Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for GI Bleeding

What should I eat if I have GI bleeding?

If you have a history of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding from diverticular disease, anal fissures, or hemorrhoids, you should follow the diet your health care professional recommends.

What should I avoid if I have GI bleeding?

If you have had bleeding from peptic ulcers or gastritis, you can help prevent GI bleeding by avoiding alcoholic drinks and smoking. Alcohol and smoking can increase stomach acids and lead to ulcers. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or smoke if you have GI bleeding.

Last Reviewed July 2016
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