January 20, 2011

Acute Gastritis

An acute attack of gastritis is a severe and sudden short term condition, whereas chronic gastritis would be a long term condition.

Acute gastritis may happen suddenly, but usually there have been some underlying factors that built up enough to cause a severe and sudden digestive upset.

Here are some causes of acute gastritis:

  • Aspirin and other NSAIDS
  • Corticosteroids
  • Alcohol
  • Consuming extremely acidic substances
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Acidosis
  • Parasitic, bacterial or viral infestation
  • Standard American Diet (SAD)

Even though acute gastritis is sudden, there are signs that will tell you something is out of balance. For instance, if you notice you have hard dark stools that sink, you may be suffering from chronic dehydration and one of its complications is acute gastritis.

If you’ve noticed any indigestive issues like loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting you probably are experiencing the rapid onset of an acute gastritis attack.

Like everything else you have basically two approaches you can take for acute gastritis. The pharmaceutical approach isn’t going to cure the cause of your acute gastritis, but it may cover some symptoms . . . just beware of making things worse from side effects.

The nutritional approach is going to require you looking closely at your personal dietary habits. By using whole foods and the nutrient complexes within them you will naturally reverse all your gastritis pain, whether acute or chronic.

If you choose to ignore the cause of your acute gastritis and continue to try and drug your gastritis pain and symptoms away, your risk of it becoming chronic gastritis is worse.

Unfortunately, unless you address the root cause of your acute gastritis it could advance into a gastric ulcer.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have too much stomach acid, it could mean you simply have an imbalance of digestive flora.

Only your stomach is acidic by nature, everything else is alkaline. Even the bacteria found in gastric ulcers are there because of the loss of an alkaline balance in your tissues. Once balance is restored the stomach and surrounding organs can function properly and the acute inflammation process will stop.

Acute gastritis improves rapidly with the right treatment, which sometimes involves using antacids to allow the ulcerations to heal. Keep in mind antacids should only be used in emergencies and for a short time.

Many of antacids are useless and often make acute gastric symptoms worse in the long run.

Eating more alkaline producing foods will benefit your recovery from acute gastritis without risking drug side effects.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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December 13, 2010

Heal Stomach Ulcer

If you have a stomach ulcer, you might be suffering from a great deal of pain. But, don?t despair! Depending on what caused your issue there are a number of ways to heal stomach ulcers.

Previously it was thought that the majority of stomach ulcers were caused by stress and a poor diet. They were also thought to occur most frequently in middle aged men who typically were workaholics. However, recent studies have shown that a large amount of stomach ulcers are caused by corkscrew-shaped bacteria called H. pylori. H. pylori lives in the stomach lining and, when it flourishes, can irritate that area, making it susceptible to damaging stomach acids. The only way to heal this type of stomach ulcer is by attacking the bacteria with a course of antibiotics, and retesting to make sure that did the trick. Of course, natural methods will always help encourage the healing process once the bacteria are gone.

Another thing that can cause an ulcer is pain medications. Over the counter pain medications, like Aleve and Ibuprofen (NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) halt the production of the stomach lining?s protective enzymes, which leaves it vulnerable to stomach acids. This can easily damage the lining and result in an ulcer. Other pain killers that have a similar effect and the same results are Aspirin and even prescription pain killers. In order to heal this type of ulcer, avoid taking pain killers during treatment. Try other methods to relieve pain, like a massage or a warm bath to relieve back or joint pain, and a nap in a dark room to relieve a headache.

Smoking is also thought to cause ulcers, among the long list of other health problems it causes. It also makes the body?s healing process rather sluggish. Quitting can help restore balance to your body, and help it heal that much quicker, in addition to keeping ulcers from being a recurring problem.

Stress is one thing that scientists and doctors are having trouble pointing fingers directly at as a cause for ulcers, but most agree that stress can worsen an ulcer and prohibit the healing process. In order to help heal your stomach ulcer, relax. Take deep breaths, count to 10, even take a course on meditation and practice the techniques you learn regularly. This can help reduce acid production in your stomach which aggravates an already sensitive area.

No matter the cause of your ulcer, there are a few basic things you can do to help it heal in addition to the aforementioned items.

1. Eat smaller meals more often. That will help your body absorb and digest all the food without putting too much pressure on the stomach. The pressure caused by eating large meals can actually worsen an ulcer.

2. While a bland diet isn?t entirely necessary when you?re trying to recover from an ulcer, eating the right foods can help your body heal. Target low fat foods, like lean meats, and foods that are high in the vitamins and antioxidants your body needs to heal, like fish and blueberries. Additionally, foods that can cause heartburn or indigestion should be avoided ? things like citrus, onions, garlic, alcohol and caffeine.

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October 30, 2010

Acid Reflux Disease Cure

Acid reflux, sometimes called heartburn, happens when stomach acid is allowed to flow up into the lower esophagus.? This can cause discomfort and pain for the sufferer.? Although there is no one sure and fast cure for heartburn, there are many ways to alleviate its symptoms.


  • Over the counter medications like Tums or Mylanta may help by neutralizing stomach acid. However, they can also have some nasty side effects, like constipation or diarrhea when over used.
  • Prescription medicines can help attack heartburn in many ways.? Some, called foaming agents, help prevent heartburn by coating the stomach.? Others, known as H2 blockers (like Pepcid and Zantac) and proton pump inhibitors (like Prilosec and Nexium), prevent production of acid in the first place.? Prokinetics (like Reglan) can help strengthen the muscle that prevents acid from moving into the esophagus (called the lower esophageal sphincter), as well as help push food through the system faster ? preventing pressure buildup and reducing acid reflux.

Natural Remedies

  • Apple cider vinegar has been found to be very helpful in relieving and preventing heartburn.? As little as 2 to 3 tablespoons can help relieve acid reflux, and when added to a cup of water, can help prevent future attacks.
  • Ginger is also a widely used remedy.? It can be found in many forms ? pill, candied and tea ? and, like apple cider vinegar, can help alleviate heartburn, or prevent it when taken before a meal.
  • Among the helpful bacteria in yogurt, unflavored yogurt is said to contain the kind that helps tighten stomach walls.? This in effect, prevents acid from backing up into the esophagus.
  • Drinking chamomile or fennel tea may also help.? However, it should be sipped at a warm temperature, not gulped while hot.
  • If nothing else works, drink a glass of water.? It will help flush the system and dilute the acid in the stomach.

Daily changes

  • Smoking has been shown to aggravate acid reflux.? Quitting may help soothe symptoms.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes.? Wearing tight clothes puts pressure on the abdomen causing acid to back up.
  • Sleep with a few pillows under your head, and take naps in a more vertical position, like in a chair.
  • Eat smaller meals more often.? Also, avoid eating right before going to bed.
  • Extra weight can put pressure on the stomach, so overweight people may try losing a few pounds.
  • Monitor consumption of over the counter pain medications and supplements.? Some NSAIDS ? like aspirin and ibuprofen ? as well as vitamins ? iron, calcium and potassium for example ? have been shown to exacerbate heartburn and acid reflux.


Generally, surgery is not necessary and used as a last resort.? However, if dietary changes and medications are not helpful, a procedure called fundoplication may be necessary.? It involves wrapping part of the stomach around the lower esophagus, tightening the muscles there and preventing acid backups.? The procedure can be done laparoscopically as well as through an open incision in the abdomen.

For more information on finding relief for acid reflux, please read our Reflux Remedy Report.

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October 19, 2010

Heartburn Relief Home Remedy

Heartburn is the uncomfortable result of stomach acids backing up into the esophagus.? While medicines are widely used to treat heartburn, there are a number of inexpensive home remedies that can be tried before rushing out and spending a healthy sum on a month’s supply of medication.

  • First of all, try changing your eating routine a bit. Eat smaller more frequent meals instead of a few giant ones. This helps prevent the buildup of acid and pressure in the stomach from too much food. Also, avoid eating before bed. Gravity helps keep acids where they belong, and lying prostrate allows them into the esophagus if the stomach is full.
  • Watch your weight. Extra pounds on the chest and abdomen create pressure build up in the stomach causing reflux.
  • Try putting a few pillows under your head when you sleep. This will help gravity do its job. In addition, when napping during the day, sleep in a chair or in a semi-upright position.
  • Stop smoking. Heartburn is only one of the many health issues caused by smoking.
  • Watch what you eat. Certain foods can trigger heartburn. Garlic, caffeine, alcohol, citrus and onion are a few common triggers. Monitor what sets you off and then stay away from that food.
  • Don’t wear clothes that are too tight. They put pressure on the abdomen, causing acid to back up into the esophagus.
  • Avoid medications known to cause heartburn, like calcium, iron, potassium and NSAID pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Drink a glass of water. This helps dilute the stomach acids and flush contents through the system.
  • Chew gum. Your body responds similarly to drinking water when chewing gum. Excess saliva helps flush your stomach contents and dilute acids.
  • Ginger is an effective natural remedy for many stomach conditions, including heartburn. When taken in pill form, as tea, or candied it can help treat and prevent heartburn.
  • Fennel or chamomile tea, when sipped warm, can help soothe acid reflux.
  • Milk can help absorb stomach acids, but should be used in moderation as it also contains fats that are difficult to digest and causes acid production.
  • Papaya contains a helpful digestive enzyme that aides in the breakdown of foods. When taken before meals, it helps prevent the buildup of pressure in the stomach.
  • Glutamine, an amino acid, can help heal damage done to the esophagus as a result of frequent acid reflux and eliminate damaged cells.
  • Just a few tablespoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar can eliminate heartburn. When diluted in water, it acts as a preventative.
  • Just a handful of almonds contain soothing oils that help relieve heartburn.
  • Unflavored yogurt has helpful bacteria that aid in the healing process of the esophagus and helps tighten esophageal muscles.

For more ideas on natural heartburn remedies, please see our Reflux Remedy Report.

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