I agree with this. I have GERD throughout the day as a result of years of bulimia. Ginger tea has been helping me to digest well, which helps reduce the symptoms that lead me to re-engage in bulimic behavior. It's tough to kill the disorder when you feel burning pain all the time. Simmering fresh ginger root and then diluting it in water and drinking it throughout the day has somehow reduced (often completely preventing) the acid that comes up hours after eating. I think it does have something to do with strengthening the esophageal sphincter.
I digest cooked foods better, and I try to cook them in the ginger tea, which also makes food delicious. I cook my vegetable and meat stews in it, as well as grains and legumes.
I also drink slippery elm tea before eating, which together with the ginger tea, makes a great duo. Slippery elm helps protect the GI tract while ginger helps relax it.
You can juice the ginger too.. If worse comes to worse you can cut off and chew.. It's good for cough at night.. When I get sick with sinus I cut with skin on it and juice it.. Also cut into small chunks and eat raw.. It tastes really bad but stops cough and congestion in its tracks! Along with acid reflux..
I found ginger tea a more pleasant and gentler way of dealing with acid reflux than apple cider vinegar.
Ginger is well known for it's calming effect on the stomach. If the esophageal sphincter is doing it's job the reflux doesn't happen and I suspect that it is allowed to function better when the stomach is churning in a calmer manner.
I make the tea by putting a few slices of fresh ginger into a thermos and let it steep before taking the first cup. I usually have around 3 & 4 cups a day.
I would like to add Yes for GINGER.
I suffered from Acid reflux for nine months, tried almost everything, was on NEXIUM too, I did not have chest pain but throat pain, and ginger tea was the most spectacular discovery! Now I drink several glasses of ginger tea daily and the pain is now much much weaker. Nothing I tried before ever made so much difference.
Therefore, strongly recommend ginger.
I buy a fresh one, peel it off, cut it in small pieces and just spill hot water over it, just like I would do with any other tea.
Anyway, that worked out for me. Pain is not completely gone yet (I drink it for three days only) but life became much more bearable since I started.
Good luck to all of you!