A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Gastritis
I had a question the other day about gastritis.
Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of your stomach.
It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).
Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications like aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs.
It may also be caused by any of the following:
>Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori): A bacteria living in the mucous lining of your stomach. Without treatment the infection can lead to ulcers, and in some people, stomach cancer.
>Pernicious anemia: A form of anemia occurring when your stomach lacks a naturally occurring substance needed to properly absorb and digest vitamin B12.
>Bile reflux: A backflow of bile into your stomach from your bile tract (connecting to your liver and gallbladder).
>Infections caused by bacteria and viruses.
If gastritis is left untreated, it can lead to a severe loss of blood and may increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.
Symptoms of gastritis vary, and in many people there are no symptoms.
However, the most common symptoms include:
>Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
>Burning or gnawing feeling in your stomach between meals or at night
>Loss of appetite
>Vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material
>Black, tarry stools
Most people with gastritis improve quickly once treatment has begun.
Once the underlying problem disappears, the gastritis usually does, too.
To deal with gastritis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Consume plenty of fresh, raw, unroasted pumpkin seeds.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Decrease toxic exposures (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Maintain a healthy weight.