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Heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux are common in adults all around the world. Rumored treatment options are plentiful, especially regarding foods and drinks that might be beneficial. However, it helps to know what you are dealing with before exploring possible treatment options.
Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GER) occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus, causing irritation and burning sensations. The esophagus is separated from the stomach by a muscular valve known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When the LES doesn’t close properly, stomach acid will rise, causing heartburn and uncomfortable symptoms.
GER may happen for several reasons. Overweight or pregnant individuals may experience extra pressure on their stomachs, pushing acid into the esophagus. Smoking and excessive alcohol intake can cause the LES to relax while increasing stomach acid, contributing to reflux symptoms.
Certain foods can also trigger acid reflux, including:
Knowing what to drink for GER at night or whenever the symptoms occur will take some trial and error. While there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence about beneficial drinks, there are few scientific studies that confirm the claims. Exercise caution in trying at-home remedies.
A few drinks that many have found to be helpful include:
While no one drink will cure GER symptoms, several beverages will aggravate heartburn in most people. To avoid or reduce symptoms, try not to drink:
Drinks may or may not work to calm your GER symptoms, but there are other methods you can try to help find relief.
Several over-the-counter medicines can ease symptoms:
Adjusting your daily habits can help reduce your acid reflux symptoms. Since certain foods and eating habits often cause heartburn, see if there are any changes you could make, such as avoiding trigger foods or eating smaller portions.
Other adjustments you could make include:
Most cases of acid reflux can be cared for at home with the help of various remedies, lifestyle changes or medication. If you experience prolonged symptoms without relief from any at-home treatments, be sure to speak with your doctor.