There are so many of us Indians who love spicy and oily food, without knowing what it might cause in our bodies. Ulcers are often the result of inadequate presence of the bicarbonate ions in the stomach lining. Hence, on account of inadequate bicarbonate ions to neutralize the H+ ions in the acidic secretions of the gut, stomach acid has the capacity of corroding the stomach lining. This gives rise to ulcers.
These ulcers can be caused by various factors, such as the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, prolonged use of certain medications like NSAIDs, excessive alcohol consumption, and chronic stress.
Irregular meal timings combined with having large meals at a time all play a role in disturbing the functioning of the normal digestive system. Paying proper attention to regularizing meal timings & minding the portion size of meals can help reverse gut disorders such as peptic ulcers.
Incorporating these Indian foods that have shown promise in soothing stomach ulcers, is backed by scientific evidence.
1.Curd, a staple in Indian cuisine, contains probiotics like Lactobacillus that can help promote healthy gut flora. Probiotics have been shown to improve the gut environment, potentially reducing the risk of H. pylori infection, and aiding in ulcer healing.
also known as amla, is a potent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It has been traditionally used to treat various digestive ailments. Studies suggest that amla’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties contribute to the healing of stomach ulcers.
3.Coriander is a versatile herb used in Indian cuisine. It contains compounds that have been shown to protect the stomach lining from ulcer formation and accelerate the healing process.
4.Coconut water is a refreshing beverage that can provide relief from ulcer-related discomfort. It is alkaline in nature, which can help neutralize stomach acid and reduce irritation on the ulcer site.
5.Honey has antimicrobial properties that may help inhibit the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria associated with some stomach ulcers. Additionally, It has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce discomfort.
While the aforementioned Indian foods show promise in soothing stomach ulcers, it is essential to remember that individual responses may vary. Consulting a healthcare professional and adhering to prescribed medications is crucial for effective ulcer management. Additionally, avoiding spicy, acidic, and fried foods is recommended to prevent exacerbating ulcer symptoms.
Dr Anish Desai is MD, Clinical Pharmacologist and Nutraceutical Physician, Founder and CEO, IntelliMed Healthcare Solutions.