Your Stomach ulcers should be properly treated as they may recur to become chronic and start bleeding which can create many other complications in the body.
Also known as pectic or gastric ulcer, stomach ulcer is an open sore or lesion in the lining of the stomach.
Since stomach contents are acidic, the ulcers in it are very painful. The most common cause of stomach ulcer is a bacteria called helicobacter pylori popularly known as H. pylori. Over consumption of painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can cause stomach ulcer. Chronic stress can act as catalyst.
Food and natural home remedies are effective for stomach ulcers. Use them under observation of a doctor for cure in the long term and pain relief in the short term.
Healing Stomach Ulcers with Diet Control
A well balanced food habit centered around fruits, vegetables and whole grains is your best bet against stomach ulcers. It is also good for your overall health, however in case of stomach ulcers your balance diet must exclude certain otherwise healthy food items that may irritate the stomach lining. All kinds of citric fruits and certain specific legumes which case acidity should be avoided.
The list of favorable foods for stomach ulcers is long. All foods containing antioxidants polyphenols and flavonoids will not only reduce the pain of stomach ulcers but also heal them fast.
Polyphenol rich foods will not only heal your stomach ulcer but they will protect the stomach linings to stop the ulcer to recur.
Foods rich in polyphenols
- black olives
- dark chocolates
- dried rosemary
- Mexican oregano
Flavonoids naturally protect stomach lining but too much consumption of flavonoids can interfere with blood clotting.
Foods rich in flavonoids
- red grapes
While you consume healthy foods, make sure your stress levels are balanced. Do yoga and exercises to reduce stress. Eat on time and Sleep well to ensure fast recovery from stomach ulcers.
Other Home Remedies
There are many items in your kitchen and the nearby store which can help you to reduce the pain of your stomach ulcer as well as heal it fast.
Bananas top the list. Antibacterial compounds in banana inhibits the growth of H. pylori bacteria that is responsible for your stomach ulcer.
Banana is easy to east, it flushes out the acidity of the gastric juices in the stomach and reduces inflammation in the stomach lining.
You can eat a banana in many different ways/
- Eat a ripe banana every 3 hours during the day to consume 3 bananas a day
- you can make banana milkshake with one banana and drink it 3 times a day
- Add unripe banana in your vegetable dishes
Both ripe and unripe bananas are good to heal stomach ulcers fast.
Milk is a very deceptive food for healing ulcers. Milk instantly gives a pain relief from ulcer, however in long term milk promotes production of more acids in the stomach. So do not use milk for pain relief. Milk used in banana shake is a different story as banana flushes out the acids from the stomach.
Honey is antibacterial and one of its enzymes produces hydrogen peroxide in the stomach which kills bacteria H. pylori and other harmful bacteria residing in the stomach.
Honey comes in many forms and some honey can be better than the other. Quality of honey depends on the flowers around the area where the honey is made.
Local honey is the best as it is in sink with the local conditions of which you are just one part. Make sure that the honey you use is not processed. Raw honey is best.
Start with 2 tablespoon of honey a day, one tablespoon at a time in the morning and evening. As the condition improves reduce the consumption to 1 tablespoon of honey a day.
3. Cabbage and Carrot
Cabbage contains lactic acid and produces amino acids that improve blood flow to the stomach lining. The improved blood flow strengthens the stomach lining to heal it fast.
Carrot contain Vitamin U which is anti ulcer.
You can use cabbage alone or with combination with carrot to get faster results in healing stomach ulcers.
- Cut 200 gms of cabbage and eat it raw by chewing it well
- Make juice of 200 gm cabbage and drink it 2 times a day
- Make juice of two carrots and drink it once a day
- Make juice of 200gma of cabbage and mix it with juice of 2 carrots and drink it once a day
Within a week you will see pain reduction and experience healing.
Garlic extract has shown to inhibit H. pylori bacteria in many lab results. Add garlic to your food. You can also take garlic extract capsules. Garlic is also a blood thinner so check with your doctor in your case.
Licorice induces stomach to produce more protective mucus to form a coating on the stomach lining. It is this property of licorice that help treating and preventing stomach ulcers.
- Soak one teaspoon of licorice powder in one cup of water overnight and drink it in the morning. Follow it by eating a banana for the best results.
- YOu can also make licorice tea in warm water and drink it 2-3 times a day. Just add half teaspoon of licorice powder in a cup of boiling water. Steep it for 5 minutes and let it cool to acceptable warm temperatures. Drink it warm.
You will know that your stomach ulcer is healing with all the above remedies. Be happy with the progress and continue. It takes time but it is important to keep your doctor in the loop to ensure faster and effective healing.