If you’ve ever had gastritis, you know how painful it can be and you’ll want to avoid it in future. What if we told you how easy it is to fight gastritis? When you feel those familiar symptoms creeping up – vomiting, back pain, abdominal swelling or constant fatigue – see your GP for advice and, if necessary, a prescription for the proper medication.
When you’ve done that, start implementing what you read in this article. We’ll give you the inside scoop on 6 fruits that can be beneficial in your battle with this ailment. Because they’re loaded with nutrients and fibre, these fruits can prevent the agonising stomach pains associated with this condition.
1. Perfect pears
What’s the secret to pear’s ability to combat gastritis? Look no further than its enviable nutrient profile. It’s packed with vitamins B1, B2, B3, A and C – and then there’s the fibre content of these bountiful beauties! Because they help to regulate the nervous system and sooth digestive transit, they come highly recommended in the treatment of gastritis.
2. Papaya’s potassium
If you’re not already a fan of this tropical fruit, what’s your excuse? There’s a wealth of good stuff lurking beneath its unassuming surface. You’ll get vitamins B1, B2, A and C, to be sure – but you’ll also benefit from a mountain of minerals such as magnesium, sulphur, potassium and iron. Undoubtedly, papaya is one of the best fruits for promoting good digestion. If you make it a part of your regular diet, you’ll also see an improvement in your hair, skin, bones and immunity.
Need some ideas? It’s as easy as adding a slice of papaya to a glass of soya yoghurt and popping them together in a blender. Mix for a few minutes and drink a glass after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luscious!
3. Banana bonanza
Hello. Is it fibre you’re looking for? You’ll find plenty in bananas. Another banana bonus is that you’re getting a low fat and low protein food that provides oodles of energy. They’re also helpful for speeding digestion, but do bear in mind that this may produce a slight laxative effect. These mellow yellow wonders are also rich in zinc – superb for warding off colds, fighting hair loss and strengthening hair and nails.
One note of caution: if you’re eating bananas to treat gastritis, avoid green bananas. They can damage the stomach. Ripe is best.
4. Collaborate with coconut
Where else can you find such impressive levels of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium than the humble coconut. This fabulous fruit improves intestinal transit, thanks to its natural fibre. Like their tropical counterparts, bananas, they do have a mild laxative effect that can help cleanse the body.
If you find yourself often feeling bloated and heavy, try drinking a glass of coconut water every day. You should soon have more energy and be lighter on your feet.
5. Each peach
Peaches are a sure sign of summer. They’re impossibly juicy, exceptionally sweet and perfect on a hot day. Oh, but there’s so much more to their story. Their fibre helps your digestive system and, as they’re positively packed with antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, they can help to prevent illnesses like cataracts and diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Easily digested, peaches supply the minerals potassium, phosphorus and magnesium – all of which promote a healthy immune system. Their digestibility aids the liver by improving bowel transit.
One simple suggestion for making the most of peach season is to make a gastritis-dispelling drink. Here’s how:
- 2 tbsp. peach leaves (just buy peaches with their leaves intact)
- 1 cup boiling water
- Add the leaves to the water and let steep for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. When cool, drink! You can enjoy two or three cups a day.
6. Able apples
When you think of pectin, you probably think of making jam. Did you ever wonder where it comes from, though? The answer is in the apple. When apples and water collide, they create a protective gel in the intestinal tract. If your gastritis isn’t constipating you, it has probably done the opposite and given you diarrhoea. How thoughtful! When this is the case, choose apple. This fruit absorbs liquids and can solidify faeces.
So, there you have it. It’s entirely possible to enjoy treating gastritis, even if the condition itself is far from pleasant. All of the fruits we’ve listed can benefit you and ease the discomfort associated with this ailment, so do eat every one of them often and without guilt. In fact, it’s a good idea to alternate. Eat a different one every day – perhaps, by finding different recipes you can make with each – so you don’t get bored. That way, you’re more likely to make them a part of your routine. This will reduce your odds of suffering from gastritis, too. It’s a win-win all round!