Ulcers

BASIC HOLISTIC ULCER CARE

  • Initiate an elimination diet to find out what aggravates the symptoms.
  • No alcohol.
  • Reduce highly acidic foods: tomatoes, marinara sauce, meat, dairy, sugar, coffee.  Surprisingly lemon is acidic but it has an alkalizing effect on your metabolism, so   you'll have to try and see if citrus aggravates or not, everyone's different.
  • Small meals
  • Skip the cheese and dairy
  • Probiotics daily.
  • Digestive enzymes, taken with each meal
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction
  • Abdominal massage (with a sponge ball, you can do this at home, I can show you how)

FOODS

Foods that may help inhibit the growth of H.Pylori bacteria:  

  • Bananas
  • Garlic & Onions
  • Plums (most of the red/purples)
  • Parsley
  • Cabbage
  • Cayenne (1/2 tsp in food or as capsule),

Ironically, although these foods will inhibit the growth of the bacteria thought to cause ulcers, some of these foods may exacerbate the symptoms and others may not.  Try making or buying Tabouleh, it has parsley, garlic, onion and lemon, e.v.o.o. and you can add what ever else you like to it.  I make mine with quinoa instead of bulgur, and I use a 4:1 ratio of parsley to grain (the way the Lebanese make it!)

TEAS AND TINCTURES

  • Slippery Elm Bark soothes mucous membranes.  You can take it as tea or for a stronger effect take it powdered, 1tsp in water 3x day or find a tincture and take a dropperful 3x day.  
  • Licorice also protects mucosal linings.  Not the candy, stick to the tea or capsules.
  • Chamomile will calm and soothe the belly and the nerves
  • Baking soda - A flare up can be calmed with 1 tsp of baking soda mixed in water immediately!

LIFESTYLE

  • Don't lay down right after eating.
  • Don't eat when you're upset, anxious or stressed.
  • Slow down:  Put your fork down, chew completely and breathe as you eat.
  • Breathing exercises. Consider that your diaphragm is a muscle most intimately connected to your organs of digestion.  If your diaphragm is tense it will translate tension in to your stomach, esophogus and intestine.
  • Exercise (again)
  • Reduce stress (daily, easy, quality of life stress reduction tools, not changing where you live or career biggies)
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