The Stomach is a hollow organ in the gastrointestinal tract carrying out many important functions. It’s like a tank where ingested food undergo the action of digestive juices before being pushed to the gut. Gastric juices contain many different enzymes that break down food so it can l be absorbed (proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc).
GASTRITIS is an inflammation of the stomach lining.
The main symptoms are: bad breath, bitter-sour mouth, heartburn, difficulty in swallowing, poor digestion, dark stools, intestinal gas, lack of appetite, feeling full after eating, vomiting.
The main causes are.
Eating junk-food, too much caffeine or alcohol, smoking, recurring infections, prescription drug abuse.
Acid rising up into the esophagus (small canal connecting the mouth to the stomach)
The main symptoms are: burning sensation felt behind the breastbone, regurgitation, perception of stomach acid rising up in the esophagus, hoarseness, difficulty emitting sounds, inflammation of the respiratory tract, cough, throat inflammation.
The main causes are: eating too fast, eating only a few, but copious meals a day, hard to digest foods ( full of fat, aged cheese, chocolate, cured meats, fried foods), too many sodas, chewing-gums habit, consumption of potential irritating substances (alcohol, mint, theine, caffeine, cocoa, vinegar, tomatoes, citrus fruit)
- Chew food slowly
- Avoid too cold or hot foods and beverages
- Take a walk after meals or at least avoid going to bed after less than 2 hours from eating
- Lay down with the help of two pillows behind the back