Diet for Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcer and its causes

Peptic ulcer is referred to the injury of the gastrointestinal tract where the digestive juice called the gastric juice comes into direct contact with the mucous lining. So far, the exact cause for the ulcer is not known.

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The aggressive factors for the cause of ulcer are hydrochloric acid, pepsin, bile acids, smoking, alcohol and stomach emptying at all times. Peptic ulcer is caused by gastric ulcer, gastric erosion, curling’s burns and hiatal hernia. Other causes for the ulcer may include portal hypertension with ruptured varices.

Diet for peptic ulcer

The diet for the peptic ulcer should be very simple to the patient. Almost all the food substances that we normally consume are permitted for the person with only the exception of chillies and sour food substances. The reason for the exclusion of these kinds of food is that, it causes intense peptic pain. The sour foods stuffs and citrus fruits like the orange and sweet lime cause peptic discomfort and hence these are also excluded from the normal diet.

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The foods can be cooked by the oil and ghee but the Chinese food dishes like fried rice and fried noodles are not allowed in the diet because it is be very difficult to digest. Milk has always been a very good medicine for the peptic ulcer and is known to relieve the peptic pain. Regular intake of the milk is necessary and the pain usually subsides within 24 hours.

Milk also has the ability to improve the secretion of gastric acids. This is because of the fact that milk contains the amino acids and calcium content. The milk neutralizes the gastric content in the stomach for about twenty minutes but after that the pH level raises to normal. So, the milk diet is given by three times a day with equal time. For the patients who have intestinal lactase deficiencies are given with the milk that is treated with added lactose.

For a person, when he is given an exclusive milk diet, it is given as follows. A milk diet consisting of 500 ml of milk is given at the morning, 750 ml of milk food stuff is given at the lunch time and also 750 ml of milk is given at the dinner time. Following this type milk diet almost shows no symptoms of the peptic ulcer.

A snack or meal every three hours should be provided to the patient. This is very essential to reduce the ulcer. Only by providing something or the other from time to time is the only way to increase the gastric secretion. Following these diet steps, most of the patients report that their ulcer is reduced by 65%.

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