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No stress diet for peptic ulcer burst:

Healthy diet for patient after peptic ulcer burst.

Peptic ulcers are open sores that are found on the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach or the intestine. Burning pain due to excess stomach acid is a classic symptom of peptic ulcer that can last from a few minutes to hours. This pain can be worse when your stomach is empty or it can strike at night. Stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and certain medications along with H.pylori infection can worsen the ulcers. Besides the medications and treatment prescribed by your specialist follow these dietary modifications to recover from a peptic ulcer -

  1. Avoid long periods of hunger and preferably eat small meals at regular intervals.
    When you overeat at one meal only then can it trigger more acid secretion and worsen your symptoms. Chew each morsel thoroughly and relax while eating.
  2. Avoid lying down immediately after eating your meals; keep a minimum gap of at least 2-3 hours between meal times and bed times.
  3. Some people with ulcers may experience no major symptoms after ingestion of certain foods but for some certain foods can invite a lot of pain. Learn to identify which foods cause you problem. Common triggers include spicy foods, high fat foods, oily, fried foods, vegetables like broccoli, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, green pepper, onions, turnips, vegetables prepared in high fat or cream, pineapples, berries, chocolates, strong flavored cheese, highly seasoned meat, poultry or fish, coconut, cakes, fried potatoes and fried snacks. Caffeine containing beverages like coffee tea or cold drinks can stimulate acid secretion and should be only taken if you can tolerate them. Best option is to go in for decaffeinated beverages.
  4. You can emphasize on whole grains and cereals and its products, low fat whole grain crackers, breads and pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables (no skin and seeds), low fat dairy products, eggs, lean poultry, fish and other mildly flavored soft food.
  5. Avoid smoking and alcohol completely. Smoking may interfere with stomach acid secretion and make the stomach lining more susceptible to ulcers. Excess use of alcohol can also irritate and erode the mucous lining of the gut.
  6. Avoid stress as far as possible. Stress may increase your ulcer pain by stimulating acid production and slowing the digestion process. As a result the digestive juices, acids and foods remain for a long period in the gut which may delay the healing process.
  7. Remain active, avoid a sedentary lifestyle and if your symptoms worsen consult a specialist.


Submitted on January 16, 2014