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Posted by: Ilze Steyn | 2011/03/08

Meal Plans for stomach ulcer sufferers

Dear Diet Doc

I discovered two weeks ago that I have a stomach ulcer. I also know now that I cannot have any sour/gas forming food items, carbonated drinks, citrus etc. Are there any meal plans available that I can follow that will also help with weight loss at the same time? I would also like to try and avoid carbs for now.

Your guidance will be very much valued.

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Dear Ilze
I am sorry to hear that you have a stomach ulcer. I trust that the doctor who diagnosed your ulcer is treating you with so-called proton pump inhibitors (Zantac, or Losec, etc). If not, you need to return to the dr and ask him/her to prescribe the necessary medication. Heartburn, acid reflux and also 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 the patient practically always has some food in her stomach to prevent acid erosion. You should try to split up your main meals into 2 smaller meals each. If you suffer from an ulcer, 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 this is too difficult, then please consult a registered 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), who will help you to pinpoint trigger foods and work out a diet that avoids them. 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 and how to do deep breathing exercises. Gentle exercise such as yoga is also good for defusing stress.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Our users say:
Posted by: ike | 2011/07/13

pls can u supply me with info as to what we can eat and not eat if we have ulcers. my wife is on nexium full time but still suffers very badly.

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Posted by: Ilze | 2011/03/09

Thank you Doc. Dr prescribed Nexiam, I''m on my 4th tablet and so far so good. I will try your recommendations.

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/03/08

Dear Ilze
I am sorry to hear that you have a stomach ulcer. I trust that the doctor who diagnosed your ulcer is treating you with so-called proton pump inhibitors (Zantac, or Losec, etc). If not, you need to return to the dr and ask him/her to prescribe the necessary medication. Heartburn, acid reflux and also 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 the patient practically always has some food in her stomach to prevent acid erosion. You should try to split up your main meals into 2 smaller meals each. If you suffer from an ulcer, 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 this is too difficult, then please consult a registered 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), who will help you to pinpoint trigger foods and work out a diet that avoids them. 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 and how to do deep breathing exercises. Gentle exercise such as yoga is also good for defusing stress.
Best regards
DietDoc

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