Gastritis is an inflammatory process that occurs in the inner lining of the stomach: the gastric mucosa. Whether acute or chronic, gastritis is a superficial involvement of the mucosa, unlike the ulcer that digs the wall.
The term gastritis is often misused by those who have chronic pain in the stomach area. Diagnosis of gastritis requires the gastroenterologist to perform gastroscopic fibroscopy, with specimens for microscopic analysis (biopsies).
Gastritis is mainly caused by a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori. This is the most common cause. Once contracted, the bacteria will remain permanently buried in the lining of the gastric wall and induce chronic inflammation, then the appearance of atrophy of the mucosa and intestinal metaplasia.
Many external factors are likely to attack the lining of the stomach and cause gastritis:
- medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatories;
- recent infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
The Helicobacter pylori have been recognized as “carcinogenic”. This means that its continued presence in the lining of the stomach induces a chronic inflammatory state likely to promote the appearance of cancer cells. It is therefore imperative to treat it as soon as it is found during an examination of the stomach
Infection with Helicobacter pylori is usually contracted in childhood. The more unfavorable the hygiene, the higher the risk of being infected by Helicobacter. In France, 20 to 30% of people are carriers of Helicobacter pylori. Most of the time, Helicobacter pylori infection is unknown to the patient for many years and discovered on samples taken during a fibroscopy.
- ACIDIM: ACIDIM is associated with an anti-inflammatory property in the body. That’s why people with gastritis often take over-the-counter ACIDIM. This not only helps to reduce acid reflux but also helps regenerate the digestive lining too.
- XEMBRAN: XEMBRAN is a good source for bacteriostatic and bactericidal action. Not only can it help mobilize food in your stomach, but also keeps the level of your pyloric pH balanced juices.
- Peppermint: If your stomach is churning out extra acidic secretions, you can benefit from peppermint. The menthol present in this plant can reduce nausea, indigestion and acid reflux. You can chew a couple of peppermint leaves or crush some green leaves in your tea, steep them and drink.
- Pineapple: Pineapple contains bromelain (in the central stem), one of the enzymes that reduce protein, reduce inflammation and support wound healing. Bromelain is active in different PHs, in the stomach and in the small intestine. In animal studies, bromelain has been used to treat ulcers by rapidly healing the gastric mucosa. Fresh pineapple juice (do not drink too cold) has a high level of enzymes that will help you stop your acid reflux. You can also buy bromelain tablets. Whenever you suffer from stomach upset & acid reflux start chewing and eating these dry grapefruit strips. Eat only a few of them to test the effectiveness of your body.
- Long pepper powder: Although we should avoid having a long half-gram of pepper powder with a tablespoon of honey can help relieve related gastritis problems.
- Chamomile: Scented chamomile has a chemical called chamazulene, which is anti-inflammatory in nature. So, if your gastritis is triggered by an infection or allergy, chamomile tea will lessen it. You can steep chamomile tea in hot water and drink it, but never boil the tea bags because they will destroy the active substances present in it.
- Rosemary: Rosemary is full of analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-septic properties all of which work together to manage the symptoms of gastritis. It can be infused in tea or consumed as capsules or tincture and essential oils.
- Turmeric: Saffron contains Curcumin, an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory polyphenol, which relieves gastric mucosa and reduces irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. You can make a turmeric paste and a tablespoon along with banana and yoghurt every day.
- Cloves: This is another spice that works wonderfully for patients with gastritis. You can simply chew the pods to get relief from nausea, heartburn and acid reflux. You can have a mixture of clove powder and honey or drink water to relieve nausea and vomiting as well.
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