The types and severity of the symptoms may vary from day to day and even over the course of the day. Often people will have acidity or heartburn at night, and others may mostly get it after meals.
Some people with regular acidity have pain in the stomach area below the chest. This could be a sign of a stomach ulcer, which can be serious if left untreated. If you have persistent, sharp stomach pain, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
What Causes Regular Acidity?
In many cases, people who suffer from acidity problems have a weakness in what’s called the ‘lower esophogeal sphincter’(LES).1 The LES is a ring of muscle at the entrance to the stomach that keeps the stomach contents, including stomach acid, from escaping back up the esophagus.
Usually any weakness in the LES is temporary, but people who are troubled by regular acidity may have a persistent weakness. There are also many different things that can trigger acidity symptoms:2,3
How To Control Regular Acidity
After looking at the list of things that can trigger acidity symptoms, you might think life is going to be very dull if you have to avoid them all. But that’s really not the case!
You can still enjoy many different foods and drinks – it’s just a matter of making a few adjustments to your lifestyle.1–3 Here are some things to try:
What Else Can Help Acidity?
Antacids, like Eno, are generally good to try before other treatments because they’re readily available from pharmacies and usually work fast.
You should see your doctor if an antacid isn’t enough to control your symptoms or if your symptoms worry you. Your doctor may prescribe other medications or do some tests.
Where To Find Out More
There’s no doubt that regular acidity can have a big impact on your everyday life.
Hopefully we’ve been able to help you get on top of your symptoms. If you’d like to know more about how an antacid like ENO could help, take a look here.
Please remember to see your doctor if you have particularly severe or persistent symptoms.
*Clinical study with ENO demonstrated start in increase of gastric pH within 6 seconds
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- PubMed Health. Heartburn and GERD: Overview. Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, November 2015. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072438/
- Sandhu DS, Fass R. Current trends in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gut and Liver 2018; 12 (1): 7–16.
- Vazquez JC. Heartburn in pregnancy. Clinical Evidence 2015; 2015: 1411.
- Neilson JP. Interventions for heartburn in pregnancy. Cochrane Database Systematic Review 2014; 4: CD007065.
- Mayo Clinic. Indigestion. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/indigestion/symptoms-causes/syc-20352211
- Lab studies (data on file) comparing ENO Fruit Salt ENO powder to market leaders in liquid/tablet antacid category for ascertaining time to acid neutralisation.