What diet to be taken & avoided in peptic ulcer

Peptic ulcer is a chronic disease if not cared for properly and affect patients’ health adversely in the long run. The health state of the patient of peptic ulcer may deteriorate if diet planning is not suitable for the patients’ health and well being.

Foods to be taken & avoided in peptic ulcer:

The food to be taken by a patient of peptic ulcer should not increase gastric acid secretion. High protein diet can increase gastric acid secretion and should not be taken in peptic ulcer. Diet in peptic ulcer should be bland and easily digestible so that gastric acid requirement is less for digestion of food.

The food to be avoided in peptic ulcer for optimum patients’ health of the peptic ulcer patients are citrus fruits (and fruit juices), coffee, tea, cola etc. Smoking should be avoided strictly, because smoking delay ulcer healing and also it can induce ulcer, especially in presence of aggravating factors. Alcohol also should be avoided strictly as it is one of the causative factors of peptic ulcer. Alcohol also can cause malnutrition and affect patients’ health adversely and delay ulcer healing indirectly by less supply of the nutrients required for ulcer healing.

The following important points should be remembered in regards to diet during peptic ulcer:

  • Eat smaller meals more frequently, instead of eating large meals.
  • Eat bland foods which are easy to digest.
  • Eat slowly and chew the food properly.
  • You should avoid citrus fruits (examples of citrus fruits are orange, lemon etc.) and fruit juice.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in peptic ulcer patients for the betterment of patients’ health. Smoking delays ulcer healing and also smoking is one of the causative factors of peptic ulcer.
  • Avoid stress, as it can precipitate ulcer. Maintaining of stress free mind is very important for patients’ health, in peptic ulcer. Stress (mental as well as physical stress) can cause ulcer as is evident by the increase of incidence of ulcer in examination going persons and postoperative patients.
  • You also should avoid tea, coffee, cola etc. as they can irritate the stomach.

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