It is always a struggle when deciding what you want to eat, espcially in a family. I mean, nowadays there are so many choices when it comes to food. But unfortunately, the more foods there are, the more the risk of developing conditions like ulcers.
Ulcers have become so common, such that even little children have them. It is quite saddening what our lifestyles can do to us. I think it is about time we all changed our lifestyles, especially when it comes to what we eat daily. Remember, you are what you eat.
So today I will be sharing with you some foods that you should avoid eating. This is because they cause ulcers. This especially goes to those who usually experience heartburn. And if you have ulcers, it only makes sense to avoid these foods so as not to cause any more damage. But first we need to understand the basics about ulcers. For example, what are ulcers?
Ulcers or stomach ulcers are open sores within the lining of the stomach. They occur when the stomach acid damages the lining of the digestive tract. So if you have heartburn, it can worsen to ulcers. And because of the amount of acid present in the stomach and the damage that can occur, ulcers are very painful. Which is exactly why I was saying that the earlier you avoid these types of foods that I will talk about, the better.
Healing ulcers is very vital. It will not only reduce the pain and discomfort you feel, but also benefit your long term health. When it is left untreated, it can be a very serious problem. You may experience; bleeding into your stomach, blockage that prevents food from moving through your digestive tract properly, holes in your stomach wall and infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity.
And incase you didn't notice, all these are life threatening. Surgery can be used to address these complications, but so does a dietary change. Below are some foods you should avoid eating, if you want to prevent ulcers or a more worse condition:
1. Alcohol; it relaxes the muscles around your stomach, which makes it more likely for the contents of the stomach to leak out. It also makes the stomach produce more acid. This can worsen your condition if you have heartburn. Plus it also causes internal bleeding, perforations in the stomach wall, and scarring that can affect digestion, for people with ulcers.
2. Caffeine; caffeine is found in drinks like tea and coffee. It works just like alcohol. It increases acid production, which erodes the protective mucosal lining along the gastrointestinal tract. This leads to further inflammation and bleeding.
3. Fatty foods; these take longer to digest, which leads to belly pain and bloating. And if you have ulcers, then the feeling is worse. So just take a break from them.
4. Chocolate; I know it sounds weird and sad. Not only is chocolate delicious, it also has numerous health benefits. But it often causes discomfort, especially for people with ulcers.
Other foods that are harmful are: tomatoes, pepper, other spicy foods, citrus foods and carbonated drinks.
When you avoid these foods, then not only are you healing yourself, you are also not worsening your condition. Do you know any other foods that can cause ulcers? Feel free to share your thoughts below, like, share and follow my page for more tips.
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