June 7, 2011

Hypertrophic Gastritis

Hypertrophic gastritis is a pre-malignant condition. As a pre-malignant condition, a person may find a way to overcome the possibility of a more serious condition developing if he follows a proper course of action. Whether or not the condition develops into something more serious does not always depend on the patient’s genetics and how close a more serious condition is to developing.

The disease starts with increased folds in the stomach and increased mucus secreted from the stomach lining. A few physical symptoms may include constipation or diarrhea, depending on the internal chemistry of the individual. If the diseases progresses further, acid reflux may occur with all of the other possible symptoms.

When a medical professional diagnoses a patient with this condition in the early stages, the patient can easily take steps to avoid the condition from becoming a more serious problem. The first thing a person can do, if he has not done so already, is to cut down on foods he eats that irritate the stomach lining. This includes sodas, coffees, milks and any other foods to which his particular body chemistry does not respond well. Because the condition occurs before something goes wrong, changing a person’s habits in time can prevent a person from needed more stringent medical services.

A brief cleansing diet, as long as it is performed under the supervision of a doctor, may help the stomach folds to return to their normal consistency. If the condition is not caught soon enough, there is little the patient of the doctor can do but wait to see what it develops into. Because the condition occurs in the internal organs, there is little a person can do about it. The stomach, unlike the heart, is not a muscle, exercise does not help gastritis directly. If the condition is an immune response, exercise may help.

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May 26, 2011

Alcohol Gastritis

Gastritis is a condition that is described as having an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The lining of the stomach is very essential. This is what prevents the stomach from eroding due to the gastric acid that is present in the stomach. Gastric acid is what is needed to digest foods because this is what breaks foods down into tiny particles that are usable to the body. After food is broken down by stomach acid, it moves to the large and small intestine where nutrients, vitamins, proteins and minerals are extracted and delivered to other parts of the body.

When there is inflammation in the stomach lining this is very harmful to the digestive process. The stomach lining is where the cells that produce stomach acid and enzymes are located. These cells produce acid when you begin to eat in preparation for digestion. The stomach lining however is not meant to endure the effects of gastric acid so it produces protective mucus. This mucus is used to shield the lining from the gastric acid. When there is inflammation, the balance of acid, enzymes and mucus production is thrown off balance. This compromises the digestive process.

Gastritis can be acute, chronic and erosive. Erosive gastritis can be acute or chronic. Acute gastritis can be severe, but usually happens suddenly. Chronic gastritis can be mild or severe but this occurs over a long period of time. Erosive gastritis causes less inflammation but it erodes the lining more aggressively. This can be the most harmful kind of gastritis.

People that are suffering from gastritis may possibly experience no warning signs or symptoms. If you do have symptoms they will probably include pain in the stomach and upper abdominal regions, nausea, vomiting and worst of all deterioration of the stomach lining. If gastritis isn?t addressed quickly, it could become a lifelong issue.

Gastritis can be caused by several different factors. Some of the prevalent causes include infection, burns, disorders, diseases, surgical operations and the use of illegal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. One of the major causes of gastritis is alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to gastritis because of its corrosive nature.

Heavy drinkers are more susceptible to developing gastritis because of the increased level of irritation and corrosion that happens to the lining and walls of the stomach. This can also cause symptoms like nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain and vomiting. Alcohol can interrupt mucus production, therefore making the lining more vulnerable.

The primary way to treat alcohol gastritis is to avoid consuming alcohol all together. You can’t treat the symptoms without treating the cause of the symptoms. If you are a heavy drinker, you may be an alcoholic. If you are an alcoholic, you may need assistance with managing your addiction as alcoholics have a hard time with cutting alcohol out of their diet. You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to develop gastritis. Your body may be very sensitive to alcohol. You could be a light drinker and develop gastritis because of your body’s intolerance for alcohol.

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May 25, 2011

Symptoms of Gastritis

Gastritis is a condition that affects the lining of the stomach. The stomach lining has a very important role in digestion. The lining is what houses the cells that produce stomach or gastric acids and enzymes. This is what the body uses to naturally break down foods for the extraction of nutrients. Stomach acid is essential for making foods useful to the body. The lining of the stomach also produces mucus for its own protection. Mucus shields the stomach lining from acid, thus preventing corrosion of the stomach. If the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed, it will produce less mucus, acid and enzymes. This makes the digestion process difficult.


There are three types of gastritis.

Acute gastritis refers to gastritis that happened suddenly. It is usually very severe.

Chronic gastritis describes gastritis that occurs consistently over a long period of time. This can last for several years.

Erosive gastritis doesn’t cause as much inflammation of the lining as acute and chronic gastritis. Erosive gastritis may be acute or chronic and has the tendency of destroying the stomach lining, even without inflaming it.


The lining becomes inflamed because of many reasons. The main causes of gastritis are:

  • alcohol consumption
  • infection
  • use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • burns
  • surgery
  • injuries
  • diseases
  • disorders
  • illegal drug use

Many of the causes are avoidable.


There are many symptoms of gastritis, but you don?t have to have symptoms to have gastritis.? Unfortunately, many people that are experiencing gastritis don?t know it because they may not have any of the symptoms.

Erosive gastritis has several symptoms. It may cause bleeding, ulcers and erosions. Erosive gastritis can also cause you to have dark or bloody stool, and bloody vomit. Overall, all kinds of gastritis tend to cause pain in the stomach. This pain is generally localized in the upper abdominal region.? You may feel cramping in this area, especially after a meal. People with gastritis may vomit periodically. Another common symptom is nausea, which usually accompanies vomiting.

The most harmful symptom of gastritis is the deterioration of the stomach lining. Erosive gastritis is prone to destroying the stomach lining. Without the lining, your stomach is vulnerable to gastric acid. This can damage the stomach severely and intensify the problems in your digestive process. Symptoms of gastritis may not be present in everyone with gastritis so it is important to get regular physical health exams and screening. To prevent yourself from being affected by gastritis you should try to eat a balanced, nutritious diet and avoid alcohol. If you already have gastritis, you should sit down with your doctor to discuss a diet and lifestyle plan.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gastritis you should seek the help of a trained medical profession. These symptoms should not be ignored. Gastritis that is untreated could develop into chronic gastritis, which may end up affecting you for the rest of your life. The symptoms of gastritis are very similar to the symptoms of other diseases and disorders that are related to the digestive system.

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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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