Duodenal ulcers can be a painful condition with problematic complications. While many lifestyle changes can alleviate symptoms and treat ulcers, infrared sauna ulcer relief is a natural healthy way to enjoy freedom from ulcers.

Let’s talk about what duodenal ulcers are and how an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas can help you heal from them.

What is a duodenal ulcer?

Your duodenum is the first part of your small intestine where your food goes through to reach your stomach.

After you have eaten, your stomach makes a number of strong acids that kill any bacteria and also to digest the food. These acids have a low pH which means that they are very corrosive and harmful if they come into contact with unprotected parts of your body.

To protect our stomachs from being digested by these acids, there is a thick layer of mucus that lines the stomach. This layer protects the stomach from being “attacked” by the acids that otherwise are supposed to be helpful.

If some reason, there is a corrosion of the mucus layer in the stomach, the acid now gains access not just to the stomach but to other parts of your digestive system such as your duodenum.

The corrosion caused by the stomach acids causes internal sores which are called duodenal ulcers.

What causes duodenal ulcers?

Duodenal ulcers can happen as a result of three things.

  1. An infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori for short). This is a type of bacteria commonly associated with infections of the human digestive system. Although the infection oftens begins in childhood, most children will never show symptoms of infection with this bacteria until they are adults. And while it is not completely clear how the Helicobacter. pylori infection spreads, researchers think that eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water could transmit the bacteria. Some infected people have the bacteria in their saliva, which suggests that infection can spread through direct contact with saliva or other body fluids. Infection with this bacteria causes swelling and inflammation of the duodenal lining which then prevents enough mucus from being produced. With this protective layer gone, acids attack the duodenum directly.
  2. Damage to the duodenal lining. There are everyday medications like aspirin and ibuprofen that can damage the lining of the duodenum. Alcohol and cocaine abuse, exposure to radiation, trauma from accidents and the reflux of bile into your stomach and small intestine can also damage the duodenum and cause an ulcer.
  3. Duodenal ulcers may also occur as a result of an autoimmune disease. In a healthy person, the immune system fights invasive cells such as bacteria,viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, in certain cases, a person’s immune system will “turn on them” and begin to attack healthy cells. This is called an autoimmune disease. In an autoimmune disease, a patient’s own immune cells begin to attack the cells of their body because the immune cells incorrectly identify those cells as “invaders”. Damage to the lining for instance could signal to immune cells in your duodenum that there is trouble. Autoimmune diseases are usually genetic. This means that if you have a close family member (mom, dad, biological siblings) who have suffered from duodenal ulcers in the past due to an autoimmune reaction, it is likely you may get it too.

How duodenal ulcers are treated

You need a special kind of doctor called a gastroenterologist to diagnose a duodenal ulcer.

If you feel sharp/burning pains in your upper abdomen that persists beyond 24 hours and are experiencing nausea, vomiting and bloating, it is worth your time to visit your doctor. These are all symptoms of duodenal ulcers.

A sign that you are experiencing a complication of duodenal ulcers is if you begin to notice that your stool is bloody or black.

In this case, don’t wait for 24 hours. Report immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Duodenal ulcers are treated mostly by making lifestyle changes.

Your doctor may ask you to stop eating certain foods, taking certain medications or drinking alcohol.

In addition, you may receive medication that reduces the amount of acid that is produced in your stomach (antacids).

A natural way to health yourself from duodenal ulcers is to spend some time in an infrared sauna.

An the rays from an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas penetrate the body and cause a brief but beneficial increase in body temperature inducing an artificial fever and mimicking the body’s natural mechanism to boost the immune system. This induced fever is one of the best ways to rid the body of unwelcome visitors such as toxins, viruses, and bacteria. With regular sessions in a sauna, ulcer-causing bacteria can be removed from the body naturally- before they do their damage.

Sauna ulcer relief can even be helpful if ulcers worsen and cause obstruction, or a narrowing and blockage. In an infrared sauna, heat penetrates the body 1-2 inches, heating the body from the inside and improving blood circulation. Increased blood flow can help relieve the swelling and scarring causing the obstruction.