Natural Gastritis Treatment
Do you need gastritis treatment?
By definition, gastritis is the inflammation of the stomach lining. There are several cause possibilities, such as an infection (bacterial, viral - even herpes simplex virus, fungal and parasitic), an accumulation of stomach bile, an irritant, or an autoimmune disorder.
As the stomach lining is irritated, it forms sores that are known as peptic ulcers and which develop in the stomach or small intestine (usually no farther than the opening).
The signs and symptoms of gastritis include such things as bad breath, heartburn, indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea and / or vomiting, loss of appetite, as well as the possibly of blood and dark stools. If left untreated, there will often be bleeding.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
Gastritis can be acute (sudden) or chronic (ongoing), and generally does not cause permanent damage to the lining of the stomach.
As there are several causes of gastritis - long term use of NSAIDS, alcohol, excessive coffee (or other acidic beverages) or tobacco use, chronic vomiting and / or excessive secretions of gastric acid (caused by such things as stress) - the gastritis treatment will vary depending on the cause.
Generally, natural gastritis treatment can begin with a fiber rich diet and foods that contain flavonoids, such as cranberries and apples (or their juices), celery, garlic and onions, along with tea, as they can inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Foods rich in antioxidants (vitamins A, the Bs, C and E) such as fruits (blueberries, cherries, tomatoes) and vegetables (squash, bell peppers) will help, as will foods high in vitamin B and calcium (whole grains, dark leafy vegetables - kale and spinach), almonds, and beans (all adding magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc).
Choose oils that are healthy (e.g.olive), while staying away from high fat foods, as they can increase any inflammation of the stomach lining. This means eating fewer red meats and more fish (salmon, halibut), soy products (rich in plant protein) or beans.
If you eliminate refined foods - white bread, pastas, crackers, cakes, cookies, donuts and sugars in general - you can eliminate trans fats from your diet. Further, by eliminating beverages that are known to be irritants, you can cut out several causes of gastritis (alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee). Incorporate, instead, eight glasses of pure water a day - this is an important part of natural gastritis treatment.
Probiotic supplements (acidophilus) can aid in gastrointestinal and immune health maintenance, as can alpha-lipoic acid and L-glutamine. Grapefruit seed extract is good for antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal immunity. Herbs are also a good way to strengthen the body and its systems, and are available dried (capsules, powders, teas), tinctures which are alcohol based and glycerites.
Try cat's claw, Reishi mushrooms, olive leaf extract (antibacterial or antifungal), peppermint and turmeric for inflammation as well as pain. Marigold (calendula) abounds in antioxidants and flavonoids. Ginger root has been used for digestive disorders since ancient times and is another useful herbal gastritis treatment.
Potato juice has been effective in gastritis treatment, as has rice gruel. Native Americans used dandelion for heartburn, stomach upsets and gastritis. Chamomile has a bioflavonoid called apigenin to aid in reducing the inflammation of the stomach lining.
Maintain a healthy weight, manage stress (a lot of this will be helped with a healthy diet), and get plenty of exercise (at least 30 minutes several days a week). This is essential not only for health but for the benefits of deep breathing (stress reducer).
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