- Eating large meals can cause your stomach to produce too much acid. Physically 'overfilling' the stomach can also create pressure and cause acid to escape.
- Eating irregularly or too quickly can mean that acid levels in the stomach don't have time to regulate.
- Eating on the run or just before bedtime can make it easier for acid to escape back up into the oesophagus (food pipe).
causes & symptoms
Heartburn or sometimes referred to as acid reflux, is a common condition that affects many people. It occurs when acid, which normally resides in the stomach escapes back up into the oesophagus (food pipe). Because the oesophagus is not as well protected as the stomach the acid can irritate the lining. Which can cause painful symptoms that can last for a few minutes or a few hours.
The symptoms of heartburn (acid reflux) are generally described as a kind of tightening or burning sensation in the back of the throat and chest area (usually behind the breastbone). Some people also experience a bitter or acidic taste in the back of the throat and feeling of sickness.
Heartburn and indigestion can tend to have similar triggers.
Many people can identify the triggers for their symptoms and take action accordingly, but if you are suffering regularly, or have any concerns, consult your GP.
Did you know?
- 73% of people will suffer from both heartburn and indigestion. interchangeably.
- 1 in 5 people suffering from heartburn may experience symptoms every week.