ACID REFLUX AND NUTRITION AFTER SLEEVE SURGERY
If you have acid reflux, and ask yourself what can I do in term of nutrition treatment to prevent acid reflux or diminishing it’s influences. This article will show the way to finding relief by preventing acid reflux after bariatric surgery.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease and prevention after sleeve surgery
First of all lets start to explain what is acid reflux? When acid backflow from to stomach into the esophagus, it develops. It makes people who have acid reflux uncomfortable and cause symptoms like heartburn. If your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) was damaged or weak it leads to acid reflux. Normal function of LES is this; it is closes because of prevent food backflow from the stomach into the esophagus. The food which you consume it effects your stomach acidity.
There are some foods which are reduce your acid reflux symptoms. Some vegetables like ginger, oatmeal, noncitrus fruits (banana, melon, pear, apple etc.), egg white, healthy fats, lean meats and seafoods. These foods do not treat your acid reflux. They just make your stomach better. So every people’s foods experiences change depend on their body and tolerance of these foods. Vegetables are low in sugar, so they aid to decrease stomach acid. If you ask which foods are low stomach acidity, these are green bean, cauliflower, broccoli, green lettuce vegetables, cucumber. Ginger is an natural anti-oxidant that is why it helps to low stomach acidity. You can consume ginger naturally by adding your meal or you can drink ginger tea. Oatmeal is good source of fiber. It absorbs stomach acid and that leads to diminsh your acid reflux. Consuming egg yolk can trigger acid reflux, but egg yolk aids to low acidity. Instead of consuming trans fats (which is not good for acid reflux) consume walnut, sunflower seed , nut oil etc. lean meats and seafoods are recommendable foods to prevent and low GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). For example; low fat turkey, chicken, fish, seafood etc. when you consume them please prefer to grilled, boiled etc.
Will acid reflux gets worser after sleeve surgery?
Sleeve surgery (Sleeve gastrectomy) is a restrictive procedure of bariatric surgery. By restricting the volume of the stomach it reduces the calorie intake and provides rapid weightloss. About 90% of the stomach volume will be reduced for weightloss and preventing weight regain in long term. When the upper portion of the stomach is reduced its function as a valve for preventing acid reflux will be lower. This makes more acid reflux in first month after sleeve surgery. Because of the acid suppression effect of the antiacid medications (PPI), generally this is not problematic. But, if the acid reflux is detected as severe and caused great damage on the esophagus gastric bypasses can be an option for bariatric surgery. We are recommending always to find out the grade of your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with gastroscopy and consult to your bariatric surgeon with the results before your sleeve surgery.
Which foods do incease your acid reflux?
Tomatoes and citrus foods like grapefruit, lime, lemon, orange, pineapple are high in acidity. So when you consume them, can trigger your acid reflux. Some individuals are triggered by onion, garlic, spicy foods because they cause heartburn. But this is not mean they effect person in same way. You need to follow it whether it causes heartburn or not. Because every person has different tolarence of foods. High fat foods, like french fries, fatty or fried cuts of beef, pork, or lamb, patoto chips, desserts etc. and mint cause stomach acid backflow to esophagus. So try to avoid them to prevent acid reflux. Methylxanthine is found in chocolate. It causes acid reflux. That is why avoid to consume chocolate.
In addition to these, changes of life style aid to prevent or lower acid reflux. Maintain healhty body weight; avoid to drink alcohol, smoke cigarette and wear tight clothes, do not eat fast, eat your foods slowly, after eating your meal stay 2 hours upright, before go to sleep cut down eating and drinking at least 3-4 hours, chew gum without mint aroma.