The esophagus or food pipe is a long tube that extends from our throat all the way to our stomach. When this tube gets inflamed or irritated, the condition is referred to as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease. So what then cause this tube to get inflamed? After each meal, our stomach produces hydrochloric acid to help in the process of digestion. Now, at the base of the esophagus, a muscle known as the esophageal sphincter contracts, so as to prevent this acid from flowing upward into the esophagus. At times however, this muscle fails to act in the manner in which it is supposed to. As a result of which the stomach acids make their way up the tube. Over a period of time these acids begin to damage the inner lining of the esophagus which then results in inflammation and irritation. Poor eating habits, certain medications, obesity, alcohol abuse and a poor lifestyle, can all lead to this condition. Heartburn, sour taste in the mouth, burning sensation within the throat and vomiting are some of the symptoms associated with this condition.
Simple home remedies however can help in keeping this condition under control. First and foremost increase your intake of water. Have 2-3 glasses of water after every meal. This will help in diluting the stomach acids while also washing away any other stomach fluid that may otherwise make its way up into the esophagus to cause irritation. Apples are recommended for individuals that suffer from this condition. Eating an apple after every meal will help in reducing the symptoms of this condition. Make sure that you chew on the apple properly so as to eliminate the chances of irritating the esophagus even further.
Extract the juice from a small piece of ginger root. Mix a teaspoon of this juice with a teaspoon of honey. This should be had twice a day, in-order to keep symptoms at bay. A teaspoon of ginger juice mixed with a glass of water, if consumed twice a day, will also help in alleviating symptoms. Chewing almonds will also help in keeping this condition under control. In order to derive the best results, eat 3-4 almonds in the morning, before breakfast and then a few post meals. Sipping on two cups of lukewarm chamomile tea daily is also known to be beneficial for this condition. Individuals suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease should avoid cigarettes, alcohol, spicy foods, fried foods, greasy foods, aerated drinks and sodas.
answered by G M on Mar 10, 2010, 3:51:08