My husband gets painful stomach ulcers several times a year.
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband gets painful stomach ulcers several times a year. He’s changed his diet significantly and I’m hoping there are natural things he can try as well. What do you suggest?” — Sally B., Valdosta, GA
A. Dear Sally, Digestive health has long been considered the key to good health overall. Any stomach disorder can take a toll on how we get through the day.
One of the first things you need to do when you have any issues of the ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach or intestine – is to begin soothing your digestive system. This is critical, because people with stomach ulcers, especially the painful kind, need quick and effective relief.
You may have heard of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), an extract of licorice. DGL is a powerful antioxidant, works as an antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. Part of its antimicrobial properties include that it is a natural inhibitor of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is involved in many ulcers and other kinds of stomach irritation.
We used to think that the only way to supplement with DGL was a chewable tablet. But new research shows that there is a special, advanced form that doesn’t have to be chewed. This is important, because many people have been put off by the intense taste of DGL in the past.
The DGL I recommend is standardized to glabridin and flavonoids. I would have your husband take this DGL once or twice per day.
For additional support, he may also want to consider adding in an omega-7 from sea buckthorn that includes both seed and pulp oil for the full benefits of the plant. I would have him take sea buckthorn once or twice per day.
Lastly, I think he could benefit from taking human strain probiotics once or twice a day with meals.
Terry . . . Naturally