Stomach ulcers or gastric ulcers are the most common type of ulcers that develop in the lining of the stomach. They affect about 2.4-6.1% of the population. Ulcers in the stomach or anywhere in the GI tract can make life painfully uncomfortable.
People of all ages, irrespective of gender, can suffer from stomach ulcers. In fact, It is estimated that over 25 million Americans have suffered from a form of peptic ulcer at some point in their life. While this has become a common occurrence, it is NOT normal.
Our goal with this article is to make you aware of the various causes of stomach ulcers, and how you can apply natural and effective solutions to address and resolve them.
A stomach ulcer can occur when the thick lining of mucus that protects the stomach is reduced, leading to openings in the stomach lining, which is what we call ‘leaky gut’.
While stomach ulcers can be caused by excessive long term stress, research shows that over 60% of ulcer cases are caused by a bacterial infection, 20% are caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and the last 20% caused by life style choices like smoking, drinking alcohol, eating processed and fast food, etc. What some are not aware of is that these so called ‘bacterial infections’ are often the result of antibiotic use, prescription medications, and eating processed, chemical laden foods. These substances create big changes in the gut ecosystem (call the microbiome), which then sets the stage for certain bacteria to overgrow, causing inflammation in the gut lining and which can eventually lead to ulcers in the gut.
Ulcers can cause many symptoms, the most apparent being acid reflux or bloating. The severity of the symptoms can depend on the severity of the ulcer. Some of the other symptoms include:
1. Weight Loss
2. Dull pain in the stomach
7. Trouble sleeping
8. Dehydration, weakness, and fatigue
9. Bleeding when going to the bathroom
10. Dark, Tarry tools
11. Bloody Vomit
13. Burping or excessive gas
14. Constipation or diarrhea
Identifying the root cause of your stomach ulcer is the first step in effectively treating it yourself. An actual gut repair protocol for stomach ulcers can bring relief in a quick as a week, with total healing of the ulcer/ulcers within 3 months. However, there are times when treating the underlying cause of the ulcer has to be addressed FIRST and this part can take anywhere between 6 weeks to 9 months, depending on what the underlying cause of the ulcer is. The following are some of the best practices for long term, effective healing of stomach ulcers.
You can’t effectively address and resolve stomach ulcers if you are not aware of what cause or causes led to you having them in the first place, so the best place to start is to get some testing done so that you can find out what is causing your stomach ulcers. There are many different las that can be done and narrowing down which ones to start with requires that your coach or practitioner get an in-depth history on you which may also include some lengthy intake history forms that will review your history of things like: what medicines you have taken in the past or are currently taking, what your eating regiment consists of, your lifestyle choices, etc.
With this information it becomes easier to determine what lab or labs would be best suited to start with so that you can uncover what has caused your stomach ulcers.
Underlying causes that can be tested for include things like chemical toxins, bacterial overgrowth of certain bacteria like H. Pylori, for example, that is known to cause ulcers, and mold toxins. In addition, labs can be ordered that take a deeper look into the current status of your GI tract giving information like; Do you have inflammation in your gut? Do you have ‘Leaky Gut’? Are you having multiple gut infections going on at the same time?
Once you can see what barrier or combinations of barriers to healing you are dealing with, the next step is to remove those barriers. A simple H Pylori infection can take 4-8 weeks to resolve and once that is done, a good gut repair regiment can be started to heal the ulcer and the rest of the inflamed gut lining.
If you have other barriers like chemical toxins, mold toxins, or even heavy metals, resolving those issues to remove those barriers can take anywhere from 6 months to 12 months. And heavy metals can sometimes take up to 2 years. In cases like these, gut support can be started before you have completely eliminated these barriers, but understand that a total healing of the gut will likely never happen – UNTIL you have removed those barriers that led to the gut inflammation and ulcer in the first place.
Once you have removed your barriers to healing you can start a gut repair regiment. Gut repair used to take an average of 6 months, but thankfully with advancing technology in the use and understanding of therapeutic approaches that are natural, gut repair can often be done in as little as 6 weeks. Those with a history of ulcers may need about 3-4 months of gut repair to fully heal both the lining of the gut and the ulcers.
4. Two Protocol Variations that are commonly used to heal the gut lining
When it comes to gut repair and healing ulcers there are several natural ingredients, that when combined together, result in excellent outcomes.
Some of these ingredients include L-glutamine, Deglycyrrrhizinated Licorice, Aloe Vera, Slipper Elm, Mucin, and Marshmallow. L-glutamine is really a great ingredient for gut repair and is, in fact, used in many of the top leading gut repair supplements on the market that are recommended by practitioners. However, there are some cases, where L-glutamine is not recommended.
In cases where the client or patient has a history of anxiety and mind racing, combined with homozygous (or a double SNP or variation) in the GAD gene, L-glutamine can sometimes cause mind racing and anxiety. Thankfully there are also other ingredients that are as effective for healing the gut. Some examples include gut repair supplements that include serum derived immunoglobulins combined with amino acids like L-proline, L-serine, L-threonine, and others.
In addition to the gut repair supplements to help heal the lining, it’s important to recolonize the GI system with the beneficial bacteria that help to maintain the healthy gut lining so that it stays healthy, so adding a good probiotic while you do your gut repair is important as well. We also add Vitamin D to our gut support protocol because it acts as a hormone, aiding in the repair of the GI tract.
Learning to use food as medicine really matters when it comes to healing from any type of health issue, including ulcers or any other type of gut condition. When you are using food as medicine to heal your gut, it is important to stay away from all processed foods, seed oils, alcohol, cigarettes, non-steroidal anti inflammatories, dairy, sugar, gluten, soy, and corn as these all cause inflammation in the gut lining. Remember, there is no amount of supplementation that can out perform a bad diet, so diet is key! We have a gut repair Ebook that you can get when you sign up for our newsletter, so feel free to dive in and see more detail on eating for gut repair.
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Not feeling well and looking for help with your condition, diagnosis, or symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you have tried? Our holistic biological health coaches can help you! Our coaches teach you how your body works, what the underlying cause of your condition or symptoms are, and how to fix and address them using long-term solutions that are data-driven and that work!
Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.
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