Stomach ulcers are common these days, that gnawing pain that occurs just below your ribs either before or after a meal that feels like someone placed burning charcoal in your belly

Yes! that is the pain I am talking about

The common causes of ulcers are infection by a bacteria known as H Pylori and long term use of NSAIDs, drugs like ibuprofen or Diclofenac etc, even aspirin

I would say now that Stress and peppery foods do not cause ulcers, but they can make it worse

So how can you prevent having ulcers, these steps may help

1. Reduce/Limit the way you take NSAIDS, (Ibuprofen etc)

2. Stop smoking: smoking just makes everything worse

3. Wash your hands to prevent infections

4. Reduce alcohol: large amounts of alcohol has been found to worsen ulcers

5. Manage your stress

 

If you already have ulcers, here is what you can do:

Avoid alcohol

Avoid carbonated drinks

Citrus fruits:eg oranges, may cause heartburn in some people, even chocolate too, but this differs from person to person

Cut down on caffeine

Eat smaller frequent meals, instead of large meals that are so far in-between

Avoid spicy foods

Avoid MILK! It can reduce your pain now, but will make your stomach produce more acids!

Avoid Fatty meals

Take fibre Rich food

Food that is rich in fibre include but is not limited to:

Beans, Peas, Soybeans, Peanuts

Cashewnuts, African Walnuts

Egusi, ogbono, pumpkin, breadfruit seed (popularly known as ukwa), locust bean seeds
Ofada rice
ogi/akamu/pap, kunu drink etc.
Whole wheat.
Oats/Oatmeal

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