What is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux is an occasional yet very uncomfortable condition that occurs when stomach acid flows into the oesophagus. This results in the acid travelling upwards (regurgitation) and leaves one with heartburn, which proves to be exhausting and as though the throat area is aflame. Over time, if left unchecked, this can become a chronic condition, referred to as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which can result in inflammation and damage to your oesophagus. Acid reflux is quite common, but this condition is exacerbated by some foods and beverages that we consume.
Teas for acid reflux
The good news is that relief is as simple as sipping on a hot cup of tea, and we list some teas to alleviate acid reflux. Do check with your doctor before including anything in your diet, especially if you are suffering from a health condition and or are on medication. Here are our tea favourites for alleviating acid reflux:
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea has a load of compounds and antioxidants that afford several health benefits, including reducing inflammation. In measured doses, this tea can reduce the chances of regurgitation of stomach acids and the ‘burning’ of the oesophagus. The properties of ginger calm gastric contractions and soothe gastrointestinal irritation, and drinking Ginger tea proves helpful even for relieving nausea.
2. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties and can combat digestive issues, such as an upset stomach. These properties make it an effective treatment for acid reflux. Additionally, the soothing effect of Chamomile tea helps reduce stress, which is usually a trigger for indigestion and acid reflux, and even GERD.
3. Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is known as a superfood, and consuming Turmeric tea is an easy and palatable way to gain the numerous benefits of Turmeric. This tea is immensely helpful given its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric tea is often used as a treatment for several digestive issues such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, and inflammation, owing to Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, which protects the digestive tract from damage.
4. Fennel Tea
Fennel tea can be prepared by infusing the flowers and stem of the fennel herb. To avoid the hassle, and to have access to your favourite cuppa, you could use good quality Fennel tea bags. Fennel tea supports digestion, relieves digestive issues, bloating and gas, and inflammation. Given these properties, it makes a great tea to combat acid reflux and GERD.
5. Tulsi Tea
Tulsi tea is the most potent way to gain the full benefits of this herb. This tea acts on and combats digestive issues, and in particular acid reflux. A cup of hot Tulsi tea reduces the production of stomach acids while increasing the life of mucus cells and the duration of mucus secretion. All of these effects together combat both acid reflux and GERD. Tulsi tea extracts all the healthy benefits of this herb, which has anti-stress, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Honey Lemon Tea
Honey Lemon tea combines the cleansing properties of lemon and the immunity-boosting and metabolism-accelerating properties of honey. Both honey and lemon have toxin-cleansing properties, which thus aid digestion and assist with weight loss. Both these together help to soothe the stomach and hence help to alleviate acid reflux symptoms. Drinking Honey Lemon tea on an empty stomach is an excellent detoxifier – cleaning the stomach, uplifting the mood, and keeping other digestive problems at bay.
Acid Reflux is certainly a vexing and ‘burning’ problem, but these teas can be the go-to remedy to mitigate this and other digestive issues. It is however recommended to make some changes to eating and lifestyle habits and consult a doctor before drinking these teas, especially if under medication or ill. These teas can work as supplements to other treatments and changes, so next time the uneasy feeling of acid regurgitation sneaks up, reach for one of these teas. Stay well!
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