stomach

Self-care for stomach problems

In a previous blog article we looked at a common gastric condition called hypochlorhydria, which relates to a decreased production of stomach acid. We learned that in many, if not most conditions where heartburn, acidity, reflux and indigestion occurred, it wasn’t likely that there was too much acid production, but rather, a weakening, thinning and loss of insulation of the stomach lining due to various factors such as stress, diet and medication. The compromised lining results in a vulnerability of the stomach to even modest amounts of acid, resulting in symptoms that make you feel like you are producing too much acid. In such situations therefore, taking antacids to neutralise acid levels, or drugs to block the production of acid may alleviate some symptoms, but they ultimately fail to correct the underlying problem and will result in further health problems down the line.

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Helicobacter Pylori – Controversy and Consensus

Helicobacter pylori is a common bacterial infection among humans. Some studies show it infects the stomach lining of over 60% of the world's population, and in some areas up to 90% of the population. Up until 1982, most scientists clearly saw a relationship between stomach ulcers and stress. Then it was suggested that maybe the ulcer was the result of a bacterial infection. Since then we have found that over 80% of people suffering from duodenal ulcers are infected by H. pylori, as well as 70% of people with gastric ulcers.

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Methylation and Histamine sensitivity

Do you have a sensitivity to pollen in the air at various times of the year? How about skin reactions to certain foods or things you touch that can respond to claritine or other antihistamine medications?  Watery eyes, runny nose or post nasal drip? Do you have a weak stomach? Maybe a history of panic attacks, depression or mental fatigue? If so, you might have a sensitivity to (or build up of) Histamine - a chemical naturally produced by the body, and consumed in foods. The problem is often a genetic limitation in processing and excreting histamine from the body, which is often linked to a process called under methylation. Undermethylation and its many consequences can cause a wide variety of symptoms in different people.

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