Stomach Ulcer Diet: What Foods to Avoid

A number of foods may worsen your stomach ulcer symptoms and delay your recovery. Though there is no strong evidence that diet and nutrition have a significant role to treat and prevent the disease, it’s always worthwhile to pay attention on what you eat. Also, take the full course of your medications otherwise the disease may persist (fail to heal). Along with medications required, here are some foods to avoid (if possible).

Avoid! Why?
Milk, dairy products Milk can drive more acid production in your stomach. Though it may relieve your ulcer pain for a while, the pain will get worse afterward. It’s much better to restrict milk and dairy products until the open sore of your ulcer improves and heals completely.
Cigarette smoking Tobacco smoke can hurt and damage your stomach lining, delaying your healing process. If you’re a smoker and you don’t quit during treatment, the disease might persist (fail to heal). After treatment, it’s recommended to continue quitting since smoking may increase the risk of recurrence, especially when you have H-pylori infection.
Alcohol Like smoking, alcohol can also irritate your stomach and digestive system, especially when you drink excessively. Even drinking a little may make your stomach secrete more acid than usual, causing your ulcer pain get worse and harder to treat.
Overload dietary fiber While fiber is a good way to help keep your digestive system work in balance, overload fiber in the stomach could be counterproductive. Too many fibers may result in increased amount of stomach acid! Since foods high in fiber (such as fruits and vegetables) are good sources for vitamins, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients – you don’t have to avoid them. Just make sure to eat them in moderation. Still, the key is a healthy balanced diet.
What else?
Large meals (overeating).
Eating too often. Although your stomach may tolerate small meals better than large ones, don’t eat too often!
Eating late at night, including a late night snack. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
A long gap between meals. Eat you meals regularly! Letting the stomach go empty without any foods for long periods of time can significantly raise your stomach acid.
Acidic foods, chocolate, fatty foods, fried foods, carbonated drinks, caffeinated drinks, tomatoes, spicy foods, and strong-flavored cheeses. For more information about what foods to avoid, visit this section!

While foods mentioned above are considered bad, there are also some foods that may help relieve your stomach ulcer symptoms and get rid of the disease more quickly.

For examples; cherries, cauliflower, blueberries, apples, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens (spinach & kale) and olive oil can help fight against H-pylori infection, which is a common cause of stomach ulcer. They are rich in antioxidants.

Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are high in B vitamins and calcium. Cherries and blueberries are loaded with antioxidant power. Olive oil has healthy fatty acids that may help treat H-pylori infection. And broccoli contains an essential substance called sulforaphane that show anti-H pylori activity.

Foods high in vitamin C are also good for the body immune system. But eating tomatoes, citrus fruits, or other acidic sources may worsen the ulcer pain, because they can increase stomach acid. So look for non-acidic sours for your vitamin C boosters such as melon, asparagus, apples, dark leafy greens, cauliflower, and red bell peppers.

Other healthy choices such as licorice, garlic, turmeric, and probiotic foods (yogurt, miso, or sauerkraut) may also round out the table of things you might want to try in your stomach ulcer diet.

But though those foods have shown promise in some studies for treating ulcer, it’s still important to incorporate them in a healthy and balanced diet. Don’t only focus on specific foods! Instead, full you diet with a variety of healthy foods. And eat them in moderation!

Don’t drink peppermint tea if you have GERD (heartburn). Though peppermint may help soothe your stomach lining, it may worsen your GERD symptoms.

It seems that a few changes in your diet may help boost your recovery. But don’t only rely on your diet. For examples; avoid also cigarette smoking, NSAIDs (pain relievers), and stress – also, try to get enough sleep and do exercise regularly (see other helpful lifestyle measures in here)!

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