Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining or mucosa. The inflammation may be caused by viral infection, alcohol, smoking, certain drugs, poisoned food, or stress. There are many forms of gastritis. Erosive gastritis can lead to significant bleeding of the stomach and ulcerations. Gastritis may be acute or chronic.
What causes gastritis? Gastritis can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or infection with bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Sometimes gastritis develops after major surgery, traumatic injury, burns, or severe infections. Certain diseases, such as pernicious anemia, autoimmune disorders, and chronic bile reflux, can cause gastritis as well.
What are the symptoms of gastritis? The most common symptoms are abdominal upset or pain. Other symptoms are: belching, abdominal bloating, nausea, and vomiting or a feeling of fullness or of burning in the upper abdomen. Blood in your vomit or black stools may be a sign of bleeding in the stomach, which may indicate a serious problem requiring immediate medical attention.
Foods to Avoid and Foods to Eat When You Have Gastritis
Diet can always help a person deal with certain ailments. Since gastritis occurs in a person’s stomach, diet does play a huge role in helping a person take care of this problem as well as avoid it. Here are some tips on what to eat and what to avoid with gastritis: 1. When suffering from gastritis, it is better to avoid foods like deep-fried foods, fatty foods, pickled, and salted or salty foods. 2. Also try to avoid vinegar, except for the very helpful apple cider vinegar, mustard, coffee, alcoholic beverages, hot peppers or spicy food, and carbonated sweet drinks. 3. Some of the foods that can be helpful to someone who has gastritis include molasses, papaya, raw apples, almonds, and raw tomatoes. 4. Mix together some spinach juice and some carrot juice to help with soothing the inflammation of your stomach lining. Plain yogurt is also ideal for helping with the neutralization of stomach acids.
Home Remedies for Gastritis
There are many home remedies to treat gastritis. One can use coconuts, rice, potatoes, marigold and other such easily available things. People facing acute gastritis problems could go on an only coconut water diet for 24 hours. This will give the stomach rest and also provide with essential vitamins and minerals. Rice gruel can be an excellent treatment for gastritis. Have just one cup of rice gruel twice a day daily. Potato juice relieves gastric problems.
Have at least a half cup of potato juice daily, half an hour before every meal. Make sure that you drink potato juice at least 2- 3 times a day. Take an infusion of marigold in doses of a tablespoon twice daily for relief. To prevent gastritis, chew a small piece of ginger before every meal. People having chronic gastritis can try an all fruit diet for a while. Continue the diet till the acute symptoms subside. Try to avoid strong tea or coffee and tobacco, alcohol.
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