Oh my GORD, it’s Christmas pain!
Don’t let your over-indulgence stop you from having a good time
CHRISTMAS is a great time of year, but is also known as a time of great over indulgence.
Whether it be food or drink, many of us over-indulge in the festive season and while this can be addressed with lifestyle and medication, many people can also experience reflux all year round.
GORD, which is commonly known as reflux, is an aching or discomforting pain which can be felt from the stomach right up to the throat.
Bloating and a feeling of fullness are also symptoms of reflux.
Its most common causes are alcohol and food, particularly acidic, spicy or sweet foods, but it can also be caused by certain medications or ulceration of the stomach or intestinal lining.
If the reflux is persistent or the cause is unknown, it is wise to speak to a health professional as soon as possible to resolve the problem.
There are a few at-home tricks which may minimise your risk of GORD 1. Decrease your portion size 2. Don’t eat big meals before bed 3. Elevate your head with pillows while sleeping 4. Avoid spicy, sweet or acidic foods if they are known to cause you problems.
Trust Guardian Pharmacy for facts about GORD Sometimes some tips about avoiding symptom triggers can be all you need.
What is GORD?
GORD is the medical term for reflux or heartburn.
Symptoms of GORD appear when stomach contents move up into the oesophagus causing a burning sensation.
What causes GORD?
GORD can be caused by a variety of factors including:
Dietary factors, such as eating a large meal
Smoking Occasionally physical activity after a large meal, drinking too much coffee or alcohol, or pregnancy may cause GORD.
Where can I get help?
Your Guardian pharmacist is a great source of advice if you have symptoms of GORD.
Sometimes some tips about avoiding symptom triggers can be all you need.
For some people, pharmacy medicines can help and for others a visit to the GP is needed.
Untreated GORD can lead to serious health consequences such as inflammation or ulceration of the oesophagus.
INDULGENCE: Guardian Pharmacy's Stephanie Tucker (left) offers Samantha Rowles a remedy for over-indulgence during the Christmas - New Year season.