Most peptic ulcers are caused by infection with the bacteria helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including acetylsalicylic acid/ASA can also contribute to peptic ulcers. To treat ulcers or to help reduce the pain and help healing, us e antibiotics to help decrease the amount of acid made in the stomach.
There is no specific diet that can be recommended for people with peptic ulcers, though there are some foods that can be avoided which may worsen the condition. Acid reflux is often t he cause of pain, heartburn and indigestion so eating foods that will reduce the reflux decrease chances of ulcer complication.
Manage your ulcer by:
- Avoiding foods that may cause you pain or discomfort. These may vary from individual to individual, but it’s mostly foods that offset acid production in the system which may cause you pain.
- Include good sources of soluble fibre in each meal. These may include fresh fruits and vegetables, oat meal, nuts lentils, dried beans and peas. These may help in prevent ing ulcers from coming back.
- Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages should be taken in moderation, as these increase stomach acid making ulcer symptoms worse, and may also interfere with ulcer treatment.
- Spicy foods should be avoided, they do not cause ulcer s but they make the symptoms worse in some people, thus should be avoided.
- Reducing smoking as it increases the risk of ulcers will also help prevent ulcers or make healing easier.
Foods to eat:
Foods to avoid: