Gastritis, gastroenteritis, and gastric ulcers are ulcerative disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcers are common in Americans because of their lifestyle. Stress, poor diet, and long-term use of anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) cause ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. A chronic sinus condition with postnasal drip also contributes to these diseases. The bacterium H. pylori has been implicated as well in the development of most ulcers.

With all of the stress, poor dietary habits, improper food combining, and enzyme-deficient foods to which we are exposed, it is no wonder that gastric disease has risen sharply in the past two decades. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernias are extremely common.

Natural medicine has been very successful in alleviating all gastric diseases by supporting intestinal mucosa, enzyme activity, and probiotic balance.

Gastric disease is characterized by inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract; it also involves the leaking of stomach acid back into the lower esophagus and acid coming up into the throat.

Symptoms include excess gas, belching, bloating, and heartburn. After eating, hiccups, regurgitation, pressure behind the breastbone, nervousness, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and difficulty swallowing may be experienced. Sufferers also experience irritable bowel syndrome, sharp abdominal pains and chest pains, poor digestion, and shortness of breath.

Gastric or peptic ulcers form open sores in the stomach or duodenum walls and cause burning, diarrhea, nausea, dark feces, and bright red vomit(signs of duodenal ulcer).

Dietary considerations for all gastric diseases
Eat only small meals, and chew all food well. Do not eat late at night.During flare-ups, eat raw and lightly steamed vegetables. Avoid fried and spicy foods. If you have a hiatal hernia, you need to avoid chocolate,alcohol, red meat, coffee, and carbonated beverages. Add therapeutic juices, such as freshly made carrot juice, carrot-cabbage juice, and carrot-papaya juice, to your diet to heal the affected tissues.

Supplement support for gastric conditions
• Chamomile tea
• Pau d’arco tea
• Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
• VeggieGest by Enzymedica
• Magnesium
• Enzyme Defense by Enzymedica
• Glutamine powder: 500 mg, three times daily
• Ester-C: 3,000 mg daily
• Kyo-Dophilus before meals
• A daily green drink

Lifestyle choices
• Do not eat when emotionally upset.
• Practice deep-breathing exercises to promote relaxation.
• Consider chiropractic treatment or massage therapy weekly until improvement is noticed.
• Do not lie down immediately after eating.
• Do not smoke.
• If you are overweight, plan to lose weight.
• Antacids can cause more problems in the long term. They may cause kidney stones and contribute to high blood pressure.Antacids that contain aluminum may also raise the risk of aluminum toxicity.
• Avoid NSAID medications, especially if you have an ulcer.