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Ulcers are deteriorations (holes) in the lining of the stomach or upper small intestines (a region known as the "duodenum "). This disease is known to be exacerbated by excess stomach acidity, but may occur in cases of normal acidity as well. It is most often associated with infection by an organism called Helicobacter.
The early stage of eventual ulcer disease is often gastritis, which literally means "inflammation of the stomach".
Symptoms may include abdominal pain, "heartburn ", and sometimes, back pain. If the ulcer is severe and bleeding occurs, vomiting, diarrhea, black stools, anemia, dizziness and all other symptoms associated with internal bleeding may occur.
Ulcers are a life-threatening disorder. In 20%-30% of all cases, the only symptom or sign is internal bleeding, which can be extremely serious. Any symptom that suggests an ulcer must always be taken very seriously. Any blood in stool, whether it is black or red, must be checked immediately by a physician.
Medical treatment of ulcer disease consists of acid-reducing medications, dietary changes, antibiotics and medications for improving healing or protecting the involved areas. Surgery may be necessary in severe cases.
There are some known causes and exacerbating factors for this disease, including: smoking, alcohol, coffee, some teas, spicy foods, and stress. Some include milk products in this list.
Stress is a major factor and should be minimized as much as possible. Remember: "stress" is entirely determined by the mind of the person experiencing it. The same circumstances that are "stressful" to one person may be deemed "challenging" by another. We make our own stress. We can unmake it. Biofeedback and direct stress reduction therapy are two modalities by which this issue can be successfully addressed.
Preventive and nutritional factors: Avoiding the causative influences mentioned above is vital. Also avoid over-the-counter calcium-based antacids, as they often cause a "rebound" phenomenon whereby more acid is produced by the stomach than would otherwise be made there. In other words, they may significantly worsen the problem.
A diet high in fiber is helpful. Sugar should be avoided, as should the other offending items listed above. In general, smaller, more frequent meals are preferred to larger, less frequent ones. Sleeping on 2-3 pillows can help avoid reflux of food from the stomach into the esophagus ("food pipe") and the resultant esophagitis (food pipe inflammation) that can cause.
Nutrients that may help: vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C (taken with food), vitamin E, zinc and the bioflavonoids. (All these are well-balanced in the BioSlim Formulas.) Additional supplementation may include lactobacillus, or friendly, beneficial intestinal bacteria, available in capsule or liquid form. A comprehensive nutritional program is very important.
Of particular interest are: aloe vera extract, taken internally as a drink, and cabbage extract.
The BioSlim program is perfectly suitable for, and can be directly beneficial to, persons suffering from ulcer disease.