Natural Remedies for Stomach and Peptic Ulcers

Stomach ulcers can be very painful and frustrating for those who suffer from them. While it is commonly believed that they are caused by stress and spicy foods, in reality they are caused by a small bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori which slowly erodes away the surface of the stomach or the duodenum. Ulcers can also be caused by frequent use of aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. If you notice a burning sensation in your stomach or a gnawing feeling after eating, you may have an ulcer. In most cases ulcers are non-fatal unless left untreated.

What are the symptoms of ulcers?

  • Heartburn or pain radiating through the chest.
  • Burning sensation in the abdomen similar to hunger pangs 30 minutes to two hours after eating.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in feces and vomit
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Excessive thirst

How can I prevent ulcers?

  • Avoid NSAIDS, nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Learn destressing techniques
  • Avoid excessive smoking and drinking
  • Listen to your stomach; avoid foods that cause discomfort.
  • Don’t eat large amounts of food as this causes an increase in gastric juice production

How can I cure ulcers?

  • Eliminate any foods that you may have allergies to such as gluten. You can add them back in one by one after about three weeks, but immediately remove any foods that trigger symptoms.
  • Increase your fiber intake. Fiber helps to protect the stomach lining from stomach acid. High fiber foods include spinach, broccoli and cabbage.
  • Avoid milk; the protein in milk increases acid production.
  • Avoid smoking; smoking significantly increases your risk of getting an ulcer and prevents healing once you have one by increasing the production of stomach acids.
  • Drink a mixture of cabbage and carrot juice once a day. Cabbage juice helps to add extra fiber and soothe the stomach.
  • Eat bananas and plantains; they help to inhibit the growth of H. pylori and increase mucus production in the stomach which helps to protect from stomach acid.
  • Mix a teaspoon of Slippery Elm Bark powder with a glass of water and drink 1-3 times a day to sooth the membranes of the stomach and duodenum.
  • Take a few drops of Colloidal silver with water. It helps to kill H. pylori.
  • Take a tablespoon of raw honey; raw honey soothes the stomach and encourages healing.
  • Enjoy garlic and fresh berries often. They inhibit the growth of H. pylori in the stomach.
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