Juicing Recipes for Peptic Ulcers
You have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer. While there are medications your physician can prescribe to help heal the ulcer making dietary changes is something you should start to do immediately. Beginning a regular juicing program can go a long way in helping you to recuperate and to feel better.
What is a Peptic Ulcer?
A peptic ulcer is a hole or a sore that occurs in the lining of the stomach, duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) or the esophagus. It is an eroded area that forms as a result of corrosion from acidic digestive juices. It is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of adults the world over will be affected by a peptic ulcer at least once in their lifetime. It is possible to have more than one ulcer in your life.
When a peptic ulcer takes place in the stomach it is referred to as a gastric ulcer. If it occurs in the duodenum then it is known as a duodenal ulcer. In some cases the peptic ulcer may develop in the esophagus which is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, also sometimes referred to as the food tube. It is most common for peptic ulcers to develop in the stomach or the duodenum.
Peptic ulcers take place when the protective mucus lining breaks down in the digestive tract. The most common causes of ulcers are infection or overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). These types of medications increase acid formation in the stomach. Stress and allergies to food can worsen this condition.
Healing Your Body
To heal your body start juicing at home. Natural raw fruit and vegetables juices are easy for the body to digest and they can support the immune system and the body in general with the healing process.
To facilitate proper healing reduce the amount of acidic foods you eat. Stop drinking soda and consume as little alcohol as possible. Acid foods and beverages erode the stomach and the intestinal lining. Start eating foods that serve to protect and sooth the lining of the stomach. A diet high in raw vegetables and one that includes herbs has been shown to be very beneficial in helping those who suffer from ulcers.
Juicing Fruits and Vegetables
The top choices of fruits and vegetables to juice for those who have peptic ulcers include apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, red grapes and mangoes. Papaya is also a good choice to soothe your digestive tract, as is pears, avocados, cabbage, cucumber, broccoli, leafy greens and watercress.
Combining stomach friendly herbs with your fresh raw juice can further aid the healing process. Choose calendula, cinnamon, cloves, dandelion, Echinacea and garlic. Green tea is also good for the stomach, as is chamomile tea, ginger, licorice, marshmallow root, parsley and turmeric. Be aware that drinking aloe is also very good for your stomach.
To soothe your peptic ulcer and to help it to heal properly try these natural juicing recipes:
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of pitted cherries
½ cup of grapes
quarter of a cantaloupe
Mix together and enjoy!
4 inch wedge of green cabbage
2 stalks of celery
Cut the tomato and the cabbage into narrow wedges. Slice the celery into 2 to 3 inch pieces. Combine all ingredients in the juicer and then enjoy!
Here is a smoothie recipe to try:
½ cup of nut milk
quarter of a cantaloupe
1 tsp. of German chamomile flowers (herbal tincture can be used)
2 tbsp. of natural yogurt
Combine ingredients in your blender and whip up a stomach soothing smoothie!