Who Suffers


Anyone can get indigestion and heartburn, but your lifestyle can have a big impact on how frequent and severe your symptoms are.

If you’re pregnant or overweight, there’s often extra pressure on your stomach. If this pressure pushes acidic stomach contents back up your food pipe, you can get heartburn.

What you eat and the way you eat can also lead to indigestion and heartburn. Eating too much too fast, and eating spicy or fatty foods can all add to the problem.

Smoking and drinking alcohol can increase the amount of acid in your stomach. If you smoke, the chemicals you inhale can also cause the ring of muscle that separates your food pipe from your stomach to relax, leading to acid reflux and heartburn.

Stress, anxiety and fatigue can all disturb your nervous system and cause digestion problems.

There are lots of ways you can make changes to help yourself. For more advice on how to take control, read our tips on preventing indigestion and heartburn.