About 20% of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic acid reflux condition. It is a condition in which acid-containing contents in your stomach persistently leak back up into your esophagus, the tube from your throat to your stomach. Acid reflux happens to nearly everyone at some point in life. Having acid reflux and heartburn now and then is totally normal.
Symptoms of GERD –Persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation Pain in the chest, hoarseness in the morning, difficulty in swallowing Throat choke, dry cough, and bad breath.
Heartburn - Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. It’s a painful burning sensation in the middle of your chest caused by irritation to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid.
Food that may cause heartburn-
Potato chips and other processed snacks
Chili powder and pepper (white, black, cayenne)
Fatty meats such as bacon and sausage
Home remedies to get rid of heartburn
Banana - Bananas contain high fiber content which enhances the digestion process. They are rich in potassium and increase mucus production in the stomach, preventing the excess acid formation and fighting the harmful effects of excessive acid production.
Buttermilk – Cold buttermilk is another useful antidote to acidity. To get relief from heartburn, drink up a glass of cold buttermilk. Buttermilk contains lactic acid that neutralizes the acidity in the stomach. The lactic acid further soothes the stomach by coating the stomach lining and reducing the irritation and acid reflux symptoms.
Basil leaves – Basil leaves or tulsi stimulate our stomach to produce more mucus, which helps relieve heartburn and nausea that often occurs with acidity. Chew 2-3 basil leaves to minimize your stomach acid.,mucus production.
Mint leaves – Mint leaves or pudina can also help when suffering from indigestion or acidity. Mint helps lower the acid content of the stomach and improves digestion. Chop on some mint leaves to control and soothe acidity or boil a few leaves and drink the water once it cools to boost stomach and intestine health.
Ginger - Ginger has properties that destroy the acidity that triggers pylori bacteria, decrease inflammation, minimize nausea, and calm the stomach muscles. Fresh ginger also helps in the treatment of nausea.
Apple cider vinegar - Drinking apple cider vinegar works for acid reflux; many people swear that it helps. However, you should never drink it at full concentration because it's a strong acid that can irritate the esophagus. Instead, put a small amount in warm water and drink it with meals.