Causes & Symptoms
Heartburn usually happens after meals, near bedtime or during the night.
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.
- 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.
What are the habits that typically contribute to heartburn/ indigestion?
- Eating heavy meals. Keep your meals light and your potions small to lower your likelihood of heartburn.
- Fatty foods. Foods high in fat can occasionally be culprits as well.
- Stress and anxiety. Did you know that stress can cause an upset stomach? That’s because anxiety uses up our prostaglandins, lipids in our body that protect us from acid.
- Drinking alcohol. Alcohol relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter (the muscles that protect you from acid). Plus, the greasy foods we enjoy alongside a drink don’t help matters either.
- Smoking. Like alcohol, nicotine relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, increasing the likelihood of acids refluxing (moving) up your stomach.
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.
What can 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
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. Some Gaviscon products also contain antacids, which turn excess acid into water and other neutral substances.
All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. 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.