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That one day a year when your birthday rolls around, you might think it’s a good excuse to get out of your usual routines and do (and eat) exactly what you want to. Whilst a birthday can be a very exciting day, your digestive system might not be so pleased for it to arrive.

Apart from the festive season and a rare few other days though the year, your birthday can be an opportunity to overindulge. Here’s a rundown of all the chances throughout the day you can find yourself eating more than you might usually – remember that overindulging should be avoided and can result in of heartburn and indigestion.

Whilst it may be tempting to have a nice, long lay in and start your big day later on in the morning by eating a big birthday breakfast with your family, complete with a glass of fizz, it is important to try to keep your breakfast as healthy as possible so that you have the energy you need to celebrate all day long. Breakfast oats are a healthy choice and can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Sweeten your birthday breakfast with healthy fruit and nuts or a squeeze of honey.

Although it’s your birthday, you may still be needed at work. Whilst you might not want to be there on your birthday, it’s your colleagues’ time to shine! Maybe they’ll take you for lunch at your favourite restaurant.

Afterwards, back in the office, you could be faced with the dilemma of a birthday cake. When everyone else has taken a slice and gone back to their desks, you’ll be left with half a cake which could prove hard to resist as the afternoon passes by. Now would be a great time to take one slice for yourself and put the rest in the kitchen for everyone else. Doing so will help you to avoid overindulging and it’ll be sure to make you very popular among the rest of the office.

After a morning spent with your family, and the rest of the day at work - your friends are sure to want to see you for a night out to celebrate. If you are planning to have an alcoholic drink as a treat, be sure to have a proper meal before you go out to line your stomach. Alcohol can be a trigger for heartburn and indigestion so a healthier option would be to choose a soft drink instead. This way you can finish your birthday evening feeling good and without the risk of a hangover tomorrow!

Whilst a piece of birthday cake is a nice treat on your big day, don’t feel like you have overindulge just because it’s your birthday. If you find you begin to suffer with heartburn or indigestion, try Gaviscon Double Action.

All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Gaviscon Double Action for heartburn and indigestion. Always read the label. Suitable from 12 years old. If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor or pharmacist.