Pain in the guts
Stomach ulcers just plain hurt. They can have some of the most uncomfortable feelings imaginable. If you have a stomach ulcer, you know, because of the sharp pain and the burning feeling inside your guts. Of course, ulcers have to do with the stomach, but one question we must figure out is exactly what are they, and how do they form in the stomach.
Stomach ulcers are actually open sores in the lining of the stomach. These sores never get a chance to really heal because of the eroding presence of hydrochloric acid. Stomach ulcers have a way popping up in stressful situations because of the high production of hydrochloric acid when this happens. It is important to note that stomach ulcers may be signs of other health conditions, so if you deal with chronic stomach ulcers, you may want to speak to a natural health and wellness physician to see what might be going on in your gastrointestinal system.
It is very much believed that stress is the only cause of stomach ulcers. While that may be partly true, diet is probably the biggest culprit. As ulcers become more and more frequent in adults these days, it should be an obvious fact that the cause is how we eat. Adults eat massive amounts of over-processed and unhealthy foods, and because of this, the stomach has to work overtime to keep up. When the stomach asserts itself too much, the stress can begin to wear at the lining that keeps the hydrochloric acid from coming in contact with softer tissues.
Relief and Healing
First, before you take another Pepcid or Nexium, you should consider the side effects. Many over-the-counter medications and prescription medications have very difficult side effects to bear, often being harder than the ailment itself. Acid reducers are used more than they should be, and as a result, they have caused people to reduce their stomach acid to unhealthy levels, permanently. This will cause a myriad of other problems such as chronic indigestion and diarrhea.
The best ways to stop your ulcers for good is to keep you diet in check. You should avoid alcohol and caffeine at all costs as these are directly responsible for changing the pH in your stomach. Also, you will want to avoid hot and spicy foods. Avoid processed junk foods as well. These foods don’t digest well in the stomach, and when the stomach has to process them, it has to put forth more hydrochloric acid to compensate.
Drink plenty of water, as this will ensure that your pH is regulated, but also be sure to drink raw cabbage juice. This juice has properties that naturally reduces stomach acid and gives you a chance to breathe. It can also assist in healing your ulcer.
Eat plenty of green, steamed vegetables. These vegetables will allow your stomach to take a “break” as these are very easy to digest. Your ulcer can be beat, you just have to trust yourself to do the right things to beat it.