Gastritis affects an alarmingly large number of people all around the world. This is a wide spread disease due to its multiple causes ranging from stress to infection, to a poor diet, and even a few pharmaceutical medicines.
Gastritis is the irritation in the stomach lining that can lead to stomach discomfort as well as peptic ulcers and other health issues. It can occur as a one time or in frequent cycles. It can also become a chronic health disorder if the underlying causes of gastritis are not addressed on time.
What are the Symptoms of Gastritis?
Sometimes gastritis will cause no symptoms at all, even when the underlying health concerns that can lead to the disease are still present. When there is a flare up gastritis can cause:
- Abdominal pain
- Upset stomach
- Black, tar-like stool
- Loss of Appetite
When gastritis is left unchecked, it can also lead to:
- Autoimmune disease
- Stomach ulcers
- Stomach tumors
- Pernicious Anemia
What Causes Gastritis?
Gastritis is caused by a few different culprits:
- Medicines, particularly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, called NSAIDs, have been linked to gastrointestinal disease. Painkillers like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve can also negatively affect the stomach lining, leading to irritation, and swelling.
- The use of histamine blockers or proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, for example, omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC), omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC), rabeprazole (Aciphex), rabeprazole (Aciphex), esomeprazole (Nexium), and Zegerid, a rapid release form of omeprazole.
- Infection with H. pylori, a harmful gut bacteria.
- Viral or bacterial infections
- An overproduction of stomach acid (bile reflux)
- The consumption of alcohol
- A poor diet which can lead to leaky-gut syndrome and the wearing of the intestinal lining.
- Constant stress which is known to cause inflammation of the gut and an increase in gastric acid
- Smoking, which alters the gut flora and lining
- Autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s disease
- Over the counter ant-acids
FOODS THAT CAN AGGRAVATE GASTRITIS
Gastritis is not only caused, in part, by what we eat, but can be worsened by the foods we choose. These include:
- High fat foods
- Highly processed foods
- Sugary food items
- Caffeinated and carbonated drinks
- Foods that contain high levels of citric acid like pineapple and grapefruit
- Hot or overly spicy foods
- Junk food
Foods that lack nutritional elements such as vitamin B12, (for example salmon, fortified cereals, or soy). Vegetarians and vegans are often deficient in B12 because they do not eat meat where most of the people get their B12 vitamins. A bi weekly supplement of at least 2000 mg can fill the gap of this nutritional deficiency.
FOODS THAT CAN HELP STOP H. PYLORI – ONE CAUSE OF GASTRITIS
Conversely, there are edibles you can eat to help stop the discomfort of gastritis, and that can even help the condition to reverse by stopping one of its causes, the growth of H. pylori. A diet rich in fiber and food items that are rich in flavonoids can greatly reduce the incidence of gastritis, including:
- Green tea
You can also try good food washing techniques to make sure you are not exposing your body unnecessarily to harmful microbes that can cause gastritis.
How is Gastritis Diagnosed?
If you have any of the symptoms of gastritis, you can seek a diagnosis from your doctor. They will use one of the following diagnostic tools or a combination to find out if you have a gastric disease:
- Physician interview: Your doctor may simply ask you if you have a history of taking NSAIDs or pain relievers to find out if this could be contributing to your symptoms of gastritis.
- Upper endoscopy: This method uses a tiny camera mounted to the end of a tube that is inserted into the mouth, and then down into the stomach. Your doctor is looking for inflammation (redness and swelling) of the stomach lining.
- Biopsy: With this method, your doctor will take a tiny sample of your stomach lining to be sent to a laboratory for further study.
- Blood tests: Doctors will commonly order blood tests to check the red blood cell count to see if you have anemia, or an H. pylori infection – both of which can indicate causes of gastritis.
- Stool (fecal matter) test: This method is used to determine if there is any blood in your stool which can be caused from an inflamed or infected stomach lining, or intestinal tract.
Grocare believes in a holistic, natural form of full-body care that not only stops gastritis, but supports digestive and gut health overall.
If you don’t address the environmental toxins, poor quality food, lack of sleep, and stress, which all lead to a gastritis incident, it will likely recur. If you don’t address intestinal health and work to recreate a healthy micro-biota, allopathic medicines will do nothing more than provide temporary relief, as they never address the underlying, root cause of the health issue someone is facing.
How to Cure Gastritis Permanently
To cure Gastritis Permanently is a two-step approach. First one needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat wholesome homemade foods which are easy to digest. Second is to take the right medicines to balance the pH combat the h pylori bacteria and other pathogens in the gut to make it healthy again. Xembran and acidim together are the best medicine for gastritis which have over 85% results.
There are two herbal medicines by Grocare which help in gastritis treatment: Acidim and Xembran.
It helps balance the pH of the entire intestinal systems & abdomen seamlessly.
Acidim regularizes the amount of acid in the stomach. Thus, digestion is completed. ACIDIM also increases gastric motility, thus allowing digested food to get expelled from the stomach. Hence, food doesn’t ferment and release gas, the stomach is empty and the discomfort ends. Acidim also helps in Herxheimer reactions caused when killing H pylori and other bad bacteria releases toxins.
The main active ingredients in acidim are:
Ipomea terpathum: This plant contains some laxative and cathartic properties. Therefore, used as a digestive aid.
Eugenia cryophyllata: This is also known as clove and possesses some essential oils and vitamin A and C which are very effective in prevention and treatment of gastritis.
Cyprus rotundus: this plant also has antioxidant properties which gives a gastroprotective effect to treat gastritis and other stomach issues
Emblica ribes: This is also known as false black pepper and has some anti-bacterial, anti-flatulence and antiprotozoal activities, therefore, included in this formula to treat gastritis.
It is a bacteriostatic to eliminate H pylori and other harmful bacteria from the body.
Xembran stops growth as well as kills H. pylori in the stomach and regulates gut microflora. Xembran works along with the body’s defense mechanism to eliminate the harmful bacteria and restores gut health. Acidim and Xembran together help in gastritis treatment and also help to repair and restore the stomach lining without any side effects.
The active ingredients in xambran include:
Shankha bhasma: It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, antispasmodic and stool binding agent.
Myristika fragrans: It is a great anti-inflammatory, pain relieving remedy if you are suffering from digestive issues. Therefore, it is used as a carminative to aid digestion problems.
Zingibar officinale: It is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties therefore, is used in several digestive ailments such as gastritis and stomach infections.
Some other constituents are also present in this medicine in small concentrations.
Usually medical practitioners prescribe Proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics as the first line of treatment in gastritis. However the US FDA has issued several announcements that PPIs should not be consumed for over 14 days thrice a year as they may cause osteoporosis and other side effects. You can read this safety announcement here: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm213206.htm
Antibiotics for bacterial issueshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4635158/ – This study shows that with time antibiotics are becoming ineffective at eradicating the bacteria. Moreover, there are also many cases that report recurring symptoms after antibiotic treatment of H pylori and their tests showing negative results.
Gastritis Treatment with other medicines
Oddly, gastritis is often treated with some of the very medicines that can cause it.
Antacids are often used to reduce the acid in your stomach, with the thought that this will resolve the gastritis. This does not address the damage to the stomach lining that has often already been caused. Antacids also only act to mask the symptoms. While they can provide temporary relief, they can make the problem of gastritis more pronounced over time, and do nothing to address the underlying issues, such as poor gut health, bacterial infections, etc.
When antacids don’t work, doctors will often then resort to medicines called H2 blockers, like ranitidine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid and Pepcid AC), nizatidine (Axide), and cimetidine (Tagamet). These medicines also reduce the production of acid in the stomach, yet fail to address the underlying cause or causes of gastritis. H2 blockers can also cause numerous unpleasant side effects.
PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS (PPIS)
When these medicines don’t work, allopathic medicine usually then resorts to using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as lansoprazole or omeprazole. These medicines also work on the cells of the stomach to reduce the production of acid.
Proton Pump Inhibitors can also cause the body to have difficulty absorbing much-needed nutrients, as well as severe diseases ranging from heart attacks to kidney disease.
IMPROVE YOUR DIET
It is estimated that every single chronic disease has a root in an overactive inflammatory response in the body. Thus by eating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, non-processed grains, sprouts, and nuts, we can reduce this overactive inflammatory response, and also reduce gastritis.
Stress has been linked in a myriad of scientific studies to poor immunity, stomach ailments, leaky gut, and a number of other gastrointestinal diseases.
A stress-free, healthy stomach has a built0in barrier that prevents stomach acid from making contact with the stomach wall tissue. Thousands of glands and cells in the stomach lining are constantly creating mucus to protect it.
In gastritis, stomach ulcers and related problems, it is this mucus barrier that is compromised. When we are stressed we create more stomach acid that can cause severe damage of the stomach wall. Sometimes the mucus barrier may be normal but the stomach acid is copious or highly acidic and the mucus barrier just cannot cope.
Toxic build up in the intestines can cause acute pain attacks if you have gastritis. This is the body’s way of saying ‘Save me’ I have just eaten or absorbed something that I should not have.
By reducing toxic build up in the body that comes from eating highly overly spicy foods, processed foods, genetically modified foods, foods that are overly sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, lead, arsenic, mercury, BPAs, and more, it is good to follow a sound detox program.
Some simple ways to help the body detoxify naturally are to increase the consumption of pure water, occasionally drink green tea and eating organic green leafy vegetables.
GET MORE SLEEP
When you sleep, your body produces melatonin, and this hormone helps to kill H. Pylori – a common cause of gastritis. Sleep can also lower stress, and help to reduce gut inflammation and guess what? Your gut produces about 400 times melatonin than your pineal gland where most people assume this important hormone is predominantly manufactured.
So when you get a good night's sleep for at least 8 hours every night, harmful bacteria are less likely to cause gastritis plus there will also be less production of stomach acid if sleep on time which is also another great benefit to avoid complications.
Your immune system is also boosted overall and thousands of important “rest and repair” actions take place when you go to sleep.
REMOVE GASTRITIS CAUSING MEDICINES
We are well aware of the fact that NSAIDs, antihypertensive medications and some other medicines can cause or worsen gastritis. This is also mentioned by the doctor while he prescribes you anyone of these drugs. If you are able, replace these medicines with more natural alternatives to treating the illnesses they were meant to address.
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