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Look for foodborne care for those who have reflux

Look for foodborne care for those who have reflux

Who has not felt the unpleasant sensation of having swallowed a ball of fire that "burns" the stomach and reaches the throat after it has fed? Well, the technical name that medicine gives to this symptom is heartburn, also known popularly as heartburn. It is estimated that about 45% of the Western population has experienced this unpleasant sensation at least once a month and that 5 to 10% of this group can repeat the symptom daily. Not for nothing is considered one of the most common problems of the digestive tract, according to the Brazilian Federation of Gastroenterology. Although it may be a casual symptom of excess food volume, such as overeating a feijoada with lots of pepper watered to many caipirinhas, it may also have a specific cause known as gastroesophageal reflux.

In this case, the problem lies in the failure of a natural mechanism (lower esophageal sphincter) that prevents the acidity of the stomach from returning ("reflude") to the esophagus. When this failure occurs, the acidic juice of the stomach contacts the inner wall of the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the region that can reach the throat and cause a sour and acid taste in the mouth. In the persistence of this condition, chronic inflammation of the esophagus may occur, leading to the formation of ulcers in this region and even increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

There are people, such as pregnant, elderly and overweight (with belly augmentation) who tend to have more ease of developing reflux, but also other factors such as hiatal hernia, smoking and certain foods also contribute to this picture. Let's now talk about foods in this issue, there is a list of them below that can trigger or exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux:

  • Fatty foods and fried foods
  • Chocolate
  • Very spicy foods, especially with pepper
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Citrus fruit (only for some people, this intolerance is individual)
  • Peppermint essence
  • Tomato sauces
  • Garlic and onion (only for some people, this intolerance is individual). then deal with the reflux? When the cause, such as hiatus hernia for example, can be corrected surgically the problem is definitely corrected. When the cause are bad habits such as smoking, alcoholic beverages and overeating, just avoid them that there will be good improvement of reflux. If it is the foods cited above the villains of history it is crucial to exclude them from day to day that will certainly bring better control of the clinical picture. Foods that decrease the acidity of the stomach can contribute to a decrease in the "burning sensation" after meals, such as vegetables, with a positive effect on the juice of the cabbage knocked into the blender, and up to 2 times a day.

Avoiding excessive amounts of food, especially with the foods mentioned above, avoiding too tight clothes, raising the head of the bed and avoiding larger meals up to 2 hours before bedtime are attitudes that can greatly reduce There are also treatments with specific medications, with medical guidance, that can contribute to the better control of the symptoms and together with the reeducation of food and correction of inappropriate habits to return the sensation of well-being and quality of life, since no one deserves to make a torture the great pleasure r of a meal, made with calm, in a quiet environment, with healthy food and why not, accompanied by people of high spirits. A toast to good habits and take care!


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