It also soothes the mucous membrane of your stomach. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders; 2011:chap Relief from acid reflux during pregnancy vomiting blood, or having tarry, black bowel movements. In effect, the sphincter acts like a valve. Studies show losing 10 percent of your body fat can improve acid reflux symptoms. In some cases, anxiety and daily stress can trigger or exacerbate acid reflux. Drink it regularly for a couple of months. GERD or acid reflux occurs when food, our acid contents, bilious material or pancreatic juices travel back up into the esophagus. It is also used to help treat nausea.