Stomach Ulcer Remedies

Effective Stomach Ulcer Remedies

The most effective stomach ulcer remedies are related to maintaining the right balance of bacteria in your system. Your diet is important in allowing good bacteria in your ‘gut’ to flourish and keeping the bad bacteria under control.

stomach ulcer remedies
Natural stomach ulcer remedies can be highly effective but always check with your doctor first; some symptoms of stomach ulcers (also known as peptic ulcer) can be indicators of other serious underlying health issues that may require medical treatment.

What is a stomach ulcer?

A stomach or peptic ulcer is a painful sore or lesion in the lining of the stomach or small intestine. If you have an ulcer you may feel pain or soreness in the stomach, nausea – particularly after eating, you may experience vomiting, and blood in your stool or vomit.

Treat stomach ulcers early to better manage the outcome; ignoring ulcers and continuing to eat and drink your regular diet will not be helpful and may enable the ulcers or lesions to grow and become more painful and a bigger health problem to manage.

What causes ulcers?

Most ulcers are caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori; this bacterium can also cause indigestion. There are many bacteria within the stomach – some are good and some cause health issues; it is the balance of bacteria that can affect the stomach. High levels of acidity in the stomach can create and support the imbalance, as can antibiotics.
Smoking, alcohol, and spicy foods often aggravate ulcers and will affect the stomach’s levels of acidity.

Home remedies for stomach ulcers

The best stomach ulcer remedies are preventative; eating a healthy balanced diet can prevent ulcers from occurring. Develop a diet that is high in fiber and high in plant-based foods rather than high fat, high sugar, high additives, and highly processed foods.

If you have stomach ulcers reduce high-fat foods and eat lean, rather than fatty, meats and proteins. High fat proteins are harder for your stomach to digest and your system will produce more stomach acids to digest the proteins, which will result in aggravating your lesions in the stomach lining.

While it seems like the opposite thing to do, to maintain a healthy stomach (before you develop ulcers) drink a glass of room temperature water with the juice of half a lemon or a tablespoon of natural apple cider vinegar (if necessary for flavor, add a teaspoon of honey) once a day. The acidity of the lemon and vinegar actually become alkalizing in the stomach and help the good bacteria flourish.

Reduce the acidity in your stomach through diet, and if necessary through drugs your doctor prescribes for you. The risk with prescription drugs, such as antibiotics, is that they can eliminate the good bacteria, along with the bad bacteria.

Both prebiotics and probiotics will help the health of your stomach. Prebiotics are in high fiber foods such as garlic, green vegetables such as broccoli and artichokes, bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, apples, and avocados. Probiotics are in yoghurt, kefir, fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi, dried seaweed, tempeh (which is a fermented grain made from soy bean), and kombucha (which is made from a fermented tea).

For both the prebiotics and probiotics foods, look for organic, low and/or natural sweeteners (for example, plain yoghurt rather than sweetened, flavored and colored additives that are found in some yoghurts), and chemical-free products. While natural, organic foods don’t contain chemicals and artificial flavorings or sweeteners, they may contain too much natural sugar – read the labels of all your food products; too much sugar may also affect a healthy balance of bacteria in your stomach.

Eating a healthy balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, grains and lean proteins and eliminating smoking, alcohol, and fatty foods provide the most effective natural home remedies for stomach ulcers.