stomach ulcer diet menu

This stomach ulcer diet is a guideline that may help to decrease stomach ulcer pain, gastric irritation and excessive gastric acid secretion. This stomach ulcer diet may also help prevent uncomfortable stomach ulcer side effects such as heartburn and dull burning pains in your stomach.

***This is only a guideline to ease stomach ulcer pain and complications. Before changing your diet, please consult with your doctor.

Eating Tips

  • Eat several small meals and three snacks evenly spaced throughout the day
    • Eating small meals reduces burden on the digestive system
    • It is important to avoid periods of hunger or overeating
  • Eat slowly and chew foods well
  • Be relaxed at mealtime
  • Sit up while eating and for 1 hour afterward
  • Avoid eating within 3 hours before bedtime
    • Bedtime snacks can cause gastric acid secretion during the night
  • Include a good source of protein (milk, meat, egg, cheese, etc.) at each meal and snack
  • Antacids should be taken in the prescribed dose, 1 hour and 3 hours after meals and prior to bedtime
    • This regimen is most likely to keep the acidity of the stomach at the most stable and lowest level

Foods to Avoid with a Stomach Ulcer

  • Cut down on caffeine-containing foods and beverages, citrus and tomato products, and chocolate if these foods cause discomfort
  • Milk and cream foods should not be used as antacid therapy
    • Although milk protein has an initial neutralizing effect on gastric acid, it is also a very potent stimulator
    • Hourly feedings of milk have been shown to produce a lower pH than three regular meals
  • Caffeine-containing beverages (coffee, tea, and cola drinks) and decaffeinated coffee cause increased gastric acid production but may be taken in moderation at or near mealtime, if tolerated
  • Deep-fried and greasy foods stimulate acid and bile production and should be avoided
  • Sugar and salt can increase stomach acid and should be minimized
  • Spicy foods, acidic foods (tomatoes), and alcohol will irritate the stomach, limit these foods
  • Eggplant, citrus fruits, pineapple, vinegar, and chilies are often trigger foods that will irritate symptoms

What to Eat When you Have a Stomach Ulcer

  • High fiber rich diet in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables
  • Alkaline foods (stay away from acidic foods: meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol)
      • Drink alkalizing liquids (spring water and ginger root, green tea, water with the juice of a whole lemon or lime)
      • Salad dressing made with cold-pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil
      • Alkaline: Fruits, nuts, and vegetables

See your doctor immediately if you notice bloody or black bowel movements or have had vomit that contained blood or material that looked like coffee grounds; these indicate bleeding and a more serious, advanced stomach ulcer.

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