WHAT ARE THE NATURAL REMEDIES FOR GASTRITIS AND HOW TO USE THEM.
Millions of Americans use drugs which inhibit stomach acid to treat gastritis and other stomach problems. They are called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and are among the most widely prescribed drugs today, with annual sales of above one billion.
Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are the brands most commonly used in the US. The problem with them is that these drugs were not made to treat heartburn, so the majority of people taking them are taking the wrong medications. Besides, PPIs should also only be taken for a short period of time but people who suffer for stomach acid are usually chronic patients so they keep t taking the drugs continuously for months and years.
As for almost all drugs, PPI drugs treat the symptom only, they do not address the underlying cause, therefore you’re exposing yourself to additional health problems.
How PPIs work
By suppressing the production of stomach acid, which is against nature because, in most cases, heartburn is actually due to having too little acid in the stomach, not too much, therefore further damaging the stomach conditions because stomach acid is needed to help digest food and protect against pathogens eventually ingested.
PPIs are also addictive. So, it’s important that you wean yourself off of them gradually in order to avoid serious rebound symptoms.This is imperative. Never stop taking PPIs cold. Lower your dose and simultaneously implement the lifestyle change modification listed at the end of this article. I will take several weeks before you are completely free of PPIs
PPIs have been linked to serious health problems including:
- chronic kidney disease,
- hip fractures,
- increased risk for heart disease
- heart attacks. This is due to the drug ability to reduce nitric oxide (NO) in your blood vessel.
GASTRITIS, An Inflammation Not To Be Confused with Other Conditions
Gastritis is a condition very common in the population over the age of 50 : in fact, some estimates indicate that its incidence gets up to 50% among people belonging to this age group. Before speaking of the possible natural remedies for gastritis, it is better, however, to make it clear what this disorder involves and its main causes .
Gastritis, not to be confused with other disorders (like Reflux esophagitis which is an inflammation of the esophagus caused by regurgitation of the stomach contents) is an inflammation of the stomach mucosa: the inner walls of this organ are, in fact, protected by a wet membrane that serves as a barrier against the acids responsible for the digestion . When this membrane gets damaged by an increase of gastric acid or is not anymore able to regenerate itself completely, it leaves unprotected the most inner part of the stomach, promoting the feeling of “burning” caused by the action of the gastric juices.
THE MAIN SYMPTOMS OF GASTRITIS
Gastritis may occur, temporarily , in acute form , presenting symptoms such as:
- heartburn ;
- cramps and pain in the upper part of the abdomen;
- difficult to digest ;
- abdominal bloating ;
- nausea and vomiting .
- In the most severe cases gastritis can also become chronic -turning into a permanent inflammation of the gastric mucosa – and present a less defined symptomatology, although one of the most obvious signs is represented by related disorders in digestion .
UNDERLYING CAUSES OF GASTRITIS
The causes of gastritis (which are not to be confused with heartburn, which is just one of its consequences) are classified according to the type thereof. In the case of acute form, the triggers may be several:
- poor nutrition;
- abuse of drugs called NSAIDs (pain and inflammation, which damage the gastric mucosa, arresting regeneration);
- alcohol abuse or irritating foods that increase gastric secretion thus irritating the stomach lining.
however, in the case of chronic gastritis, the causes can be bacterial and one of the most common and widespread is the Helicobacter Pylori, a bacterium that colonizes the gastric mucosa deteriorating it.
In order to better understand the ways this bacterium is transmitted, its symptoms and
the most appropriate treatments to stop the proliferation of this bacterium, you can refer to specific online pages of the portals of epidemiology to public health.
WHAT TO EAT WITH GASTRITIS?
Even an ‘ improper nutrition and abuse of certain foods may increase the incidence of gastritis. As also mentioned by a specific article published on the website of the Italian oncologist, Dr. Veronesi Foundation, the treatment and prevention of gastritis start right at the table. Before we discuss the foods that have to be limited in the presence of gastritis, we should remember 3 simple rules that should be put into practice on a daily basis:
- Avoid bingeing by spreading the food to be consumed during the day into 5 main meals , this will more evenly distribute the amount of ingested substances; a snack mid-morning and one mid-afternoon will also help to control the acidity of the stomach;
- Avoid eating too fast and try to chew each bite with care; food properly chewed, in fact, has a shorter permanence time in the stomach and this limits heartburn and acidity;
- Do not think about your problems when you are ready to eat to keeping away the stress factors during meals; therefore, in general, it would be wiser, if possible, to have lunch away from your office desk.
In the presence of gastritis, it is, therefore, necessary to pay special attention to the daily diet and the foods to eat, in order to avoid or at least limit those that can alter the acidity of the stomach and further damage the gastric mucosa .
In general, it is good to reduce the consumption of carbonated beverages, coffee (or caffeine-containing beverages), spirits, strong cheeses and sausages, red meat and meat broth.
Instead, you must give preference to light food and easy to digest, such as fruits and seasonal vegetables, lean fish and white meats, well-cooked bread, crackers, and biscuits.
Regarding the cooking methods, grilling or steaming are to be favored. Avoid frying.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR GASTRITIS
In the presence of gastritis , you can benefit and find some relief through herbalism. In fact there are plants that can be very useful to counter this problem: one of the best known and exploited in the formulation of specific supplements for this problem is the gentian ( Gentiana lutea ), that “facilitates the digestive process and solves the most common disorders related to poor digestion” (but mainly capable of protecting the gastric mucosa with a soothing and regenerating effect .
Often the gentian is used in synergy with cabbage ( Brassica oleracea ), whose extract stimulates the production of new cells and is extremely valuable for the stomach and the intestine; this plant can, in fact, exerts a soothing action on the digestive system and, in particular, it promotes the healing of wounds , both of the king and of the mucous”.
A Legendary plant
Gentian is a medicinal plant known for centuries: its name comes from the name of the king of the nation Illiria, Genzio (Gentius ) that as early as the second century BC, according to Pliny the Elder writes, discovered the healing properties of the plant .
The people of the Magyars (the ancient Hungarians) instead called gentian ” King Ladislaus holy grass “. In fact, this king Ladislaus owes to this plant much of his reputation as a saint. According to a legend, a lightning bolt sent by God pointed the king to a gentian plant, thanks to which he was able to ward off a terrible plague that raged Hungary in the eleventh century
Finally, in this brief overview of natural remedies for gastritis, it should also be mentioned the condurango ( Marsdenia condurango ), a liana of South America, whose root is containing condurangina, or a mixture of glucosides, which is used to facilitate the digestive function and to give relief “in acute and chronic gastric pain , and as a gastric tonic.
Garlic should be eating every day because of its ability to optimize bowel flora and kill pathogenic organisms such as H. pylori. Eat one or three cloves of garlic a day (I eat up to 4)
But It is important to note that the garlic MUST be eaten fresh because its active ingredient is destroyed within several hours of smashing the garlic.Compress the garlic with a spoon prior to swallowing it . Do not swallow the clove intact or you will not convert the allicin to its active ingredient. I chew it in salads, or eat together with lard, and sprinkle it over soups. Do not take garlic pills because they are virtually worthless and should not be used.
Drink about one gallon of pure water per day along with high doses of a good quality probiotic (beneficial bacteria). This is generally enough to restore normal stomach function in the vast majority of patients.
Extra virgin, cold pressed, olive oil has been found could help prevent and treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections, the cause of millions of cases of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease each year.In laboratory cultures, the phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil had strong antibacterial effects against eight strains of H. pylori, including antibiotic-resistant strains. The compounds were also shown to be capable of remaining stable in the harsh acidic conditions of the stomach.
Previous studies have shown that natural foods such as green tea and cranberry juice inhibit the growth of H. pylori infections in the stomach lining. For the first time olive oil has been looked at in this context.
In laboratory cultures, the phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil had strong antibacterial effects against eight strains of H. pylori, including antibiotic-resistant strains. The compounds were also shown to be capable of remaining stable in the harsh acidic conditions of the stomach.
Until next time.