Ulcers are still a danger to most Americans, even though a study showed a decline in ulcer development in this country's population. The researchers revealed that around 500,000 people get this disease. The following guide will help you deal with an ulcer and help you find out if you have one as well.

Early Ulcer-Related Symptoms  

Your stomach contains acids called hydrochloric and pepsin acid that helps break down the food you eat as well as extract all the nutrients. These types of acids are very strong, but your stomach forms a mucous to protect itself from these strong acids.

Ulcers occur when you produce too much of these acids or not enough mucus to protect your stomach. This could happen because you are drinking or smoking too much or because you are taking too many anti-inflammatory medications.

There are other causes that your doctor can tell you about. The symptoms that you need to watch out for are the following:

  • Gnawing or pain in your abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Vomit or stool with some blood in it
  • Loss of weight and appetite
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Nausea

Talk to a doctor, such as those at Green & Seidner Family Practice, as soon as you experience some of these symptoms because it is better to be safe than sorry. Ulcers can lead to infections and bacterial overgrowth, among other serious complications, so it is better to have your doctor deal with it as soon as he or she can.

Naturally Prevent Ulcers

Many experts have noted that a high percentage of people with ulcers also have an overgrowth of a particular bacterium referred to as H. Pylori. The bacteria seems to help weaken the mucous protecting your stomach and leaves you vulnerable to ulcers.

Thankfully, there is a natural and simple way to prevent this type of bacteria from taking over your stomach by simply chewing on a special piece of gum called mastic gum. Mastic gum comes from the sun-dried sap of the Mastic tree that grows in areas of the Middle East and Greece.

The reason you should consider mastic gum is because it contains mastic oil, which is very potent and targets several bacteria cultures, like H. Pylori. To get these benefits, just chew on a mastic gum piece throughout the day, and eat some if you can. You can purchase mastic gum from your local health food store or online.

Remember that this is just a preventative measure and not a cure, so make sure you keep up with your regular doctor's appointments.