Don’t forget, people with gastric acid need to consult a doctor before fasting during Ramadan! – The fasting of Ramadan will be carried out by Indonesian Muslims in less than two weeks. Before entering Ramadan, doctors recommend patients with gastric acid aka GERD to consult first.

This was revealed by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FKUI) Professor Dr dr Ari Fahrial Syam SpPD-KGEH who said that GERD is closely related to the stomach. Therefore, GERD sufferers must have extra preparation in welcoming Ramadan.

“I recommend at this time if you have gastric problems, consult your doctor first or for the first week I recommend taking stomach acid medicine first,” said Prof. Ari.

Prof. Ari explained that the first week of fasting is a phase in which the body adjusts. Because previously, the body was exposed to various kinds of unhealthy foods.

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Illustration of GERD and stomach acid.  (Shutterstock)
Illustration of GERD and stomach acid. (Shutterstock)

“The first week is for everyone, not just those with GERD, it is an adjustment phase for our bodies to not be able to fast, only in the second week we can adjust,” said Prof. Ari.

Ramadan is the right moment to adjust your diet. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people find it difficult to control foods ranging from sweet to fatty foods.

Prof. Ari said fasting should be used to restore the body’s condition to be healthier. Time to eat twice a day with a gap of approximately 12 hours is very good for making the body’s organs rest.

“This fasting moment is an opportunity to regulate eating, at least when he eats only at dawn and iftar, so he can reduce his food intake,” he said.

For people with GERD, it is better to avoid acidic, spicy foods, coffee, chocolate and cheese at the time of breaking the fast. Sweet foods are more recommended to be consumed, but not modern sweet drinks.

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“GERD relapses a lot because of excessive anxiety. Well, when fasting he can control himself, automatically his stomach acid can be controlled, hypertension, heart disease, stroke are also related to stress, so this is an opportunity to live a healthy life,” said Prof. Ari. [ANTARA]