- 1). Eliminate high-risk habits. The habits linked to increased ulcers are excessive drinking, regular use of anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen), and tobacco use. Stopping these behaviors is a first step in preventing ulcer recurrence.
- 2). Track eating habits and make note of stomach pain. Most ulcers are not caused by food, but any food that causes you distress should be eliminated. Many people report feeling better after removing fruit juices, spicy foods, and fatty foods from their diet. Other triggers include caffeine, salt, and sugar. Find your trigger and avoid that food.
- 3). Eat small, frequent meals when in pain. If you are having problems with ulcers, avoid big meals. Instead, eat smaller meals more times during the day.
- 4). Eat a high-fiber diet. A study published by The College of Family Physicians of Canada found that a high-fiber diet reduces the risk of duodenal ulcers (ulcers found in the top part of the small intestine). Eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain cereals. Click the link in the resource section below for a comprehensive list of high-fiber foods.
- 5). Increase vitamin A. The Canadian study also found that vitamin A has a preventive effect. Eat leafy green vegetables to increase vitamin A. Carrots, cantaloupes, sweet potatoes, and papaya are also good sources of vitamin A. (Click the link in the resource section below for a full list of foods high in vitamin A.) The best way to consume vegetables high in vitamin A is to eat them raw. When cooking vegetables, use minimal water so that the nutrient isn't lost to the water.
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