A peptic ulcer diet may not heal your ulcer, but it can provide that much-needed comfort and relief from pain. Here is a list of diets for peptic ulcers that will help to ease the pain and irritation.
Foods To Avod
The first step in following a peptic ulcer diet is to avoid foods and food additives which are irritating to the stomach.
- Avoid, caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods. Avoid carbonated drinks and foods containing a high amount of saturated fat. Caffeine rich foods and carbonated beverages irritate the stomach lining and increase acid production.
- High sodium foods
- Whole milk products (except yogurt)
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Most green vegetables
- Citrus and berry fruits and fruit juices
- Commercially baked goods like cookies and crackers and processed foods contain trans-fatty acids which should be eliminated form the peptic ulcer diet.
- Nicotine products are also not advised, so smokers should quit smoking for their own good.
Foods You Should Eat
It would seem as though there is nothing left to eat when you look at the list of foods to avoid. If you observe the rules carefully you can get back on track to eating those foods once your ulcer is healed. There are however many foods which you can still eat and enjoy while treating your ulcer. Here is a list of them:
- Low-fat meats
- Oily fish
- Beans and Peas
- Low Fat Milk Products
- Whole grain breads and cereals(minus dried fruits or nuts)
- Peanuts(are permissible)
- Peanut butter
- Apples and cranberries and cranberry juice contain flavonoids which may inhibit the growth of H. pylori. Celery, onions and garlic also contain flavonoids
- Tea instead of coffee. Tea also contains flavonoids which may inhibit the growth of H. pylori.
- Carrots and antioxidant foods like squash and bell peppers
- Dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale.. These are high in B-vitamins and calcium.
- Filtered water. Drink 6-8 glasses daily.
You may use small amounts of table salt, some sugar, and even pepper and vinegar in moderation. What the peptic ulcer really entails is sticking to low fat rather than high fat foods, choosing lean cuts of meat over red meats and getting lot of fiber. Use olive oil and other healthful oils like canola and safflower and vegetable oils which have good quantities of monounsaturated fat.
See Your Doctor
Following a peptic ulcer diet does not mean that you should simply remain on it and not see your doctor. Remember that a diet cannot cure your ulcer; it can only help in reducing stomach upset. Since most peptic ulcers are the result of the bacterial infection from the bacteria H pylori, diet alone is not adequate to address the condition. You must see your doctor for treatment if you suspect you have an ulcer. In addition to the diet, your doctor would probably prescribe medication to protect the lining of the stomach or to reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. You would also need medication to relieve pain.