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How to avoid “acidity” fasting in Ramadan?


What is GERD?

  • GERD occurs when stomach acid flows into the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth and stomach.
  • When refluxed stomach acid hits the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat known as heartburn.

What are the symptoms.. Why do they increase in Ramadan?

Reflux esophagitis affects a large percentage of people, and its symptoms include:

  • Backing up of stomach acids into the mouth.
  • Chest pain.
  • Hoarseness or sore throat.
  • Sour or bitter taste in the mouth.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • dry cough.
  • Tightness in throat.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • A feeling of choking or a lump in the throat.
  • The problems of this disease increase during the month of Ramadan, due to the change in structure and diet.

How should a fasting person manage GERD ailments to ensure healthy and proper fasting?

Gastroenterology and liver disease consultant, Muhannad Al-Aqla, in an interview with “Sky News Arabia”, confirmed that the incidence of GERD increases significantly during Ramadan, in which fasting people should follow precise advice:

  • Break the fast with a light meal such as dates, water or light soup.
  • Divide breakfast into two portions, the second portion should be eaten about an hour or an hour and a half later.
  • Avoid fatty foods like fried foods and sweets.
  • Drink more juices and drinks with meals.
  • Do not sleep immediately after the pre-dawn meal, wait an hour or an hour and a half.

Fasting is a relief from the suffering of GERD.. but a condition

At the end of his speech to “Sky News Arabia”, Al-Aqla emphasized, “Those suffering from the disease must adhere to precise medical recommendations and advice during Ramadan, especially since many of them find solace in fasting. , they must adhere to specific types and amounts of food.”

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