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- Soda, cola, or carbonated drinks.
- Coffee, caffeinated drinks.
- It can hurt and irritate your stomach lining, making your ulcer take longer to heal.
- Chocolate and acidic foods.
- Tomatoes, including tomato products such as tomato sauce.
- Strongly flavored cheeses.
- Black or green tea (with /without caffeine).
- And if necessary, consider restricting milk and dairy products until your ulcer heals completely. Drinking milk may improve ulcer pain for a while, but it can cause more excess acid afterward and increase pain.
What else to know
In addition to restricting foods mentioned above, it’s also important to avoid the following things:
- Tobacco smoke. Some studies suggest that cigarette smoking is linked to the increased risk of developing ulcers in individuals infected with H-pylori. Harmful chemicals in the tobacco smoke may interfere with the protective stomach lining. Some may also drive more acid production in the stomach.
- Many patients find that untreated stress can worsen the symptoms. Sometimes stress is inevitable, but it’s manageable!
- Lack of sleep. The symptoms can be severe enough to interfere with your sleep at night. And if you don’t sleep well, your body immune system decreases – as well as your body’s ability to heal ulcers. So try to get enough sleep!
- Too often use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, and many others) can contribute to cause ulcers and prevent the damaged stomach lining from healing quickly. Beware of other medications, including products for cough and cold liquids – some may contain NSAID ingredients, so read all labels carefully!
Again, the key is a healthy balanced diet. Choose a healthy diet with enough vegetables, whole grains – and also fruits, especially some that are high in vitamins A and C to promote quick healing. But restrict acidic fruits!
Include also some foods containing probiotics such as miso, low-fat yogurt, or sauerkraut. Because they may help give you extra protection in fighting against bacterial infections such as H-pylori bacteria! Foods rich in antioxidants (such as cherries and blueberries) are also recommended to boost your immune system.