Ulcers

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Your digestive system produces strong acids and juices that are designed to help break down the food you eat so that its components can be used to nourish the body. The lining of the healthy stomach is marvelously resistant to these juices and is not affected by their caustic nature. In ulcer patients, this defense of the stomach’s lining against stomach acids has broken down somehow, so that even when the ulcer patient’s stomach is empty of food, the digestive juices pour forth and work away at his stomach lining as though it were food. The continued irritation of this now-delicate area soon produces a sore, which we know by the name of an ulcer.

Symptoms vary from headaches to choking sensations to low back pain to itching. When pain does occur in the stomach, a person often charges it off to some dietary indiscretion. The pain finally becomes so intense as to be clearly recognizable as an ulcer. Symptoms include: stomach pain just before and/or after meals; dependency on antacids; chronic abdominal pain; butterfly stomach: difficulty belching; stomach pain when emotionally upset; sudden acute indigestion; relief of symptoms by drinking carbonated beverages, cream or milk; history of ulcer or gastritis; current ulcer; black stool when not taking iron supplements.

Treatment:

  • Reduce stress
  • High fiber diet
  • Eliminate food allergies and sensitivities
  • Avoid snacking/irritating foods, frequent milk indigestion, alcohol, coffee, strong tea, sugar and drink 8-12 8 oz. glasses of pure filtered water daily

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