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Binging on alcohol can cause acid reflux

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 10, 2012 16:57 IST

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Do you often experience a sharp pain in your chest? Think twice before assuming that you might be suffering from some serious cardiac issues. It’s probably just acid reflux.

This is a condition in which the acids (digestive juices) in the stomach move up into the esophagus (food pipe). It is developed when the food in the stomach is not digested properly by the liquid content (acid) and enzymes. Symptoms could include the feeling that food is stuck behind the breastbone, heartburn or nausea. Drinking too much alcohol, obesity, pregnancy, smoking and overeating may cause worsening of the symptoms.

Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux can be aggravated by certain medications. If you suspect that one of your medications may be causing heartburn, talk to your doctor. remedies

You can change certain eating habits to prevent and stop the occurrence of this condition.
Avoid trigger foods (fried foods, processed foods).
Try to eat smaller meals throughout the day and eat more raw vegetables.
Avoid eating three hours before bedtime.
Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables and choose lower-fat dairy products.
Reduce your consumption of greasy and spicy non- vegetarian food.
Limit sugary foods, maida, and fried salty snacks.
Dramatically reduce transfats found in salty fried snacks.
Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Drink plenty of water.

More remedies

Drinking water helps dilute nasty stomach acid.
Our own saliva can end a reflux attack. The best way to create more saliva is to chew gum or suck on a mint or a piece of candy.
Red apples contain pectin, which works to bind any excess acid that gathers in the stomach. Just eating one slice of an apple before going to bed relieves the symptoms in some individuals.
Ginger Tea: Steep fresh ginger root in boiling water for about 10 minutes, then drink it to get relief.

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre