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On the inside lining of the stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine, one can develop peptic ulcers (open sores) which can result into abdominal pain. Peptic ulcers are a combination of gastric ulcer disease and duodenal ulcer disease which can be associated with excess acid production. Excess intake of painkillers, H pylori infection, smoking, alcohol intake, physical and mental stress can be the culprits.
"The visible symptoms can be a burning sensation in the belly, chest, poor appetite, stomach pain, hunger pains, vomiting, indigestion, trouble while sleeping, fatigues, dehydration, darker stools, weight loss and heartburn," explains Dr Lohith U, Consultant - Laparoscopic, Bariatric and GI surgeon, Columbia Asia Hospital Whitefield.
One can be at a risk of suffering from peptic ulcers, if he/she smokes, eats spicy foods and due to stress which is untreated. "Many people suffer from peptic ulcers due to faulty lifestyles. So, one should make sure that they follow a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet," says Dr Lohith U.
"Some ulcers heal without medications. One may be prescribed antacids, proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics," highlights Dr Lohith U. Along with it, certain lifestyle modifications like taking up a physical activity, diet modification avoiding spicy, oily and junk food can help you to deal with it. Heal mouth ulcers naturally with honey
Natural remedies for it
According to research, for treating stomach ulcers one should eat foods rich in flavonoids. One can eat kale, apples, broccoli and legumes.
As shown by the studies, adding probiotics can help in the healing of the ulcers.
Opt for a vitamin-rich diet to get rid of ulcers.
Stress management: To stay positive and stress-free you can do yoga and pranayam. Also, mediation can equally be beneficial.
"Plan out your meals, maintain a fixed timing and try to include a lot of fruits and vegetables on your plate. Also, consume salads," says Dr Lohith U.
Follow a good sleep schedule and cut down on caffeine.
Boost your immunity which will help you to keep peptic ulcers at bay.
Avoid eating processed and packaged food and artificial sweeteners.
Do not skip your meals and also maintain a healthy weight. Mouth Ulcers: Biodegradable plasters to treat them!
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