It’s often hard to detect the root cause of intestinal and digestion issues if you don’t know what to look for. One condition that might contribute to worsening gut issues is gastritis.
Gastritis is not actually one specific medical condition, but a general term used for multiple conditions related to the stomach. Gastritis is used when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. The inflammation can range from mild to severe, depending on the cause and how long it has been going on for. Many people have gastritis, and don’t realize it, assuming they just have a sensitive stomach or ate something bad. Many gut issues are related to gastritis, but the good news is that it can be treated.
Causes of Gastritis
There are quite a few different things that can cause gastritis. Knowing your possible cause is the first way to determine the best way to treat it.
Some common causes are:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin
- H. Pylori which is a bacteria can lead to stomach ulcers and even stomach cancer if left untreated
- Other bacterial over-growths like Candida
- Food sensitivities
Once you figure out what caused your gastritis, you can then work on finding the right treatment. The great thing about gastritis is that it is not typically difficult to treat once you narrow down why you got it in the first place.
To start with, stop using anti-inflammatory drugs, not only because they might have caused your gastritis, but they can also make it worse. Switch to Tylenol instead since it is much gentler on your stomach. You should also stop other unhealthy habits like drinking alcohol and smoking.
Avoid drinking caffeine and limit your use of drinks with citric acid, like juice, energy drinks, and carbonated flavored water with citric acid. You should cut back on dairy, high-fat foods, and vegetables that cause a lot of gas, like broccoli.
If you discover H. Plyori bacteria, as well as medications there are herbal protocols that help get rid of the bacteria as well making lifestyle changes.
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