Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Burhan Özdil talked about stomach problems that can be seen with the effect of prolonged hunger in Ramadan.
Referring to the situations people with stomach ailments should be aware of during Ramadan, Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Burhan Özdil, “Taking a lot of water or liquid with food makes digestion difficult and increases reflux. Especially in people with reflux, it is seen that the complaints increase sharply as a result of both the shrinking of the stomach and eating and sleeping in the sahur.
“Fasting has many benefits”
Assoc states that fasting has many proven health benefits. Dr Özdil said: “During prolonged starvation, our body uses damaged cells as an energy source, preventing these cells from turning into harmful cells and causing disease.”
“Consume controlled food at iftar”
Noting that the stomach starts to shrink with prolonged hunger, Özdil said, “If we don’t adjust our food and drink properly, our stomach discomfort will increase during fasting. When we start eating after a long hunger, we might go a little overboard. When you eat quickly, it takes time for digestion and the feeling of fullness to develop. As a result, we eat more than usual. At the same time, since our body will slow down our metabolism during prolonged hunger, weight gain can be normal if care is not taken during fasting.
Emphasizing that fast food should be avoided during iftar, Özdil said: “Since stomach volume starts to shrink over time with prolonged hunger, complaints of burning, sour, bitter mouth watering, belching and bloating are common when we open the stomach. also filling a lot, therefore it is more appropriate to eat slowly and with some time in iftar.”
Pay attention to the intake of water and fluids with meals.
Ozdil pointed out that there can be excessive thirst and excessive fluid intake throughout the day while fasting, saying, “Intake of fluid or water with meals facilitates digestion. On the contrary, we do not recommend taking water with meals. Taking a lot of water or liquid with meals makes it hard to digest and increases reflux. Especially in people with reflux, it is seen that the complaints increase considerably with both the shrinking of the stomach and eating and sleeping in the sahur.
“Don’t Eat Dessert Right Away”
On the issues to be considered in iftar and sahur, Özdil said: “Especially in iftar, our portions should be small. It is not right to eat fruit after meals, right after dessert. If dessert and fruit are eaten after meals, it is advisable not to overdo it and spend some time. When fruit is eaten on a stomach full of food, stomach upset will increase. We do not recommend too many foods such as onions, garlic, cabbage radish as they aggravate stomach upset. Again, excessively greasy and sugary foods should not be consumed in the sahur. Since the need for water will increase with this type of diet, excessive thirst, weakness and exhaustion during the day are common. We do not recommend eating salad and fruits in sahur. Consumption of cooked and cooked foods is important for easy digestion. Eggs and non-acidic cheese will keep you full all day.”