If you have a history of digestive problems, it’s likely that you are very familiar with ulcers and how painful they can be. Ulcers are open sores that can become infected, cause infection throughout the body, and lead to intense pain.
Learning more about ulcers and finding out how to treat them naturally can help you considerably improve your quality of life.
How Stomach Ulcers Develop
Stomach ulcers often develop in response to different stimuli. Experts believe that a diet heavy in fat, oil, spice, or acid can wear away your stomach lining and give ulcers space to develop.
Others believe that stress leads to the development of ulcers. Professional opinion is divided on the subject, although it does seem that anxious people are more likely to have issues with their digestive health in general. This may lead to an increase in ulcer risk.
The most common cause of ulcers is H. pylori. This is a stomach bacteria that infiltrates the stomach, turns into an infection, and can take over the entire digestive tract. This infection can last for years at a time, and some people even suffer from it for their entire lives.
Hidden Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers
Are you at risk for stomach ulcers or do you suspect you may have one? If so, it is extremely important to be familiar with the symptoms of stomach ulcers. They present in a variety of different ways, so understanding the full range of symptoms can help you quickly identify an ulcer and take steps to cure it.
To assess your digestive health and your risk for ulcers, look for these symptoms:
- Excessive burping and/or gas
- Loss of appetite or feeling hungry too often
- General fatigue and feeling unwell
- Drinking fewer liquids
- Weight loss
- Irregular stool—blood, tar color, dark color
The last few symptoms on the list are severe symptoms. If you are regularly vomiting or experiencing changes in your stool, you may have a large or advanced ulcer, in which case you may require prompt treatment.
Curing Stomach Ulcers
There are many natural remedies that you can try to cure your ulcers and prevent them from coming back. In addition, consider making long-term changes to your diet or stress levels. If you know that you are stressed all the time or you have an unhealthy diet, lifestyle changes can do quite a bit to improve your health. Check out these natural cures:
Bananas: The chemicals found in bananas stimulate mucus production. Mucus can protect the digestive tract and allow it to heal from an ulcer. For this remedy, dried bananas are a better choice than fresh bananas.
Garlic: If H. pylori is to blame for your ulcer, the antibacterial effects of garlic may be the right natural treatment for you.
Capsaicin: Capsaicin, a chemical found in hot peppers, can prevent ulcer development by protecting the lining of the stomach from damage.
Honey: The texture of honey and the enzymes found in this food can create the perfect healing environment for an ulcer.