ulcer symptoms can sometimes be very bothersome. The disease may also cause
complications (if poorly controlled /left untreated). What you eat does have a
role to cope with — certain foods /drinks may aggravate the symptoms. On the
flip side, some foods and drinks may help keep the symptoms off and improve
your recovery. With appropriate strategies, the disease is manageable and even
curable though it may take more time than you think.
So, what are the best drinks for stomach ulcers?
it comes to stomach ulcer diet, foods and drinks with ‘bad’ label probably are
overwhelming. Alcohol, caffeine, and even a few fruits (grapefruit and orange
juices) are not recommended. Most all things that trigger more stomach acid
production are bad with stomach ulcer.
could be frustrating situation. Meanwhile, it’s also important to manage your
stress as well since stress may worsen your stomach ulcer symptoms.
good news, there are many options to enjoy your drinks without hurting the open
sore of your stomach lining. Here are a few examples.
A few decades ago, people thought that drinking milk would soothe the stomach and relieve ulcer symptoms. But now we know that it’s not always true. Milk might ease the symptoms for a few minutes, but it also drives more production of stomach acid afterwards, making the open sore of the stomach lining worse.
milk is not recommended for people with gastritis and peptic ulcers, though
some experts say it is fine in moderation (1-serving or two a day probably is
OK, this might vary from person to person). But if you find it’s a trigger of
your flare-up, avoid it! In such case, you need milk alternatives.
following plant-based milk could be your best alternative choice.
- Coconut milk. Choose alkaline
coconut oil, derived from fresh coconut. Coconut milk derived from dried
coconut is likely acidic.
- Soy milk. As the name suggests,
it’s made from legumes ‘soy beans’. Unlike most legumes, soy beans are likely
alkaline or neutral.
- Almond milk. Both almond and
almond milk are alkaline, according to the American College of Healthcare
Science . It’s relatively safe for most
more in-depth information, see also best milks for people with
gastritis and acid reflux!
ulcers occur for various reasons. The main one is due to bacterial infection
caused by H. pylori, though not all people with H. pylori develop ulcers. Here
yogurt might have a role to treat the underlying cause of the disease.
is a fermented product containing good bacteria (probiotics) and healthy
nutrients (e.g. protein and calcium). One study suggests that yogurt might help
fight off H. pylori alongside medication therapy of multiple antibiotics . Active cultures of probiotics
found in yogurt may help improve the ability of the body to remove ‘unfriendly’
bacteria in the stomach.
some yogurts contain Igy-urease antibody which is also probably helpful to
treat stomach ulcers .
herbal teas may help improve your ulcer symptoms such as gas & bloating,
nausea, and heartburn (GERD). For better results, caffeine-free herbal tea is
more recommended – but don’t choose peppermint or spearmint teas since they are
bad for your stomach acid control.
marshmallow, licorice, chamomile, or slippery elm. Some herbal teas might help
boost the mucus coating of your esophageal lining, which is good to soothe
you’re taking certain prescription medications, ask your doctor first to keep
safe. Because some herbs might interfere with your medications!
well-established that ginger has medicinal properties for various ailments. In
fact, it has a very long history of use in numerous forms of traditional
a substance found in ginger, is probably the key answer. This potent substance
is responsible for the unique flavor and fragrance of ginger. It is a powerful
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory .
naturally prevents upset stomach, soothes stomach lining, and also may help
neutralize /reduce stomach acid production. Ginger tea (caffeine-free is
preferred), with a little sweetener (try honey), is a good way to soothe acid
reflux and ulcer symptoms.
don’t choose ginger ale! It doesn’t have enough ginger to provide an effect.
Even it contains caffeine and even carbonated, which is bad for people with
only coconut milk, it’s usually OK to drink coconut water with stomach ulcers.
Coconut water is tasty and refreshing – plus, it’s loaded with several
important nutrients including electrolytes and antibacterial properties. That’s
why it has become a foxy, trendy beverage in recent years.
electrolyte properties promote pH balance in your body. This can help manage
your stomach acid level, which is so helpful to soothe stomach ulcer symptoms.
to get 100% coconut water that comes directly from the coconut. If it’s hard to
get fresh coconut, try bottled coconut water that you can buy at most grocery
stores – but make sure it’s free of flavoring agents!