Make Changes to Your Diet for a Peptic Ulcer
There is no evidence that what you eat or drink causes ulcers or that
changes in your diet will affect how quickly your ulcer heals. But some foods
may make your symptoms worse, especially when you first start treatment.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important at all times. But
you may find that some foods, particularly those that are heavily spiced or
greasy, make your symptoms worse. You may want to avoid these foods while your
ulcer is healing.
There was a time when everyone who had an ulcer was told to drink
lots of milk. This is no longer recommended as part of the treatment for a
Try smaller, more frequent meals
You may find that eating smaller, more frequent meals relieves your
symptoms. If it doesn't, make sure you don't skip meals. Eat at least 3 regular
meals each day.
Cut the caffeine
Coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate, and other foods containing
caffeine can increase the amount of acid produced by the stomach. More acid in
the stomach can lead to more pain when you have an ulcer.
- If these products bother your stomach, avoid
them for a while.
- Decaffeinated coffee produces the same amount of
stomach acid as caffeinated coffee, so stay away from decaf as well.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
January 4, 2012