Best home remedies for gastritis
Published: 11:47 AM, 22 October 2019
Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of your stomach lining. Drinking excessive alcohol, overuse of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs, stress, and H. pylori bacteria can all cause gastritis.
Common symptoms are nausea, abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion, vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material, black/tarry stools and burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night.
If gastritis is left untreated, it can lead to a severe loss of blood and may increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. Most people that have gastritis are able to treat it and find relief for their symptoms. There are times when gastritis means you need to see a doctor and make a treatment plan, but there are also ways to treat gastritis with home remedies.
Best home remedies for gastritis
Gastritis gets activated when your digestive system is taxed and your stomach lining becomes inflamed. You can choose to eat foods that reduce inflammation and avoid the foods that trigger your stomach lining to become irritated.
Trigger foods may vary from person to person, and keeping a food journal for a week will help you identify exactly which foods make your gastritis flare up.
As a general rule, the following foods tend to be inflammatory to the mucous membrane that lines your stomach:
* heavily processed and preserved foods
* foods with high gluten content
* foods that are acidic, dairy foods
* foods high in sugar.
Research suggests that adding broccoli sprouts and fresh blueberries into your diet can encourage your body to fight back against gastritis.
At least 50 percent of the world’s population has H. pylori, the bacteria strain that causes gastritis, in their digestive tract already. When gastritis is caused by H. pylori, garlic extract can help get rid of these bacteria. One study shows that consuming garlic extract is an effective way to kill H. pylori bacteria.
You can crush raw garlic and drink the resulting extract by the teaspoon, or you can purchase garlic extract that has aged for several months (a potentially more effective option).
Probiotics can improve your digestion and keep your bowel movements regular. Taking a probiotic supplement will introduce good bacteria to your digestive tract, which should stop the spread of H. pylori and help start the process of healing your gut.
You can also eat fermented foods that contain probiotics, such as:
Green tea with manuka honey
Drinking green tea with raw honey has several potential benefits for healing gastritis. Drinking warm water can soothe the digestive tract and make digestion easier on your stomach.
One study showed a significant difference in people with gastritis that drank tea with honey just once a week. Manuka honey has also been shown to have antibacterial properties that effectively keep H. pylori in check.
Some essential oils have been found to have an effect on H. pylori overgrowth. The oils derived from lemongrass and lemon verbena in particular were studied and found to have a positive effect on mouse resistance to H. pylori colonization in laboratory tests.
Gastritis symptoms aren’t just aggravated by what you eat; they’re also aggravated by how you eat. When you have gastritis, it’s important to make the digestive process as easy as possible for your stomach and intestines.
When you eat a big meal, it puts stress on your digestive tract to convert all of that food into energy and waste. That’s why eating smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to loading up on carbs and calories two or three times a day can ease the symptoms of gastritis.
Gastritis is a risk factor for developing stomach cancer, so being especially aware of your lifestyle choices is important if you have it. Lose weight if needed. Eliminating smoking and alcohol should improve your gastritis symptoms. Avoid using over-the-counter pain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as these can damage your stomach lining over time.
Stress can cause gastritis flare-ups, so reducing stress levels is an important way to help manage the condition. Stress management techniques include:
* breathing exercises.
When to see your doctor
There are symptoms of gastritis that you should never ignore or try to treat at home over the long term. If you have a gastritis flare that lasts more than a week, or if you’re vomiting blood or have blood in your stool, you should call your doctor and seek medical attention right away.
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