Stomach acid problems that many faced in the month of fasting actually occur because of the wrong food selection, as well as an inappropriate lifestyle. Although not considered a serious illness, but a disease called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or acid reflux is prone to trigger complications.
GERD affects approximately 10-20% of adults in the world. Generally, the symptoms that are felt when a person experiencing reflux of stomach acid is heartburn and a sense of prop in the digestive tract.
Frequency is irregular, can once a week even once a month and once a year. Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish between experiencing GERD or dyspepsia. One that can be ascertained is the heartburn due to GERD will be felt after eating.
Why in the fasting month are people vulnerable to GERD? Actually, it is not because of fasting, but the wrong habit that immediately sleeps after eating a meal.
“There are people who immediately sleep after dawn. This can cause stomach acid back to the back of the esophagus, eventually it can cause problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract,” said Dr. Ari Fahrial Syam from RSCM as reported by cnnindonesia page.
Another trigger is, directly eat with a lot of servings when breaking fast and then continued with smoking. It can trigger stomach problems such as GERD, dyspepsia, and ulcers can recur easily.
Doctor Ari advised Muslims follow the advice of the Prophet who eats a little takjil when breaking the fast so that the stomach adapt first. After a break Maghrib prayer, then main meal can be eaten.
Similarly, after suhoor so as not to go straight to sleep, but to run the morning prayer and light exercise to give digestion opportunity to work. After that, you can sleep for a moment after sunrise.
“Patients should also avoid sleeping two hours after eating because it can cause acid reflux of the stomach,” he added.
Food for people with GERD is more advisable to multiply fruits and vegetables, and minimize eating meat.