Peptic ulcers, or stomach ulcers, are lesions or holes in the lining of the stomach. Stomach ulcers have a number of causes. Stress and poor dietary habits are the normal causative factors in stomach ulcer development. However, some people are just prone to the development of stomach ulcers.
Stress Can Cause Ulcers
Stress is one of what medical science calls the “silent killers.” Stress has been shown to be a causative factor in elevated blood pressure, heart disease and the formation of stomach ulcers. Stress causes your body to produce adrenaline and dump it in your system. This adrenaline production also stimulates the production of acids in your stomach, which slowly eat at the stomach lining and over time, cause an ulcer to form.
Diet Can Cause Ulcers
Foods high in acid content have been proven to at least assist in the formation of stomach ulcers. Whether they cause ulcers will depend on which medical professional you speak with. Some say that there is no doubt they do, others say there is no doubt that they only assist. The only thing both groups can agree on is that if your diet contains large quantities of spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits and other acidic foods, you will be more likely to develop stomach ulcers. If you like to overeat from time to time, you may be causing ulcers near the upper opening of your stomach to the esophagus.
How Diet and Fitness Contribute
You may be one of those people that constantly worries about your weight or that your level of fitness isn’t high enough. So you work harder and modify your diet even more, starving your body of essential nutrients it needs to rebuild your stomach lining. The worry is causing stress. Both factors can lead to the formation of stomach ulcers. Also, if you’re the type that psyches yourself up for exercise, you’re causing your body to create more adrenaline, which in turn is creating a condition in your stomach that is conducive to the formation of ulcers.
Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
Cigarette smoking has been shown to cause ulcers, but if you’re big into fitness, chances are you’re not a smoker, so that shouldn’t be an issue for you. However, just about everyone wakes up with a cup (or pot) of coffee every morning. Caffeine has been shown to be a causative factor in the formation of stomach ulcers. This is because the caffeine is an overall body stimulant which causes your body to produce more stomach acids. If you like to have a drink from time to time, you should be aware that alcohol is another causative factor in the formation of stomach ulcers.
Fitness, coupled with the wrong choices of food, or stress, can indeed cause ulcers. Your body may be prone to conditions that are conducive to stomach ulcers forming. Check with your medical practitioner to find ways to combat the formation of ulcers.