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Peptic Ulcers

Peptic Ulcers

An ulcer results when the lining of the stomach fails to provide adequate protection against the effect of the digestive acids and enzymes, which, in effect, start to digest the stomach itself. Stress and anxiety is the main cause of ulcers. An ulcer can also be caused by H.pylori bacteria which can be passed from person to person through close contact but stress is the major risk factor for peptic ulcer as it increases stomach acid production.

Certain drugs and supplements also may increase acid production. Taking aspirin or non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs over the counter over a long period of time can increase stomach acidity and lead to ulcers. Steroids such as those taken for arthritis can contribute to stomach ulcers.Avoid salt and sugar as they have been linked to increased stomach acid production. People who take cimetidine (tagamet) or ranitidine for ulcers should be cautious about ingesting alcohol. These drugs can magnify the effects of alcohol on the brain.

Antacids are often given for people with ulcers. If you must take antacids, avoid products containing aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease. Maalox has been known to cause a gray film on the tongue in rare instances. Discontinue use if this occurs. Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates, as they have been linked to peptic ulcers. Avoid fried foods, tea, caffeine, chocolate, animal fats of any kind and carbonated drinks.instead distilled water with a bit of lemon juice added in place of sodas. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables because this contain Vitamin K which is needed for healing.

Drink freshly made cabbage juice daily. Drink it immediately after juicing. Eat small frequent meals, well cooked rice, raw goat's milk, soured milk products such as yogurt, cottage cheese and kefir. Drink barley wheat and alfalfa juice. They contain chlorophyll, making them potent anti-ulcer treatment. With treatment most peptic ulcers heal but it may take 8 weeks or longer for healing to complete.

The symptoms of peptic ulcers include chronic burning or gnawing stomach pain that usually begins forty-five to sixty minutes after eating or at night, and that is relieved by eating, taking antacids, vomiting or drinking a large glass of water. The pain may range from mild to severe. It may cause a person to wake up at the middle of the night. Other possible symptoms may include lower back pain, headache, a choking sensation, itching and possibly nausea and vomiting. H. pylori can be detected through blood test or through stool exam and can be treated with antibiotics,

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