Causes & Symptoms
Heartburn or Acid Reflux usually happens after meals, near bedtime or during the night and when you’re lying down largely because it doesn't take as much force for stomach acid to travel up the chest and throat.
Stomach acid helps us break down food. But as we age, our bodies are less adapted to keeping the acid from travelling up the body. That’s why you’re more likely to experience it later in life, though it can be triggered in young people too.
The symptoms of heartburn include:
- A burning sensation in the chest or throat after eating.
- A hot sour or salty tasting fluid in the back of your throat accompanied with difficulty swallowing.
- Pressure behind the breastbone.
- Feeling bloated.
- Needing to burp.
- Feeling sick.
In the majority of cases, heartburn is a natural response to stomach acid. But we understand how disruptive it can be, which is why we’ve identified foods that are best to avoid.
Which foods or eating practices cause heartburn?
- Fried and greasy foods
- Eating too much
- Eating too quickly
- Fatty meats and dairy products
- Alcohol, caffeinated drinks and spicy food, which can all also cause the sphincter valve to open
Stress and excess weight are also contributing factors, so observing a careful diet and getting plenty of exercise will likely help. That said, you don’t have to put your life on hold because of heartburn - and we’re here to help.
To stop acid from rising up and causing irritation, Gaviscon products use sodium alginate, a viscous formulation that forms a protective barrier in the stomach.
All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe Gaviscon Range. If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor or pharmacist. Always read the label.
Repeatedly suffering from heartburn? Don’t let it put your life on pause