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Gastric Reflux and Ulcers

The definitive cause of ulcers is unknown, but we do know that there is a relationship between the gastric acid in the stomach and small intestine that can cause ulcers. Stress can propagate and make symptoms worse. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite

Most ulcers are caused by Heliobacter pylori, which can be detected through a urea breath test.

Gastric reflux also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can be caused by indigestion and imbalances in acid production. Treatment of reflux is based on the following goals:

  • Address underlying autoimmune processes
  • Dietary modifications to reduce impact on the body
  • Ensuring optimal gut flora
  • Manipulate excess acid production through supplementation and behaviors around eating
  • Reduce inflammatory burden on the body
  • Supplementation to manage symptoms and protect the digestive tract

Naturopathic doctors at the Nardella Clinic in Calgary can help patients test and treat their ulcers or gastric reflux.