Know if you are more likely to get stomach ulcers. While stomach ulcers can present for any number of reasons, to most any individual, people most at risk to develop them include:
• People infected by the H. pylori bacterium.
• People who regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen.
• People with a family history of ulcers.
• People who regularly drink alcohol.
• People who have illnesses or diseases associated with the liver, kidney, or lung.
• People older than 50 years of age.
If you already know you have stomach ulcers, a few easy ways to reduce the symptoms are:
• Reduce your carb intake – try for under 100 total carbs per day.
• Licorice root – it helps boost the stomach lining and reduce irritation.
• Spread your meals throughout the day – eat six small meals rather than three large ones.
• Increase the amount of water you drink as well as including foods rich in flavonoids (celery, cranberries, apples) and dairy products (particularly goat’s milk, if you can find it) and don’t be afraid of butter (while staying far away from margarine).
• Start working on stress management, take an anger management course if you can
• Stop smoking. Seriously. Right now. You can do it.
• Limit or eliminate alcohol (at least for a few months).
• Limit spicy foods and citrus fruits – while delicious, their acids can be irritating your ulcer.
• Instead of coffee, drink chamomile, ginger, or peppermint tea.
While this isn’t a complete list and there are certainly other mitigating factors with everyone’s health – including, but not limited to, local groups, healthcare, clean water and food availability – this should be a good start to anyone attempting to take control of their health and well-being.