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14 Jun 2004

ulsers
can you please tell what i can eat
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Helen
I trust that your dr has prescribed the necessary medications (proton pump inhibitors and antacids) for your condition? One of the prime causes of ulcers, is stress, so you need to find ways of dealing with stress that are more effective. I would suggest consulting a clinical psychologist who can teach you relaxing techniques and deep breathing exercises. If you have an ulcer you can try eating 6 small meals a day, instead of 3 large ones: e.g. Breakfast fruit and cereal plus yoghurt and a beverage; teatime - wholewheat sandwich with cottage cheese or lean meat and a fruit, etc. Avoid all spicy and fatty foods, and all alcohol and gassy or caffeine-containing drinks (cola drinks) and cut down on coffee and tea. Some patients find that foods with an acid taste (oranges, lemons, pineapple, strawberries) and gas-producing foods (the cabbage family, raw onions and legumes) can also cause discomfort. This is an individual reaction, so it may help to keep a food diary and note down what foods cause YOU discomfort and then to avoid them. If you find it difficult to select a 6 meals-a day-diet, then do consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to sscharf@nhcltd.com or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area).
Hope you soon feel better.
Best regards
DietDoc
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