Stomach Ulcers Diet
Stomach Ulcers Diet – General Information
Stomach is an important organ of our digestive system. Certain abnormalities may develop in the stomach owing to various factors. These abnormalities could be result of unhealthy habits, bacterial, viral infection, injuries to stomach or complications produced by other diseases. Stomach abnormalities in any form produces adverse effects on our body. Digestion problems are the most common abnormalities of the stomach. Excessive production of hydraulic acid or lack of neutralization of hydraulic acid produced by liver and pancreas is considered as major cause behind development of health condition called ulcers. Changed eating habits and proper nutritious diet can help you in reducing possibility of ulcer development.
Following dietary tips will assist you in combating occurrence of ulcers. However, you must understand that these are the only basic guide lines and should not take as an authority. You must consult your health care provider or a dietitian before making changes to your diet. The guidelines provided here are aimed at achieving comfort from excessive acid secretion, gastric irritation and overcoming side effects such as heartburn.
- If you suffer from ulcers you may experience difficulty in proper digestion of food. To avoid such situation, instead of taking full diet at a time take it in small quantities in three to four times in a day. You must supplement it with three snacks everyday. Ensure than you provide enough even period between meals and snacks. Avoid overeating or hunger.
- Spare sufficient time for taking meals. Never finish your meals in hurry. Chew the food properly and eat slowly.
- Be comfortable while eating. Stress-free environment will provide better chances of enjoyment and digestion.
- Do not undertake physical activities at least for one hour after eating. Try to sip up when you eat.
- Maintain adequate gap (about 3 three hours) between your last meals (dinner) and retiring (bedtime). Intake of snacks just before retiring may lead to secretion of gastric acid after you sleep in the night.
- If foods like tomato products, beverages, chocolate, citrus products and caffeine-containing foods cause discomfort for you, avoid these foods, especially at night.
- Ensure your diet (whether meal or snack) contain adequate quantity of protein containing foods like meat, cheese, eggs, milk etc.
- Use the antacids as prescribed by your doctor. Usually, antacids are prescribed to be taken one-hour after meals and three hours prior to bedtime. This schedule helps you maintaining stomach acidity stable and minimum level.
- Cream feedings and drinking milk should not be taken as ways of avoiding acidity. Though the proteins contained in milk has the proprietary of neutralizing gastric acid it can also stimulate the acid secretion. Frequent feedings (hourly) of milk is known to be producing lower pH when compared to three regular meals.
- Cola soft drinks, tea and coffee (that contains caffeine) beverages can increase the production of gastric acid. Even decaffeinated coffee can enhance production of gastric acid. It is advisable that you avoid these beverages. You can take these beverages in moderation, if it does not produce discomfort for you or you can tolerate it, during or prior to meals.