Information and facts on Peptic Ulcer

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A peptic ulcer is an area where the stomach, small intestine, or the tissues beneath and sometimes part of the stomach muscle have been worn away, creating an internal open wound. The surrounding tissue is normally swollen and very irritated. Ulcers can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, but are most common in the stomach called "gastric ulcers" or duodenum "duodenal ulcers", the portion of the small intestine closest to the stomach. Peptic ulcers affect over 5 million Americans each year, and it is estimated that they will affect over 10% of Americans at some time in their life. The symptoms of a peptic ulcer include: chronic burning or gnawing stomach pain that usually begins 45 to 60 minutes after eating or at night, and may be helped by eating, taking antacids, vomiting, or drinking a large glass of water. The pain can range from mild to really severe. It may cause the person to wake up in the middle of the night. Other symptoms include: lower back pain, headaches, a choking sensation, itching, and possibly nausea and vomiting. An ulcer results when the lining of the stomach fails to provide adequate protection against the effect of enzymes and digestive acids, which, cause the stomach to digest itself.

It was once believed that stress and anxiety were the only major cause of ulcers. However, evidence has shown ulcers to be also caused by infection with the Helicobacter pylon bacteria combined with the presence of stomach acid. H. pylon can live on the lining of the stomach and small intestine, where it can cause damage to the lining and also to the mucous layer that protects the lining from digestive acids. Many health care professionals believe that the bacteria may be transmitted from person to person through close personal contact. However, many health professionals still consider stress to be a big risk factor for peptic ulcers, as it causes an increase in stomach acid production. Certain drugs and supplements also may increase acid production. Taking aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, especially 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. Having a family history of peptic ulcer disease also increases your risk, as does alcohol consumption. Heavy smokers are more vulnerable to getting ulcers, and have greater trouble getting ulcers to heal. African-Americans and Latinos are twice as likely as Caucasians to have ulcers. If left untreated, ulcers can cause internal bleeding or puncture of the stomach or small intestine. Nutritional supplementation can help greatly with both prevention and healing of peptic ulcers and related health problems as well.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Acidophilus 10 friendly bacteria needed for good stomach, intestinal, and colon health. Maybe combined with Lactobacillus rhanosus, Bifidobacterium longum, and Lactobacillus plantarum in a combination such as Botana Cleanse (see link below)
Aloe Vera 10 herb that helps heal the stomach and intestines and it also aides in lowering stress and its related problems.
Passion flower 9 promotes good sleep and works with the herb aloe vera
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 vitamin B complex, magnesium, calcium, chromium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, and multi enzyme, all serve to help people with peptic ulcers and related health problems. The nutrients contained in a daily supplement are needed for good general health and well being.
Omega fatty acids 10 Protects the stomach and intestinal track from ulcers. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish and plant sources of flax seed, and borage seed
Glutamine 9 useful for healing of peptic ulcers
Holy Basil  9 herb that is anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent peptic ulcers.
Grape seed extract  9 powerful free radical destroyer and is anti inflammatory. It also serves to strengthen body tissues.
Licorice 9 aids with healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers
vitamin A 9 vitamin A is an anti-oxidant protects the mucous membranes that become inflamed and it also helps in healing.
vitamin E 10 vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that provides healing and has been shown to help reduce stomach acid and help relieve pain.
Pyridoxine 8 needed for enzyme production and it aids in wound healing
vitamin B 8 vitamin B complex is needed for breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates as well as good digestion.
Garlic 8 is an anti microbial and good for general healing and it may help eradicate ulcers.
vitamin C 8 vitamin C helps boost the immune system and it promotes healing of mucous membranes and ulcer problems. It can be taken in a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement form.
vitamin K 8 for healing and prevention of bleeding


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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