You’ve most likely heard of ulcers or seen commercials for ulcer medication. While this medical condition is quite common, it can also be incredibly dangerous if not properly treated.
Let’s take a step back. What are ulcers?
Ulcers, also commonly referred to as peptic ulcers, are “open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine.” There are typically two kinds of ulcers: gastric ulcers — which “occur on the inside of the stomach” — and duodenal ulcers — which “occur on the inside of the upper portion of your small intestine” or duodenum. Both forms of ulcers generally present with similar symptoms including “burning stomach pain, bloating, belching, or feeling full, heartburn, nausea, and if you find you can’t tolerate fatty foods.” Yet, if you don’t seek out medical treatment these symptoms can progress including “vomiting (or vomiting blood), faintness and trouble breathing, appetite changes, unexplained weight loss, and dark tarry stools (or blood in your stool).”
Luckily, there are many plant-based foods that are healing for ulcers including flavonoids and probiotics — such as kale, broccoli, legumes, soybeans, green tea, red grapes, kimchi, and miso — as well as plant-based stomach friendly foods — such as garlic, cranberry, dark chocolate, and flaxseed — and lots of veggies and fruits, in particular, cabbage, carrot, celery, raspberries, and elderberries.
Here are 15 recipes from the Food Monster App that may help soothe ulcers!
Source: Raspberry Lemon Tart Smoothie
This Raspberry Lemon Tart Smoothie by Maryea Flaherty provides an array of powerful anti-inflammatory agents including gut-healing flavonoids. With 4 simple ingredients — frozen raspberries, fresh lemon juice, stevia powder, and water — this is a great frozen treat to pack for breakfast or sip on after dinner.
Source: Fresh Cranberry Scones
Start your day with these simple, warming, and refreshing Fresh Cranberry Scones by Lan Pham Wilson. The bulk of these scones comes from fresh cranberries, which also happen to be flavonoid-rich and great for healing ulcers. Plus, you’ll get a citrusy dose of orange zest and candied ginger, all enriched with coconut oil.
Source: Raw Purple Sauerkraut
This Raw Purple Sauerkraut recipe by Julia Winnicki offers a double dose of ulcer healing properties. Sauerkraut is fermented, meaning it is a probiotic food, and it is made from cabbage. In this recipe, Winnicki uses both green and purple cabbage, along with fermented miso paste and stomach-soothing ginger.
Source: Cafe Style Matcha Tea Latte