Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux is a condition where there is a backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. Individuals with acid reflux may experience chest pain, heartburn, taste of acid in the back of the mouth, bad breath, vomiting, and wearing away of the enamel of the teeth.
Those at risk for acid reflux are often individuals who are obese, smoking, pregnant, have a hiatal hernia, or are taking certain medications. Acid reflux occurs when there is poor closure of the gastroesophageal sphincter located at the junction between the esophagus and the stomach.
Treatment usually includes lifestyle changes, medications (antacids, proton pump inhibitors, H2 receptor blockers, and prokinetics), and possible surgery. There are also home remedies available that may help decrease the symptoms of acid reflux.
Home Remedy #1: Ginger
Ginger root is commonly used as a spice and in folk medicine. Although there is no scientific evidence to support the use of ginger for ailments, it is traditionally used to alleviate nausea and vomiting. It is also believed that it helps relieve motion sickness, improves the immune system, increases blood circulation, wards off heart disease, and fights bacterial infections.
In this case, it is also beneficial for individuals with acid reflux. To make ginger tea, steep a few thin slices of ginger in hot water for 10 to 20 minutes.