Diets for Stomach Ulcers: Tips on What to Eat

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Diets for Stomach Ulcers: Tips on What to Eat

If you have peptic ulcer disease, which causes lesions known as ulcers to form in your stomach, proper treatment relies on modern medicine. However, changing your diet and engaging in stress-reduction practices can be powerful allies in your treatment.

The most common cause of peptic ulcer disease is infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), and the second most common cause is overuse (long-term or high-dose usage) of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Heavy alcohol consumption, tobacco use and inadequate nutrition are also thought to increase your chance of developing a stomach ulcer.

Improving your eating habits may play a role in helping your body heal your ulcers. But what should you eat if you have stomach ulcers? There are several foods you’ll want to start consuming more of — and some to avoid.