What foods can cure a stomach ulcer?

What diet for a stomach ulcer?

A gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer is an injury to an important part of the digestive system. This suggests that the diet and its composition could have an influence on the course of the disease. Until the mid-1960s, doctors thought that a special diet could calm the stomach and intestines in the event of an ulcer and support the healing of the mucosal defect. In the meantime, doctors and nutritionists are convinced that an "ulcer diet" has no medical significance. They recommend a healthy whole diet that each patient can adjust individually.

What to eat if you have a stomach ulcer

Your internist or gastroenterologist will recommend a full diet in the event of a stomach ulcer. Explicit “bans” for certain foods are no longer issued today. Just try different foods that you like and leave out the foods that are causing you discomfort. The menu can look very different for each ulcer patient.

Do not be irritated by other patients who also have an ulcer in the stomach or duodenum. Eat and enjoy what you repeatedly tolerate well. Many people get along well with plant foods that are high in fiber. Whole grains, brown rice, vegetables, potatoes, and fruits can be good for your stomach. Even a little light fat can reduce the production of stomach acid and slow the movement of the stomach.

20 to 30 percent of the Central European population are more likely to have problems consuming:

  • fried foods,
  • Cucumber salad,
  • Legumes,
  • White cabbage and
  • carbonated drinks.

Fresh bread, meat that is too fatty, smoked foods, and citrus fruits can also exacerbate stomach disease symptoms. Hot spices should be consumed with caution, especially with a fresh gastric ulcer. They can irritate the delicate surface of the injured mucous membrane. Avoid alcohol, coffee beans and sweets that tempt you with acid, such as chocolate and pralines.

How best to eat when you have a stomach ulcer

What foods to eat when you have an ulcer is the first important point. Then how best to prepare the food is the next important question. Help your gastrointestinal tract with easily digestible meals. Boil, steam or stew rather than reach for the frying pan or deep fryer.

Eat in a pleasant atmosphere, if possible with good company. Smartphones, televisions or newspapers are not good company because they distract from conscious eating. Take your time, chew every bite carefully and enjoy the aroma of the food. The consumption of nicotine can adversely affect ulcers in the stomach or duodenum.

When to eat if you have a stomach ulcer

Try it with regular small dishes first to go easy on your digestive system. It is best to adjust to four to six meals a day. Avoid going to the refrigerator in the late evening: a late night snack before bed can re-stimulate the production of stomach acid and irritate the wounded lining of the stomach ulcer. This unfavorable situation arises particularly in the interaction of acid-blocking drugs such as H2-receptor blockers and a late meal.

Herbal help for stomach ulcers

If you have a stomach ulcer, selected foods can help relieve your symptoms. With medicinal plants from nature, you also have the option of taking targeted action against overproduction of gastric acid. Some of the natural drugs are said to have an antibacterial effect. Use this power against Helicobacter Pylori, for example. Ask your attending physician whether a natural supplement to conventional antibiotic therapy makes sense in your case.

The licorice root

Licorice is the basis for licorice. With its active ingredients glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhizic acid, the root inhibits an enzyme that supports inflammatory reactions. In addition, the liquorice root increases the formation of prostaglandins. For this reason, the lining of the stomach forms more mucus and thus accelerates the healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Doctors recommend taking the liquorice root extract for up to six weeks at a time and not exceeding a dosage of 15 grams per day. An overdose of the can lead to a potassium deficiency.

The chamomile flower

The ingredients of the chamomile flowers develop anti-inflammatory effects through various enzymes and also have an antibacterial effect. Chamomile can strengthen the mucous membrane protection in the stomach and intestines and thus prevent the development of gastric ulcers or duodenal ulcers or support their healing. Use chamomile flowers as a tea and in the form of tincture individually or in combination. If necessary, add 20 drops of chamomile tincture to a cup of tea and do not enjoy it too hot.

The flaxseed

Flax seeds are high in fiber and mucilage. As a bulking agent, the flaxseed also regulates the intestinal function. The mucous substances soothe irritated mucous membranes and can support the healing process in the case of gastric or duodenal ulcers. Either use a ready-made product for infusion or soak about three tablespoons of ground flaxseed in half a liter of water overnight. Briefly boil the seeds in the morning and strain the warm mucus through a clean cloth. Drink it in small portions throughout the day.

The ginger

Ginger contains pungent substances and essential oils that can relieve cramps and improve blood flow to the stomach lining and the lining of the intestines. Ginger thus promotes the healing of defects in the mucous membrane, such as those found in gastric or duodenal ulcers. Take the natural remedy as a tea or extract. In the pharmacy you will find practical ready-made products, but fresh ginger is also suitable.

Other medicinal herbs to relieve the symptoms of a stomach ulcer

If you suffer from an uncomplicated gastric ulcer, other medicinal plants can be used as a dietary supplement and relieve you of unpleasant stomach cramps. Try the caraway, peppermint, yarrow or bitter candytuft, best in the form of tea.

  • Olaf Adam, nutritional medicine: based on the nutritional medicine curriculum of the German Medical Association, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2004
  • Gerd Herold, internal medicine, self-published, Cologne 2012