If you’ve ever had heartburn or indigestion, you’ll be familiar with the uncomfortable burning sensation and stomach pain that can come with these unfortunate conditions.
However, if you’re unlucky enough to be a regular sufferer, chances are you’ll be looking for ways to alleviate the symptoms. In this article, Rennie looks at how to relieve heartburn and indigestion, morning and night.
WHAT ARE HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION?
If you’ve ever woken up with heartburn or indigestion, you’ll know it’s a fairly unpleasant way to start the day. Heartburn is the burning sensation you may feel in your throat or chest as a symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the valve between the stomach and the oesophagus (food pipe) doesn’t close properly, allowing excess acid to rise up towards the throat and the sensation of heartburn as a result. Lying down can often make it worse as the position can open the valve and escape into the oesophagus. This can lead to sleepless nights and feeling grumpy and tired the next day as a result.
Indigestion refers to a number of symptoms associated with pain or discomfort in the stomach area, particularly after eating. Even though the stomach lining is usually resilient to stomach acid, some people can develop increased sensitivity to it. In some cases, indigestion can also be the result of the stomach stretching, often after eating a meal. Common symptoms of indigestion include: