Intermittent Fasting may Cause Stomach Ulcers in Some People

Many people report having stomach ulcers are following intermittent fasting either for weight loss or for religious purposes. But there is no study or theory which can prove the link between these two. But in general, fasting for long hours can damage the stomach and intestinal linings, increasing the risk for damage.

Stomach ulcers and gastric ulcers are extremely painful sores that sometimes show up in stomach linings. Medically, they are called peptic ulcers which can either show up in the stomach or inside the small intestine lining.

The mucous lining inside the stomach is a part of the natural immunity of the body. it is a small effort by the digestive system to protect the stomach wall putting a hold on invaders to enter inside the stomach and cause infection.

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Normally, these ulcers show up when this stomach or intestinal lining is damaged at any part. This damage could be natural or triggered by an internal factor such as stress. Acids etc. when this lining becomes weak, thin, or worn away, the ulcer appears.

The ulcer patients connect their role with the food that they eat. The majority of them believe that an empty stomach causes ulcers and eating food every now and then can save them from it. But mentioned before, these ulcers are formed when there is damage to the stomach lining which is mostly caused by digestive acids.

Surprisingly, intermittent fasting doesn’t cause but improve these stomach ulcers. However, fasting doesn’t always mean to stop eating everything. Such type of diet is not intermittent fasting but starvation which is associated with a number of health problems.

Intermittent fasting helps in healing stomach ulcers. When a person is not eating much, there is a low chance of the stomach lining damage caused by stomach acid. But this benefit can not be obtained from a couple of days and take much longer to show results.

Health experts suggest at least two weeks of intermittent fasting (not continuously) to improve the stomach ulcer issue. But if the problem is already at a higher level, the doctor may recommend following a water fasting diet along with some medicines.

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Fasting means to stop eating or drinking and intermittent fasting is much more ‘refined’ than fasting alone. Fasting can improve the pain and severity of ulcers but it doesn’t mean that an ulcer patient should start starving himself suddenly. Changing a diet like this can cause more damage than benefits. It can lower energy, affect metabolism, and damage health. For a start, a person can follow these tips.

Increase water intake, including juice, shakes, and smoothies. But it should not be empty calories means high sugary drinks with no nutrition.

  • Take veggie juice, fruit juice, or a combination of both.
  • Start ‘drinking’ your calories instead of ‘eating’ them.

Intermittent fasting can also be planned after consulting a nutritionist. This type of fasting is more beneficial because it is customized as per an individual, his dietary requirements, and health goals.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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