It's another day at work. Another busy, with your schedules filled with meetings, report deadlines and projects to run. And so plunge yourself to work again, forgetting about time, forgetting about rest. Suddenly, your stomach hurt. Does the pain ever wake you up at night? Do you vomit undigested food or blood? If you can answer yes to these questions or have experienced other symptoms associated with stomach discomfort, you may be suffering from stomach ulcers. These can be caused by various things, such as taking too much anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin. Ulcers can also develop from improper eating habit such as eating too much spicy food or excessive caffeine or alcohol intake. For workaholic like you, stress is usually the key to the development or aggravation of ulcers.
This condition is usually caused by H-pylon bacteria. Taking Pepto Bismol or another antacid product before or after eating may reduce stomach acid and can help prevent the formation of ulcers. The doctor may prescribe a triple-treatment of antibiotics to destroy the bacteria responsible for your ulcers. Antibiotic treatment is quite effective and can permanently cure stomach ulcer, which is quite a good thing to know.
But some people just do not like to take medicine and rely on methods such as drinking milk. Milk can neutralize or buffer stomach acid because of their alkalinity, but should be avoided in larger quantities because they delay the healing of ulcers, as milk protein tends to promote increased gastric acid secretions.
So if you really want to use other methods to cure stomach ulcer, here are some natural methods in healing stomach ulcer. You can consume a diet rich in fiber, especially insoluble fiber. Try eating lots of cabbage which is a good source of insoluble fiber. Doctors recommend eating at least one serving of steamed cabbage once a day for about two weeks. Apart from rich in fiber, cabbage contains an amino acid, glutamine that has been shown, in some research, to promote the healing of ulcers.
Next most important step is to change your lifestyle habits. This is the most effective way to prevent stomach ulcer from recurring. Firstly, stop taking those food that can cause you discomfort, for instance coffee and spicy foods. Coffee may help to keep you awake during work but drinking 4 to 5 cups a day is harmful to your stomach. If it is hard to quit, try gradually reducing your use or consumption of such things until they are easier to cut out of your life entirely. Check with a nutrition specialist or your doctor for recommendations about the foods to avoid and those you can eat to help control this condition. In addition, start eating several small meals each day, as opposed to eating two or three large meals. Smaller meals translate to better control of acid buildup at each meal and therefore, more frequent ulcer relief as most ulcer pain subsides for a few hours following a meal.
Stop being a workaholic! Too much stress in work is bad for your health, and makes you an unhappy person too. Take steps to reduce stress from your life. Relax! Do not be too hard on yourself. Try keeping a diary for writing about negative thoughts before they cause harm. Exercising regularly not only keeps you fit, it is another great way to reduce the effects of stress and helps to keep you fresh and awake at all times. Now you got a reason to drink less coffee to stay alert at work. Your doctor can also suggest an exercise plan that will fit with your lifestyle and overall health. If you are experiencing stress and find it hard to cope with it, you can also try some relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation because they can help the healing of ulcers in individuals whose ulcers are caused by stress.
Getting stomach ulcer is painful and may affect our daily life, especially work. So when you have stomach ulcer symptoms such as rectal bleeding, chronic indigestion, difficulty in swallowing food, or incessant burping, it is time to look into it before it gets worse. Natural remedies can treat the symptoms of ulcers but not cure them. But be aware also that ulcer can sometimes lead to greater health risks, and that you still need to see a health care provider about this issue. You can discuss alternative treatment options with your doctor and let your doctor know that you would like to try them out first before heading straight for medication.
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