Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Both types of gastritis, acute and chronic, can cause painful burning in the stomach, nausea, vomiting and feeling full even if no food has recently been consumed. Chronic gastritis is when the inflammation has been present over a long period of time instead of coming from a sudden, unexpected onset.
Chronic gastritis occurs in two forms: erosive and non-erosive. Erosive gastritis causes little inflammation but can wear away the lining of the stomach. Nonerosive gastritis may cause significant inflammation but the stomach lining remains mostly intact. Erosive chronic gastritis may cause ulcers or stomach bleeding.
The majority of cases of chronic nonerosive gastritis are caused by an infection of H. pylori bacteria. This type of bacteria infects the lining of the stomach. It can be transmitted from person to person as well as by contaminated food or water in countries with poor sanitation.
Most cases of chronic erosive gastritis are caused by prolonged use of NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin. Other causes of erosive gastritis include traumatic injury, alcohol, major surgery, radiation and severe burns.
Whether it is erosive or non-erosive, chronic gastritis can be successfully treated with a combination of medications including histamine 2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. Histamine 2 blockers include Famotidine and Ranitidine and decrease the production of acid in the stomach. Proton pump inhibitors include Lansoprazole and Omeprazole are more effective at decreasing acid production than histamine 2 blockers.
Another way to decrease acid production and successfully treat conditions such as gastritis, IBS and ulcerative colitis, and prevent them from re-occurring, is food combining. In food combining, you learn about eating healthy, natural foods in the right combinations to avoid your stomach creating all the excess acid that can irritate these conditions.
Have you ever wondered exactly why the hamburger and French fries you love so much make your stomach feel so sick? It’s because in order to digest these foods, your stomach produces acids and enzymes that work against each other. This wreaks havoc in your stomach and makes you miserable. With food combining, however, you’ll eat the right types of foods at the right times, and your digestive system will feel better than ever. Learn more about food combining and get your old stomach back.