The first rule is to exclude alcohol (which irritate and erodes the intestinal mucosa), beans, cocoa, lemon juice or orange juice, red meat, and spicy foods. It is also advisable to remove milk and cheese from the daily menu until your digestive system gets better. Instead, it is good to include yogurt, honey, oats, vegetables, and fruits in the diet.
Another aggravating factor of gastritis is smoking. It interferes with the protective mucosa of the stomach, increasing gastric acidity and delaying its healing.
It is preferable to eat breakfast early in the morning because an empty stomach intensifies the symptoms of gastritis. It is also advisable to divide the meals into smaller portions instead of large portions served rarely. Water is a vital fluid for cleaning the body, so we need to consume 8-10 glasses daily.
Natural treatment of gastritis
Ginger has a good reputation in this field, being known as the best plant for healing the stomach. Ginger removes almost all the symptoms of gastritis, including indigestion and gas, quickly heals stomach and intestinal mucosa and reduces inflammation or eventual ulceration. This plant has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, helping to reduce nausea, stimulating digestion of fats and, last but not least, is considered a natural antibiotic.
Mint, especially used in tea making, contains volatile oils like menthol, treats indigestion, gastritis and gastric ulcers. If you suffer from gastritis, a cup of tea consumed after each meal can significantly improve your health. Equally beneficial is the oil obtained from this plant due to its digestive and carminative properties (helping to eliminate gas).
Aloe Vera juice has been found to be useful in treating irritation and inflammation caused by gastritis, according to scientific studies. However, the research is still incomplete and sometimes it seems that oral Aloe Vera consumption can cause cramping and diarrhea, so it is preferable to ask for a physician’s advice if you suffer from gastritis and want to try this natural treatment.
Last but not least, we also need to consider some lifestyle tips on how to treat gastritis. It is advisable to maintain weight within normal limits for preventing or even reducing symptoms caused by gastritis. Stress is hard to eliminate at once, but yoga sessions can be helpful. Although it seems hard to believe, stress increases gastric acid production and slows digestion.