Stomach ulcers are commonly caused by Helicobacter pylori. H pylori bacteria is essential for digestion and to help maintain balance in the stomach and intestinal systems. When it begins to proliferate excessively, then there is an imbalance. The mucous lining of the stomach gets damaged by over secretion of stomach acid, and the bacteria begin to eat the stomach wall. Because of this, open sores develop on the interior lining of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. These sores are known as ulcers.
Diet and a stressful lifestyle are the leading causes of peptic ulcers. For instance, the wall membrane that protects the muscular structure of the stomach gets thin and wears out due to the consumption of over-acidic foods. Chocolate, heavily spiced food, acidic food, alcohol, and coffee are all bad for ulcers and should be avoided. On the other hand, fibrous foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains help with digestion and are good for ulcer prevention. Cauliflower, cabbage, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, and yogurt contain probiotics i.e. they are rich in ‘good bacteria’ and hence very beneficial for preventing and treating ulcers.
An Ulcer Story:
A close friend of mine was unaware that he had peptic ulcers and, for 25 years, regularly took medication to prevent stomach pains. Once, he got fed up and decided to discontinue the pain medication. After a few days of not taking any medicines, he began experiencing excruciating stomach pains but persisted in his decision of not taking any medication. One day, his wife called me and said that for the last two days, he was continuously vomiting everything that he ate. She asked me what she must do, and my first response was to ask him to stop eating and get on a juice fast.
After explaining this one-month juice fasting method to his wife and gave her the recipe for the green juice, called the ulcer buster. I also told him that he probably suffered from ulcers. As he had stopped taking pain medication, the ulcers were exposed to the acids inside the stomach which was why he was feeling an excruciating burning sensation there. I advised him to visit a doctor immediately, and when he did, he found out that he had an ulcer the size of half a ping pong ball in his stomach. Click the link for the full story.
He started this ‘juice method’ and after rigorously following it for 30 days, the pain subsided and hasn’t returned since.
I have always lived by the dictum that food is medicine. You are what you eat, and hence a healthy life begins with a healthy diet. Most lifestyle disorders and diseases are caused by eating unhealthy. These diseases are then treated by medicines that also have harmful side effects on the body. As the saying goes, “if you don’t eat your food like medicine, you will have to eat your medicine like food” and hence, we must be mindful about what we eat and how it affects our body.
The 30-day Juice Method:
- In the morning, after waking up and brushing your teeth, slowly sip on one liter of lukewarm water with lemon and one tablespoon of honey on an empty stomach. (Use a straw to avoid damaging your teeth)
- 15 minutes later, have the ulcer buster juice, sipping it slowly for one hour. After having the juice, it is important to stay hydrated. Consume plenty of plain water or lemon water with salt throughout the day ( avoid lemon water if you feel discomfort)
- Throughout the day, drink 6 cups of green juice and a minimum of 6-7 liters of water in between the juice. Do not eat any solid food for 30 days.
- This method will help in gradually rebuilding damaged tissues and prevent the spread of ulcers.
- This is a green juice method often used interchangeably with Juice and smoothies, are not the same and do not have the same effect on the body.
Note: The method and tips given are for general information and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Consult your doctor before trying out this method
This green juice is a powerhouse of nutrients and vitamins. Individual ingredients like kale, cucumber, ginger, apples, and celery all help with alleviating ulcers. Add a healthy oil such as clear sesame oil to your ulcer buster, or any juice that you make, to help your body absorb all the fruit and veggie nutrients, especially vitamins.
- 2 apples, diced
- 2 cucumber, diced
- 2 large Kale, shredded roughly
- 1 pomegranate
- 4 sticks of celery, chopped
- 1 whole lemon with skin
- 1 medium pineapple, diced
- 2 * 1/2 inch ginger pieces
- 2 tablespoon of clear sesame oil
- 1 bunch coriander leaves with roots
Add all the chopped fruits and vegetables into a blender. Blend till you get a smooth, juice-like consistency.
Pour the juice into a serving glass
Top off with sesame oil (or any other oil of your choice), and enjoy.
If consuming ulcer buster as a smoothie, do not strain the liquid. With smoothies, you want to keep the fiber intact. If drinking as a juice, then you can strain the blended liquid.