Lemon for gastritis and stomach ulcer
Can you eat citrus fruits for gastritis, ulcer and heartburn?
IS LEMON GOOD FOR STOMACH?
Doubts about whether lemon and citrus are good for gastritis
Hi, I have chronic gastritis and a doctor told me that citrus fruits make me bad, except lemon. I wanted to ask your opinion about it. Many thanks in advance for all your information.
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Why citrus are not recommended for gastritis and ulcer?
This is because fruit acid lowers the pH of the stomach and increase gastric acidity.
This property is beneficial because it facilitates digestion, but in sensitive stomachs, these acids produce more pain as the acidity increases. It is the opposite effect of stomach-protecting medications. Therefore, if you have an empty stomach, it is best to take low-acid foods.
Is lemon good for the stomach if there is gastritis?
As explained above, some fruits have acids that produce acidity. Among the acids in fruits, citric acid has the most acidity, because it has three acidic groups in its molecule.
In response to your query, in principle we see no reason for your doctor "not to recommend acidic fruits" and "recommend the lemon", since as we indicated, lemon is the most acidic of all fruits because of their acid content citric.
For this reason lemon water is used as digestive, because citric acid is strong and helps to digest food.
Why is lemon sometimes recommended?
Because the use of stomach protectors makes digestion longer and longer. In those cases, a little lemon speeds up this digestive process.
Therefore, our recommendation would be to avoid eating acidic fruits on an empty stomach, but they can be taken during or after meals, with other foods in the stomach, because it does not produce as much acidity (it is counteracted by the presence of food) and helps to digest. This may be why your doctor has recommended it to you.
Conclusion: Is it good or bad to take citrus fruits in sensitive stomachs?
A recommendation of this type should always be personalized, as it depends on the medical assessment. In general, we recommend that you:
- Chew foods very well and cook them for a long time to facilitate digestion (boiled, steamed, soft cooking, avoid plates and burned). Very good boiled potatoes, virgin olive oil, steamed or mashed carrots, baked apples, apple compote, hummus from very cooked chickpeas, etc. No vegetarians: eggs, white meat, etc.
- At first do not take acidic foods such as tomatoes, lemons, oranges, citrus fruits, etc. for at least 2 weeks or until you consult your doctor or dietitian (according to your healthcare professional's opinion, analyze your case personally).
In the treatment of gastritis it is recommended to follow a food as respectful as possible with the stomach. For example, eating boiled potatoes, vegetable soups, egg, virgin oil, avocado, walnuts, fruits, baked apples, applesauce, almonds, etc. And avoiding spicy foods, too hot foods, lots of salt, lots of fat, etc.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.