Gastritis, it is when inflammation occurs in the lining of the stomach. Common gastritis symptoms may include upper abdominal pain, nausea, and indigestion. When acute or mild, gastritis is treatable and will go away. But if left untreated, it can develop into ulcers or even stomach cancer.
There are two main types of gastritis:
Acute gastritis: Acute gastritis can cause pain and swelling in the stomach but generally does not last for a long period of time – it stops within a few days.
Chronic gastritis: Chronic gastritis is just that – chronic. This refers to it lasting for a long period of time. Someone may have chronic gastritis and not even realise it because symptoms are dull and not severe.
Sample Gastric Ulcer Diet Plan for Gastritis
Don’t forget your liquids between meals (about 30 minutes after each meal).
- Protein: 1 Egg or 250 ml low-fat milk
- Carbohydrates: ½ Cup hot cereal
- Fruit: ½ Banana
- Fat: 1 Teaspoon butter
- Mid Morning: Buttermilk/ lassi + Almonds
- Protein: Dehusked daal/ chicken
- Cereals: Rice/chapati
- Vegetable: 1 Cup salad
- Fruit: 1 Apple/Chiku (Sapota)
- Fat: 2 Teaspoon oil for cooking
- Fruit shake/fruit custard
- Protein: 2 Fillet baked fish/100 gm Low-fat paneer
- Starch: ½ Cup cooked rice + 1 Chapati
- Vegetable: ½ Cup cooked spinach/ Green leafy vegetable
- Fat: 1.5 Teaspoon oil for cooking
What to Eat or What not to Eat during Gastritis
The foods that can irritate and aggravate the stomach discomfort are:
- Coffee and tea
- Whole milk (including chocolate)
- Citrus fruits and juices (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits)
- Garlic powder
- Highly spiced meats (sausage, bacon, salami)
- Tomato and tomato products
Foods to enjoy with gastritis are:
- Whole grains
- Brown rice
- Olive oil
Natural home remedies for the treatment of gastritis: Lifestyle changes help in relieving the symptoms very effectively.
- Stop smoking and limit drinking.
- Avoid trigger foods and eat smaller meals more frequently to avoid indigestion.
- Control stress.
- Limit the use of pain-relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
- Consume licorice prior to eating a meal. Licorice is known to aid in digestion problems, but it may increase blood pressure so do BP monitoring regularly.
- Ginger has been shown to be quite beneficial for the stomach, so it may also help with gastritis.
- Drink lots of water (at least eight glasses a day).