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05 Feb 2004

gastric ulcers
please advise on the best dietary requirements for a gastric ulcer
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Sharreen
I do hope that you have been given appropriate medication to treat the ulcers - such as proton pump inhibitors and antacids plus an antibiotic if you have a Helicobacter pylori infection which would make it more difficult to treat the ulcers. If not, then Please do yourself a favour and ask the dr to prescribe these medications for you. Besides taking your medications and avoiding all spicy and fatty foods, and all alcohol and gassy or caffeine-containing drinks (cola drinks, coffee, 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. Stress is one of the most important factors in ulcers, so do try to relax, do relaxing and deep breathing exercises - yoga is ideal.
Hope you feel better soon
DietDoc
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