Natural Treatment for Stomach Ulcers
Stomach ulcers, also known as “gastric ulcers”, are lesions in the mucous lining of the stomach. They generally affect people over the age of 50 and more men than women. For this reason, it is making patients search more and more for treatment for this problem. Here you will l earn about a few natural home remedies to help you alleviate your ulcers.
Stomach ulcers: What should we know?
In some cases, stomach ulcers do not present any symptoms in and of themselves. For example, they can cause trouble in the digestive tract when you eat or drink excessively. Heartburn, poor digestion, pain after eating, weight loss without dieting, and vomiting are most commonly related to ulcers. In more serious cases, hemorrhages.
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There are different causes of ulcers:
- Bacterial caused infection: known as Helicobacter Pylori, and arrives at the stomach through food.
- Wrong foods: this means eating a lot of fats, sauces, spicy food, or eating in excess.
- High gastric acid: it is easier for patients who frequently have heartburn to develop ulcers.
- Consuming alcohol or tobacco daily.
- Ingesting some pharmaceuticals: especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, found in analgesics (Aspirin), also Ibuprofen and Cortisone.
- Hereditary factors: those who have family history of stomach ulcers are more likely to suffer.
If you suspect that you suffer from stomach ulcers, it is absolutely vital that you see a specialist that uses different techniques to allow for correct diagnosis. However, to prevent this problem from appearing, doctors suggest improving dietary habits and reducing your consumption of coffee, tea, alcohol, or tobacco (they prevent proper wound healing). Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid consuming too many medications that could cause ulcers and to reduce your stress levels by taking vacations and more frequent breaks.
Suggested and prohibited foods for ulcers
If you have stomach ulcers, or if you are likely to suffer from them, keep in mind which foods are most recommended:
- Dairy, especially milk (not while healing from one).
- Eggs, fish, and meat, with little fat and grilled.
- Grains, vegetables, and pasta mixed with vegetables.
- Vegetables, best in puree form.
- Very ripe fruits. Fresh, roasted, pureed, or preserves are best(no acidic fruit).
- Beverages like water, diluted broths, and gentle infusions.
- Oils, like olive, sunflower, corn, or soy, and vegetable margarine.
On the contrary, limited or prohibited foods are:
- Strong, fermented, or very ripe cheeses.
- Fatty meats, like rabbit, jarred fish, fried or hard-boiled eggs.
- Recently baked breads, chocolate-filled cookies, sweets, or whole grains.
- Vegetables cooked with bacon.
- Flatulent vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, onions, raw peppers, or artichokes.
- Acidic fruits, fruit syrup, sugar-coated, raw, or unripe fruits.
- Coffee, tea, guarana, carbonated or alcoholic beverages.
- Butter, cream, fat, and tallow.
- Cubed soups, honey, baked goods and cakes, concentrated broths, fried foods, chocolate, spicy sauces, dried fruits, or ice cream.
Natural remedies for stomach ulcers
Beyond keeping in mind the previous two lists, take advantage of the following natural remedies for ulcers:
- Mix two beaten egg whites and two Tbsp. of olive oil. Drink several times a day.
- Drink fresh celery juice every day, including the stalk and the leaves, from 2 to 5 glasses.
- Eat green bananas every day, either baked or boiled. This is because they help restore a protective layer around the stomach lining from gastric juices.
- Consume wheat germ, which actually recovers damage done by stomach juices.
- Peel and cut carrots, blend with one white cabbage leaf and a glass of water. Strain, and sip between meals.
- Peel and cut a potato. Cut, and extract the seeds from 3 tomatoes. Wash one cabbage leaf. When finished, place all together in a blender, and add one glass of water. Strain, and drink twice a day.
- Mix half an eggplant with a pinch of salt and one Tbsp. of seaweed (found in nutrition stores). Blend and drink half a glass with water.
- Boil one cup of water with 1 Tbsp. of molasses and another of chamomile, for 5 minutes. Let set, strain and serve. Drink in the evening before dinner.
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