A reader writes:
I had an endoscopy 3 days ago (just concentrate on breathing hard and have the throat spray not sedation) the diagnoses was hiatus hernia and gastritis. I’m now awaiting the pathology results (had several biopsies) and will see GP to prescribe medication. In the mean time have researched that I would benefit from taking alginate – the only medication I found off the shelf was Gaviscon. Wow it was amazing took it 2 days after procedure (1st day after was in absolute pain presumably the biopsies done were then open to the acid/bile in my stomach) so I was very happy yesterday to be comfortable 1st time for about 10 months I have also stayed away from tomatoes chocolate and caffeine. Today not so good but had pineapple juice this morning which immediately aggravated it
Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. The only time anyone looks for stomach inflammation is when there are symptoms like pain in the stomach area just below the sternum (breastbone).
Conventional medicine wants to neutralize the stomach acid or reduce the stomach acid production in order to reduce the gastritis. However, the stomach acid has an important function–it is the major step in the digestive tract to digest proteins. When proteins don’t digest properly, months and years later amino acid deficiencies are noted.
Alginate becomes like viscous gel that coats the stomach lining, thus reducing the inflammatory effects of the acid. Anything that coats the stomach lining, while permitting the acid to remain in the stomach is healthy:
- aloe vera
- liquid vitamin E
Unfortunately, Gaviscon has 2 ingredients other than alginate–aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate or magnesium trisilicate, both of which are antacids. Aluminum is a toxic metal and is associated with neurologic disorders–Parkinson’s , Alzheimers.
You may want to try Gaviscon Infant, which has the alginate without the antacids. Inflammation in the stomach is very much tied into your diet, and it is quite different for everyone. Some of the most common triggers include: sugar and sweets, acidic foods, processed foods (with sugar, additives, colorings, flavorings), certain meats. Find what works for you and stay with it until the inflammation is resolved. Then don’t fall back into the same habits which may have caused it in the first place. (Because of conflict of interest with another company I represent, I can’t mention another product that has been very successful in this setting. If you would like more information about it, email Cristie at email@example.com. and mention this topic.)