Acid reflux can trigger a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including heartburn, which looks like a burning sensation in the middle of the chest and an unpleasant taste in the mouth, causing stomach acid.
Bringing overweight, smoking or pregnancy can trigger acid reflux, but one of the main causes is the ingestion of certain foods and beverages.
Although Christmas is a time of indulgence, if you want to prevent acid reflux symptoms from spoiling the festive season, there are certain Christmas foods that you should try to keep away from the dish.
Research conducted by Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Company, revealed the top ten Christmas foods and beverages that trigger acid reflux.
- Alcoholic beverages 46%
- Chips and hot sauces 31%
- Sting 21 percent
- Christmas pudding 15%
- 14 percent chocolate
- Pigs in Blanket 10 Percent
- Pork Stuffing 10%
- Brandy Sauce 10%
- Baked Potato 7%
- 5 percent sauce
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Heartburn and acid reflux treatment
Simple lifestyle changes can help to stop or reduce the symptoms of acid reflux.
The NHS recommends the following:
- Eat smaller and more frequent meals
- Raise one end of your bed 4 to 4 inches by placing something under the bed or mattress – bring your chest and head above waist level so that stomach acid does not rise toward your throat
- Try to lose weight if you are overweight
- Try to find ways to relax.
DO NOT MISS
Certain things should be avoided:
- Don't have food or drink that triggers your symptoms.
- Do not eat within three to four hours before bedtime
- Do not wear tight clothing at the waist
- Do not smoke
- Don't drink too much alcohol
- Do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without talking to a doctor first.
Also consult your doctor if you have heartburn most days for three weeks or more, or if you have other symptoms, such as food in your throat, being sick or losing weight for no reason.
A general practitioner may offer stronger treatments or look for more serious causes.
Prescribed medications that may be recommended include omeprazole, lansoprazole and ranitidine.
In severe cases, testing may be required to find out what is causing symptoms, such as a gastroscopy.