There are two types of gastritis you can acquire during your lifetime: acute and chronic. Acute gastritis may be caused by alchohol or certain medications and chronic gastritis is caused by H. pylori infection. Depending on what type of gastritis you have, it is advised to treat them accordingly. Gastritis in short is an inflamation of the stomach lining that can cause a variety of symptoms such as abdominal pain, burning, hiccups, stomach ulcers and in extreme cases vomiting. If left untreated for a prolonged period of time, chronic gastritis can cause bleeding in the lining of the stomach and in some cases lead to cancer. If you are experiencing extreme symptoms of gastritis we advise you to check with your primary doctor as soon as possible. If you are experiencing less serious yet irritating symptoms of chronic gastritis, there are several natural ways to remedy them. Below are five ways to naturally pacify and treat your chronic gastritis symptoms.
Foods that remedy gastritis
Helicobacter pylori is a common bacteria that is found in up to 50% of adults who are suffering from chronic gastritis.H.pylori is considered bad bacteria and can lead to the eventual breakdown of the fragile stomach lining. When you have a buildup of pylori in your stomach most doctors will prescribe an antibiotic to wipe out the bacteria. Unfortunately this method is killing off the good bacteria in the body and is also not treating the root of the problem. The best way to fight off an overgrowth of pylori in the body is to introduce foods that will actually kill this bacteria. The following foods aid in treating H. pylori, a common culprit of chronic gastritis:
Broccoli is an effective way to kill H. pylori bacteria in the stomach lining and since some strains of H. pylori have become resistent to antiobiotics, broccoli is a safe and natural way to kill them off. Broccoli works because it contains a nutrient called sulphoraphane that has been proven to eliminate the H. pylori bacteria. By eating broccoli just a two or three times a week you can help prevent and alleviate the overgrowth of H. pylori.
Garlic is a natural antifungal food that helps fight against a variety of ailments in the body. Garlic can help treat gastritis by creating an antimicrobial agent to fight against the growth of H. pylori. H. pylori bacteria is extremely sensitive to garlic. Try incorporating garlic into your main meals at least four or five times a week to erradicate this type of bacteria from your body.
Avoid processed foods
If you are a chronic sufferer of gastritis one of the worst things you can do for your health is to eat processed and/or packaged foods. Processed foods contain high levels of chemicals and preservatives that are damaging to the lining of the stomach. Processed foods can also create high levels of acidity in your body while some of their ingredients contain chemicals that actually surpress the immune system. As a general rule of thumb, processed foods are found in the center aisles of most grocery stores. Avoid meals that are pre-packaged and labled as ¨on-the-go.¨ If you are suffering from chronic gastritis it is best to stick with fresh homemade meals you prepare yourself.
Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are two types of powerful probiotics that you can use to support healthy digestive functioning of the stomach lining. Probiotics are helpful bacteria that populate the stomach lining and heal the digestive tract. By incorporating probiotics into your diet you are lining your stomach with healthy bacteria leaving less room for unhealthy bacteria to enter. Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt and keifer. You can also choose to purchase supplements in your local natural grocery store.
Other foods that help to alleviate or treat chronic gastritis include foods such as beans and legumes, complex carbohydrates found in vegetables, whole grains and eating a diet that is rich in greens. Stay away from fatty red meats and try eating healthy proteins such as skinless pultry and fish. Try avoid eating fatty foods such as anything fried and avoid beverages such as coffee, alcohol, (that are high in acidity) and anything that is too spicy.