Heartburn triggers: simple food swaps to stop the burn

what is bloating and how to deal with it?

Many of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated. It often occurs after an indulgent weekend or during festive seasons, where larger amounts of eating and drinking take place.

However, bloating is not always linked to overeating and some people may suffer from bloating on a regular basis – even when they haven’t had a large meal.

Bloating can be very uncomfortable but, thankfully, there are a number of ways you can change your diet and lifestyle to help tackle this unwelcome feeling.

Rennie takes a look at five areas that cause problems and suggests some simple ways to help you beat the bloat…

Don't eat too much in one sitting

That feeling of being overly full after a large meal is familiar to us all.

To avoid this, rather than eating one large meal, eat less and more often.

Along with eating smaller meals, chewing your food correctly also has two key benefits – it helps reduce the amount of air you swallow with the food, and it also makes you eat a lot slower, reducing your intake of food.

Ensure you eat plenty of fibre

Constipation can often increase the symptoms of bloating, so ensure you are eating plenty of cereals and vegetables to keep yourself regular.

Constipation is a common digestive problem and can be a result of a number of different causes such as not eating enough fibre. Other things that can cause constipation include:

  • A change in eating habits
  • A lack of exercise
  • Avoiding going to the toilet
  • Not drinking enough liquids
  • Anxiety
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Check if you're intolerant to certain foods

Eating foods that you’re intolerant to may lead to an excess of gas production, an unsettled stomach, and bloating.

If you think you may be intolerant to certain foods, consult with your doctor or a dietician who can advise you on changes to your diet.

make use of probiotics

Probiotic supplements can often help improve and reduce symptoms of gas and bloating in people with digestive problems.

Probiotic bacteria are essential for a well-functioning intestine and consuming fermented foods should be a regular habit.

However, this does depend on the individual as well as the type of probiotic strain used.

If a bloated feeling remains, then Rennie offers a range of products that can help tackle the problem.   Rennie’s Deflatine contain Simethicone, an active ingredient which breaks down the tiny bubbles of gas that cause the bloated feeling and gurgling noises of trapped wind. This helps to form fewer, larger bubbles, which are more easily expelled or absorbed in the intestine.

  • Breakfasts on the go: simple and healthy recipes and ideas
  • Is there a difference between acid reflux and indigestion?
  • Tips to combat stress
  • Heartburn triggers
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Breakfasts on the go: simple and healthy recipes and ideas

Breakfast is widely regarded as the most important meal of the day - but many of us skip it because we'd rather push the snooze button and have an extra five minutes in bed.

However, just because your morning routine is more rushed than relaxed, doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy breakfast.

Rennie Peppermint takes a look at the best breakfasts you can prepare in a flash and grab as you run out the door to catch your bus…

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Is there a difference between acid reflux and indigestion?

Quite often, the terms acid reflux and indigestion are used interchangeably without fully understanding the differences between the two.

There are in fact a number of differences between the two as indigestion is not, as many believe, just a milder form of acid reflux.

Rennie have taken the time to look into the two issues, and have put together this guide to allow you to understand the differences for yourself.

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Tips to combat stress

Stress can be a major contributor to heartburn or indigestion – which is all the more reason to adopt healthy ways of dealing with stress.

Thankfully, finding new ways to cope and relax doesn’t have to involve spending large amounts of time or money, there are plenty of things you can start doing today to relieve the stress in your life.

Rennie takes a look at some of the best things you can do to ease the tension…

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Heartburn triggers

Heartburn is an extremely uncomfortable experience that affects thousands of people across Ireland on a daily basis.

Also known as acid reflux, heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that occurs as a result of stomach acid rising up into the oesophagus.

Heartburn symptoms can also range from burning in the chest to a sour acidic taste in the back of throat and is often triggered by foods many of us eat on a daily basis.

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