How should people with reflux and gastritis eat during Ramadan
Stomach problems are very uncomfortable for people. It adversely affects the quality of life. If it is advanced, it can cause big problems for health. We should be more careful especially during the month of Ramadan when we are hungry for a long time.
What foods should those who have reflux eat in Ramadan, what kind of meals should they eat at iftar and suhur? So, what should gastritis patients do during Ramadan? In order to prevent problems such as digestive difficulties, burning, and swelling in the stomach, we have shared healthy eating tips in Ramadan for reflux and gastritis patients. Happy reading!
What is Reflux?
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is the backflow of stomach contents (acid) from the stomach to the esophagus (esophagus). Reflux is sometimes a burning sensation behind the esophagus, as well as food and bitter water coming into the mouth. Since there may be a backflow to the mouth, the question of whether reflux breaks the fast comes to mind. Reflux and fasting do not prevent each other, they just need to be careful.
The Presidency of Religious Affairs also made the following statement regarding the food or bitter water that comes into the mouth: “Spontaneous vomiting does not break the fast, regardless of the amount. Likewise, things that suddenly rise from the stomach to the mouth and return to the stomach do not harm the fast. If a person vomits a mouthful of his own will, the fast is broken.”
Causes of Reflux
- viral infections
- Intubation (the insertion of a tube into a natural canal.)
- stomach hernia
- Abdominal pressure
- delayed gastric emptying
- recurrent vomiting
- extreme stress
What Should Reflux Patients Pay Attention To During Ramadan?
- High-fat and large meals should be avoided.
- Deep frying (meat, vegetable and dough frying) should be avoided.
- Fizzy drinks such as cola, alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks, dark tea and coffee, fruit juices should be avoided.
- Drinks containing caffeine should be avoided.
- Prepared foods with unknown ingredients should be restricted.
- 3-4 hours before going to bed should end the meal.
- Smoking should be avoided.
- Vigorous exercise should be avoided immediately after a meal.
- Tight clothing should be avoided, especially after meals.
- Extremely acidic, extremely spicy, extremely salty foods, pickles and pickles should be avoided.
- If possible, sleep on a high pillow while sleeping.
- Attention should be paid to adequate pulp/fiber consumption.
- Half a glass of warm water should be consumed while breaking the fast. Liquid consumption should be done half an hour after a meal.
- When breaking the fast, one should start with soup or salad. This leaves little room for the main course.
- If possible, 2 meals should be consumed in sahur. (1-2 hours apart)
- You should not sleep right after sahur.
What is gastritis?
Literally, it is the name given to the inflammation of the stomach. When the month of Ramadan comes, the question of whether gastritis prevents fasting comes to the fore. Gastritis reflux is not an obstacle to fasting. If the disease is not very serious, if the sahur and iftar meals are prepared and consumed properly, those with gastritis and reflux can also fast.
If the discomfort is intense or serious enough to require the use of medication, that is, if it is certain that the person’s illness will worsen when fasting, these people have the right not to fast by religion, but they must continue the necessary treatments in order to fast in the future. When the discomfort subsides or subsides, they also make up for the fasts they could not keep.
Causes of gastritis
- Chemical stimulants (alcohol etc.)
- Bacterial infections and toxins (food poisoning, pneumonia, etc.)
- Viral infections (measles, hepatitis, viral gastroenteritis)
- Shellfish allergy
What should gastritis patients pay attention to during Ramadan?
- A diet that is low in fiber, especially rich in protein, iron, vitamins A, C, and E, should be created.
- Food should not be too hot or too cold.
- Meals should be eaten slowly and chewed well.
- Foods that do not tire or irritate the stomach should be eaten.
- Instead of tea, herbal teas such as linden should be preferred.
- Fruits and vegetables should be preferred peeled.
- Avoid frying in oil (meat, vegetable, and dough frying).