What is Ulcer?
Ulcer are burns that also form in the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. When they occur in the stomach, they are also called gastric ulcers. If they form in the first part of your small intestine, the duodenum, Also, they are referred to as duodenal ulcers. Therefore, It is the most common type of stomach disease, according to the American Gastroenterology Association.
What are the causes of Ulcer?
Ulcers are also caused by an increase in stomach acid caused by stress, medications, diet, smoking, alcohol, or H. pylori, a type of bad bacteria
The cause of about 70% ulcers is the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are another major cause as they damage the stomach and intestinal lining.
Burning pain is the most common peptic ulcer symptom. The pain is caused by the ulcer and is aggravated by stomach acid coming in contact with the ulcerated area. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of ulcers may:
1) Be felt anywhere from your navel up to your breastbone
2) Be worse when your stomach is empty
3) Flare-up at night
4) Often be temporarily relieve by eating certain foods that buffer stomach acid or by taking an acid-reducing medication
5) Disappear and also then return for a few days or weeks
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The Ulcer Diet
Here are also the top foods to consume as part of an ulcer diet for fast relief:
1) Small meals – Eat several meals per day to reduce the burden on the digestive system and relieve ulcer symptoms.
2) High fiber foods – An increase in fiber can repair ulcers, aim for 30 grams per day.
3) Green leafy vegetables – These vegetables provide Vitamin K that can help repair damage caused by too much stomach acid.
Ulcer Foods to Avoid
1) Spicy foods – Can irritate ulcers.
2) Caffeine – Coffee and certain teas can make ulcers worse.
3) Alcohol – May actually trigger ulcers.
4) Any potential allergen – Food allergies can also cause ulcers or make them worse.
5) Sugar – Can feed bad bacteria and make ulcers worse.
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Home Remedes FOr Ulcer
Research suggests that flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids, may be an effective additional treatment for stomach ulcers. Flavonoids are also compounds that occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Read Health benefits of Okra. Foods and drinks rich in flavonoids include: soybeans, legumes, red grapes, kale, broccoli, apples, berries, teas – especially green tea.
Probiotics are also the living bacteria and yeast that provide healthy and important microorganisms to your digestive tract. Therefore, they are present in many common foods, particularly fermented foods. These include: buttermilk, yogurt.
You can also take probiotics in supplement form. Studies have shown that probiotics may be helpful in wiping out H. pylori and increasing recovery rate for people with ulcers when added to the traditional regimen of antibiotics.
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
A diet centered on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is not just good for your overall health. According to the Mayo Clinic, a vitamin-rich diet can help your body heal your ulcer. Foods containing the antioxidant polyphenols may protect you from ulcers and help ulcers heal. Polyphenol-rich foods and seasonings include: dried rosemary, flaxseed, dark chocolate,blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, and blackberries,black olives.
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