Some people with peptic ulcer eat whatever they want and thus aggravate their symptoms. For many other certain food items can cause irritation, excessive acid production in stomach and heartburn. For them they need to know what food is safe for, and what foods to avoid.
A diet for ulcer should be formulated in a manner to fit to provide sufficient nutrition and neutralize or reduce acid production in stomach.
Here are some tips for healthy diet for ulcers:
- Eat three small meals and three snacks evenly spaced throughout the day. It is important to avoid periods of hunger and overeating.
- Reduce your intake of spicy and oily foods. Although there is no clear evidence that spicy food causes ulcer but spicy food certainly aggravate the symptoms of ulcer. So try to avoid spicy food in your diet.
- Avoid eating within three hours before bedtime. Bedtime snacks can cause gastric acid and secretion during night.
- Eat slowly and chew the food properly, avoid overeating and be relaxed at mealtime.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake. Both alcohol and caffeine can be problem foods for anyone with an ulcer. These items typically increase the acidity of the stomach and therefore can contribute to ulcer development or aggravate the symptoms of existing ulcer.
- Cut down caffeine containing food and beverage, citrus and tomato products and caffeine containing beverages like coca cola, coffee and tea, as this items may increase gastric acid production in stomach:
- Add oily foods to your diet. Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon may reduce the risk of ulcer formation.
- Reduce the intake of sodium. Avoid adding excess salt to your food. Avoid and refrain from food item that contain sodium in excess like salted meats, soy sauce, salted peas, processed foods and butter.
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