Heartburn and acid reflux symptoms: How to get RID of both conditions

Christmas dinner could cause unwanted acid reflux symptoms.

Acid reflux symptoms could be eased by taking antacids, according to the NHS. Antacids are liquid or chewable tablets that aim to counteract the acid in the stomach.

The medication can relieve symptoms for a couple of hours, but lifestyle changes may be needed to get rid of acid reflux symptoms for good.

Pharmacies and shops will offer antacids over-the-counter, without any need for a prescription.

Eating smaller, more frequent meals in the long-term could put an end to acid reflux.

Losing weight and finding other ways to relax could also help to relieve painful symptoms.

Alternatively, prop the head of your bed up with a wooden block to get a more restful night’s sleep. That way, the stomach acid won’t travel up towards your throat.

Wearing tight-fitting clothes could trigger symptoms, so it may be wise to ditch the Christmas jumper around dinner time.

Acid reflux is usually caused by the muscle, which keeps food inside the stomach, weakening.

Stomach acid can seep back up the oesophagus, causing an unpleasant, sour taste at the back of the mouth.

It can cause heartburn, and a sensation of pressure building up the sternum.

If acid reflux occurs more than twice a week, or causes the oesophagus to become inflamed, a patient can be diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – the more severe form of acid reflux.

Other GERD symptoms include trouble swallowing, bad breath, chest pain, and damage to tooth enamel.

Meanwhile, to prevent symptoms appearing in the first place, try avoiding chocolate and alcohol over the festive period.

Coffee, nuts and onions could trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Try not to eat as much for Christmas dinner, too. Eating too much food could lead to heartburn.

Almost 11 million people in the UK suffer from frequent heartburn.

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