Peptic Ulcer

Peptic UlcerWhat is Peptic Ulcer?

Peptic ulcers are sores that could occur in three areas of the digestive system. They could appear in the esophagus, upper area of the small intestine and inside the lining of the stomach. Specifically, ulcers in the esophagus are referred to as esophageal ulcers. Those inside the stomach’s lining are gastric ulcers, and those in the upper small intestine are referred to as duodenal ulcers.

What Causes Peptic Ulcer?

  • Hyperacidity is one of the major causes of peptic ulcers. This is usually brought about when there is an increase of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This acid is actually important in breaking down food. However, if it eats its way towards the stomach lining, it may erode and start irritating the lining, which would eventually form into ulcers.
  • Bacteria. A certain bacterium known as H. pylori could actually irritate and inflame the mucous. This bacterium usually lives in the mucous layer, but it sometimes causes the lining to get irritated.
  • Indiscretion when it comes to diet. Overeating, taking a lot of spicy foods, as well as drinking coffee and alcohol could contribute to the formation of peptic ulcers.
  • Smoking. This has also been found to be among the conditions that could lead to peptic ulcer.
  • Pain relievers. A lot of studies have shown that taking in various drugs like aspirin could make you susceptible to peptic ulcer.
  • Emotional stress. You may not know it but when you are having nervous tension, you are also most likely to develop ulcers.

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers

  • Pain. This is probably the most common symptom of peptic ulcer. Patients usually feel a sharp pain, and some feelings of discomfort in the upper central abdominal area. Patients who have suffered from this pain would often describe it as a burning sensation and with a somewhat gnawing character.
  • Occurrence of pain after meals, seldom during nighttime. This is the symptom for gastric ulcer. Hours after eating, you would often feel the pain, but would not be feeling it during nighttime.
  • Pain between meals. Often, duodenal ulcers would have you feel pain between meals. It usually happens when the stomach is empty and it gets relieved by food. This is also referred to as hunger pain.
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Mental tension
  • Insomnia
  • Gradual weakening of the body
  • Constipation. Occasionally, blood in the stools is present.

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Peptic Ulcer

In treating peptic ulcers, the diet is one of the most important things that must be taken into consideration. The diet should be able to provide the right nutrition to the body. The body must at least neutralize the gastric acids so as not to exacerbate the problem. Efforts must also be put in so that chemical irritation of the lining would be reduced.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Do not eat when you are emotionally upset of tired.
  • Do not also eat if you are not feeling hungry, even if it would already be mealtime.
  • Chew food slowly and thoroughly.
  • Choose dry foods most of the time.
  • Do some daily massages on the abdominal area.
  • Deep breathing exercises will also be invaluable.
  • Get rid of those worries and try to stay cheerful all the time.
  • Try to find a suitable routine that could work for you. Do thin in work, in rest, or in exercising.
  • Be very patient. Remember that hyperacidity does not appear overnight, nor does in appear instantly. This is why, you have to be patient in following a strict diet, eating beneficial food and avoiding foods that could worsen your condition.

Diet for Peptic Ulcers

  • Bananas. You may not know it but bananas contain a certain compound that is very effective against ulcers. It has been considered as one of the best remedies in treating ulcers. Bananas can neutralize the overacidity of the digestive system and helps in reducing the irritation of the lining of the stomach.
  • Milk and banana. Patients suffering from peptic ulcers could simply have milk and banana for their daily diet. This combination is usually recommended for those who are suffering from the disease in the advanced stage.
  • Almond milk. This is also highly beneficial for those suffering from peptic ulcer. This binds the excess acid in the stomach. It also supplies the body with quality proteins.
  • Raw goat’s milk. This could help in healing the ulcers.
  • Cabbage. When boiled in water, the water could be taken two times daily.
  • Raw vegetable juices. A combination of carrot, spinach, and cucumber juice is also an effective remedy for peptic ulcer.
  • Drink lots of water. As much as possible, make sure that you drink at least eight glasses each day.
  • Avoid too hot or too cold foods.


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