Nutritional Care for Peptic Ulcers

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Nutritional Care for Peptic Ulcers

Be Healthy Wise - Nutrition care & Management in Peptic ulcers

Be Healthy Wise - Nutrition care & Management in Peptic ulcers

To many of us peptic ulcer is any discomfort in our stomach. Many us believe it is that sore that doesn’t have any treatment.

Peptic Ulcers are those internal sores in the lining of the stomach or the gateway to the small intestines (duodenum), just below the stomach.

These sores occur in the areas that are exposed to the digestive enzyme – pepsin hence the name peptic ulcers.

What causes Peptic Ulcers?

Research shows that most patients with peptic (duodenal or gastric) ulcers are infected with Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) bacteria. These bacteria follow the fecal – oral path.

H-Pylori bacteria produce an enzyme which neutralizes stomach acid and allows it to thrive and will eventually penetrate and damage the protective barrier of the stomach lining.

Once the bacteria have done enough damage, the (gastric) acid gets through the lining, which leads to ulcers. These sores may bleed, cause infections, or keep food from moving through your digestive tract.

How does one get H. Pylori Bacteria?

You can get H. pylori from food, water, or utensils. It’s more common in countries or communities that lack clean water or good sewage systems. You can also pick up the bacteria through contact with the saliva or other body fluids of infected people.

Many people get H. pylori during childhood, but adults can get it, too. The germs live in the body for years before symptoms start, but most people who have it will never get ulcers. Doctors aren’t sure why only some people get ulcers after an infection.

It is important therefore for anyone with this problem to see a doctor who will run tests to find out if indeed you have the bacteria. If treated effectively your problem of ulcers will have come to an end.

If the H. pylori bacteria issue is ruled out and you still have the problem then I suggest that you juice your way to a healthier you.

Juicing will supply your body with enzymes that will improve your metabolism and it will also help rid your body of toxins.

For all the people who test negative for the bacteria the following could be some of the causes of stomach discomfort;

  1. Dietary habits that may lead to Stomach Ulcers
    • Consumption of over-processed food
    • Too much sugar consumption
    • Use of hydrogenated fats
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Skipping of meals
    • Not drinking enough water
    • Not eating enough vegetables and other foods with high fibre content
    • Lack of exercise thus slow metabolism
  2. Hereditary- some people have low digestive acids naturally.
  3. Physical stress
    • Lack of sleep
    • Lack of rest
    • Sickness
    • Trauma
  4. Psychological stress- restricts blood flow to the stomach

How to Manage Peptic Ulcers Using Diet

    • Eat small regular meals every day
    • Avoid sodas, packet juice, tea or coffee
    • Reduce use of pain killers
    • Quit smoking
    • Do not drink water with your meals
    • Drink water 1 hour before and after your meals
    • Drink yogurt instead of fresh milk
    • Steam or sauté your vegetables
    • Avoid using hydrogenated fats
    • Reduce your sugar intake or use whole sugar instead
    • Use healthy fats to cook your meals, eg olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, ghee, butter

Here are some of the foodstuffs that will help improve your digestion

Best Vegetables to Include in your diet

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Fennel
  • Corn or green maize
  • Okra
  • Green leafy vegetables eg terere, nderema,

Fruits

  • Plums, prunes
  • Apples
  • Pawpaw
  • Olives
  • Pomegranate
  • Avocado
  • Mangoes
  • Oranges
  • lemons

Use of laxatives may actually cause more problems as it interferes with your stomach flora.

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