Gastritis is when your stomach lining gets inflamed and causes an array of issues most people don’t even realize are associated with gastritis.
I personally experienced a severe state of gastritis back in 2015 and dropped weight unwillingly due to the complications that go along with it.
What causes gastritis?
Diet and lifestyle habits such as:
– Drinking too much alcohol
– Eating spicy foods
– Extreme stress. This can be from serious or life-threatening health problems.
– Long-term use of aspirin and over-the-counter pain and fever medicines
Health issues can also lead to gastritis such as:
– Bacterial or viral infection
– A major surgery
– A traumatic injury
Some diseases can also cause gastritis. These include:
– Autoimmune disorders
– Leaky Gut
– Chronic bile reflux. This is when bile backs up into your stomach and food pipe (esophagus). Bile is a fluid that helps you digest food.
– Pernicious anemia . This is a form of anemia that happens when your stomach can’t digest vitamin B-12.
So what are some Gastritis symptoms to watch for?
The most common symptoms of gastritis include (but not limited to):
– Stomach upset or pain
– Constant belching and hiccups
– Abdominal bleeding
– Nausea and vomiting
– Feeling of fullness very early on into eating
– Loss of appetite
– Blood in your vomit or stool (This may be is a sign that your stomach lining may be bleeding)
*These symptoms may resemble other health problems. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
When I had gastritis (among other digestive issues) I took Nuzest Protein Powder in “fluff” form every day and that truly helped me get in some calories and actually eased my gut.
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- No gums
- No flavorings
- No stevia, monk fruit, or artificial sweeteners
- No powdered greens (which can upset the gut)
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- Contains L-glutamine which has been shown to help rebuild the gut lining
When should I call my healthcare provider?
Call if your symptoms get worse or if you have new symptoms. Call right away if you have bloody vomit, blood in your stools, or black, tarry-looking stools. When in doubt, always best to check it out and rule it out.
How is gastritis diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider will give you a physical exam and ask about your past health. You may also have tests including:
– Upper GI (gastrointestinal) series or barium swallow.
– Upper endoscopy (EGD)
– Blood tests You will have a test for H. pylori, a type of bacteria that may be in your stomach. Another test will check for anemia.
– Stool sample
– Breath test
Each treatment for gastritis depends on the individual’s condition.
Doctors routinely treat gastritis as a result of H. pylori with antibiotics in order to kill the bacteria.
Other treatments can include:
– Proton pump inhibitors
– Acid reducing medications
– Probiotic Routine
There are several ways to treat and manage gastritis, and when I had it I went the holistic natural route without any medications under close supervision from my holistic dr. Specific things I did are all noted in my book, Digest This, and after 9 months of this intensive protocol, I could eat normally again (but still had to baby it for a while). I had to cut out many veggies, eat a pureed diet, and eat very small meals more often.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know (THANKFULLY!) I no longer struggle with this so it all goes to show YOU CAN BE HEALED and….
I want to give you that hope!