If you suffer from acid reflux, changing up your diet might be a good place to start when it comes to seeking symptom relief. Learn more about which foods to avoid when suffering from acid reflux on our blog.
It’s not just what you’re eating that can cause acid reflux, but also how you’re eating. Eating large meals, lying down straight after eating or snacking close to bedtime are all common triggers of reflux. If you struggle with acid reflux when you’re trying to sleep, you can check out our blog on sleeping with acid reflux for more information and useful tips.
Your lifestyle may also contribute to you developing acid reflux. Some people find that their acid reflux is worse when they are stressed, and it can also be caused or made worse by smoking, anxiety, or pregnancy.
Obesity or being overweight can also make you more likely to suffer from reflux because your weight can put increased pressure on your stomach, which can force open the valve after a meal. If you want to lose weight, you might turn to exercise, but a vigorous work-out can often trigger heartburn! Learn more on our blog on how exercise can help combat acid reflux.
Sometimes, acid reflux might be caused by a weakness of the sphincter muscle between your stomach and your oesophagus.
A hiatus hernia can also cause acid reflux. This is when there is a gap in your diaphragm which allows part of the stomach to move upwards into the chest. Your diaphragm is a thin but large sheet of muscle that separates your chest and abdomen. If you’re suffering from ongoing and severe acid reflux, you should talk to your doctor for more advice and treatment.
If you’re suffering from acid reflux, you’re not alone, and there’s a few ways you can start to manage your symptoms. Read our acid reflux treatment tips to help relieve your symptoms, including lifestyle changes and the medication you can take.
Whether you're out for a meal with your mates or just having a chilled evening at home, the unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux can ruin your day. Rennie quickly gets to work to relieve the painful symptoms by acting on the cause of the problem: the acid in your stomach.