Stomach reflux – unpleasant gastrointestinal disorder

There is no doubt that gastrointestinal disorders are not pleasant and they can not only cause serious damage to your body but also make you feel just uncomfortable. If you experience the acidity in your mouth, a burning sensation in your throat, or vomiting, you may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux. The answer to the question of what reflux really is and how to deal with it it can be found in the article below.

What is gastric reflux?

In short, gastroesophageal reflux is a disease of the digestive system in which gastric content backs up into the esophagus as a result of poor function of the lower esophageal sphincter, which in turn creates inflammation in the esophageal mucosa. In most cases, it is accompanied by heartburn, a burning sensation in the throat or sternum, abdominal pain, or a feeling of acidity in the mouth.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease on the picture
Gastroesophageal reflux disease on the picture

What to eat during reflux?

Recommended foods for gastroesophageal reflux include lean poultry and cooked meats. It is also beneficial to eat cooked vegetables, especially carrots, parsley, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, as well as pumpkin.

When it comes to fruits, you should primarily consume those that are not acidic or are low in acid, i.e. bananas, pears, peaches, mangoes, melon. Suitable cereal products, which include groats and cereals, will also be a suitable part of your diet plans. A diet rich in the above foods will make backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus occurs much more rarely or practically non-existent for everyone suffering from reflux.

However, the mainstay of reflux treatment should be pharmacotherapy or, in the case of intractable reflux, surgical intervention.

It should be remembered, however, that even the completion of pharmacological or surgical treatment does not exempt us from maintaining proper eating habits and leading a healthy lifestyle. After the end of the treatment it is recommended to apply non-pharmacological treatment, i.e. to maintain the previously made modifications to the diet and lifestyle and to avoid drugs lowering the pressure within the lower esophageal sphincter, especially drugs prescribed for people suffering from, among others, hypertension.