Sometimes in reaction to certain foods or drinks, small amounts of stomach acid can make its way into your oesophagus, causing heartburn or a bitter taste in the back of the throat. As well as identifying your common triggers, you can treat acid reflux quickly and efficiently with the help of our effective treatments.
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What is acid reflux?
Acid reflux is an uncomfortable affliction (if not a serious or dangerous one) that occurs when acid from the stomach moves up into the oesophagus. At the entrance to your stomach, there’s a muscle called the lower oesophagal sphincter (LES), that closes once food has passed through it. However, sometimes it does not close all the way and this is what allows the stomach acid to move into an area it shouldn’t.
The symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn (chest pain) and a bitter or sour taste in the mouth and throat. Less commonly, it can also cause burping, bloating, hiccups and bad breath. These symptoms usually worsen if you are lying down or bending over, and tend to flare up after eating certain foods.
What causes acid reflux?
Common causes of acid reflux include eating large or heavy meals, snacking close to bedtime or lying down after eating. It can also be triggered by certain foods (garlic, mint, citrus or anything spicy or fatty) and certain drinks (alcohol, coffee and anything carbonated).
You often find that acid reflux can be prevalent among those who are overweight or obese, as well as those who are pregnant or those who smoke. It can also be brought on by stress and anxiety, and also certain medications (ibuprofen, aspirin and blood pressure medications).
Acid reflux can also be caused by a stomach abnormality called ‘a hiatal hernia’, which is when the LES and upper part of the stomach move above the diaphragm. The diaphragm helps to separate the stomach from the chest and keeps the acid in your stomach, so the move allows the acid to creep up into your oesophagus.
How can I treat acid reflux?
Although there are over the counter medications available, they don’t rival the effectiveness of the prescription treatments that we stock at UK Meds. With a variety of different options to choose from, you’ll find the one that works the best for you.
In addition to medications, it’s a good idea to tailor your routine to try to avoid acid reflux as best you can, which means avoiding any food or drinks that you’ve identified as a trigger. You’ll also notice a difference if you quit smoking, change your diet (if you are overweight) and only consume alcohol moderately.
To keep acid reflux at bay, you should also try eating smaller, more frequent meals and don’t lie down for at least 2 or 3 hours afterwards. When you do lie down, try raising your head 5 or 6 inches (by placing something under your pillow or mattress) so that your head and chest are above the level of your waist, minimising the effects of acid reflux.
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