An individual with peptic ulcer experiences discomfort and ulcer pain. It is important to note that a peptic ulcer involves a sore that develops in the stomach lining or in the first region of the small intestines. The bacterium Helicobacter pylori are responsible for causing peptic ulcers. Abdominal or ulcer pain is the common symptom that usually comes and goes for a few days or weeks. The treatment of the ulcer involves reducing the production of acid and eliminating any bacteria present. When managing the ulcer pain, there are home remedies that can be used.
Changes in the diet
A number of foods can activate ulcer pain by increasing the production of acid while others prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and minimize the pain. The following foods and beverages increase the acid production and must be avoided:
- Fatty foods
- Spicy foods
- Citrus fruits
- Fried foods
Other foods that can cause discomfort include red meats and pasta. The foods that can help relieve the ulcer pain as well as preventing the growth of bacteria include cranberries, celery, apple, blueberries, garlic, almonds, cherries, whole grains and dark leafy greens. It is recommended to aim for at least 6-8 glasses of water in a day.
It is important to note that herbs must only be used under the advice of a doctor. There are some herbs that might have detrimental interactions with other medications utilized in managing acid reduction. Cranberry supplements might help reduce the bacterial growth in the stomach.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is an extract that can be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals to help minimize the stomach damage from acid production. In some cases, a peppermint tablet can be taken 2-3 times daily to reduce the ulcer symptoms.
Probiotic supplements contain healthy bacteria that can help maintain the proper balance in the digestive tract. These bacteria can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria such as H. pylori. Other forms of probiotics include kefir products and yogurt.
Milk and honey
Milk can provide a soothing effect if an individual experiences acid reflux. The same goes with those who suffer from ulcer pain. Milk neutralizes the stomach acid that irritates the ulcer. One teaspoon of honey mixed into a glass of warm milk can provide a soothing effect as well. Those who have lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivities should not use this remedy though. Non-fat or low-fat milk choices are ideal in reducing the production of acid that normally occurs when digesting fats.
Bananas have natural antacid qualities. You can mix banana together with milk for protection to the ulcer pain as well as reduce the damage to the digestive tissues by the stomach acid.
The substance in bananas activates the cells that make up the stomach lining. When the bananas are eaten, a thicker or more mucous-containing barrier develops. Take note that this lining makes it difficult for the acid to penetrate the delicate tissues. Take note that banana is also known as a protease inhibitor which helps minimize the amount of bacteria in the stomach particular those that cause stomach ulcers.