The Safest Sahur & Iftar Menu for GERD Sufferers


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia Buying supplies of raw materials for food for sahur and breaking the fast cannot be done haphazardly, especially for sufferers Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or stomach acid disease. Instead of providing energy, an inappropriate menu can actually make GERD recur when fasting.

For information, GERD is a condition when stomach acid rises into the esophagus (acid reflux) due to excessive production of stomach acid. GERD, which is caused by weakening of the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, aka the sphincter, can cause a painful and burning sensation in the breastbone (heartburn).

Gastroenterohepatology consultant internal medicine specialist, dr. Aru Ariadno Sp.PD KGEH revealed that even though there is no special intake, GERD sufferers must pay attention to the type and ingredients of food consumed during Ramadan so that the fasting process runs smoothly and comfortably.


Dr. Aru said that foods and drinks that sufferers of GERD or other stomach disorders must avoid are coffee, food that is too spicy, sticky rice, and tape at dawn. Apart from that, he also encourages people with gastric disorders to consume foods high in fiber.

“Try to have a high-fiber diet at dawn. Try to have a high-fiber diet at dawn, enough protein, and avoid high carbohydrates. Don't use acid, soda, coffee, or sticky rice and coconut milk,” stressed Dr. Aru to CNBC Indonesia.

Recommendations for eating patterns when breaking the fast for GERD sufferers

Not only the sahur menu, dr. Aru also asked stomach disease sufferers to pay attention to their eating patterns when breaking the fast. He emphasized that large meals can only be had after Maghrib prayers. Not when breaking the fast.

“When breaking the fast, avoid revenge. Just break the fast with something sweet and not too much. Avoid sour, too spicy, soda and coffee,” advised Dr. Aru.

“When breaking the fast, start with something sweet, such as dates or sweet tea. Don't eat a large meal straight away because for people with stomach acid, the stomach can become bloated and disturbed due to suddenly consuming a lot,” he continued.

Before carrying out the Ramadan fast, dr. Aru appealed to people who have stomach problems, especially stomach acid, to consult a doctor to get guidance on fasting and medication according to their needs.

The following is a list of foods that GERD sufferers need to avoid during Ramadan fasting according to Dr. Aru.

  1. Spicy food

  2. Sour Foods

  3. Coconut milk food

  4. Coffee

  5. Sticky rice

  6. Tape

  7. Soda

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