Stomach ulcers also called peptic or gastric ulcers are open sores usually found in the lining of the stomach or upper small intestine. They are considered to be very painful and one of the most known is bacteria helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori. Ulcers can be caused by some drugs, actually their overdose, such as aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
There are a number of ways in which ulcers can be treated and even natural remedies which can reduce the issues and cure them.
Flavonoids are substances found in fruit or vegetables and they may help people protect themselves against some ulcers. Flavonoids can be found in a number of foods and drinks:
- red grapes
- teas (especially green tea)
However, one should be careful with the intake because some of the food and drinks may contain citrus fruits and red wines which irritate stomach ulcers.
The studies have shown that there are no any side effects if the flavonoids are consumed moderately, but any consumption above the average amount could lead to blood clotting.
Probiotics contain a bacteria that actually help people improve their health. They are usually present in fermented foods, such as:
Probiotics can be taken as supplements. The researches claim that probiotics reduce the ulcer pain.
Honey is not just sweetener but also a powerful remedy that inhibits H. pylori growth. As long as your blood sugar levels are normal, you can enjoy eating honey and heal yourself at the same time.
Garlic is just one more supplement that might inhibit H. pylori growth. Don’t let the unusual taste to stop you from taking this “drug”! Consult your doctor before consuming it since it can act as blood thinner.
It is strongly confirmed that fresh cranberry, cranberry juice or cranberry supplements may fight H. pylori but also urinary tract infections. In order to achieve the best results start by consuming small amounts of cranberry than increase gradually. The only discomfort that can be caused is stomachache by consumption of many commercial cranberry juices that contain huge amounts of sugar.
Give it a try to mastic gym! Believe it or not a tree grown in the Mediterranean can help you fight H. pylori. There are not any side effects, so you can chew or swallow mastic gym as much as you can.
FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND WHOLE GRAINS
Foods containing polyphenols heal and protect from ulcers. Take care of your health by a diet centered on fruits, vegetables and whole grains and cure yourself as well. Polyphenols are included in:
- dried rosemary
- Mexican oregano
- dark chocolate
- black olives
WHAT TO AVOID
Not all food can help you win your battle against ulcer. Avoid greasy, spicy and acidic foods, such as:
- coffee, including decaf
- carbonated beverages
- chilis and hot peppers
- processed foods
- salty red meats
- deep fried foods
MILK AND ALCOHOL
Milk makes your stomach to produce even more acid than usual, so it seems milk doesn’t have so protective function when we talk about ulcer. It might just make it even worse.
On the other hand, alcohol is highly associated with H. pylori infections, it increases their negative effect. So, if you are a woman and you drink more than one drink per day, or if you are a man and drink more than two drinks each day, you might want to find some alternative way to protect your health.
The surveys have shown that ULCERS CAN BE CURED, so don’t give up. Consult your doctor and try as many natural remedies as you can. By adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet and reducing the amounts of alcohol, you are on your way to win the fight against ulcer.