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Gastritis

Gastritis refers to the inflammation of the stomach's linings. It can be chronic or acute. Chronic occurs gradually while acute is sudden.

Causes
The main cause is the overconsumption of alcohol. It is also caused by excessive use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin. Sometimes it develops after a serious injury or after a surgery particularly those who have undergone weight loss surgery. Moreover, infection with bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) causes chronic type. Other common causes are stress and autoimmune disorders.

Signs and symptoms.
The most common symptom is the pain at the upper central abdomen. The pain is aching, burning, sore, vague or dull. Other signs includes: weight loss, Bloating, Loss of appetite, Vomiting and Nausea.

Diagnosis.
Some of the methods used to verify the gastritis are: Urinalysis, use of x rays, Endoscopy, pregnancy, blood test and stool sample.

Product Category Recommendation: Gastrointestinal Health

Words from our in House Expert:

dr.-dave-bordered.jpgDr. Dave States: Inflammation typically starts in the stomach and bowels.  Over acidification through activity of the body and the mind through diet and exercise cause this problem for most individuals.  It takes a long time for this to start but it works great to alkalize with apple cider vinegar and get good digestive enzymes working in the body.  Garden of life Primal Defense is a great one to balance this system.  Many other alkalizing and nutrifying agents can be found sitewide in regard to the gastric system.

Treatment.
For the mild type, the liquid or tablet antacids are taken as the main treatment. They neutralize the linings of the stomach hence relief the pain. Some of the other medications are famotidine, ranitidine, nizatidine and cimetidine.

 

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