Reflux esophagitis A simple but must-have lifestyle!

 Most busy modern people have irregular lifestyles.

As soon as I open my eyes, I leave my house and go to work, start the day with coffee on an empty stomach with the will to get a hold of myself, and repeat binge eating and eating late-night snacks to relieve stress from the day. If this life continues to repeat, there is a 'reflux esophagitis' as a disease that comes to us.

■ What is reflux esophagitis?

The food we eat goes down from the mouth to the esophagus and stomach to the intestines. There is a sphincter on the esophagus and the part where the stomach is attached, which prevents the food from falling upside down.

However, if sphincter does not function properly, gastric acid or pepsin can cause inflammation by stimulating the mucous membrane in the esophagus as gastric acid or pepsin refluxes, which in severe cases damages the esophagus mucous membrane, resulting in ulcers and bleeding. This is called reflux esophagitis.

■ Symptoms of reflux esophagitis

Reflux esophagitis varies widely from chest discomfort, feeling like something has been caught, feeling like something has been strung or hung on the tip of the solar plexus, tingling or burning chest, inflammation of the neck, hoarse voice, asthma, and chronic cough.

When symptoms occur, endoscopy checks the esophageal mucosa for damage and if it is considered highly likely to be a reflux esophageal disease, start medication. 

The purpose of treatment is to alleviate symptoms, treat damaged esophagus, and prevent complications.

■ Simple but must-have

1. Eat dinner early.

It is recommended not to eat at least three hours before going to bed because lying down immediately after eating food or falling asleep increases the risk of developing reflux esophagitis. Also, it is important to eat dinner as early as possible and eat an appropriate amount without overeating.


2. Let's cut down on caffeine.

There are people who habitually drink coffee two to three cups a day. An appropriate amount of caffeine is fine, but excessive caffeine can cause reflux esophagitis. Caffeine promotes gastric acid secretion and loosens sphincter muscles, so it is not recommended to consume excessive amounts.


3. Reduce spicy and spicy food.

When relieving stress, there is nothing like spicy and stimulating food. However, the habit of eating spicy food is not very good for reflux esophagitis. It is recommended not to eat spicy food as often as possible because it stimulates and damages the mucous membrane in the stomach and esophagus, which aggravates reflux esophagitis.


4. Must avoid foods - caffeine, alcohol, soda, spicy and stimulating foods

Smoking and abstaining from drinking are essential, and caffeine-rich coffee and tea should be avoided. Also, it is recommended to refrain from salty and greasy foods because foods with high fat content are prone to backflow.

Since reflux esophagitis has a close impact on your daily life habits, it is recommended to check your eating habits, stress, and sleeping habits if you have symptoms such as heartburn, chest discomfort, and sore throat.