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To the attention of those with reflux

Do not ignore reflux because one out of every four people in Turkey suffers from this disease. Turkey İşbank subsidiary Bayındır Söğütözü and Kavaklıdere Hospitals Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. If you follow Yüksel Ateş’s recommendations, you will not fight stomach fires during fasting. Reflux, a very common stomach disease in Turkey; According to studies, one out of every four adults suffers from this disease. This disease, which is described as the return of stomach contents to the esophagus without force, adversely affects the quality of life and unfortunately recurs. You can easily spend the month of Ramadan if you pay attention to some rules against reflux, as in all chronic diseases, while performing fasting.

Symptoms of reflux

– Heartburn as a result of leakage of acid, bile, pancreatic secretions from stomach to esophagus,

– Bitter and sour water in the mouth,

– Belching, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing,

– Stinging sensation in the throat,

– Hoarseness,

– Burning in chest,

– Cough,

– Feeling of suffocation at night

– Tooth decay, bad breath.

Stages of reflux:

– Reflux disease is graded in four stages. Grades from A to D provide classification according to the severity of the disease and the size of the lesions in the stomach. According to the Los Angeles classification, stage A is the initial stage of the disease, while stage D is the most advanced.

Iftar and sahur recommendations according to the degree of reflux

– If your reflux is in stage D, there are ulcers, that is, wounds and narrowing in your esophagus. Therefore, your advanced reflux and gastric hernia, if any, may increase in severity due to fasting. If you are in this situation, you should definitely consult your doctor while fasting.

– If your reflux is in other stages, you should pay attention to the diet list given by your doctor and you should use PPI, that is, proton pump inhibitor, especially at sahur, and alginic acid preparations that will form a protective layer in the esophagus after meals.

– Let’s split the iftar meal if possible. Let’s eat a little, wait a while.

– You should stay away from fatty and fried foods, tomato foods, spices, caffeinated drinks, chocolate and similar foods at sahur meal.

– If you want to have a comfortable day without burning your stomach, you should prefer protein foods such as meat and eggs for sahur.

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