Some home remedies, such as probiotics, may help relieve pain and other symptoms associated with stomach ulcers. However, people should use these in conjunction with medical treatment.
Stomach ulcers are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach or duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine.
If a person has an ulcer, they may feel a burning sensation in their stomach. This burning sensation often:
- lasts a few minutes or several hours
- eases after taking antacids or stopping food intake
- starts in the middle of the night or during meals
People can relieve these symptoms using the following home remedies:
Probiotics are living organisms that help restore balance to the bacteria in the digestive tract. As well as helping achieve optimal gut health, they can help with treating ulcers. Probiotics cannot kill H. pylori bacteria. However, they may reduce the amount of bacteria present, speed up the healing process and improve some symptoms.
People can find probiotics in the following sources:
- Fermented foods
- Probiotics supplements
2. Colourful Fruits
Many fruits contain compounds called flavonoids, which are polyphenols. Flavonoids contribute to the rich colours of some fruits. Flavonoids protect the stomach lining from developing ulcers. They do this by increasing stomach mucus, which inhibits the growth of H. pylori. Flavonoids also have antioxidant properties.
Flavonoids are present in fruits such as:
- Lemons and oranges
Garlic is popular in many parts of the world for adding flavour to food. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which make it helpful in fighting infections. Some studies show that garlic may help prevent the growth of H. pylori
4. Unripe Plantains
Unripe plantains contain a flavonoid called leucocyanidin. Leucocyanidin increases the amount of mucus in the stomach. This fruit may also reduce acidity, which can help prevent and relieve symptoms of ulcers.
Honey is a popular, natural sweetener. People who consume honey regularly can enjoy a range of health benefits. Honey has antimicrobial effects against H. pylori. It is useful for treating stomach ulcers. People also use honey to speed up wound healing, including skin ulcers, burns and wounds.
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