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Combat acid reflux

health and fitness Updated: Apr 13, 2012 01:24 IST
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Do you often experience sharp pain in your chest? It might be acid reflux, a condition in which acids (digestive juices) in the stomach move to the esophagus (food pipe).

It develops when food is not digested properly. Symptoms include a feeling of food being stuck behind the breastbone, heartburn or nausea. Drinking too much alcohol, obesity, pregnancy and smoking may worsen the symptoms. Certain medications also aggravate the condition.

Natural remedies
Avoid trigger foods (fried foods, processed foods).
Try to eat smaller meals, raw vegetables and fruits.
Avoid eating three hours before bedtime.
Reduce consumption of greasy and spicy non-vegetarian food.
Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.

More remedies
Drink lots of water.
Red apples help bind excess acid in the stomach.
Steep ginger root in boiling water for 10 minutes, then drink it to get relief.