Ulcers are a pain in the gut! But there are ways to cure them naturally. Find out how!
Ulcers are nothing but erosions on the surface of an organ tissue. These mostly take place in the stomach. For many years, ulcers were known to be caused by spicy food, bad eating habits, and so on. Recent studies have proven that even though diet may play a role in aggravating ulcers, the main cause for an ulcer is bacteria called H. pylori. These bacteria have just one mission: to dig holes in your stomach.
You can find ulcers causing symptoms such as nausea, constipation, acute pain and sometimes even heartburn. Regardless of the symptoms, ulcers are quite painful and can lead to a lot of discomfort.
Cabbage juice is a traditional treatment for peptic ulcers since it supports the mucosal linings of the gastrointestinal tract, explains Anne Louise Gittleman, a certified nutrition specialist. The juice is also rich in sulforaphane, an antioxidant that targets the H. pylori. In a particular study, ulcer patients were able to heal their ulcers within 10 days by drinking a liter of cabbage juice daily, reports Gittleman. If the prospect of that much juice is somewhat daunting, you can have a glass with lunch, which can help protect your GI linings against ulcers. The phytochemicals in cabbage juice help soothe the gastric lining and provide relief from the symptoms of acid reflux.
Ulcers are basically a warning bell that you haven’t taken care of your body in a balanced way.
Yogurt is packed with active cultures, which produces millions of good bacteria. It’s known to produce a cooling effect on your body and helps to coat your colon with a light lining, almost producing a soft lining for your ulcers. Also, being rich in probiotics and protein, yogurt helps to replenish any lost bacteria and electrolytes. And before you panic about the mention of yogurt, know that yogurt does not have to be milk-based; you can always get some dairy-free milk and add some probiotic powder to create your own dairy-free yogurt.
A miracle plant rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, collagen, and other essential vitamins and minerals, aloe vera is well known for its amazing results on your skin. Consuming aloe vera juice or gel has a similar effect on you internally. It soothes your ulcers and helps in the healing process. Being a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant, it will reduce any inflammation and erosion caused by the ulcers.
High Fiber Diet
One of the key known causes of ulcers is increased acidity in the stomach. If you’re not eating at regular intervals, your stomach acid level increases which can lead to heartburn, nausea, and ulcers. It’s equally important to eat a diet that is high in fiber, so your stomach can feel full and remove any toxins by binding them all together before excretion.
How you handle stress affects your health. Holding on to too much stress and negative emotions has proven to create more acidity in your body. Keeping your body at an alkaline level is critical to avoid any ulcers or other diseases. Find a healthy way to deal with stress: go for a run, meditate or even join a social group to get your mind off things.
Foods to Avoid
- Spicy Food
- Red Meat
- White Sugar: candy, cake, confectionery
- Soda and Alcohol
- Excessive Smoking
- Chewing Gum