- Coconut water can help beat acid reflux
- Consume a fibre rich diet to keep your digestion healthy
- If acid reflux symptoms are frequent, consult a doctor
Acid reflux is a condition when stomach contents move up to the esophagus causing burning sensation in the food pipe. If you experience symptoms of acid reflux more often than can be a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), often known as heartburn. Several factors can contribute to acid reflux like meal timings, posture after meals, alcohol consumption, smoking, consumption of caffeinated beverages and excessive use of spices in food. Diet plays an important role in preventing acid reflux and its complications. Mrs. Sweedal Trinidade, Senior dietician at P.D. Hinduja hospital suggests some of the best drinks that can work as an effective remedy for acid reflux.
Acid reflux home remedies: Try these drinks for quick relief
1. Coconut water
Acid reflux feels like your throat is on fire. In such a situation you look for a cool soothing drink. The first thing that comes to your mind is cool tender coconut water. It is the purest drink that nature can offer. Drinking coconut water offers some amazing health benefits. So, here's how it works. Coconut is rich in carbohydrates and electrolytes like sodium, potassium and magnesium. It is a perfect drink for rehydration which leaves a cooling effect. Potassium content of coconut water (7mEq in 100ml)is good enough to balance the stomach pH.
2. Cold milk
Low-fat cold milk gives one instant relief from heartburn. Whereas, full-fat milk has a greater percentage of fat and can aggravate acid reflux.
Being composed of vegetables, fruits and oats smoothies are loaded with fibre. High fibre intake has a higher satiety value. Eating less also prevents acid reflux. You can prepare oats banana smoothie in chilled milk easily at home.
4. Vegetable juice
Vegetables fall in alkaline pH range but when coupled with high water content it can reduce chances of acid reflux. Some of the best options are lemon juice with mint and corridor or bottle gourd juice.
5. Lemon juice
It is commonly believed that citrus fruits are acidic and can aggravate acidity. However, a few drops of lemon in lukewarm water with honey can aid in digestion and reduce chances of acid reflux also it is alkaline compared to gastric pH.
6. Lemon ginger juice
Grated ginger boiled in water with cumin powder, rock salt and lemon, filtered and served post meals is a great combination to aid in digestion.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Though its acidic all by itself and can cause throat irritation in already inflamed throat when consumed in concentrate form, regular intake of diluted apple cider vinegar in warm water can aid in digestion thereby reducing acid reflux.
Gut friendly bacteria improve digestion and prevent acid reflux. Probiotics promote healthy bacteria in the gut. Salted low-fat buttermilk is a healthy option you can try.
9. Fennel water
Fennel water is beneficial for your health in various ways. It soothes inflammation, relaxes muscles, improves digestion and reduces acid reflux in long run.
Lastly, there is nothing better than plain water in right amount to keep prevent acid reflux!
(Mrs. Sweedal Trinidade, Senior Dietetics Officer, Dietary Services, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and MRC, Mumbai)
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