If you have a stomach ulcer, the best drinks are beverages that will either help your ulcer heal or prevent further damage. Cabbage juice, teas, and probiotic drinks are great options.

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If you’re living with a stomach ulcer, you already know that some foods and drinks make it feel worse than others, but what helps? Certain drinks are known to help reduce the pain of stomach ulcers and even help promote healing. For example, cabbage juice is a go-to ulcer remedy that people have been using for years.

If you have a peptic or gastric ulcer and are experiencing stomach pain, bloating, and nausea, these minor dietary alterations may help.

Cabbage juice is a beverage made from cabbage, a type of cruciferous vegetable that contains:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • folate
  • vitamin B6

Cabbage juice may help lower the acidity levels in your stomach, which can provide some pain relief and give your ulcer time to heal properly.

Herbal teas are caffeine-free drinks made from natural ingredients such as leaves, roots, and flowers. Some of these teas include:

  • Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help address inflammation in the gastric mucosa.
  • Ginger tea: Drinking ginger tea may help relieve nausea, vomiting, and inflammation.
  • Manuka honey: Manuka honey may contain hydrogen peroxide and defensin-1 proteins to help destroy bad bacteria.
  • Calendula tea: Calendula tea is full of antioxidants and may help promote healing.

Yogurt has anti-inflammatory characteristics that may help protect your gut from ulcers. It’s also full of healthy bacteria known as “probiotics.” Probiotics can help keep unhealthy bacterial overgrowth in check. Eating or drinking yogurt can also complement the work of your antibiotics by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria.

Ginger has a long medicinal history. You can buy ginger root at the grocery store to use as a spice, tea, or an ingredient in smoothies. Ginger is also available in different forms, such as prepared teas, capsules, and tablets.

Ginger contains gingerol, a bioactive compound that has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.

Research suggests that ginger may help treat stomach pain and peptic ulcers, but it can cause mild side effects, especially if you take large doses. These side effects may include:

  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • throat irritation
  • stomach discomfort

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that appears similar to a thin yogurt. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it may be beneficial for an inflamed stomach lining.

Kefir also contains probiotics, the healthy bacteria that help support your gut microbiome. Lactobacillus kefiri is one example of this healthy bacteria. A 2022 study shows that kefir prevents the growth of some harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella.

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. Its active ingredient is curcumin, which contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics.

Research shows that curcumin may help modulate gut bacteria in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Fiber is a carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It helps improve digestion.

Research shows that high fiber foods may help ease abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating.

You can add fiber to drinks using a prepared mix, such as Benefiber or Metamucil.

Other high fiber drinks include:

  • green smoothies
  • fresh berry juice
  • chia drink
  • chia iced tea

If you have a stomach ulcer, these are drinks that a healthcare professional may advise you to avoid:

There are many drinks that you can include in your diet to aid the healing of stomach ulcers. Many of these drinks can help reduce bloating, stomach pain, and inflammation. These drinks include cabbage juice, water, smoothies, and ginger tea.