Eating away Ulcers

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"I was excited to be able to take control of my health by what I was eating."

Mucinogens chia seeds fenugreek plantains stomach ulcers

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My name is Ian, and I am 30 years old, and I'd say maybe it was about 10 years ago at this point, I was having some stomach ulcers. I got H pylori bacteria while traveling abroad, and these ulcers showed up and I was dealing with a lot of doctors and the endoscopies, the colonoscopies, all this stuff. We weren't making a ton of progress. I think we killed the bacteria using the medicines, but I was left with a lingering stomach discomfort. Whenever I ate acidic foods like tomatoes or orange juice, I really couldn't have tomato sauce. Really Couldn't. Couldn't eat Citrus at all, it was quite bothersome for my stomach. And so I started to look at it, so I had this bacteria in my belly that did all this damage. How do I heal? How do I come up with a diet or different things that I can do to influence my stomach health? And I dove deep in and I got into this whole world of mucinogens and I think that's where my journey started. I went deeper and deeper. It was mucinogens, meaning food that you eat that makes your stomach produce mucus, I think, or either that the food itself has a gel-like substance that it produces, I don't actually recall. Either way, you want something that produces something to coat your stomach and the things that I found in the research were oatmeal, which is great because oatmeal's great to heal. And it produces a mucus, and that helps coat the stomach and help kind of set up my day for having a little bit of a line of defense against stomach pain if I ended up eating some acidic things or drinking some coffee or what have you? And then I started diving into eating raw plantains, which were terrible. They almost had, like, a taste of fibrous wood pulp in your mouth. But apparently this pulpiness was somehow helping me. So I started eating these raw plantains once a day as well. And as I got deeper, I found that people were recommending I make fenugreek tea. Fenugreek is like a spice. I think it is used in Indian cuisine. And the tea, if you steep the fenugreek seeds, they produced a gel, and this gel again was supposed to help put my stomach at ease. So I was looking at all these synogens and trying to find ways to make my belly feel better. So that it could heal and so that I could continue to lead a normal life and with the plantains and with the oatmeal and the fenugreek, it was weird, you could never really tell what it was doing. I could never be like, today was a good day because of this. It's always hard to track these things.

But I felt empowered by being able to do anything for my body naturally, without having to go to my doctors because my doctors would tell me how we dealt with H. Pylori bacteria. And now you just have these stomach ulcers that just need to heal. So it was an interesting journey, and I remember another one, that is, chia seeds. And it was like before chia seeds were super popular. I guess in all the stores in New York you could spend like $9 on a bowl of chia seeds or whatever this was. I'd buy the package of chia seeds and I'd sprout them. And I would just eat chia pudding, I guess you'd call it, and I'd put it in my foods and again these things that produce mucus that helps coat and heal, which I thought was really cool. So it was fun. That was a fun little project. And I was excited to be able to take control of my health by what I was eating. But it was an interesting time. I do remember mentioning some of this stuff from my doctors, and they were looking at me like I had four heads or something, but it was fun to dive on the Internet and see all these forums about people with ulcers and how they were managing them and the ways for me to naturally affect my body. And I think one of the interesting takeaways from this whole thing was that if you think, we form hypotheses around how we think we can affect our health in a positive way. So, from this experience, looking at the class of foods, mucinogens and taking them and trying different things, I definitely in this process found an appreciation for the scientific method. Just saying, Okay, I have a hypothesis. I have a theory. Let me go and test it with a bunch of things that I'm going to try and kind of be very conscious of the effects of it, not do it blindly. Not think, Oh, this is it 100% the solution, But no. But just to reflect on it as I'm doing it and kind of track my progress and see how I'm doing and try it's all qualitative science, right? It's not quantitative over there, taking any measurements or anything of my of my ulcers and seeing them grow or anything because they're in my belly, you can't really track it, but at least allowed me an appreciation for the type of work that you can do on your own body as long as you have sound methodology. So that's kind of interesting exploration. And I was glad. Now I don't have stomach ulcers, I don't remember exactly how they resolved since it was so long ago, but yeah, I think now, whenever I experience different health situations, I always am cognizant to form a hypothesis. Figure out what types of treatment, or what types of methods I can use to make myself feel better. And then test those things and reflect on them and try and be analytical, even when doing things that are homeopathic or doing things that are not necessarily Western medicine.