Symptoms of Ulcers
- hunger pains, often an hour or so after eating
- mild nausea
- pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen
- burning sensation in upper abdomen
What Is an Ulcer?
An ulcer is damage in the lining of the stomach. Your stomach is actually coated with a mucus to keep the acids used to digest food, from digesting the stomach as well. Sometimes, something happens and the acid gets to the lining of the stomach and causes a sore. This is the ulcer.
There are many causes for one to occur. It could be from stress, a bacteria, or other reasons. Ulcers are mostly caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). This can be cured with a prescription from the doctor. Other ulcers can be caused by taking ibuprofen or aspirin. Some ulcers are never determined what the cause may have been.
If an ulcer is caused by H. pylori, the doctor prescribes a medication to kill the bacteria and another medicine to suppress stomach acid production. Other causes will be given an acid suppressant prescription, such as Prilosec or Prevacid.
What Foods to Avoid With an Ulcer
If you have been diagnosed with an ulcer, you know your food list has become somewhat limited. Your body has probably told you already what it doesn't like and what is OK to eat. Listen to your body, and then do further research. The problem with an ulcer, is that different foods affect people differently. I have found that I am fine with garlic, although most website say not to eat it. However, tomato-based red sauce will give me nightmares, aka pizza is my number one enemy. Therefore, the following list may hold items that hurt your ulcer or have no effect. The best advice I can give you is to listen to your body.
Suggested Foods to Avoid With an Ulcer:
- Mint-flavored teas
- Chocolate milk/hot chocolate
- Coffee (decaf or regular)
- Teas (green or regular)
- Citrus (grapefruit, oranges, lemonade, etc...)
- Black and red pepper
- Chili powders
- Whole milk and dairy products made with whole milk
- Spicy cheeses
- Seasoned, fatty meats (bacon, prosciutto, sausage, etc...)
- Hot peppers and chilies
- Tomato-based products (tomato paste, tomato sauce, etc...)
After reading the above list, think you will never be able to eat pizza?
Ulcer-Friendly Pizza Recipe
- 1 Whole Wheat Pita Bread, (remained whole, not cut)
- 1 T Hummus, Choose a mild flavor
- 1 small can sliced Black Olives
- 1 container Feta Cheese
- Handful Spinach, Washed and sliced
Additional Suggested Ingredients
Other ingredients you could add:
- Pine nuts
- Parmesan cheese instead of feta
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Take your pita bread and make sure it is left whole. Do not buy the kind that is pre-cut in half.
- Place the pita bread on your pizza pan.
- Spread the hummus on the pita bread. This is your pizza sauce.
- Add the other ingredients such as the olives, feta cheese, and spinach.
- Place the pizza in the oven.
- Bake for around five minutes or until just the edges of the pita bread are golden brown.
- Remove pizza and enjoy without remorse!
No Remorse Pizza
It is suggested to eat whole-grain foods while curing an ulcer. This is why I used a wheat pita bread.
Even though garlic doesn't bother me, I would not recommend purchasing a garlic hummus. For this recipe, I used a black olive hummus. I think a pine nut hummus would be delicious as well to boost flavor. Regular hummus would be great to use, too.