Ulcers. What Are They? How Do They Occur? Prevention? Acid? Food/Juices/Herbs? <3

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May 12, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods

There is typically a trend I notice with ailments, we all seem to suffer with specific pains, allergies, mental jibber jabber and so on around the same time.

I like to try to share any information I give in conversations with people with hopes that it may be helpful, healing, and if I can wrap it up simply enough it usually works well as a post.

Lately I have been hearing a lot of people sharing ulcer pains, health problems and concerns. I would like to share my thoughts on what ulcers are, what foods and juices are helpful and I think we all should consider eating or drinking these produce items regularly.

An ulcer is an open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane that fails to heal. Acid in the stomach then gets through to the sensitive tissues lining the digestive system underneath.

For roughly 100 years, doctors believed that stress, spicy foods, and alcohol caused most ulcers. Now we know that most peptic ulcers are caused by a particular bacterial infection in the stomach and upper intestine, by certain medications, or by smoking. Ulcers do of course relate to what we eat, by eating acidic foods our skin is harmed both inside and out.

Acidic foods are; processed foods, processed sugar and salts, dairy, meat, gluten, wheat, rice, beans, nuts (in moderation they are not as acidic), caffeine, alcohol and numerous preservatives/mystery ingredients in packaged foods.

Some medicines that can create ulcers are; regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, that fight inflammation in the body and are used to treat long-term painful conditions like arthritis. If taken in high daily doses over a long period of time, NSAIDs can cause ulcers in some people.

Smoking increases one’s risk of an ulcer because the nicotine in cigarettes causes the stomach to produce more acid. Drinking a lot of alcohol each day for a period of time can also increase a person’s risk of ulcers, over time alcohol can wear down the lining of the stomach and intestines.

In certain circumstances stress can help cause ulcers. This is far more rare of a reason why ulcers can occur but of course it is worth mentioning. Usually this only happens when illness involving severe emotional or physical stress is involved — such as when someone too sick to eat for a long period of time.

The symptoms of ulcers happen to be the symptoms of many other stomach, intestinal and bacterial illnesses. Please please please consult your physician if you think you may have an ulcer. Untreated ulcers grow larger and deeper and can lead to other problems, such as bleeding in the digestive system or a hole in the wall of the stomach or duodenum

Stomach pain is the most common symptom of an ulcer. It is typically described as a sharp ache between the breastbone and the belly button. This pain often comes a few hours after eating. It can also happen during the night or early in the morning, when the stomach is empty. Eating something or taking an antacid medication sometimes makes the pain go away for a while.

Other symptoms of ulcers can include:

loss of appetite
sudden and sharp stomach pains
nausea
frequent burping or hiccups
weight loss
vomiting (if blood is in the vomit or the vomit looks like coffee grounds, which only happens with severe ulcers, call a doctor right away)
bloody or blackish bowel movements (this could indicate a serious problem, so call a doctor right away if you see this)

There are several options your doctor may provide to get tested if you both are concerned.

One option is an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series. This is a type of X-ray of the stomach, duodenum, and esophagus, the muscular tube that links the mouth to the stomach. A person drinks a whitish liquid called barium while getting an X-ray, and if he/she has an ulcer, it should be outlined on the X-ray.

Another option is an endoscopy. During this test, the doctor uses an endoscope, a skinny, lighted tube with a special camera on the end. A person getting an endoscopy is given anesthesia and will have no memory of the procedure. The doctor gently guides the endoscope into the throat and down into the esophagus, and finally into the stomach and upper intestines. The doctor is able to look at the inner lining of these organs from the camera on a television screen and can even take pictures. Tissue can be removed during an endoscopy and then tested for H. pyloribacteria.

 

A blood test is another great option on how to get tested since this way one can check the upper GI series.

Some wonderful produce items to eat or juice for preventing or healing ulcers are…

Cabbage

Apple

Carrot

Ginger

Lemon

Parsley

Celery

Watercress

Red Grapes

Papaya

Cucumber

Cantaloupe

Pear

Mango

Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, lettuce)

Avocado

Blueberries

Broccoli

Garlic

I made cabbage, celery and apple in bold because they making one of the most delicious combinations for a juice that also happens to provide amazing results. If you ever decide to Google search “ulcers juicing” or anything along those lines these ingredients will almost always be mentioned. Most people get amazing results with this combo! Here is a wonderful article by Jay Kordich the Juicing Man himself on how amazing cabbage is, especially for ulcers.

Another combination that I have been hearing consistently positive results is a fireball shot of; lemon, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, warm water and garlic. This combo provides amazing relief for anyone struggling with allergies as well ❤ For the best results it is recommended to make a variation of this shot every morning before having your morning tea, juice or so on.

If eating or juicing cabbage doesn’t sound all that appetizing please feel free to swim around my archive section! I have loads of ideas, recipes and so on to share. Red cabbage happens to be much sweeter and the juice looks & tastes amazing. I highly recommend it if consuming cabbage has always bored you 🙂 In the photograph above is a rather dirty head of napa cabbage, which is very tasty in soups and salads but doesn’t have that sweetness that red cabbage has.

Here is a link to one of my favorite detox juices using watercress since I have a feeling this might be an ingredient not too many people are used to consuming raw.

In general, if ulcers are a concern or not these are all foods we should consider consuming on a regular basis to keep our body happy and healthy 🙂

There are herbs that are helpful with ulcers too of course! 

Althea root is generally used for digestive and skin problems, specifically inflammations of the mouth, gastritis, peptic ulcer, enteritidis, colitis, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. I personally have only seen this produce online.

 Marshmallow root in herbalism is used as a gargle to treat sore throat, mouth and throat ulcers, gastric ulcers. This can usually be found in a dried tea form as co-ops and all natural & organic shops.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my site. Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day and Sunday. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉

Jess

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