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27 Aug 2007

Stomach Acid
I was recently diagonosed with stomach ulcers caused by too much acid in the stomach, now I am on Lomep and have a problem with food to eat because it seems everything that I eat makes my stomach produce more acid and then I get a burning feeling in my tummy that feels like I had eaten a lot of chillie. I have stopped eating starch, spices, fizzy drinks and fatty foods. Please help with recommendations for a suitable diet.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Ellah
If the Lomep (Losec?) is not helping to control the production of stomach acid you must go back to the dr who prescribe the medication and discuss this problem with him/her because you may need to adjust your dose or to take additional medications like antacids (Ulsanic, Gaviscon) a number of times a day. Stomach ulcers are caused by excess acid production in the stomach and if you have food in your stomach this give the acid something it can work on instead of attacking the stomach lining. In fact, the use of 6 smaller meals a day is a good idea when suffering from ulcers because this would mean that you practically always have some food in your stomach to prevent acid erosion. You should split up your main meals into 2 smaller meals each. One of the most important factors in excess acid production and ulcers is stress. If you suffer from ulcers, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, very fatty foods, etc and all alcohol). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. If you find this to difficult to work out on your own, then please consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
I do hope that your ulcers will clear up rapidly
Best regards
DietDoc
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