The most common advice given to people with ulcers is to keep eating and not go hungry. Here, we have more. We’re going to learn what to keep eating and what not to.
Ulcers indicate an erosion of the stomach’s lining that may cause sharp abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Research has shown that certain dietary habits can trigger stomach lining erosion or otherwise worsen symptoms while other foods may improve symptoms or keep them at bay.
Let’s start with our favourite dietary advice, fruits and vegetables. You could add green tea to this. These foods are abundant in antioxidants, helping to prevent cell damage by preventing accumulation of harmful compounds known as free radicals in the body. Antioxidants don’t just help against ulcers, they help against any disease with an underlying inflammatory process, which is just about almost all human diseases.
Some vegetables may actually help inhibit the growth of H.pylori, the organism known to also cause stomach ulcers. A good example is cabbage. Turmeric is also a MILD spice that can help. As you’ll learn later, spicy food are not encouraged for persons with ulcer hence, go easy on the turmeric. Another vegetable is Broccoli. Broccoli contains a chemical called sulforaphane, which has antibacterial properties.
An interesting research found out that participants who consumed the yogurt and antibiotics tended to eliminate the H.pylori infection more effectively than those who only took antibiotics and this may be explained by yogurt’s active cultures of beneficial bacteria that help improve the body’s ability to combat infection.
What foods should you avoid? Spicy foods come first. Add only little pepper your food. The same goes for other spices such as ginger. Take it easy on the salt and seasoning too. Alcohol should be totally avoided. Boiled foods are better consumed and fried ones should be avoided.
You should know that eating little meals frequently may help. So, take 6 little meals instead of 3 large ones and you could feel better for it. Watch your weight and do well to use medication as prescribed. Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Have proper rest hours. Stress has been known to worsen inflammation.