Heartburn

Heartburn: what causes it and how to avoid it

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Heartburn is the name given to the unpleasant sensation that occurs when acid from the stomach rises up into the oesophagus (food pipe) and throat where it causes a burning pain. This is also known as acid reflux.

The pain of heartburn can last for several hours or more and is often made worse by eating. Many people suffer sleepless nights as a result of heartburn because lying can contribute to the condition and increase the pain.

Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms of GORD - Gastro - Oesophageal Reflux Disease. Despite the scary words GORD is not a serious condition and is experienced by one in ten people every day. However persistent heartburn can damage the lining of the oesophagus so have a chat with your GP or pharmacist if you’re at all concerned.

Heartburn can be more common during pregnancy as the body changes hormonally and physically. Visit here to find out more about Rennie and pregnancy.

Always read the label. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, you should consult a doctor or pharmacist. If you are pregnant, medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

Heartburn Symptoms

A burning sensation in your chest or throat after eating; A hot sour or salty tasting fluid in the back of your throat and difficulty swallowing; Pressure behind the breastbone, feeling bloated and having to burp is also common;

Heartburn TreatmentHappy tummy

Rennie is a fast-acting, effective remedy for heartburn and indigestion. When heartburn hits, Rennie quickly gets to work to relieve painful symptoms. Rennie’s antacid-based calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate formula works fast, neutralising excess stomach acid, turning it into water and other natural substances to help keep your tummy happy. Rennie gets to work directly on the cause of the problem - the acid in your stomach and acts physically rather than by entering the bloodstream.

Click here to see the full range of Rennie products and how they can help to keep your tummy happy.

Natural Remedies

Milk Thistle and Slippery Elm

There are natural remedies which have been used traditionally to relieve symptoms of heartburn. Although supported by limited evidence, you may wish to consider:

Milk Thistle and Slippery Elm are both traditionally used to treat heartburn.

Coriander can be mixed with buttermilk and drunk or made into a paste with ginger and cardamom seeds to ease the feeling of acid reflux.

Prevention: ways to keep your tummy happy

Sleep Smart

Happy tummy sleeping

Elevating your head whilst sleeping can decrease the sensation of acid reflux. This is because the elevated position stops stomach acid from rising to your chest.

Work With Gravity

Try not to lie down within three hours of eating, when acid production is at its peak. Gravity helps to keep your stomach contents down where they belong. When you lie down straight after a meal you lose this assistance.

Lighten up

Overweight suffering

Being overweight means you are more likely to suffer from heartburn because of increased pressure on your tummy. This can force open the valve to your oesophagus after a meal, causing acid reflux.

Be Food Smart

Spicy food prevention

Certain foods can increase the likelihood of heartburn for different reasons. Fried or greasy foods, high fat meats and whole milk dairy products cause the valve between the oesophagus and stomach to relax when it shouldn’t; allowing stomach acid back up the oesophagus. Caffeinated and carbonated beverages, alcohol and spicy foods all stimulate acid production and increase heartburn.

Fast effective relief, even at night.
There are times when heartburn can’t be avoided. Fortunately Rennie’s on hand to help to relieve those painful symptoms. Rennie’s antacid-based calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate formula works fast, neutralising excess stomach acid, turning it into water and other natural substances to help keep your tummy happy. Rennie can be taken day or night to relieve heartburn and indigestion fast.

Recommendations

  • Rennie® Peppermint

    Rennie® Peppermint

    UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet brand
    (Based on sales data: Nielsen w/e 24/05/2014)

    Containing Antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie Peppermint and Spearmint Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. With over 75 years of experience, a great taste and UK wide availability, it’s no surprise that Rennie is the UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet*.

    * Based on sales data: Nielsen w/e 24/05/2014

  • Rennie® Spearmint

    Rennie® Spearmint

    UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet brand
    (Based on sales data: Nielsen w/e 24/05/2014)

    Containing Antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie Peppermint and Spearmint Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. With over 75 years of experience, a great taste and UK wide availability, it’s no surprise that Rennie is the UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet*.

    * Based on sales data: Nielsen w/e 24/05/2014

  • Rennie® Sugar Free Spearmint

    Rennie® Sugar Free Spearmint

    Fast relief and it’s Sugar Free

    Containing antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie® Sugar Free Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, giving you the choice to relieve your symptoms in a sugar free way. Being Sugar Free also enables people who need to monitor their sugar intake to confidently treat their heartburn and indigestion symptoms.

  • Rennie® EXTRA

    Rennie® EXTRA

    Powerful long lasting formula

    Rennie® EXTRA has a powerful long lasting formula that works in two ways to relieve the painful symptoms of heartburn in just 2 minutes:

    1. First, the antacids quickly soothe the burning pain in the chest and neutralise excess acid in the stomach.
    2. Second, the alginic acid forms a long lasting protective barrier in the stomach to stop acid from rising up into your chest.
  • Rennie® Orange

    Rennie® Orange

    Refreshing Relief

    A refreshing alternative to mint flavour tablets when treating your heartburn and indigestion. Rennie Orange gives the same fast and effective relief as the rest of the Rennie range. Rennie Orange contains calcium carbonate which turns excess acid into water and other natural substances.

Always read the label. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, you should consult a doctor or pharmacist. If you are pregnant, medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

Heartburn is the name given to the unpleasant sensation that occurs when acid from the stomach rises up into the oesophagus (food pipe) and throat where it causes a burning pain. This is also known as acid reflux.

The pain of heartburn can last for several hours or more and is often made worse by eating. Many people suffer sleepless nights as a result of heartburn because lying can contribute to the condition and increase the pain.

Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms of GORD - Gastro - Oesophageal Reflux Disease. Despite the scary words GORD is not a serious condition and is experienced by one in ten people every day. However persistent heartburn can damage the lining of the oesophagus so have a chat with your GP or pharmacist if you’re at all concerned.

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