modifications, including changes in diet, are usually necessary to support
healing process of people with ulcers. What you eat will play a role to help control
your stomach acid level so the open sore is likely to heal more quickly. There
is probably no single formula to follow since each case is unique – but in
general here are a few things to remember in ulcer diet food list!
open sores that develop within the soft lining of the stomach (called as stomach
ulcer) or duodenum, which is the first segment of your small intestine (this is
called as duodenal ulcer).
of factors can make peptic ulcer more likely. But in most cases, it is
associated with the following factors :
Bacterial infection, specifically due to infection caused
by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. This bacterium often causes no
problems, but sometimes it can trigger inflammation that provokes an ulcer to
infection could be contagious. Unfortunately it’s not clear how the infection
spread to others. It might spread from person to person through water, food, or
by a close contact (kissing for example).
NSAIDs, anti-inflammatory drugs! Long
term use of these pain relievers (e.g. aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen) might
irritate the stomach lining and cause inflammation. Taking certain other
medications along with these pain medications might also increase the risk.
digestive juices containing pepsin (digestive enzyme) and digestive acid (hydrochloric
acid) play a key role in the digestive process. But when the protective mucous
layer is broken down, pepsin and hydrochloric acid can damage the soft tissues,
increasing the risk of developing an ulcer.
The symptoms of peptic ulcer vary by individual. But the most common one is a gnawing, burning pain especially in the tummy (abdomen cavity). See also, how does ulcer feel like?
characteristics of ulcer pain are as follows :
- Typically, the pain gets worse with empty stomach (such as at night or between meals) and gets better when you eat food that buffers the acid. With empty stomach, there is no enough food to buffer your excess stomach acid. Taking an antacid can also help soothe the pain.
- The pain is usually more noticeable felt between the navel (belly button) and breastbone. Sometimes it can be severe enough to also extend elsewhere in the body, such as the back.
- It may come and go (chronic) for days or weeks.
ulcer symptoms include:
an unpleasant sensation caused by stomach acids that rise up to the esophagus.
discomforts such as bloating, feeling of fullness, fatty food intolerance,
nausea, and vomiting.
often, the disease might cause; appetite changes, unexplained /unintentional
weight loss, difficulty breathing, tarry /black stools (dark blood in the
stools), vomiting blood, or feeling faint.
important to treat the disease comprehensively so you can expect a complete
cure. With improper treatment, the disease might come back after treatment – or
cause some of the following complications:
- An ulcer could be severe enough to bleed, causing internal bleeding that can be chronic and cause anemia. Sometimes bleeding occurs quickly, leading to a significant blood loss and possibly resulting in life-threatening bleeding because of shock!
- Obstruction. Ulcers can cause inflammation and swelling. This may obstruct the passage of food through your stomach, making you become full easily.
- Perforation, a medical emergency that can occur when the disease has caused a hole that goes all the way through the wall of the stomach or small intestine.
is dependent on the underlying cause and severity of your ulcer. If it’s caused
by H-pylori infection, you need to take antibiotic as well as directed. Complete
the full course of your antibiotics – otherwise the bacteria may become resistance.
the disease is caused by certain pain relievers, your doctor can prescribe
alternatives that are safe for your stomach lining. For example, acetaminophen
(like Tylenol) doesn’t contain aspirin and is not an NSAID. If necessary, you
may need medications to help provide extra protection to the lining of your
stomach such as sucralfate (Carafate).
to help eliminate the counterproductive effects of stomach acid such as; antacids
(to neutralize existing acid and provide a quick pain relief), histamine H-2
blockers (to reduce the production of acid in the stomach), and proton pump
inhibitors (to block acid production and promote healing to the affected lining).
with the conventional treatments mentioned above, lifestyle measures such as
changes in diet could help a lot!
no specific guideline of stomach ulcer diet restriction to follow. But in
general, here are some foods that may worsen the symptoms or make the disease
take longer to heal :
it’s important to keep your stomach acid in balance. Too much stomach acid can
make the symptoms worse. Also, this imbalance may cause the affected lining of
the stomach take longer to heal.
foods are not actually to blame for the cause of peptic ulcers or heartburn,
according to some studies – but they may cause both worse, especially if you
eat them with a large meal. To keep safe, eat spicy foods in moderation since
they can increase the extent of your acid production – or avoid them if you
goes for oily foods. They trigger and worsen heartburn, a common symptom of
stomach ulcer. It’s much better to choose grilled, baked, or roasted foods than
fried foods. Also, go easy on butter!
people, fatty foods can cause digestive discomforts especially if you eat them
too much. They are not easy to digest so will stay longer in the stomach and
delay your stomach emptying.
longer they remain in the stomach, the more stomach acid you have. The
production of stomach acid continues until your stomach is enough emptied!
your dietary fat intake. If your heartburn flares up, you may need to completely
avoid fatty foods for a while since they make acid reflux more likely.
eating too many foods very rich in fiber could be counterproductive when you’re
coping with ulcer.
fiber is a good way to promote healthy digestive system, it can also result in
elevated amount of acid in the stomach. You don’t need to avoid foods high in
fiber, just make sure to eat them moderately!
high in fiber, such as whole grain and fruits, are high in vitamins and other
essential nutrients. Not eating enough vitamins (especially vitamins A and C) would
make the body more difficult to heal your ulcer. Healthy balanced diet is the
While certain foods can trigger more acid
production, your bad dietary habits also have an effect. For example, there
will be an increased amount of stomach acid if you have a long gap between
So take your meals regularly, and also avoid
avoid late night snack! You might think that late night snack is a good way to
help buffer stomach acid during sleep. But actually it doesn’t help – instead, it
can disturb your healthy and balanced diet!
foods and beverages that cause discomfort in the stomach. For most people,
cola, or carbonated drinks.
It can hurt and irritate your stomach lining, making your ulcer take longer to
and acidic foods.
including tomato products such as tomato sauce.
or green tea (with /without caffeine).
necessary, consider restricting milk and dairy products until your ulcer heals
completely. Drinking milk may improve ulcer pain for a while, but this usually causes
more excess acid afterwards.
foods mentioned earlier are considered bad, there are also some foods that may
help relieve your stomach ulcer symptoms and get rid of the disease more
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!
rich in antioxidants are also recommended to boost your immune system. For
examples; cherries, cauliflower, blueberries, apples, broccoli, carrots, leafy
greens (spinach & kale) and olive oil can help fight against H-pylori
Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are high in B vitamins and calcium. Olive oil has healthy fatty acids which may help treat your H-pylori infection. Broccoli contains an essential substance called sulforaphane, which probably is a strong anti-H. pylori agent.
Foods high in vitamin C are 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 sources 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, and turmeric may also round out the table of things you might want to try in your ulcer diet food list.
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 !
drink peppermint tea if you have GERD (heartburn)! Although peppermint may help
soothe your stomach lining, it may worsen your GERD symptoms.
addition to changes in diet mentioned above, it’s also important to avoid the
- Tobacco smoke. 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.
- Stress. Many patients find that untreated stress can worsen the symptoms. Sometimes stress is inevitable, but it’s manageable!
- Lack of sleep. Ulcer symptoms could 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 get enough sleep everyday!
- Beware of other medications, including products for cough and cold liquids – some may contain NSAID ingredients, so read all labels carefully!
summary, see also the following ulcer do’s and don’ts list table: