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Ulcer Diet



       or say goodbye to milk and beer

   In the last  century the recommended diet for gastric ulcers was dominated by milk. It was called the milk diet Sippy, named after its creator, American physician Bertram  Sippy. Under this diet, ulcerative patients were prescribed to take milk and cream at regular intervals throughout the day for at least six weeks.

Also, for centures, a light diet was thought to be preferable for treating ulcers. But now, modern medicine has questioned these theories.

  The cause of peptic ulcers is simple - the stomach begins to secrete more acid and digestive enzymes than the mucous of the stomach and duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine) can endure. As a result, a mixture of acid and enzymes corrodes tissues and creates inflammation and damage, and sometimes bleeding.

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  There is also information about an infectious origin of ulcers  caused by the microorganism Helicobacter pylori. It is believed that this infection promotes release of the acid in the stomach and leads to the formation of ulcers. For this reason, doctors prescribe antibiotics. Ulcers are always influenced by food that passes through the stomach and enters the ulcer region. By choosing foods and beverages, you can control the amount of acid released. Also, many foods act as antibiotics that yield success in the treatment of ulcers. Thus, the diet can increase or decrease the intensity and pain of gastric ulcers and also can delay or accelerate the healing of ulcers.​

  The almost universal belief that milk neutralizes the acid in the stomach and heals ulcers, was just fiction. In fact, the neutralizing effect of milk passes in twenty-thirty minutes, and then the level of acid is further enhanced because milk promotes the release of a gastrin hormone, which stimulates new  acid secretion. An experiment conducted at the University of California confirmed the negative role of milk in the diet for gastric and duodenal ulcers. The experiment involved ulcer patients and healthy people. The participants were given whole milk, low fat milk and skim milk. In all cases, the level of acid exceed the norm, especially for the ulcer patients. This increased acid secretion continued for 3 hours. Further, it was reported in 1986 by Indian doctors that including cow's milk in the diet for gastric ulcer, prevents healing, acting worse than a regular diet. The researchers traced the effect of regular diet and milk diet for hospital patients. Ulcers were healed for 78% of patients on a regular diet, but for only 50% of those on a milk diet. The interesting thing is that milk gave an illusory sense of improvement in the stomach because of its temporary analgesic properties. This explains its continued use as an anti-ulcer agent. So, if you have a stomach ulcer, and you are offered to drink milk - flee away!


Stay away from beer! Beer dramatically increases the acidity of gastric juice. Professor Martin Singer (Germany) found that beer had almost double the acidity of gastric juice. At the same time, vodka or brandy didn't have  the same negative effect. The researcher concluded that the culprit in beer for the growth of acidity  wasn't alcohol. It was the other components of beer, like yeast, most likely causing fermentation. The diet for gastric ulcers should exclude beer, even near beer.


Glass of Milk
                Fiber  in Ulcer Diet 

   There is no evidence that low fiber diets  contribute to the prevention or healing of ulcers. On the contrary, it is believed that the lack of rough food (food with a lot of fiber) contributes to ulceration, especially in the duodenum. Dr. F. Tony (London), provided proof that Japanese with diets heavy in polished rice (low in fiber), have the world's highest incidence of peptic ulcers. The same problem exists in southern India, where rice is the main food. At the same time, ulcers are a rarity in northern India, where the basic meal is  bread from unrefined flour.


  Furthemore, there is evidence that switching to a diet high in fiber (roughage) helps to cure  ulcers. For patients in Oslo, ulcers re-opened for 80% in those who were on low fiber diet, compared with only 45% of those on a high fiber diet. Similar results were found in Bombay (India) by Dr. Malhotra, who studied a group of 42 patients with healed ulcers, where the menu always included rice. Half of these people were switched to a wheat diet. After 5 years ulcers returned to 81% of those who ate rice, but to only 14% of those who switched to  raw wheat.


Under one theory, the fiber has a barrier role, reducing the concentration of acid in the stomach. According to another theory, fiber irritates the lining of the stomach and makes it more durable.

   Spicy Seasonings in Ulcer Diet​

  As strange as it sounds and paradoxically, it turned out that the hot peppers help heal ulcers and have local anesthetic properties. Volunteers, who participated in experiments, ate foods with spicy sauce, containing hot peppers. Then, with the help of video - endoscopy, images  of participants'  stomachs were enlarged. Doctors found no signs of damage. To be sure, a hot pepper was placed directly into the stomach through a tube and no damage or bleeding resulted. Further, research showed that consuming  large amounts of red peppers do not prevent or slow the healing of duodenal ulcers as well.

Hot pepper -  food for ulcer diet

  The burning flavor of a pepper comes from the substance capsaicin. Animal studies have shown that capsaicin reduces the damage caused to the gastric mucosa by aspirin or alcohol. Australian researcher, P. Holtser, in an experment on rats, watered them with a solution of aspirin. As expected, this caused erosion and bleeding. However, for rats treated with both aspirin and capsaicin, bleeding was reduced by 92%. The researchers believe that capsaicin stimulates the nerve endings of the gastric mucosa, thus promoting the expansion of blood vessels and improving blood circulation. It is also noted that ulcer patients who previously consumed more spicy foods, were easier to treat than those who had always stuck to a light, non-spicy diet.

  Cabbage  - Ulcer Healing !

  A half century ago, it was proven that cabbage juice heals ulcers in the stomach and duodenum better than any known drug. With an intake of cabbage juice, within 4-5 days, X-ray and gastroscopy confirmed ulcer healing at a rate four times faster than the average of previous treatments. Cabbage contains gefarnate, the substance used to produce an anti-ulcer drug. This substance promotes mucus cells, which protect the lining of the stomach from acid corrosion, and besides, acts as an antibiotic. In vitro, it destroys bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori, which is believed to cause ulceration.


  For gastric and duodenal ulcers, cholecystitis, and gastritis with high acidity, drink fresh cabbage juice 3-4 times a day, 30 minutes before meals. Start with half a glass and gradually increase the dose to a whole glass. The length of treatment is 40  days. After six months, it can be repeated. The medicinal qualities of spring and summer cabbage are the best. Healing properties are lost after long term storage. For an ulcer diet, try to eat only raw cabbage. Cooking will destroy its anti-ulcer properties.


Warning ! Do not eat cabbage if an ulcer has developed to an acute condition!



Cabbage - food for ulcer diet
Bananas Guard the Stomach!

   Did you know that bananas are  anti-ulcer fruits? Bananas act in an amazing way! They stimulate the growth of cell lining in the stomach as if building a barrier from the corrosive action of acid. For an ulcer diet, Indian doctors often prescribe to their patients a powder made from the dried green tropical fruits known as plantains.

Plantains  are the same as bananas, only bigger. Patients experienced relief in 70% of cases. Also, animals treated with banana powder developed marked thickening of the walls of the stomach. In one Australian experiment, rats were fed bananas and then they  were watered with a large amount of acid to cause ulceration. As a result, the stomachs of rats were  only slightly affected; bananas reduced ulcer formation by 75%.


Include bananas in your diet for a gastric ulcer!

The widespread belief that it is necessary to eat little, but often - does not help in the treatment of ulcers. On the contrary, frequent meals increase the secretion of acid.

 Potato juice for gastric ulcers diet
Potato Juice

  Potato juice contains mineral salts (potassium and phosphorus are dominate), iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, cobalt and iodine. This juice plays an important role in normalization of  water exhange and the maintenance of normal heart function. It is used in the treatment of gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers. With the systematic intake of potato juice -  pain, belching, nausea and gastric acidity will decline. Begin with a low intake of potato juice together with a table spoon of honey once a day on an empty stomach. Gradually increase the intake to  two times a day and at night.


Legumes in the Diet for Ulcers

 Red and white beans are  very good defenders of the stomach. Studies have shown that beans absorb most  stomach acid. Doctors advise inclusion of more bean dishes in the diet for gastric and duodenal ulcers.                                       

Stay away from beer! Beer greatly increases the acidity of gastric juice. Professor Martin Singer (Germany) determined that beer almost doubles the acidity of gastric juice. At the same time, neither vodka nor cognac had the same effect. The researcher concluded that the culprit for the increase in acidity was not alcohol, but some other components of beer, most likely yeast, causing fermentation. In your diet if you have a stomach ulcer, avoid drinking any beer, even non-alcoholic.

This website is intended for informational purposes only and not as a guide for self-treatment. Always consult your physician.

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