburn. It is a remedy that works immediately to relieve heartburn and can be serveddirectly by mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a little water.

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Apple cider vinegar

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate is also a good substitute for Omeprazole as it works as a natural antacid that eliminates pain and heartburn. However, this home remedy is contraindicated for those who suffer hypertension or are required to follow a low sodium diet.

To take this remedy you only have to dissolve a tablespoon of soda in a glass of water and drink immediately, it is recommended to do so before the bubbles in the water appear.

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Sodium Bicarbonate

Aloe vera

Aloe vera juice also works perfectly in treating stomach acidity. This plant helps improve food digestion, thus avoiding the appearance of reflux. To make the juice you will need:

  • 2 leaves of natural aloe vera
  • 150 milliliters of water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

In this oneHOWTO article we'll show you how to make aloe vera juice step by step, so you can take advantage of its benefits as an alternative to Omeprazole (or prilosec.)

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Aloe vera

Lemon juice

Drinking lemon water before eating breakfast can also be a perfect natural remedy for heartburn. Drink a glass of water with squeezed lemon juice when you get up. This will regulate the acidity of your stomach protecting you for the whole day. So its effect be more powerful, it is advisable to drink the water with freshly squeezed lemon as soon as you awake. In addition to alleviating gastric reflux, there are other benefits to drinking lemon water before breakfast; such as eliminating toxins and cleansing the liver.

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Lemon juice

Foods high in glutamine

Incorporating foods high in glutamine in your daily diet will also help reduce the acid in your stomach. This nutrient has a strong anti-inflammatory capacity. You can find glutamine in foods such as dairy products, red meats, nuts or spinach. Include these foods into your daily menu to naturally reduce stomach acidity.

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Foods high in glutamine

Licorice root

The licorice root is a perfect substitute for Omeprazole because it creates a kind of protective gel in the stomach, helping protect it from the acidity. The best way to take licorice is through a natural infusion. So, drink this every morning with breakfast and your stomach will be perfectly prepared for the rest of the day.

The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Licorice root

Other useful tips

With all this said, it is important to know how you can prevent the occurrence of heartburn. Unless you have ulcers, this can be done with a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Here are some tips to eliminate heartburn from your life:

  • Invest in a healthy diet which is low in fat and where fruits and vegetables are in abundance.
  • Leave aside processed sugars and foods as these unbalance the bacteria in the stomach and increase the chances of heartburn appearing.
  • Chew foods thoroughly to make it easier to digest and avoid reflux.
  • Take an infusion of licorice or aloe vera every day to contribute to the proper functioning of your stomach.
  • Eat a yoghurt as an afternoon snack every day, so it will become normal for you to eat a food high in glutamine every day and enjoy a much healthier snack than a sandwich or pastry.
The Best Natural Alternatives to Omeprazole - Other useful tips

If you're interested in using natural remedies to replace medicines, read this article and find out the best alternatives to Prednisone.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Dianna Carroll
I have been on PPI's for a while and want to get off of them. How do I transition from drugs to natural remedies? Do I stop taking them cold turkey, and replace the medicines with natural alternatives?
OneHowTo Editor
You should never change prescription medication without first consulting your doctor.
Helma Goldmark
I have been taking one 20mg OMEPRAZOLE for about 6 mos and I believe that there is a limitation in taking this heartburn medication - how long is it - it helps me from heartburn and my gastro- interologist suggested taking OMPEPRAZOLE but he did not tell me for HOW LONG. Can you advise me?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Helma,

Unfortunately we cannot advise you on how long to take this medicine as it relies on your doctor's diagnosis and treatment plan. However, we can say that long term use of Omeprazole is not generally recommended without a doctor prescribing a long term treatment. Your doctor should have informed you of how long to take it or at least put the dosage on the pack. You should speak to your physician for clarification.
Dairy products cause inflammation. Why would that be recommended?
OneHowTo Editor
They are recommended due to their glutamine content. The best is to take yogurt due to it being probiotic too.
Hope this helps
I have been taking omoprazoale long term over ten years,will it be safe to try homeopathy,natural alternatives immediately ?
OneHowTo Editor
You should combine both and gradually move towards natural remedies, always supervised by a professional doctor who can monitor your health and well-being.
Hope this helps
I have a stomach ulcer and Barrett's and have been taking lansoprazole for over 10 years, is it safe for me to try a natural remedy instead as I don't like taking any medication long term, please advise.
Nancy Miller
I have been taking Omprazole for years, I would like to stop. Do I take the lemon juice or vinegar or do I take both?
You may start with lemon water first and then try vinegar. Lemon, warm water, tblspn honey in the morning. If u can tolerate, then try vinegar instead.
I am a reflux sufferer for many years now.I am currently taking omeprazole daily and would very much like to find a good alternative to the ppi's.
Rosemary Matchett
I would like an alternative to Omeprazole. I have been taking it for some years. I now suffer from pain in my legs and would like to stop this drug and replace with a natural product. Thanks.
OneHowTo Editor
You should talk to your doctor about totally substituting omeprazole for a natural remedy before you do so, though you can suggest any of the alternatives mentioned in this article. Make sure your doctor gives you the right advice for your particular case.

Hope this helps
I take omeprazole 20mg one every day i have been on them for the last five years i take them for acid reflux and most days if not every other day i feel very rough i have very bad headaches to the point i feel sick and am very tied can sleep all day when not feeling well and I lose my appetite and don't want to eat and i can go a couple of days without wanting to eat any thing could my headaches be anything to do with dementia just a thought
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Carol, you could try some of the natural alternatives to Omeprazole that we give in this article. Perhaps your acid reflux problem will be solved and you will feel better. However, we recommend you consult your doctor before you totally withdraw from Omeprazole.
I have Barretts Syndrome & have had serious bleeding ulcers... I've been on Omeprazole for about 5 years .... twice a day. Prior to that ~ gastric bypass 10 years ago....(a Dr had me on anti inflammatory drugs for years & my stomach basically blew out ~ because of the "pouch" from bypass!!!) Wasn't diagnosed with Barretts until ulcers... I certainly don't want side effects from this now......yikes! I've never had problems with heartburn or anything like that ...
Gerry Alanguilan
Lemon? Vinegar? But aren't those acidic and would make your acid reflux worse?
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Gerry, it's true, lemon and vinegar are acidic and if you consume them in large amounts they can actually cause acid reflux. However, mixed with water and taken in small quantities it becomes alkaline and it neutralizes the acid that causes acid reflux. Lemon juice also creates calcium carbonate, which balances pH's levels and neutralizes digestive acids.
Lynn Hewitt
I take Lansaprazole. Does this do the same as omeprazole re the dementia issue plz?
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Lansoprazole is usually more effective than Omeprazole, however it is still a proton pump inhibitor. Try using some of the natural remedies in the article as they might ease your acid reflux problems in a healthier way.
Roy callis
I am type 2 diabetic, I have been taking omeprazole for about 8 years now and suffer from heartburn regularly, i also have severe pancreatitis, and IBS i take 22 pills a day for different things, but mainly diabetes, anyway my point is, isn't it ok to take these substitutes ie sodium bicarbonate, Apple cider vinegar, being a type 2 diabetic ?? Thank you.
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Apple cider vinegar can actually be good for diabetes, so you shouldn't have any problem. However, visit your doctor and ask for the opinion of a specialist.
Jarrie Holt
Roy: I am a 70-year-old male with diabetes (I manage it with 500 mg cinnamon 2-3 times daily and my A1C was normal at my last physical). I have been on omeprazole for many years due to Schatzke (sp?) ring but am now ready to eliminate it after reading recent news about its effect on kidneys. I will be trying either apple cider vinegar or lemon juice recommendations on this website. I also take curcumin for various inflammations such as arthritis, etc., including diabetes. Please try these to see if you can eliminate some of your harmful meds from your regimen. I'm also taking chlorella to reduce artery plaque. It binds to heavy metals and carries them away thru the kidneys. It also frees up calcium in your vessels so as to be absorbed and used by the body. Best to you!
Carol Capstick
BOth myself and my husband are on Omeprazole I have arthiritus and diabetes and my husband has heart failure with a defibulator fitted. why would we be on it?
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Try switching Omeprazole for natural remedies and you might feel better. Your problems could be caused by Omeprazole, so try using other remedies and see how it affects your health.
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