Isn’t it fascinating to delve into the mysteries of our own bodies, especially when it comes to understanding diseases and abnormalities? All around the globe, scientists are tirelessly working to unravel these mysteries, aiming to enhance human health and well-being. But let’s be honest, not many of us would volunteer to be a guinea pig for these experiments, right?
Now, let’s talk about my recent health journey. For the past few months, I’ve been grappling with what seems to be a stomach ulcer. It’s been a rollercoaster of discomfort and pain, and I’ve been trying various strategies to soothe my symptoms. However, I haven’t yet sought a formal diagnosis or treatment plan from a healthcare professional (did you know that stomach ulcers don’t have a definitive cure?). So, I’ve been learning and unlearning a lot during this time.
You might be wondering why I haven’t visited a hospital for a proper check-up. Well, on one hand, it’s a matter of affordability. On the other hand, the symptoms seem pretty clear-cut, and I’m already using the medications that a doctor would likely prescribe.
So, what have I learned so far? First off, going hungry when you have a stomach ulcer is a big no-no. Experts say that an empty stomach can worsen ulcer symptoms and slow down the healing process. Eating small, frequent meals can neutralize stomach acid and provide a protective coating for the stomach lining. So, fasting or going for long periods without food can lead to increased stomach acid production, exacerbating pain, and hindering ulcer healing.
This brings me to a concern about weight gain. I’ve been maintaining a steady weight of 70 kg for the past few years, and I’m quite comfortable with it. I wouldn’t want anything to disrupt this balance. But should I be worried? Experts say not necessarily. People with ulcers aren’t necessarily at risk of gaining weight due to frequent eating. In fact, maintaining a regular eating schedule with small, nutritious meals can be beneficial for managing ulcer symptoms.
Now, let’s talk about food. I’ve learned that I need to steer clear of acidic foods. I used to think that fried foods were acidic and should be avoided, but it turns out that the acidity of foods isn’t determined by the cooking method, but rather by the inherent properties of the ingredients in the food.
Three foods that I love - pap, gaari, and oatmeal - have been under scrutiny since my ulcer journey began. Pap and gaari are fermented foods with a pH of around 4, meaning they are acidic. As for oatmeal, my concern is about the sugar I add to it. Experts advise against excessive sugar consumption for individuals with stomach ulcers due to its potential to stimulate increased stomach acid production, exacerbating ulcer symptoms. In addition, high-sugar diets may disrupt the balance of gut microbes, impacting gastrointestinal health and hindering ulcer healing
Another intriguing lesson I’ve picked up on this journey is the importance of sleeping position in managing stomach ulcer discomfort. Experts suggest that sleeping on the left side can be beneficial for those with stomach ulcers or acid reflux. This position allows the stomach to sit below the esophagus, reducing the chance of stomach acid flowing back into the esophagus.
In my experience, this position has been helpful in reducing discomfort, although it can feel a bit unnatural at first, and I often find myself shifting positions throughout the night. This restlessness has led to many sleepless nights. However, it’s important to remember that everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your body.
As my health journey continues, exploring the intricacies of stomach ulcers has been a captivating adventure. Navigating discomfort and learning from my experiences has been enlightening. From debunking myths about fried foods to understanding the impact of sugar on ulcer symptoms, each revelation adds a layer to this journey. The importance of sleep positions and the nuances of dietary choices have become crucial allies in managing this challenge. Sharing this expedition is both personal and relatable, offering insights that resonate with the universal pursuit of well-being.
Here's to unraveling more mysteries and embracing the unique path to health together!
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