Conventional antacids can relive the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, but they do nothing to maintain the necessary balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. Fortunately, there is a natural remedy that does both. Herbalists and even medical doctors recommend that you take raw garlic for acidity.

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Buy firm, fresh garlic bulbs. If the cloves appear shrunken or are squishy to the touch, they are not fresh. Do not buy “sprouted” garlic unless you are going to plant it.

Pull back the thin peel and separate a garlic clove from the bulb. You may need a knife to pry it out.

Place the garlic clove under the blade of a knife next to the handle and hit the flat of the blade with your fist. The skin should pop open, making the clove easy to peel. If this does not happen, the garlic is not fresh enough.

Chop the clove or put it through a garlic press. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Eat the garlic raw. For other health benefits pickled, cooked or dried might do, but to cure acidity, the garlic must be raw.

Repeat. Two cloves are the recommended amount to take for acidity. You may take them together or at different times.

Eat a piece of bread or a few crackers to ease the hot taste of the raw garlic.

Consider other ways to take the garlic into your system. Mix a clove of pressed garlic or 3 or 4 drops of garlic oil with 1 and 1/2 cups of vegetable oil and rub it on your stomach after meals.


  • To insure freshness and quality, buy domestic garlic grown in your own country or your own state.