Stomach ulcers are painful and at the very least an annoyance, either way, they can really disrupt a comfortable way of life. There are ways that you can relieve some of the symptoms or prevent them for that matter. Gut Authority is here to help Baldwin County residents learn about the best foods you can eat to help heal a stomach ulcer.
It is commonly said that spicy food and stress cause stomach ulcers but that is not the case at all. Stress and spicy foods can aggravate a stomach ulcer but most of the time stomach ulcers are caused by an infection caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, also known as H.Pylori.
Other times ulcers are brought on by the long-term use of aspirin or anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and Aleve. Always use these over the counter drugs sparingly and consult your physician for alternate pain management solutions.
There are so many benefits to changing your diet if you suffer from stomach ulcers that it would be foolish not to. When you follow a diet that primates healthy stomach and gut health you will:
Certain foods help to repair the gastrointestinal lining that erodes form long term use of anti-inflammatory drugs or bacterial infection.
There are many fruits and vegetables you can indulge in while trying to keep your gut healthy. Cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, carrots, broccoli, and leafy greens all help to prevent aggravating symptoms. Common fruits that are good for healing stomach ulcers are apples, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, and bell peppers.
Studies have shown that these foods carry polyphenols that help either heal the stomach lining faster or kill bacteria such as H. pylori. Although these foods may not be a cure-all they are necessary if you want to help heal your body. The body has a natural way of healing itself, even more so when we do right by it and fuel it with living food.
It is good to have a variety of foods in your diet like green tea, licorice, turmeric, and garlic. Foods that are rich in probiotics like yogurt, miso, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and other fermented dairy products have vital good bacteria for the gastrointestinal lining.
Some say you shouldn’t eat spicy food but some spices are known to actually kill bacteria. Stay away from spices that add heat and opt for spices that add flavor. Honey is also known to help kill bacteria in the lining of the stomach, choose local raw honey or manuka honey for maximum benefits.
There are actually more foods you can enjoy than foods you cannot, but just so we cover all the bases we need to mention it. Alcohol, caffeine, fruit juices, milk, and cream are drinks you need to steer clear from. Fried foods, fatty foods, citrus fruits, salty foods, and chocolate will aggravate stomach ulcer symptoms.
If you live in Baldwin County and are looking for a better way to manage a variety of gut health symptoms and disorders, we can help. We help many patients with stomach ulcers and can help you along the road to healing. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.