Are you prone to bouts of ‘gastric’? Do you always feel discomfort in your stomach sometimes whenever you skip your meal?

If you have ever encountered such symptoms, then you are having ‘gastritis’. It is similar to ‘gastric ulcer’.

How do you differentiate gastritis and gastric ulcers?
Gastritis is a type of health condition that causes inflammation in the lining of your abdominal wall.

For gastritis, if you are experiencing pain  in your central upper abdomen is common. This is including nausea, bloating, and vomiting. In severe conditions, your stomach lining can bleed and cause you to have dark stools and vomit blood.

Gastric ulcer is a complication of what can happen to your stomach lining as a result of gastritis.

What causes the inflammation in your stomach?
Generally, the function of your stomach is to produce gastric juice which acts as a digestive agent and kills germs and bacteria that enter through your mouth, while you are eating, breathing. Therefore, the level of acidity inside is higher than other parts of your intestinal tract.

Due to the high level of acidity in the stomach, there is a mechanism formed which is referred to as ‘protective mechanism’.

It plays an important role to protect and prevent your stomach wall from eroding. This mechanism produces a fluid layer that protects the acid from reaching the stomach wall. So in case you are having gastric problems, it means that something has interfered with the production of this layer.

The causes may be very varied:

1. Helicobacter pylori
A certain bacteria namely Helicobacter pylori is the main reason for this condition. The bacteria exists in the stomach and not many people would experience the inflammation. It is said that out of 10 cases concerning gastric. 8 of them are believed to be caused by this Helicobacter pylori bacteria. It can infect humans through the consumption of contaminated food.

Helicobacter pylori can stand the acidity in our stomach and is immune to our digestive enzymes. It may also increase the chance for you to develop lymphoma.

#2 The usage of painkillers
Medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen have the potential to cause chronic gastric if an individual consumes it excessively. It can cause gastric by affecting the main thing that protects the abdominal wall.

#3 Alcohol
Excessive intake of alcohol has a tendency to cause a gastric problem. This is because the alcohol may cause irritation and erosion of the stomach, which will expose it to acid.

#4 Stress
Gastric does not only caused by your messed-up eating schedule, but it can also occur when your stress level is high and extreme.

How do you cure gastritis

It will be helping for you to start practicing diet that assists to minimize the inflammation. Although there is no research that is done conclusively to prove that a certain diet can prevent gastritis, it helps an individual to identify which food triggers their symptoms.

That way, you can try to reduce the intake of the food that you think may irritate your stomach. Among the food that usually contributes to inflammation is processed food, acidic food, sugary food, alcohol, and gluten.

Meanwhile, the kind of food that may help to improve the symptoms of gastritis are like yogurt, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut. These food contain probiotics which can improve digestion and encourage regular bowel movements.

You can try to drink green tea with manuka honey, as it contains antibacterial properties that help fight infection. A study cited from Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease has shown that drinking green or black tea at least once a week could significantly reduce the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in the digestive tract.

Other than the lists of food and drink that you must consume and avoid, the habits of an individual also play a role in preventing gastritis. As such, smoking and taking too many medications (aspirin, ibuprofen) can damage the stomach lining and make gastritis worse.

By Nurul
27th April 12:44

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