An “Itis” anywhere in the body means inflammation. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach.
This inflammation results in the destruction of the upper layer of cells of the stomach lining. Erosion of this protective layer opens the underlying layers of the stomach vulnerable to damage – from the enzymes and acid of the stomach itself which can affect gastric functions.
Gastritis has many causes. Recent research has found that the majority of cases are due to bacteria that grow in the mucous secreting cells of the lining. Chronic gastritis develops gradually and can come from certain drugs that irritate the stomach lining (especially the non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as well as infections both bacterial and viral.
But gastritis is actually a symptom, not a disease. Stomach problems are all symptoms of an unhealthy digestive system. Finding out the cause of this problem and you will be able to treat it.
Here are some symptoms of digestive problems:
- Bowel movements less than two times a day
- Embarrassing gas or cramping
- Straining or having time to read while sitting on the toilet
- Relying on store-bought laxatives or stool softeners
- Poop that’s hard, ball-shaped, stringy, covered in mucus or is yellowish or greenish
- Having to wipe more than once after going to the bathroom
- A protruding stomach that feels heavy all the time
- Retaining water and bloating
- A bowel that feels irritated all the time
- Feeling sick to your stomach after meals
- Feeling tired when you first wake up in the morning
Here is a video by Dr. Eric Berg telling you about your digestive system. It’s called Your Digestive System and How it Works. It is very informative. It will tell you which of these digestive symptoms goes with what part of the digestive system.
There is a lot of good information about your digestive system and how it works that might give you a better insight into what is happening with you. Do watch it. Yes, it’s about the gallbladder, but goes into lots of other information. You and Your Gallbladder
Can it be caused by inflammation? Read our article on Chronic Inflammation.
See: Right-sided Abdominal Pain after Eating
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Brain & Digestive System Connection
“How do the brain and digestive system work together? The enteric nervous system (ENS) cells in the lining of the gut communicate with the brain, which controls the body’s vital functions.
As part of that system, millions of sympathetic nerves and neurons run between your gut and brain. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.”
NSC (Nutritional Scientific Corporation)
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The importance of stomach acids has not been focused on enough. The correct pH (acid level) for the stomach should be between 1 to 3. This is VERY acidic, but is necessary to break down proteins, collagen, absorb minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, etc.) and B12 as well as to help kill off unfriendly microbes before entering the intestines. A strong acid stomach is also necessary to help release bile from the liver and enzymes from the pancreas.
How do you know if you have low stomach acid?
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