Of course, this convenience is not an excuse for people who are still able not to follow the fast. Perhaps many of us are wondering, especially ulcer sufferers, which if they skip meals, their ulcer disease can recur which then makes them have a reason to break the fast. So, actually does heartburn prevent a person from fasting? Then how can you keep your fast running smoothly even when you have an ulcer?
Before answering the questions above, it is better if we first study the religious law with heartburn. Islam is a religion that never burdens its people in worship. Islam instructs its followers to worship according to their ability, as well as during fasting. In this case, heartburn has several degrees of severity. For those who are still able to fast and get permission from a doctor to do it, fasting will be a medicine for them. It’s just that if the heartburn is so severe that he vomits and experiences stomach bleeding, and the doctor doesn’t allow him to fast, then this is equivalent to a serious illness where the fast can be postponed and replaced with another day. And to find out how bad an ulcer you are suffering from, consulting your doctor is the right solution.
What Is Ulcer Pain?
Heartburn or what is known as dypepsia is a disorder characterized by discomfort or pain in the stomach. This pain is caused by high stomach acid, which injures the stomach wall. As a result of this high stomach acid, forcing the stomach muscles to contract, causing a burning sensation and nausea.
Tips for Fasting for Ulcer Sufferers
For those of you who suffer from ulcers, but are still strong during fasting, the doctor allows you to follow it. Here we have some tips so that your fast is not too heavy.
1. Don’t Miss the Sahur
Ulcer sufferers who participate in fasting are required to always eat sahur. This is because it prepares energy for fasting all day long and prevents the stomach from being empty which can trigger an increase in stomach acid. In addition, ulcer sufferers are encouraged to take ulcer medication at this time, to keep it from recurring at any time.
2. Hasten to break the fast when the time comes
Ulcer sufferers are not advised to delay breaking the fast when the time has come. Many people delay breaking their fast because of the work or activity they are doing. Enjoy sweet and warm foods when breaking the fast, then start by eating tajil foods such as dates. Foods with high glucose levels will be easily absorbed and will not increase gastric acid levels. In addition, make it a habit to eat rice after performing the Maghrib prayer so that the stomach doesn’t get shocked.
3. Avoid foods and drinks that can trigger the production of stomach acid
Foods and drinks that contain caffeine such as chocolate coffee and others, in addition, avoid spicy and coconut milk foods. Foods and drinks like this can trigger more stomach acid production.
Here are some tips that you can run while fasting. In most cases, heartburn is caused by emotional instability and stress, whereas fasting trains patience and draws closer to Allah. Thus, people who are fasting feel calmer and the causes of ulcers can disappear.