The positive news about peptic ulcers is that they are easy to manage and require no special medical attention when detected early. But if left neglected for longer periods, the same could lead to serious complications. Symptoms of Stomach ulcer are characterized by pain in the stomach or the back that last between 30 minutes to 3 hours and which is usually relieved by taking in food or antacids. Once the effect of the antacids wears off, the pain returns to cause discomfort to the individual. Symptoms could also include heartburns (pyrosis) and burning sensations in the esophagus and stomach. Tell-tale signs like Nausea and vomiting are also displayed in cases of Peptic ulcers.
Acidophilus – Healthy colon flora should consist of roughly 85% lactobacilli and 15% coliform bacteria. Sadly, the average colon has those numbers flipped around and this can lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms including: GI toxicity, nutrient malabsorption, indigestion, gas, bloating, and more. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a “friendly” bacteria that can help you fight back against the “bad” bacteria by helping to restore the healthy balance of intestinal flora. It also aids digestion, lowers blood cholesterol levels, and can help you absorb more nutrients. Take it on an empty stomach before breakfast and about an hour before each meal.
Alfalfa – As one of the purest and most mineral rich foods on the planet, alfalfa is one of my top superfoods. Because of the fact it is so deep rooted (its roots can grow up to 130 feet deep) it picks up a ton of trace elements like phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, silicon, calcium, iron, and potassium, plus a boatload of other helpful vitamins and minerals, as well as digestive enzymes, and amino acids. Are you kidding me? Add Alfalfa to your rotation asap.
Aloe Vera – I like to take this as a juice because it cleanses the digestive tract and improves digestion. Efficient digestion is important for nutrient absorption, which as you know is very important when training. Aloe vera also helps heal gastro intestinal disorders such as constipation, ulcers, colitis, and various conditions of the colon. Plus it fights infections, holds varicose veins in check, and fights arthritis.
Barley Grass – This amazing supplement is a very good anti-inflammatory, plus it is chock full of all the essential amino acids. It is also high in iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, calcium, flavonoids, chlorophyll, as well as helpful enzymes and minerals. I used barley grass quite extensively when I was sick with great results as it helps heal colon, stomach, and duodenal disorders. But don’t skip out on barley grass just because you don’t have a stomach problem! It has a ton of awesome benefits.
Chlorella – Chlorella is an edible alga which is very high in vitamin B12 (it contains all of the B vitamins), but also contains vitamins C & E, rare trace minerals, protein, and amino acids. If you choose not to eat meat, you can try supplementing with chlorella because it is essentially a complete food.
Chlorophyll – Chlorophyll is essentially the green pigment in leaves that absorbs sunlight and converts it into energy. This is what I like to call the “lifeblood” of plants. I like to drink chlorophyll rich juices made from raw foods because of their cleansing effect of the lymph, blood, and intracellular fluid. Chlorophyll will help your body digest food better, absorb nutrients more efficiently, and boost your energy levels.
Coenzyme Q10 – Studies have shown that over 75% of folks over the age of 50 are deficient in coenzyme Q10. A deficiency can result in poor blood circulation which can result in heart disease.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – Contrary to popular myth, the body does need fat. It just needs the right KIND of fat. If you only take one supplement, make it Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are probably the most underrated, yet most powerful fat loss and health boosting supplement in the world. These “miracle” fats can increase metabolic rate, reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing cancer and heart disease, reduce stress, protect from bone loss, improve mood, reduce inflammation and pain in joints, and much more.
Fiber – Because of the processing and refining of most of our food these days, the average American diet is desperately deficient in fiber. Foods such as whole grains, beans, fresh raw veggies, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, and lentils are very high in fiber and should be eaten on a daily basis.
Garlic – Garlic has been one of the top supplements in the world for over 2000 years. It is a shame more people don’t harness the power of it! As a potent immune system booster and natural antibiotic, garlic can also reduce your risk of heart attack, fight cancer, destroy various viruses, as well has a host of other benefits. It is said that the allicin in garlic (the antibacterial property) has an effect equal to 1% of penicillin! You can use fresh cloves or use my personal favorite, the Kyolic supplement made by Wakunaga.
Kelp – Kelp is a type of seaweed and I like to use it as a salt substitute sometimes, not only because I like the taste, but because it is so rich in vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. I highly recommend using kelp, especially if you have thyroid problems
Kombucha Tea – This miracle tea is believed to have the power to reverse the aging process. I cannot personally vouch for this because I’ve got that young gene thing going on so you may have to ask me in 10 or 20 years lol. I love kombucha tea because it contains a host of health boosting substances, gives me a nice energy boost, and is a natural detoxifier.
Spirulina – If you want to look up superfood, look no further than spirulina. The concentrations of nutrients in spirulina are more than any plant, grain, or herb in the world. I’m talking, vitamin B12, chlorophyll, gamma-linolenic acid, iron, essential amino acids, and more! The high protein content in spirulina can also help stabilize blood sugar levels between meals and I like to use it in my raw juices.
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