For some people, certain foods seem to aggravate their symptoms. For them, they need a diet that is designed to accomplish the following:
- Restrict or avoid those foods that may cause irritation to the digestive system
- Reduce excessive acid production
- Prevent unpleasant side effects, such as heartburn.
Peptic Ulcer Diet: Points To Remember
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day instead of 3 larger meals. It is important that you avoid overeating. Frequent, smaller meals will be more comfortable and easier on the stomach than two or three large meals a day.
- Eat a diet rich in fiber, especially from fruits and vegetables
- Rest and relax a few minutes before and after each meal, as well as remaining relaxed during meals.
- Eat slowly and chew you food well
- Avoid eating within 3 hours before bedtime
- Eat foods that are low fat
- Avoid foods that are fried
- Avoid foods that are spicy
- Cut down on the following foods:
- Decaffeinated coffee
- Cola drinks
- Carbonated beverages
- Citrus fruits
- Tomato-based products
- Avoid alcohol
- Quit smoking
Good Foods / Bad Foods
- Part 2: Foods Recommended for the Peptic Ulcer Diet
- Part 3: Foods to be Avoided on the Peptic Ulcer Diet
- Peptic Ulcer Diet - Sample menus
These weekly and daily menus were developed for the chronic heartburn sufferers, but they can be used for ulcer sufferers. The goal is to reduce acid production, decrease irritation, and prevent heartburn.