Might you be having peptic ulcers ? Understand the signs and symptoms.

Do you usually find yourself always having a chronic burning or gnawing stomach pain that usually begins 45-60 minutes after eating or at night ? The pain may range from mild to severe. It could be that you have peptic ulcers.

A peptic ulcer is a spot where the lining of the stomach or small intestine and the tissues beneath – and sometimes part of the stomach muscle itself – have been eroded, leaving an internal open wound. The surrounding tissue is usually swollen and irritated. Ulcers can occur anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract, but are most common in the stomach (gastric ulcers) and duodenum (duodenal ulcers), the portion of the small intestine closest to the stomach. 

This is therefore what causes the chronic pain.

Usually, this pain  is relieved by eating, taking antacids, vomiting, or drinking a large glass of water. It may cause the individual to awaken in the middle of the night. Other possible symptoms include lower back pain, headaches, a choking sensation, itching, and possibly nausea and vomiting. 

An ulcer results when the lining of the stomach fails to provide adequate protection against the effect of digestive acids and enzymes, which, in effect, start to digest the stomach itself. 

It was once believed that stress and anxiety were the causes of ulcers. However, evidence has shown ulcers to be the result of infection with Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) bacteria combined with the presence of stomach acid. H. Pylori can live on the lining of the stomach and small intestine, where it can cause damage to the lining and also to the mucous layer that protects the lining from digestive acids. Stress and anxiety contributes to the symptoms of ulcers by increasing the stomach acid production. Certain drugs and supplements also may increase acid production. Taking aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), especially over a long period of time, can increase stomach acidity and lead to ulcers. Steroids, such as those taken for arthritis, can contribute to stomach ulcers. Having a family history of peptic ulcer disease also increases your risk, as does alcohol consumption. Heavy smokers are more prone to developing ulcers, and have greater trouble getting ulcers to heal. 

If left untreated, ulcers can cause internal bleeding or puncture of the stomach or small intestine. 

If you suffer from stomach pain, you can determine whether the problem is caused by excess stomach acid by swallowing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, if the pain worsens then you may have an overly acidic stomach. 

Peptic Ulcers were once thought to be a chronic illness that one “just has to live with” however at Nutrihealth, our combination of treatment does not temporarily relieve the symptoms of peptic ulcers, but addresses the root of the problem, healing of the damaged tissues, restores the normal digestive processes, structures, and functioning of the tissues that line the digestive tract.

 

Causes of peptic ulcers 

Different factors can cause the lining of the stomach, the esophagus, and the small intestine to break down. These include:

  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a type of bacteria that can cause a stomach infection and inflammation
  • frequent use of aspirin (Bayer), ibuprofen (Advil), and other anti-inflammatory drugs (risk associated with this behavior increases in women and people over the age of 60)
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • radiation therapy
  • stomach cancer

 

Treating Peptic Ulcers

Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your ulcer. At Nutrihealth we have a state of the art lab to run tests that can show if you  have an H. pylori infection, from which we will prescribe a combination of medication. You’ll have to take the medications for a period of between 4 and 6 weeks.

 

Ulcers Juice Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • ¼ Cabbage (may be white or green leaves)
  • 4 medium carrots
  • ½ raw peeled potato. Do not use potatoes with green-colored skins as they contain solanine, an alkaloid. 

Preparation: 

  • Process the cabbage, potato, and carrots in a juice extractor or a grinder. 
  • Sweeten if desired, preferably with honey. 

Drink half to a full glass before main meals together with Densis, Rumex, Trienol, and Bactocial (available at Nutrihealth Pharmacy). 

Benefits: 

  • Cabbage Juice contains natural ingredients that protect the stomach mucosa and promote the secretion of protective mucus .
  • Carrots also effectively protect the stomach. 
  • Potatoes are rich in starch, which neutralizes the excess acidity. 

 

 

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