But let's have a closer look at the role of the stomach and stomach acid in the digestive process, and how excess acid can potentially be the cause of a health-related problem.
The stomach is part of our digestive system. Once food enters the mouth, the digestive process begins. Teeth break food into smaller pieces, making it easier for us to swallow for further digestion. The saliva in your mouth also begins to digest the food. Then the food passes down the food pipe - the oesophagus. When a ring of muscle (sphincter) at the bottom of the food pipe opens, the food goes down into our stomachs.
Your stomach is basically a big bag. It contains hydrochloric acid that has three main functions. The first function is to help to kill bacteria that may be in our food. The second is to break down our food. The third function is to create the right conditions for a stomach enzyme, called pepsin, to work. The movement, or churning, of the stomach, together with the action of acid and enzymes, breaks the food down into a liquid. The nutrients in the liquid can then be extracted further down our digestive systems from our intestines.
Although the role of stomach acids is very important, it may potentially cause problems on occasions, for instance, if there is excess acid, and/or if the acid passes out of the stomach upwards (refluxes) into the food pipe. These are the problems that can be caused by too much stomach acid or reflux:
There are a number of ways, such as lifestyle and dietary changes, to help prevent the pain caused by stomach acids. However, if you are affected by stomach acid already, there are various medications that can treat an acid-related condition, such as heartburn and indigestion. These range from antacids, which neutralise the acid in your stomach, to alginates which tackle symptoms of acid reflux. However, other treatments may be prescribed by a GP for more severe, persistent indigestion. One option for common acid-related conditions is Gaviscon Double Action.
Gaviscon Double Action gets to work in two ways:
Gaviscon Double Action, therefore, offers dual relief against heartburn and indigestion. Also, it not only gets to work instantly, but also lasts up to twice as long as antacids.
All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Gaviscon for Heartburn & Indigestion. Always read the label. If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor or pharmacist. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine.
Article published January 1st, 2020