Digestive Tract Ulcers
Gastric ulcers are caused by lacerations of the mucosal lining of the stomach or occasionally the duodenum, having usually a circular or an oval shape. It affects people of different ages but the risk increases with age. The main symptom of gastric ulcers is the presence of a burning pain in the upper abdomen lasting between 30 minutes and 3 hours, accompanied by indigestion and acid reflux, resulting in constant feeling of nausea, loss of appetite, fear of eating and weight loss. In rare cases it can be exacerbated by severe bleeding or perforation of the wall of the stomach or an intestinal obstruction. These episodes occur for weeks with short symptom-free periods between them.
The most important causes of stomach ulcers: “H.Pylori“ bacteria that weakens the mucosal lining to penetrate it, so now the mucosa is easily eroded by the gastric acid even without high acid content. The chronic use of antiinflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Voltaren and antirheumatic medications also leads to ulcers, as well as smoking, alcohol, anxiety, nervousness, stress, insomnia and caffeine.
- Eat multiple snacks during the day and do not stay long without food so as not to increase the level of stomach acid.
- Increase intake of fiber, especially vegetables, fruits, grains and seeds.
- Rice, bananas, potatoes, cabbage, beets, carrots, fish and fresh yogurt are easy to digest and are soft foods for the stomach. Fresh cabbage juice has a good reputation in calming sore pain and healing the ulcer.
- Foods rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids such as apples, berries, garlic, onions and celery prevent the growth of H. Pylori .
- The cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, radish, turnips, broccoli) inhibit the growth of ulcers.
- Avoid coffee, soda, salted and fried foods as they increase the secretion of stomach acid and heartburn
- Replace white flour with whole grains and sugar with honey.
- Reduce the amount of meat and saturated fat as it remains a long time in the stomach which makes it exposed to the effect of the acid.
- Milk was used for the treatment of ulcers in the past, but nowadays it is not recommended to take it due to its stimulating effect on the secretion of the gastric acid and because it is also rich in protein and fat that slow the digestion process. A smart solution for patients is drinking multiple sips from a cup of cold milk throughout the day.
People were also afraid of eating chili when they have the gastric ulcers until it has been proven to have a significant positive effect in healing the stomach mucosa. But that does not mean that you can eat as much as you want. A small amount is sufficient
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Probiotics: In fresh yogurt and miso, it is one of the best supplements to inhibit bacteria and relieve ulcers.
- Vitamin C and Zinc are important to heal stomach tissues.
- Bee Propolis: A natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and rich in flavonoids .
- Echinacea: One of the most popular and useful herbs that help heal the lining of the stomach and reduce the secretion of acid.
- Chamomile and fennel: calm the stomach, relieve the pain, reduce inflammation and support digestion.
- Flaxseeds and Flaxseed oil: To form a soothing layer to heal the gut membrane.
- Wheatgrass: One of the richest sources of zinc, vitamin C, E and other antioxidants
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.