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The food you must avoid if you have peptic ulcer disease

The food you must avoid if you have peptic ulcer disease

Good morning everybody,

Today I’m going to tell you guys about the types of food best to avoid if you have the history of gastritis or peptic ulcer. While many studies have known the link between Helicobacter pylori infection and peptic ulcer disease, the food that you take is just as important to alleviate or at least to not exacerbate the symptoms that you experience. So let’s get into it!

1.) Spicy food


I understand that chili pepper or basically any spicy food can help to give a “kick” to enhance the taste of your food, but the burning after effect may irritate the mucous lining of your stomach and prolong ulcer healing process.

2.) Citrus Fruit


While citrus fruits such as orange, mandarin, lime and lemon provide a good source of vitamin C that can help to boost our immune system, but acidic property of these fruits may cause a pH imbalance in our stomach and lead to further ulcer pain.

3.) Caffeine


To all of you coffee lovers who can’t last until noon time before crashing, it is best to take this time to “decaffeinate” your body while allowing time for the peptic ulcer to heal. Besides, caffeine has also shown to trigger gastroesophageal reflux symptoms (GERD) such as heartburn or chest discomfort. Not forgetting to mention you can save some bucks too from not paying a visit to Starbucks!

4.) Alcoholic Beverages


Whether this weekend you’ve decided to go for a night out or to stay in, it is best to avoid consuming alcohol containing beverages. This is because the alcohol may erode the already existing stomach ulcer and in some cases may even lead to severe gastric bleeding before you even pass out from the shots itself.

5.) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)


Well this is not exactly food, but it is worth mentioning that some of you have the habit of taking pain killers for pain relieving. If you suffer from peptic ulcer disease, it is better to have a second glance on the type of pain killers you are taking, because chances are they might be NSAIDS. These pain killers exude a side effect that destroys the intrinsic factor responsible for the protection of your stomach lining. In fact, it is the second most common cause for peptic ulcer disease following just behind H.pylori infection. Some of the generic names for NSAIDS are: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen, Indomethacin.

I hope you guys are enjoyed reading the blog post, stay tuned for more!

Thank you.

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