This week post is based on a recently published an article I penned on entitled,  “Foods That Trigger Gastritis.” I have talked to so many clients about unexplained stomach problems, and I believe learning more about the basics of gastritis is the key in first steps to unwinding the difficult problem that stomach and intestinal pain can cause. Here is an excerpt from the article. 

“Foods That Trigger Gastritis”


You are at a work party enjoying yourself. Appetizers are served, and champagne is being passed. With no warning, you have to go to the bathroom. Like, right now. Your stomach starts cramping, and you instantly feel six months pregnant, which is odd considering you are a man. You feel a little nauseated like you might vomit, but you know you won’t because this series of symptoms has hit you many times before. You try to ignore it hoping it will pass as it sometimes does. The fatigue and the gassy back-to-back “burpscapade” begins, and you know your night is done. You excuse yourself, grab your keys, and head home to rest.

An upset tummy is a nuisance, but chronic, ongoing stomach distress can deeply affect one’s quality of life. Gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach lining, has become increasingly common.1 There are typically two causes of gastritis: overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen, and infection by the bacterial species Helicobacter Pylori. This bacteria is present in almost 50 percent of the countries of the world. In some people, this little bug can attack and break down the stomach lining, resulting in gastritis and potentially leading to stomach ulcers.2

But these two culprits aren’t always responsible for the gastritis suffered by many. We must consider that there may be other etiologies of chronic gut pain and discomfort. Let’s look at what is actually happening in the stomach. The stomach lining is programmed to produce stomach acid and the enzyme pepsin to break down our food. When the integrity of that lining is somehow compromised, acid and pepsin are no longer produced in adequate quantities. Injury to the stomach lining also results in the formation of less mucus on the surface of the lining to protect it.3 This means that even though less acid and enzymes are being released, there is at the same time less protection (mucus) to prevent irritation of the stomach lining. Hello, gastritis and abrupt party departure.

Once the stomach lining is irritated, many symptoms can result. Many people experience cramping, pain, bloating, and gas. Less common but not any less significant are things like vomiting, fatigue, nausea, and a feeling of heaviness. These symptoms can become regular and often increase in frequency.4


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