Ulcer Disease Facts and Myths

Ulcer Diet Options and Recipes

If a patient has recently been placed on an ulcer diet, it is likely because this individual is at a high risk for developing certain types of ulcers or because the patient has recently been treated for an ulcer. While there are many different types of ulcers, it is important to note that any time a person has had an ulcer in the past, the patient is more likely to develop them again in the future. One of the most effective ways of lowering this risk is to follow a doctor recommended diet for ulcers. While there are lots of different diets, such as the peptic ulcer diet and the duodenal diet, floating around, the best diet is simply one that is healthy, well balanced, and eliminates certain types of foods or ingredients that may be harmful and that may encourage ulcers to develop. Whether the patient needs a peptic ulcer diet or a diet for another kind of ulcer, the rules of general good health and smart eating will remain true.

A good diet for ulcers will limit sauces or very heavily flavored or artifical types of foods. The person should still eat a full, balanced diet but should avoid excessive spices or flavorings, citrus foods or fruits, soda, caffeine, alcohol, excessive amounts of sweets, and very fatty foods. Anything acidic, such as tomato sauce, will be more likely to exacerbate the condition and possibly bring on future ulcers. Good meal choices include plain, skinless, lean meats, such as chicken or fish, in moderate portions; at least eight glasses of water per day;  lots of leafy, green vegetables; and reduced or low sodium choices whenever a person eats pre packaged or restaurant foods. There are many cookbooks, websites, and other resources that provide healthy and tasty recipes that eliminate some of the most common ulcer causing ingredients.

In addition to following a balanced diet, patients will also need to make other lifestyle changes. If the individual is overweight, then steps should be taken to safely and healthily lose weight. A doctor or nutritionist can help in the development of diet or exercise plans and in determining ideal weights for specific body types. Exercise will also be very beneficial to those who suffer from ulcer conditions. While a doctor’s advice should be sought before beginning any new type of exercise program, it is generally agreed upon that at least thirty minutes of moderate exercise should be performed three days per week for optimal health results. Patients who smoke or who use other tobacco products or illegal substances should stop doing so, and they should also have a thorough understanding of what types of medications are acceptable and which are not. Even over the counter medications, such as Aspirin, can lead to the development of ulcers, so it is important for patients to be well informed. Following this advice and paying regular visits to a doctor can result in following a smart ulcer diet and achieving better health in general.