Question: I’m suffering from chronic gastritis; so what kind of food I need to avoid. I do not drink alcohol but smoke sometimes. Is chronic gastritis dangerous?
- Gastritis is the inflammation of the mucus membrane (lining) of the stomach. It is a condition that results in inflammation of the stomach lining or gastric mucosa.
- The disorder could be acute/chronic/ acute on chronic.
- Gastritis is quite a serious disorder because, its persistence can lead to various complications.
- The complications to ward off are – ulcerations, hemorrhage (bleeding in the stomach) and malignancy.
- Chronic gastritis is usually found in conjunct with anemia. Causes are . . .
- Alcoholism, smoking, etc
- Prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin
- It may also develop as a consequence of a major surgery, burn, injury or severe infection
- It is associated with disease conditions like pernicious anemia and autoimmune disorders
Symptoms of Chronic Gastritis
- Poor appetite
- Nausea, vomiting
- Headache, occasional dizziness
- Bloating after meals
- Heart burn
- Decreased appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bloating and gas formation after meals
- Heart burn
- Foods to avoid with gastritis:
- Stimulants- coffee, tea, aerated drinks, alcohol, tobacco
- Pungent foods
- Spicy Food
Foods to be avoided
- Any stimulants- tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco
- Spicy and pungent foods should not be touched.
- Foods with too many condiments
- Stimulants like tea, coffee and alcohol. Stop smoking
- Reduce the consumption of NSAIDs. If your condition requires you to continue the prescription, take antacids along with them. Never take NSAIDs over empty stomach
- Avoid tinned, canned or aerated drinks and beverages
- Avoid spicy and fatty foods
Treatment and Home Remedies for Chronic Gastritis
- Eat 1 piece of jaggery 15 minutes after your meals. Jaggery relieves all kinds off gastric disturbances.
- Carrot and spinach juice is considered highly beneficial in the treatment of gastritis.
- Coconut water is a complete antacid. It straightens up all stomach irregularities, toning it up.
- Chew on grated, raw ginger, 1/2 hour before and after meals to prevent gastritis. Ginger enhances the digestive processes and reduces dyspeptic attacks.
- Cumin seed, a traditional herb, is very useful for gastritis cure. It allays nausea, acidity and abdominal discomfort within minutes, preventing a further progression of the disease. Boil 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds in 1 glass of water. Cool and drink.
- Cold milk should be consumed liberally. It is an antacid.
- Avoid taking foods that are too hot or too cold.
- It is important that you begin your day with foods that are alkaline and not acidic. Eat a snack every 3 hours. This prevents acidity and a reflux.
- Eat a piece of jaggery 15 minutes after meals. Jaggery relieves gastric and all kinds of intestinal disturbances.
- Fasts become indispensable, every now and then, to give some relaxation to the stomach. Fasting at least once a week will prove very helpful. During the fast consume only fresh fruits, salads and juices. This helps to get rid of the accumulated toxins and the stomach gets a much needed rest.
- Milk is alkaline, while gastric contents are acidic. Consumption of cold milk neutralizes the acidic content of the stomach and reduces the effects of gastritis. Yogurt/curd is also equally effective.
- Rice gruel is effective and best home remedy for gastritis. Take 1-2 bowls of rice gruel at least twice a day.
- One teaspoon of honey everyday is considered to be very effective against gastritis
- Coconut water is rich in minerals and vitamins. It promotes digestion, eliminates toxic waste and reduces pain due to gastritis.
- Avoid dietetic irregularities and indiscriminations.
- Short fasts become necessary, every once in a while, to reduce the burden on the stomach. Embark on a 2-day fast, every month, consuming only salads, fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, and juices. In this way, the accumulated toxins and irritants get thrown out.
- Milk and its products should be consumed freely.
- Do not mix too many different foods at the same time.
- Do not take foods that are too hot/ too cold.
- Avoid flesh foods
- Step up your intake of fibre-rich foods.