Quite often, people drink kefir for heartburn. This drink can have a positive effect on all the digestive functions of the human body. Make it on milk, adding certain fungi and microorganisms. Kefir has unique beneficial properties, it is easily digested. Before you start eliminating heartburn with a sour-milk drink, it is better to learn some nuances.
What is kefir useful for heartburn?
Drink can cope with a bout of heartburn, as it normalizes the level of acidity in the stomach. It belongs to the most useful of all presented sour-milk products.
The beneficial properties of kefir are as follows:
- microflora in the intestines is restored, and it begins to function better and process food,
- the intestine is reliably protected from the penetration of harmful substances
- the work of immunity increases, as the body is saturated with vitamins and microelements,
- the drink helps to prevent (eliminate) various intestinal infections,
- the digestive system normalizes,
- the body better absorbs trace elements and vitamins,
- digestion returns to normal
- if the mucous membranes of the digestive organs are damaged, then kefir contributes to their rapid healing,
- the action and reproduction of harmful microorganisms is significantly reduced,
- lowers the acidity of gastric juice, causing the symptoms of heartburn to disappear,
- the bitterness in the oral cavity and sour belching disappear,
- medications that the patient takes simultaneously with kefir treatment, give a greater effect.
How kefir affects heartburn
So that the food is completely absorbed, and the intestines work well, you need to drink a glass of kefir at the end of the meal. If suddenly a person has eaten, then you can drink half a glass and thereby eliminate the occurrence of the problem. For the prevention of this disease it is recommended to use kefir daily.
On the question of whether kefir helps for heartburn, experts do not express a single opinion. But many of them believe that in diseases or pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract (gastrointestinal tract) it should not be drunk, as this can cause a number of side effects and aggravate the condition of an already sick person.
For the following diseases of the stomach or esophagus, the use of kefir requires additional recommendations from a doctor:
- If at the moment a person has an exacerbation of gastritis, then at this time you can drink a low-fat product. It is better to use one-day drink, as strong kefir can cause gases and fermentation. This will only aggravate the patient's condition with gastritis.
- You should not drink this sour-milk drink during the exacerbation of a disease such as a stomach ulcer. When the acute period of illness passes, you can begin to take it little by little in a fresh and warm form. Also kefir should not be sour. You can drink it in between the main meals.
- If a person underwent surgery, then kefir is allowed for use only on the second or third day. It must be fresh and non-acidic. Patients after surgery in any case can not drink kefir, which is stored in the refrigerator for more than three days. In it, at this moment, gases have already formed, which will lead to an undesirable phenomenon - bloating.
Kefir and heartburn during pregnancy
During pregnancy, women are often bothered by such an unpleasant condition as heartburn. Usually it appears in the last months of pregnancy, but there are cases when women feel the symptoms of this phenomenon throughout the entire period of gestation of the baby.
Heartburn during pregnancy may appear due to the fact that the increasing uterus puts pressure on the digestive organs and changes the level of hormones in the body.
This leads to the fact that during pregnancy at night, acid is produced, and in the morning there are unpleasant sensations.
Therefore, doctors recommend taking kefir for heartburn during pregnancy in small quantities. It should not be fat. You can drink only a few sips and the unpleasant taste of acid and burning will disappear.
If a woman drinks this sour-milk product during the whole pregnancy, then such problems as:
- indigestion and others.
Also, this drink will eliminate nausea and reduce the manifestation of toxicosis.
Hazards of GERD
This pathology significantly reduces the quality of life of patients, as the discomfort that occurs after eating, and is called heartburn, are quite pronounced, and prevent a person from resting and even sleeping. Many people experience unpleasant emotions associated with eating, as it is the cause of heartburn.
In addition, if the disease is not treated, then it can lead to the development of a number of dangerous complications.
Due to permanent damage, there is an increase in the regenerative processes of the mucous membrane, which is a fertile ground for the appearance of malignant cells, which divide rapidly and uncontrollably. A tumor arising from a mucous membrane damaged by GERD is called Barrett's esophagus.
There is also a risk of perforation of the esophagus wall, with subsequent food ingress into the mediastinum, where, as a result, a pronounced inflammatory process develops that can spread to vital organs - the heart, lungs, trachea and bronchi.
Features of the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease
It should be noted that GERD is a pathology, the main reason for the development of which is the wrong way of life:
- Unbalanced nutrition.
- Violation of food hygiene, food intake.
- Alcohol consumption.
Smoking causes diseases of the digestive tract
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Improper posture when eating and sleeping.
- Chronic stress disorder.
In this case, the treatment of the disease also depends primarily on the modification of the patient's lifestyle, and drug therapy plays only a supporting role, providing relief of symptoms and additional protection of the esophageal mucosa while restoring the normal functioning of the body.
Diet for GERD
To normalize digestion, patients are advised not to eat fatty, fried, and richly spiced foods, coffee, alcohol, or strong tea. It is recommended to eat easily digestible, soft food in small portions, chew it well. It is recommended to use more fiber, vegetables, cereals.
Some patients in such cases refuse traditional breakfast or dinner, replacing it with milk, kefir or yogurt. At the same time, they develop the opposite development of the disease, with the appearance of heartburn and other unpleasant symptoms. Because of this, the question arises whether the use of fermented milk products can cause this.
The mechanism of development of an attack of heartburn in the use of dairy products
Unfortunately, there is no unequivocal answer to this question. However, it is necessary to take into account the fact that the digestion of each person is individual. Many adults may experience problems with digesting dairy products, due to the fact that less enzymes are synthesized in the gastrointestinal tract, which are necessary for its folding and assimilation.
Kefir and other dairy products can cause heartburn.
Due to the fact that rich in proteins and fats and undigested dairy products envelop the food in the stomach and intestines, it also digests longer. There is a gradual overstretching of the intestine and stomach in the food mass. In addition, bloating, flatulence develops. All this leads to an increase in pressure in the abdominal cavity. As a result, the pressure inside the stomach itself increases significantly. The exit is the dropping of a part of the contents upwards, into the esophagus.
In this case, the role is played by the weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter, which is often observed in people suffering from GERD. As a result, the contents of the stomach, including the gastric juice, containing the ionized form of perchloric acid, enter the lumen of the esophagus.
The mucous membrane of the stomach includes a certain type of cells, called covering cells, which synthesize bicarbonates and protective mucus, with the result that it can be protected from the negative effects of chlorine ions. In contrast, the mucous layer of the esophageal wall does not have this kind of protection, which is why it is completely damaged by the aggressive contents of the stomach or duodenum that enter it.
Actions in case of heartburn from kefir
Thus, some people may develop heartburn from kefir, which may be superior in manifestation of symptoms that appear before a person began to use kefir. In this case, do not despair. It is enough just to correct the diet in time, to remove the sour-milk dishes from it, and the condition of such patients is normalized. If a person already had bouts of heartburn in response to the use of kefir, then he should also avoid milk, yogurt, sour cream and in some cases, cottage cheese.