Each person has a 10% chance of developing a stomach ulcer at least once in their lifetime. Earlier intervention and screening can prevent complications of stomach ulcers, but a fool-proof diet plan can help in faster healing! Here are some research-based recommendations for preventing and healing stomach ulcers:
Unprocessed Vegetables and Fruits
Raw, fresh vegetables and fruits have been proven to significantly reduce stomach ulcers in a comparative study. An experimental group was given a diet rich in unprocessed vegetables and fruits while the control group consumed canned vegetables and frozen fruits. The latter group had formed new stomach ulcers and multiple inflammatory patches on the gastric mucosa seen through endoscopy.
This funding can be accounted for by the rich, nutrition-packed fresh vegetables and fruits that are free of preservatives and added sugar. Thus, not only decreasing inflammatory mediators from accumulating to fight off foreign particles but also boosting and maintaining an effective immune system! Additionally, the increased fiber content of fresh vegetables and fruits promotes effective peristalsis and prevents the stasis of food in the constricted intestines which may become a breeding ground for the stomach ulcer-causing bacteria, H. Pylori. Moreover, processed foods help lose weight, prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Thus, establishing a direct link between clean eating and strengthening immunity.
Alkaline Powder for Pain Relief:
The alkaline powder is a concoction of calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate subcarbonate, bismuth, and magnesium oxide in different proportions. It has a therapeutic effect on stomach ulcers which are known to be exacerbated by increased gastric acid secretion that has a very low pH. Thus, hourly ingestion or direct administration of alkaline powder into the stomach effectively neutralizes the gut HCl thus limiting its corrosive action on the ulcer and improving recovery rates. The administration should be undertaken by a physician and given at a fixed dose for a definitive period.
The antiulcerogenic effect of milk has been seen in several clinical trials. This can be attributed to milk’s buffering effect on gastric acid. But the exact amount of milk that should be consumed is still unknown since studies have also seen increased production and secretion of gastric acid to buffer higher doses of milk. Thus, the recommendation has been reduced to consuming one glass of milk and one additional dairy product per day.
Dietary Supplementation with Vitamin E, C, Grape Seed Extract, and Glutathione
Vitamin E, C, and grape seed extract are significantly helpful in curing peptic ulcers caused by alcohol and Aspirin. Vitamin E also speeds up the healing of stress and chemical-induced ulcers. Thus, making it the best food supplement in ulcers of unknown etiology. Glutathione, an antioxidant, has been directly linked with decreased stomach ulceration when it is abundantly available – supplementation is required in deficient patients.
Better Mastication and Decreased Particle Size of Bolus
Chewing your food properly and forming a smaller bolus of food helps with better emulsification and digestion. It also empties the gut faster, preventing the growth of bacteria and prolonged exposure of gut secretions with the ulcer.
Low Fat Diet
Although fats are digested in the small intestine, consuming a low-fat diet has a positive effect on the stomach’s mucosal lining. This allows faster clearances of the distal gut and alleviating symptoms of peptic ulcer – this includes bloating, feeling of fullness, and heartburn.
Supplementation with Probiotics
With the increasing misuse of antibiotics, there has been a spike in resistance. Thus, research has been focusing on the role of probiotics in the treatment and prevention of peptic ulcers. There have been promising results with probiotics – showing a significant decrease in peptic ulcers and a boost in immunity through consistent supplementation.
Chamomile tea, Aloe Vera Juice, and Echinacea extracts have been proven to heal ulcers. Three to four times daily use of these herbs with warm water has significantly reduced ulcers. One to three tablespoons of Aloe Vera water is recommended for drinking three times daily. Diluted chamomile tea can be consumed once daily. While 4ml Echinacea mixed with water can be consumed three to four times per day until the symptoms of peptic ulcers subside.
The above-mentioned interventions have been proved through peer-reviewed and rigorous clinical trials. But it is still advised to consult your doctor before starting any extreme regimen.