Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (a muscle ring that allows food into the stomach) doesn’t seal and close off your esophagus from the stomach. This causes stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. When this happens, the acid reflux can irritate the lining of your esophagus causing a burning sensation in your chest which can be quite uncomfortable and painful.
Acid reflux can happen to anyone, and many people experience it from time to time. That said, if you’re experiencing acid reflux at least twice a week, this might indicate that you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. The good news is there are a variety of effective home remedies for acid reflux that can help you get some relief. Here are 12 at-home remedies you can try.
Note: If you experience frequent GERD symptoms, or are taking over-the-counter medications more than twice a week, then it’s time to see a doctor.
Drink Herbal Tea
If you’re experiencing acid reflux then try drinking a non-caffeinated herbal tea. Some herbal teas may help improve digestion, gas, nausea, and acid reflux.
Just be sure to steer clear of spearmint or peppermint teas because mint is a common trigger ingredient for acid reflux. Chamomile tea is a great option. It’s renowned for its calming properties, can help fight inflammation, and may help balance acidity levels in your stomach.