Peptic Ulcer Diet List – Foods to Include and Foods to Avoid!

Peptic Ulcer Diet

Previously, it was thought that a restrictive peptic ulcer diet was required for the management of the open sores affecting the lining of the intestines, esophagus or stomach. This is because until recently, the causes associated with the onset of a peptic ulcer were thought to be a result of stress or consumption of spicy or disagreeable foods. As such, treatment for a peptic ulcer often included drinking lots of dairy products and adhering to a particularly bland diet. Such is no longer the case now that the true causes of peptic ulcers have been identified. However, that does not mean that there still are not common sense food decisions to be made to reduce the symptoms of peptic ulcers or prevent worsening of existing ones.

Heliobacter Pylori (H. Pylori), a corkscrew shaped bacterium, is a very common cause of the ulcers and a diet targeted at eliminating it may be a first course of action. These bacteria live in the tissue lining mucous layer of the intestine and the stomach. Most of the time, it poses no trouble to the digestive tract. However sometimes and for reasons still unknown, its position is disrupted and inflammation and ultimately, ulcers, can result. H Pylori can be introduced into the system in a number of ways, but Mayo Clinic mentions that food and water sources as well as person to person contact, such as kissing, are likely culprits. Dietary changes can be made to stave off the risk of an H. Pylori infection and in turn serve as a preemptive peptic ulcer diet to stave off subsequent ulcers as a result of infection. The Institute for Optimum Nutrition makes a note of some simple H. Pylori diet strategies to minimize the risk of the gut dwelling bacteria’s ulcer inducing effects.

1. Avoid High Sugar Foods: Foods high in sugar can serve as food sources for the bacteria. Avoid chocolate, dairy, processed foods and pickled products.

2. Add Vitamin C: A study mentioned by The Institute for Optimum Nutrition notes that H. Pylori was reduced by almost a third in participants who took in 5 grams each day.

But, while a diet targeted at staving off the effects of a bacterium who likes to take advantage of interpersonal intimate moments can potentially avert peptic ulcers, it is not necessarily one well suited to dealing with them once they have developed. While mainstream medical science now shuns the idea of a strict and stringent peptic ulcer diet, The National Center for Biotechnology Information points out that there are some foods to eat and some foods to avoid as a part of therapy for peptic ulcers.

1. Avoid Spices: While not all spices can aggravate a peptic ulcer, some should be avoided on a peptic ulcer diet such as black pepper, chili powder and red pepper. These can not only be problematic to a peptic ulcer sufferer, they can also cause indigestion (dyspepsia).

2. Avoid Alcohol: Regardless of what digestive disorders are being dealt with, it seems that alcohol is almost always on the list of things to avoid. It may be because of its negative association with the digestive system in general. In any case, it is considered a big no-no on a peptic ulcer diet, as evidenced by recent studies.

3. Add Fiber: While normally best known for being a big cause of stomach bloating, adding fiber into the diet may afford the stomach a bit of protection against chronic ulcer disease.

4. Avoid Coffee: It is not known whether all caffeinated beverages play a role in exacerbating the symptoms of peptic ulcers. But, with its strong acid base and disposition to inducing dyspepsia, coffee should definitely be avoided on a peptic ulcer diet.

Ulcers go by many names and another type of peptic ulcer, a duodenal ulcer, is essentially a peptic ulcer in a different location. The Mayo Clinic points out that a duodenal ulcer is one that forms in the upper part of the small intestine. What this means is that while there is no definitive duodenal ulcer diet, following the same aforementioned guidelines for foods to add and foods to avoid, as well as those relevant to staving off H. Pylori bacterium can also be effective for this type of peptic ulcer.

The term gastric ulcer is also used to describe sores found in the digestive system; and similarly to duodenal ulcers, they occur in a specific place – inside the stomach. And, again similarly to duodenal ulcers, there is no specific gastric ulcer diet to follow. However, regardless of what the condition has been dubbed by a health care professional, adhering to the list of things to add and avoid as is true for a peptic ulcer diet also apply to gastrointestinal ails referred to as gastric ulcers.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information makes a strong argument for those who are considering a peptic ulcer diet in noting that there is nothing wrong with avoiding foods that bring about discomfort and adding more in that do not seem to exacerbate symptoms. Therefore, regardless of which foods are avoided and which are added for the management of ulcers in general, paying attention to the signals that the body is sending is often the most important part of the foundation for a peptic ulcer diet to promote healing.