October 20, 2011

Healing Gastritis

Having frequent stomach pain? Wondering if there is anything you can do about it? If your stomach pain is caused by gastritis, you have several options for treatment and healing.

Gastritis is any inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It can be brief and passing, which is referred to as “acute gastritis,” or long-lasting, or “chronic gastritis.”

Gastritis can occur for a variety of reasons. The method of treatment and healing used will vary depending on the cause of the gastritis. Some possible causes of gastritis include:

  • Excess consumption of alcohol
  • Medications such as ibuprofen, which are known to cause irritation to the stomach lining
  • Ulcers caused by the bacteria H. pylori

Gastritis is an uncomfortable condition. You might suspect gastritis if you are having any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Indigestion

Severe gastritis may involve bleeding of the stomach lining. This is signified by black-colored stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Do not attempt to treat this on your own. See a doctor immediately if you are having these symptoms.

Treating Gastritis

If a medication is causing your gastritis, you might make the decision to stop taking the medication. If the medication was prescribed to treat or prevent a certain condition, you will need to discuss this with your doctor first. For example, aspirin can cause irritation to the stomach lining, but it may be necessary to take a daily aspirin to maintain heart health or prevent stroke. Ibuprofen may be preventing inflammation in another part of the body from getting out of control. Talk to your doctor to find out if it’s okay to stop these or if they have another alternative that is easier on your stomach.

Sometimes gastritis is caused by an excess of stomach acid. Taking an over-the-counter antacid may be helpful to reduce the discomfort and even allow the gastritis to heal. Antacids like Tums or Rolaids may be helpful, or try H-2 antagonists such as Pepcid, Zantac or Tagamet. If these are not effective, you can try a proton-pump inhibitor like Prevacid or Prilosec. If you are taking other medications, especially those that thin the blood, talk to your doctor before you add one of these to your routine.

Natural Treatments for Gastritis

Some remedies to treat and heal gastritis that don’t involve medication might work for you. Try some of the following:

  • Drink plenty of water to help dilute the stomach acid.
  • Try taking 400 units of Vitamin E to help soothe the stomach and allow the lining to heal.
  • Some people have reported relief from gastritis with deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL. This can be found in the natural section of your grocery store or at a natural supplements store.
  • Ginger is one of the best and most effective treatments for stomach pain or upset. It can be taken as a capsule, or try drinking natural ginger ale made with real ginger. It can be found in natural food sections and is usually packaged in green bottles.

Find out more about healing gastritis by visiting Reflux Remedy at today!

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September 16, 2011

Indigestion Remedy

Acid Reflux Disease or gastro-esophageal reflux is where the lower esophageal sphincter, located at the entrance of your stomach, does not close all the way, or it opens too often. This can cause the acid from your stomach to move up into your esophagus causing damage and heartburn.

Symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • dysphagia or narrowing of the esophagus
  • bloody vomit or stool
  • unexplained weight loss.

Frequent heartburn is a good indicator that you may have acid reflux. It is important to talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks.

Some of the contributing factors to reflux include: being obese or overweight, eating large meals before bed, pregnancy, drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, or eating foods like tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, spicy or fatty foods, smoking, and some medications can even be the cause of your acid reflux symptoms. Understanding what contributes too, and what the symptoms are will help you manage your disease.

Along with education, natural remedies also exist to help you with reflux, some of these include:

  • Milk and 7-up: The alkaline nature of the milk neutralizes the acid in the stomach and the carbonation of the 7-up helps release excess gas build-up. You would drink this tonic as often as necessary for immediate relief.
  • Baking Soda and water: Three teaspoons combined in a half-glass of water will help keep the acid already in your esophagus to a minimum. Secondly, they provide a great cleansing action to help coat and protect the lining of your stomach, gut, and intestinal tracts. Persons who suffer not only from reflux, but upset stomach will also receive relief from this remedy.

Maintenance is also a critical factor in controlling your acid reflux disease:

  • Herbal Teas: Teas not including caffeine or citrus will help regulate the amount of water, nutrients and natural antibiotics in your body. This is one of the first steps to long term maintenance of acid reflux disease.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This cider is used for long term maintenance of acid reflux disease, and shouldn?t be taken if you are currently experiencing an episode of reflux. Cider should be drank pure, or mixed with water to tolerate, and should be consumed before bed, before meals, or anytime in which you are not having an episode In the long run, the apple cider can help reduce the level of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, and will also help it breakdown foods and foodstuffs you consume.

Acid reflux disease is quite painful and often disrupts your life. The natural remedies mentioned above are only a temporary relief and should be discussed with your doctor prior to use. One should consider other mundane and physical conditions that can also prompt acid reflux, such as trigger foods, high stress environments, and eating proper portions of food. Acid reflux, like any other disease requires a maintenance plan, and is something that your doctor, dietitian or naturopath consultant should go over with you. For more information on ways to remedy your indigestion be sure to visit Reflux Remedy at today!

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July 11, 2011

Acid Reflux Indigestion

Acid Reflux IndigestionChronic heartburn, or acid reflux disease, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter opens spontaneously, or does not close properly after eating or drinking, and stomach contents rise into the esophagus. Stomach acids rise along with the contents of your stomach which causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat. If you have heartburn that occurs more than twice a week or lasts for a period longer than two weeks, your doctor may diagnose you with persistent acid reflux disease.

Indigestion, or heartburn or acid reflux, causes a burning pain in the lower chest, right under and/or behind the sternum and in the middle of your abdomen. Sufferers may also find that they have a burning sensation in the back of their throat or have bouts of frequent belching. Symptoms are frequently worse at night when lying on your back because they head is in line with, or lower than, the stomach.

It?s unclear why some people suffer from acid reflux while others do not, however, there are several contributing factors that are known: obesity, pregnancy, smoking, eating just prior to bed and/or a lack of exercise. There are also foods that are known to trigger indigestion: acidic foods, spicy foods, tomato and tomato based foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, fried foods, garlic, onions, mint flavoring and any drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Acid reflux disease can be controlled at home, many times without medication. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can prevent, or at least inhibit, your indigestion.

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid foods and beverages that you know you are sensitive to
  • If you are overweight, lose weight
  • If you are sedentary, start exercising
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than larger meals less often
  • Don’t wear clothes that fit tight around your waste or your abdomen
  • Avoid eating at least three hours prior to bed
  • Raise the head of your bed or prop yourself with pillows when you sleep

While indigestion, in itself, is not necessarily a serious condition, it can lead to serious conditions if ignored or left untreated. Complications that can occur with unresolved acid reflux include: ulcers, bleeding in the stomach lining, scarring of the esophagus, esophageal cancer. Acid reflux may also complicate conditions such as asthma and pulmonary fibrosis.

If you suspect your indigestion is more than just the occasional heartburn, the first step is to begin keeping a lifestyle journal. Write down the things you eat and drink, the times you consume them, when you sleep and when (or if) you smoke or consume alcohol. Also write down any time that you experience heartburn. After 2 to 4 weeks, go back over your journal and look for any patterns that you can see. By avoiding the foods, drinks and activities that cause your heartburn and changing your lifestyle, you may be able to rid yourself of acid reflux all together.

For more information on acid reflux and natural remedies, please download the Reflux Remedy Report at today!

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March 29, 2011

Natural Remedies of Acid Reflux

If you suffer from recurring acid reflux odds are you?ve already tried every gimmick on the shelf or ?over-the-counter? brands and found only grief.

Many people don?t realize that natural remedies address the root cause of acid reflux by helping to restore your original healthful balance.

Natural remedies are evidence-based scientifically time-tested ancient folk technologies, not medicine. The definition of medicine has changed recently because politicians are writing pseudo-scientific policy for profit, instead of scientists writing honest policy.

Drugs should not be the only things to make claims, especially when your acid reflux is NOT a drug deficiency . . .

Remember when the church persecuted people for knowing the earth traveled around the sun . . . that the earth was round and ships didn?t fall of the edge when they sailed past the horizon???

The same kind of malarkey is going on between natural remedies, which are scientifically sound and pharmaceuticals, which are not.

A natural remedy addresses the root cause of your acid Reflux, whereas a pharmaceutical only blocks the signals or symptoms from that cause.

A natural remedy can sometime prevent and cure acid reflux and other ill states of being, they have a holistic benefit.

Pharmaceuticals have side effects; natural remedies have side benefits . . .

Acid reflux is heartburn gone wild.

What was a simple hic-up of indigestion is suddenly a real bother, to the point where it can damage your social life as well as your health in the long run.

The last thing you want to do is ignore whatever is causing your heartburn by blocking your symptoms with dangerous drugs.

Did you know all drugs are small doses of poisons? In fact drugs need secret ?additional? ingredients to slow your liver and kidney functions so your immune system doesn?t immediately kick-out and eliminate the toxin they call a drug.

Acid reflux often gets worse when people use the wrong approach and anything other than a natural remedy targeted at the true cause of your heartburn can only risk making it worse.

Natural remedies have been proven time after time, age after age and found in the history records and in multiple cultures around the world.

Using local plants and other indigenous ingredients make for slight variations through the centuries . . . yet the success pattern is apparent or else how would the natural remedy survived tradition?

People pass natural remedies down through the generations because they work and because people have always suffered from acid reflux.

They never suffered by the millions like in today?s world, but then they always cured it rather than just treated it.

If you? ignore the cause of your acid reflux by treating symptoms with drugs, your turning your ailment into a real dis-ease . . .there is no reason heartburn should ever end up as a surgical operation to fix a hiatal hernia and yet millions end up there.

Plus cases of Barrett?s syndrome and throat cancer are all on the rise, why is that? Because people are blocking symptoms of acid reflux instead of finding a natural remedy that removes the root cause- we need a return to common sense.

It should NOT be illegal for people to cure themselves without drug and surgery intervention . . . and then advertise it!

Heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) are great examples of what happens when natural remedies are discouraged or even banned from public awareness.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Advocate

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