Acid reflux most commonly occurs just before bedtime, 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 acid reflux 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
- Feeling sick
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
In the majority of cases, acid reflux is a natural response to the stomach acid irritating an unprotected oesophagus.
What causes acid reflux?
- Fried and greasy foods
- Eating too much
- Eating too quickly
- Fatty meats and dairy products
- Alcohol, caffeinated drinks and spicy food, which can all cause the lower oesophageal sphincter to open
Being overweight means there’s an increased pressure on your stomach, forcing open your oesophageal sphincter valve after eating.
But a large contributor? Stress, which can make symptoms worse. That’s because stress depletes our supply of prostaglandins, which protect our stomachs from acid. Try to get at least eight hours of restful sleep a night and cut out stressors from your life where possible.
Can acid reflux cause coughing?
Can stress cause acid reflux?
Acid reflux is recurring more and more - should I be concerned?
What does it mean if I get acid reflux regularly?
We know how disruptive acid reflux can be, which is why Gaviscon is designed to prevent discomfort. Gaviscon creates a protective barrier that prevents acid - and other aggressors like pepsin and bile - from moving up the oesophagus.
The viscous formulation at the heart of Gaviscon is sodium alginate, while Gaviscon also contains antacids, which turns excess acid into water.
Gaviscon offers powerful relief, allowing you to take your life off pause.
Dosage: Take 10-20ml (two to four 5ml) spoonfuls after meals and at bedtime.
All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor. Always read the label.