An ulcer is a sore in the stomach’s lining. Since the stomach is full of digestive acids, ulcers can be particularly painful conditions.
Typically the most frequent culprit is a bacteria known as helicobacter pylori. Other causes of ulcers include the abuse or overuse of aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen or ibuprofen.
The natural treatment of ulcers is a popular topic. And deservedly so. Alternative treatments are typically side-effect free and generally healthy ways of responding to a body disorder. Let’s take a look at a few natural ulcer-treatment strategies.
Recent scientific studies have begun to indicate that bioflavonoids can be effective in the treatment of ulcers. Flavonoids naturally occur in many types of vegetables and fruits. If you would like to increase your dietary intake of food containing flavonoids, try making some meals that contain the following ingredients:
The reason why flavonoids are so effective is because they are known as “gastro-protective” compounds. What this means is that they help to protect the stomach lining, which enables ulcers to heal themselves naturally. It’s a good idea to include some of the food listed above into your diet, as it is unlikely that upping your intake of them will have any negative side effects.
Obviously, you don’t want to go crazy eating eat apples all day, just use common sense and consult with a physician to ensure that any dietary changes you’re considering are healthy.
Another interesting supplement that you can try is called deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Research has shown that this type of licorice slows the growth of H. pylori.
Honey is yet another food you should consider consuming if you would like to naturally treat your ulcers.
Honey is rich in a variety of different elements, including many antioxidants and polyphenols. Honey has the antibacterial strength to slow the growth of H. pylori. Try adding honey to your morning tea, or sneaking in a spoonful throughout the day, to receive the benefit it can provide to your ulcers.
Probiotics are actually living bacteria that is responsible for facilitating digestive system functions. If you were looking to increase your intake of this food, look to fermented foods such as
As well there are some probiotic supplements you can take if you don’t want to consume the foods listed above.
Cranberry is perhaps most famous for combating urinary tract infections. It does this by disallowing harmful bacteria from forming on your bladder walls. Understandably, then, consuming cranberries or a cranberry extract can be a way of minimizing H. pylori and consequently reducing ulcers.
Don’t eat too many cranberries or cranberry extract. Use common sense and ingest smaller amounts of cranberries in the beginning before increasing your portions over time. Remember that cranberries do contain unwanted amounts of sugar, so you don’t want to end up with an upset stomach or added weight from excessive calorie consumption by overindulging.
Changing up your diet to include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is a scientifically proven way of helping your body to naturally heal its ulcers. These foods contain an important antioxidant called polyphenols that are known to prevent the formation of ulcers as well as to help reduce them. Some foods that are recommended if you would like to adjust your diet to include more polyphenols:
Garlic and garlic extract supplements is another substance that has been proven to slow the growth of H. pylori. Like many of the other substances we’ve listed, garlic is available as a supplement, if you are not interested in including it in your daily meals.
There are some foods that you should avoid if you’re interested in preventing and healing ulcers. Typically acidic, greasy and spicy foods can aggravate the lining of your stomach.
Try to avoid the following foods:
One interesting note about milk is that while it may seem like it would have a healing and soothing effect on an ulcer, long-term milk can trigger the stomach to generate even more acid, which is definitely not what you want to do if you are trying to treat or avoid ulcers.
Alcohol has also been connected with H. pylori infections. As you likely know by now, this is likely to aggravate existing ulcers and potentially predispose you to the formation of new ones.
If you are suffering from ulcers, it’s a good idea to get a medical check up and consult with a physician that will be able to set you on a course of treatment that makes sense for you. Alternative and natural treatments, like the ones we listed above, can be great and side-effect-free ways of treating this painful condition.
You can easily integrate some of our suggestions into your daily diet by including more garlic in the food you prepare, by adding honey to the (green) tea you drink in the morning, and by taking a probiotic supplement. As well, also consider eliminating some foods from your diet, while also reducing your alcohol intake.
We hope that this article has been informative and helps you understand the natural treatment possibilities available to you if you are an ulcer sufferer or you were just concerned about preventing ulcers from occurring in the first place.