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    What causes heartburn?

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Heartburn/ acid reflux can be caused by a number of factors. Dietary factors include fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, spicy food and eating too close to bed. Other factors include gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, and gallbladder disease.

    If you suspect you have heartburn/ acid reflux consult with your doctor or GP to find out the root cause. From there your doctor can place you on a plan to reduce the symptoms.

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    Nikki Martin

    Speech Pathologist

    I have over 13 years experience in adult Speech Pathology and specialise in voice and swallowing problems/cancers of the face and throat. I work very … View Profile

    Heartburn can be caused by certain food/fluids that are acidic, eating too large a meal, lying down too soon after eating, exercising too soon after eating or it can be caused by a physical issue e.g. Issues with the LES (lower oesophageal sphincter).

    Nikki Martin 
    Speech Pathologist

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