The month of Ramadan seems to be excited for some people. But it is such a challenging period especially for those who are suffering from gastric or GERD problems. This is due to the changing in our eating patterns. During the day, an empty stomach can cause an increase in stomach acid and result in stomach inflammation, nausea, vomiting or heartburn. Let’s see what tips can be practiced to prevent gastric attacks during the fasting month!
- Avoid foods and beverages that NEED such as: –
- Fried food
- Spicy or spicy food
- Carbonated drinks
- Foods that are high in acid such as lemons, oranges and tomatoes
- Caffeinated beverages
- During Breaking the Fast
Eating in moderate quantities is encouraged in Islam. Avoid eating too much and, on the other hand, keep your food intake. For example, breaking the fast with dates and warm water and then, after Maghrib prayers, taste rice or eat heavy food but in moderate quantities. You are also encouraged to consume non-acidic fruits, biscuits, oats or bread.
- Suhoor time
Skipping the time of Suhoor is encouraged when it is almost the time of Imsak. Avoid eating Suhoor too early for example, at 2 or 3 in the morning. Keep in mind, the habit of sleeping after suhoor or after breaking fast can cause gastric and digestive problems to occur.
- Add more plain water
Empty water is very important to smoothen the digestive system and prevent gastritis or stomach pain from occurring. According to the recommendation by the MOH, you need enough 8 glasses of water a day.
- Know your abilities
Fasting will be a challenge for those with gastric problems or heartburn. Therefore, if you feel unable to fast, do not force yourself to eat as it will be severe when gastritis attacks while you are fasting.