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14 Jul 2008

SUFFERING FROM ULCERS
Tell me about best medication and what to eat and not pls reply.
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear JJ
Your medical dr will have to prescribe the most appropriate medication for your ulcers (for example Losec and/or an antacid). Stomach ulcers are caused by excess acid production in the stomach and if the patient has food in the 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 main meals into 2 smaller meals each. 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 that you are not succeeding in changing your diet, 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) for an individual ulcer diet prescription.
One of the most important factors in excess acid production and ulcers is stress. 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.
Hope you feel better soon.
DietDoc
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