Natural Treatment for Gastritis | Symptoms, Natural Cure for Gastritis

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?

Answer:

  • 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
  • Acidity
  • 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

Preventing Gastritis

  • 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.