Helpful tips to help in preventing or allow healing of Ulcer
1. Avoid foods that irritate the stomach, examples, spicy foods, citrus foods and fatty foods.
2. Stop smoking, heavy smokers are more likely to develop duodenal ulcers than non smokers
3. Practice moderation – heavy consumption of alcohol has been shown to contribute to development of ulcers.
4. Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS), examples, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Diclofenac, Piroxicam and more should be taken with food to decrease the risk of irritating the stomach lining.
5. Control your stress levels. Regular exercise, also mind body relaxation techniques, examples, yoga and taichi are helpful.
To reduce acid reflux pains, the following foods should be limited
· Coffee and other caffeinated beverages
· Chillies and hot peppers
· Processed foods
· Foods with high amount of salts
· Deep fried foods
· Acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes
Natural Home Remedies for Ulcer
The following are natural home remedies that may be useful in managing stomach ulcers in children and adults. It is very necessary to discuss the use of any of the under listed with your doctor.
1. Flavonoids – these are compounds that exist naturally in many fruits and vegetables. These foods help the body fight against H. pylori. They defend the lining of the stomach allowing the ulcer sores to heal. Foods and drinks rich in flavonoids includes Soybeans, legumes, red grapes, berries, Kale, broccoli, apples and teas especially green teas. The foods should be taken in moderation to avoid blood clotting which occurs when flavonoids are consumed excessively.
2. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice – This is just plain old licorice with the sweet flavour extracted, they help by inhibiting the growth of H. pylori. It is available as a supplement.
3. Probiotics – These are living bacteria and yeast that provide healthy and important micro organisms to your digestive tract. They are present in many common foods particularly fermented foods. These includes buttermilk, yoghurt, kimchi and kefir. They are also available as supplements. They wipe out H. pylori.
4. Honey – Depending on the plant that honey is derived from, they contain up to 200 elements including poly phenols and other antioxidants. It is a powerful antibacterial and has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth. As long as you have normal blood sugar level, you can enjoy honey as a sweetener, also soothing your ulcers.
5. Garlic – The extracts of garlic has been shown to inhibit the growth of H. pylori. Garlic is available as a supplement. It is contraindicated with other blood thinners like Warfarin and aspirin, so garlic should not be taken when you are using those medications.
6. Cranberry – It helps decrease urinary tract infections (UTI) by preventing bacteria to settle on the walls of the bladder. Cranberry and its juices may help to fight H. pylori. It is also available as a supplement.
7. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains – A diet centered on fruits, vegetables and whole grains is not only good for overall health, it can also help the body to heal ulcer. Foods that contains antioxidants may protect you from ulcer and also help to heal ulcer, examples, dried rosemary, flaxseed, dark chocolates, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, black olives and Mexican oregano.