Gastritis is the combination of two words, gastric and itis. Here, gastrium or gastric means the stomach and itis refer to the inflammation. Meaning to say, gastritis is the inflammation of stomach. More specifically, gastritis is nothing but the inflammation of the mucus lining of the stomach.
Stomach is the first main digestive organ of the digestive track. It is the first hollow organ (esophagus is the pipe and not hollow organ as big as stomach) where the food is brought. Stomach mixes certain secretions with the food and churns it. The chyme is then moved forward. Any irritation present in the stomach will make its lining inflamed producing the condition called as gastritis. Gas and diarrhea may join gastritis depending upon the cause.
Causes of Gastritis
- Another main cause for gastritis is irregular or excessive eating - as it is a very common habit of people that they do overeating, eating wrong food combinations or improperly cooked foods, eating lot of spicy food.
Bacterial or viral infection (infection by a virus is contagious).
Use of drugs such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, cortisone.
Worry, anxiety, grief, and prolonged tension.
Excessive intake of alcohol may lead to gastritis.
What are the Symptoms of Gastritis?
Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. When symptoms are present, some of the most common symptoms are:
Loss of appetite
Vomiting blood or coffee-ground like material
How is gastritis treated?
The type of treatment you require will depend on the cause of the inflammation. Self-care is often the best treatment for mild gastritis. Antacid drugs such as, milk of magnesia, which can be bought from your local pharmacy, may help with the symptoms of gastritis, ask your pharmacist for advice.
If your gastritis is caused by H.pylori you may be prescribed antibiotics to eliminate the bug.
On the first day you experience symptoms of gastritis, avoid solid foods and drink plenty of water, milk and other bland liquids to prevent dehydration.
Diet tips for Gastritis
One must have regular meals. Eating too often can cause acidity
Milk and dairy products should be limited to 3 servings per day or less. Have low fat or fat-free dairy foods whenever possible. It will control the stomach’s acid production
Alcohol, black and red pepper, chili powder, chilies and hot peppers should be avoided
Caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid. Teas, coffee, colas, cocoa, chocolate should not be taken
One should take less of tomatoes, peppermint, tomato juice, fatty foods, and citrus juices. These can cause heartburn or pain in your esophagus. One may have to also limit the intake of onions, cinnamon, garlic, and cloves if they upset the stomach.
Home Remedies for Gastritis
Take a cup of hot water and put a half a tsp of licorice root tea. Boil the water for about 10 minutes after which strain it. Drink this concoction when warm. Repeat this at least thrice a day.
Increase in the consumption of water and juices also helps to get relieved from gastritis.
In 125 grams of curd, add 2 grams of Sprague and half gram of black salt. Have this mixture as it is effective in relieving gastritis problem.
Combine Sprague powder and black salt in the ratio of 6:1. Intake 2 grams of this mixture, along with warm water. This is a good natural remedy to cure gastritis.
Carrot juice mixed with spinach juice in equal amount is the excellent remedy for treating gastritis.
Consumption of water and fruits juices is very much recommended in gastritis condition.
Applying hot water bottle on empty stomach twice daily is a very effective way of relieving from gastritis.
Potato juice (half cup) is highly recommended before meals to avoid gastritis.
Fresh lime juice is very much helpful in avoiding gastric condition.
Half pound of yogurt mixed with pinch of black salt is good remedy in treating gastritis.
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