Gastric Ulcer Diet Plan – Differences From Duodenal Ulcer Diet!
Before the knowledge of the true sources of peptic ulcers came about, a stomach ulcer diet consisting of bland foods and increased stomach coating dairy were commonplace recommendations to reduce symptoms such as pain, indigestion, and nausea. However, the medical community has all but abandoned these notions now in favor of medicinal approaches to treat the true causes of peptic ulcers which are most often a bacterium (H. Pylori) or the use of some medications.
However, even the skeptical medical community can hardly deny that if certain foods and beverages are aggravating to duodenal or gastric ulcer symptoms that they should be avoided to prevent discomfort. And, if certain foods tend to promote feelings of well being and an absence of symptoms like stomach bloating, then it is probably worthwhile to add a little more of them. And, a duodenal or gastric ulcer diet does not necessarily need to be incredibly restrictive. Most often, the dietary considerations are common sense and easy to implement dietary changes that can certainly contribute to symptom reduction. But, there are some differences worth noting depending on ulcer location. Because the duodenal ulcer and gastric ulcer occur in different locations, ideal dietary additions as well as good choices for abstaining vary also between the digestive disorders.
A gastric ulcer diet focuses on eliminating foods that can impact the stomach, because this is where the lining sores are located. So, avoiding alcohol, which can irritate the stomach’s lining, is important, according to Livestrong.com. And, preventing the exacerbation of symptoms from caffeine and coffee, which can increase the production of gastric juices in the affected stomach are also worth considering and eliminating from a gastric ulcer diet. Adding in foods like bananas, which can not only aid in the reduction of H. Pylori, according to Howstuffworks.com can also be beneficial to the stomach. This is because in studies, thickening of the stomach wall was observed in animals and this could indicate an added protection factor for stomachs affected by a gastric ulcer. Licorice is also useful in serving as a stomach protector and can be useful as part of a gastric ulcer diet for this purpose. It can limit the damaging effects of stomach acid on the lining, where gastric ulcers exist. Caution should be employed because too much licorice can, in fact, be a bad thing.
A duodenal ulcer diet focuses less on the stomach and more on elimination of foods that can contribute to acid reflux and aggravate symptoms of the sores that occur in the duodenum. For instance, avoiding the salt shaker and high sodium foods is recommended. Oily fish is recommended for sufferers of a duodenal ulcer and so are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E filled foods like hazelnuts are noted for their abilities to promote intestinal health and can be considered useful additions. Meanwhile, while coffee may be less bothersome to a duodenal ulcer than one residing in the stomach, alcohol should still be avoided as a part of a symptom reducing duodenal ulcer dietetic regimen.
Essentially, the major difference between a gastric ulcer diet and one that focuses on symptoms arising from those in the duodenum is the emphasis on the lining of the stomach. Because some foods can be major contributors to the health of the stomach lining, they are much more impactful for sores residing there. However, there are some similarities such as the obvious avoidance of spicy foods and known triggers of symptoms. But, the most important part of any diet plan is to find one that does the best job of not exacerbating the symptoms of the condition yet still provides as much healthful nutrition as possible. Diets meant for this type of condition management only need to be as restrictive as necessary to promote symptom relief. So, it is possible that coffee, for instance, may not aggravate symptoms and therefore does not need to be eliminated. However, it is also possible that some foods to avoid not listed here may contribute to symptoms and therefore should be abstained from.
A diet for ulcers may be considered a thing of the past by the medical community. And, it is true that there is no longer any evidence to suggest that they are effective in helping treatment. But, prevention of complications from peptic ulcers such as a perforated gastric ulcer are reasons enough to consider a gastric ulcer diet or one used for ulcers of the duodenum to help encourage and promote the healing of the sores and prevent a worsening of symptoms.