Interestingly, the stomach acid is one of the most potent natural acids and it has the ability to dissolve anything, even a razor blade. Even though we don’t actually feel any effect of this acid, but what could happen if we somehow feel the acid working in our bodies? Read on to find out!
WHAT ARE STOMACH ULCERS?
Stomach ulcers form in the stomach lining and are manifested as acid burns. A healthy person has a layer of mucous in the inner walls of the stomach which protects it from the strong acid. However, in a case of a stomach ulcer, the mucous weakens and eventually damages the walls of the stomach.
SYMPTOMS OF STOMACH ULCERS
The burning stomach pain which comes at night or after eating is the main symptom of stomach ulcers. Therefore, if you tend to wake up at night with stomach pain, it is very likely that you have a stomach ulcer. The same applies for feeling pain a few hours after every meal.
Signs indicating that your stomach ulcers have become much serious include vomiting up blood, tar-like stool, and sudden very sharp abdominal pain. It is very important to take these signs seriously and seek medical attention right away, as stomach ulcers can be life-threatening if neglected.
CAUSES OF STOMACH ULCERS:
According to scientists, there are three major factors that can contribute to a development of stomach ulcers. In fact, up to 95 percent of stomach ulcer cases are caused by these factors. They are as follows:
Regular smokers are at 41 percent higher risk of developing stomach ulcers when compared to non-smokers.
- H. Pylori Bacteria
This bacteria is the cause of 70 percent of stomach ulcers
According to a study, 80 percent of ulcer-related deaths were result of people taking NSAIDs , such as aspirin or Advil
The good news is that there are many things that can help you treat stomach ulcers without the use of prescription drugs. Consider the following list of Do`s and Don`ts if you or anyone close to you struggles with the stomach ulcer.
- Drink frankincense or peppermint essential oils ( add two drops to a glass of water)
- Eat foods rich in vitamin K, such as broccoli, spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts
- Drink Aloe vera, licorice root or chamomile tea
- Drink raw cabbage juice ( it has been scientifically shown that the consumption of cabbage juice can accelerate the recovery time for 4 times)
- Eat high fiber foods ( research shows that the consumption of more fiber and less sugar reduces the risk of stomach ulcers)
- Eat pro-biotics ( they inhibit the growth of H. Pylori bacteria, a common cause of cancer
- Drink or smoke( cut down alcohol intake and smoking in order to accelerate recovery time and prevent the development of another ulcer)
- Eat sugar and consume coffee ( high sugar diet, spicy foods, processed foods, and caffeine can worsen the symptoms)
- Get stressed ( manage your stress with yoga or meditation)