Gastritis means “inflammation of the stomach.” In most cases the lining of the stomach, suffer erosion and perforations, sometimes even bleeding. The most common causes of gastritis are alcohol and most pain killers. From aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, to Aleve, and many others cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and this leads to gastritis and ulcers.
The symptoms of gastritis include appetite loss and weight loss, nausea and vomiting, pain in the upper abdomen, belching and bloating, and/or a feeling of being full even after eating just a little.While there are several reasons why people suffer from gastritis, there are four primary causes: infection of the stomach mucosa by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, vitamin B12 deficiency, taking too many pain relievers or other anti-inflammatory drugs, and acidic and spicy foods and drinks. Mild cases can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, dietary changes, and stress-reducing techniques.
Following are some effective and safe natural remedies for treating gastritis:
Ginger: A small piece of ginger can be chewed some time before having meals. This stimulates digestion and also treats gastritis infection. About 120gm of ginger root taken four times every day for about eight weeks is helpful in eliminating bacteria and reducing recurrence of gastritis.
Carom Seeds:Carom seeds are a natural antacid that is beneficial for gastritis. They provide relief to the stomach’s mucous membrane from acidity and hyperacidity. Carom seeds can also treat indigestion, nausea and bloating.
- Mix together 1 teaspoon each of carom seeds and dried ginger with a little bit of black salt. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture with a glass of warm water 3 times a day.
- Another option is to add 1 teaspoon of carom seeds powder and ½ teaspoon of black salt to a glass of buttermilk. Drink it 2 times a day.
- You can also boil 2 cups of water with 4 teaspoons of carom seeds until the water reduces by half. Strain the mixture and drink ½ cup of it 2 times a day.
Follow any of these remedies until the gastritis symptoms go away.
Tamarind: Tamarind water mixed with some asafoetida and cumin water should be taken as a drink is an effective natural remedy for gastritis.
Yogurt:Yogurt is a good addition to your diet, especially when suffering from gastritis. Yogurt with active live cultures is particularly beneficial in this regard.
The probiotics present in yogurt help protect your stomach lining from H. pylori bacteria that causes gastritis. Also, yogurt boosts the immune system to fight off infection more quickly.
Eat 2 to 3 cups of plain probiotic yogurt daily until you get relief.
You can also try a yogurt, banana and honey smoothie. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day for quick recovery.
Coconut water: Coconut water has a lot of minerals and compounds which are soothing for digestive system. It is very beneficial in removing toxic radicals from the body. It also helps maintain normal body temperature which assists in normalizing body digestive functions. Coconut water can be given to patient as frequently as possible in a day, for relief from gastritis.
Chamomile:Chamomile tea may also be very helpful in treating gastritis. It is rich in certain essential oils that are beneficial for the digestive system. It can even soothe the intestinal walls, providing relief from sudden pains, and eliminate gas. Plus, it can reduce stomach inflammation and thus reduce the risk of ulcers.
- Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of hot water.
- Cover and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain, then add some honey.
- Drink this tea several times daily for a week.
Note: Do not boil this herb as its active compounds will be destroyed
Ajwain or carom seeds: Carom seed is a natural antacid. It reduces acidic reactions on the mucous membrane and relaxes stomach. Take a teaspoon of carom seeds with a little bit of salt for effective treatment of gastritis.
Peppermint:Peppermint is another herb known to treat gastritis due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. Its soothing properties can reduce inflammation of the stomach lining. Plus, it can help reduce nausea, indigestion and heartburn.
Take standardized, enteric coated peppermint tablets. Usually, 1 tablet 2 or 3 times daily is recommended, but it is best to consult a doctor before taking it. Enteric coated tablets will help avoid heartburn.
You can also chew fresh peppermint leaves or add them to your soups, salads and smoothies.
Fennel: Fennel helps in relaxing muscle lining in digestive tract. It expels gas and promotes secretion of bile, which helps in digestion of fats. Chew a handful of fennel seeds or make an infusion of it. Drink for relief from gastritis.
Strawberries:Strawberries can also help heal gastritis due to their antioxidant property and high content of phenolic compounds. It can help prevent the start of inflammation in the stomach lining.
In a 2011 study, European researchers concluded that regular consumption of strawberries can help reduce the harm that alcohol causes to the stomach mucous membrane.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dried strawberry leaves to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for 5 minutes, then strain.
- rink it 2 or 3 times daily until the gastritis symptoms subside.
To prevent gastritis, eat a few strawberries daily.
Liquorice: Liquorice has natural antioxidant properties which are helpful in treatment of gastritis.Add some liquorice root tea to a cup of hot water. Strain it after it has cooled. Drink up to thrice a day to naturally treat gastritis.
Vegetable juice: Mix two hundred millimetre of spinach juice with about 100 ml of carrot juice and drink this for best results.
Water: Drink lots of water at least 7-8 glasses a day. Water gets rid of body free radicals and harmful body toxins. This relaxes stomach and keeps body temperature cool and normal.
Marigold: Marigold is an effective natural remedy for gastritis. Take one or two tablespoon of marigold extract 2-3 times a day. This will provide fast relief to patient. An infusion of herb, in doses of one tablespoon can be taken twice daily for better results.
Potato: Take raw potato and extract juice from it. Drink half a cup of potato juice thrice daily fifteen minutes before meals. This is one of most effective natural remedies for gastritis.
Lemon: Drink fruit juice to prevent and alleviate gastritis. Drink lemon juice with a pinch of salt to naturally cure gastritis.
Dietary recommendations for Gastritis
- Fasting on liquid diet is very effective in treatment of gastritis. Juices of fresh fruits like grapes, oranges, apples, pineapples, pears and melons can be administered during the liquid fasting period.
- Eat several small meals and avoid stomach overloading
- Drink lots of warm water through out the day.
- Dairy products like cottage cheese and yoghurt should be included in diet.
- Do not mix many varieties of food in a single meal.
- Take meals at least two hours before going to bed
- Intake food rich in Vitamin B12 and iron.
Foods to be avoided
- Meat and meat products
- Alcohol and tobacco products
- Coffee, tea and aerated drinks
- Spicy, fried or junk foods
- Cakes and pastries,
- Pickles and sour foods
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (under guidance of doctors)
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