Bonfire Night and Halloween have become a much more celebrated time of year, probably taking the lead from America where they are big business.
Then we quickly move forward into the social mayhem that Christmas brings.
This seasonal increase in rich foods, alcohol and general over indulgence can lead to acid reflux.
Lifestyle can play a huge role in an increase in acid reflux. There has been a increase of eating on the go, eating at desks, in front of the TV, whilst driving etc. All of these occupations can lead to food not being chewed enough, which in effect bypasses part of digestion.
There are enzymes in our saliva which, when the food is chewed, are mixed into the food. These enzymes actually start breaking down food as it passes down the oesophagus into the stomach. The chewing action helps to stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and stomach acid (hydrochloric acid).
Ideally, food should be a paste when it is swallowed.