Cause Of Barrett’s Esophagus: What Foods To Eat And Avoid?

Question: I have Barrett’s Esophagus. I get pain in my chest sometimes. I am taking pantoprazole 40 mg. This week all the time, I felt irritated and I am so tired that I can’t even sleep to get relaxation. Please tell me is this sign of having cancer?

Answer:

  • Barrette’s esophagus occurs due to longstanding acid reflux.
  • Acid reflux occurs due to dietary errors and indiscretions.
  • Barrette’s esophagus is not a cancer, but it is a premalignant stage. There is a high probability that it can lead to cancer.
  • You must get a biopsy done at the earliest.
  • It will ease your mind, and in case of a malignancy, it will help in the early diagnosis and speedy cure.
  • In the mean while, dietary care is of the utmost importance. At no cost must you neglect your diet.

Foods To Avoid And Eat With Barrett’s Esophagus

Following food items should be avoided.

  • Pickles
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarette
  • Tobacco
  • Soft drinks
  • Refined flour
  • Spicy and pungent foods.
  • Tinned/ canned/ processed foods.
  • Ready -to- eat food packets.
  • Avoid foods which are too hot or too cold.
  • Do not lie down for at least an hour after meals.
  • Never drink water along with the meals.
  • Eat foods that are soft and easy to digest.
    Porridge, rice gruels, soups, juices, etc.
  • Increase your intake of anti-oxidants. Anti- oxidants protect you against cancer. Foods reach in anti-oxidants are lime, strawberries, beet, nuts, cherries, plums and goose berries.
  • When sleeping or lying down, keep your head and chest at a level higher than the stomach. Keep pillows under the back.

What symptoms are you having?

  • Burning throat
  • Cough
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Regurgitation of sour- acid fluid in the mouth.

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