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Gastritis Facts And Foods To Avoid For Gastritis

Gastritis or dyspepsia is a stomach disease in which the inflammation occurs in the inner lining of the stomach. There are many reasons for gastritis, but it occurs predominantly in those who have undergone surgery to lose weight as this surgery causes the digestive duct to contract or band. Gastritis should be treated properly by taking medicines including, antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors, and also by using antacids. Those suffering from gastritis as well as pernicious anemia should also be administered Vitamin B12 injections.

Gastritis is not a disease that happens in one day. However, if it is caused suddenly then it is called acute gastritis.
If it takes a long time to manifest, then it is referred to as chronic gastritis. It is a result of the long term neglect of your health and dietary factors such as the excessive use of alcohol. The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen for long periods of time can also cause gastritis. Sometimes gastritis breeds after major surgery, the prolonged use of pain killers, traumatic injuries, or severe infections. Bacterial infection caused due to the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori, E. coli, or Salmonella can also lead to gastritis. Pernicious anemia, chronic bile reflux, and certain autoimmune disorders are also associated with gastritis.

Symptoms, Treatment And Diet For Gastritis

The common and visible symptoms of gastritis are:
  • Abdominal pain.
  • An upset stomach.
  • Indigestion.
  • Bloating of the abdomen.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • A feeling of fullness or burning feeling in the upper abdomen.
  • Belching.
  • Hiccups.
  • Loss of appetite.

Gastritis Diet:

Here are some Gastritis Diet guidelines to be followed by people suffering from gastritis:

  • The consumption of alcohol should be minimized.
  • Over dose of antibiotic medicines should be avoided.
  • Try to avoid very hot food.
  • Increase your milk intake as it will control the acidity of the stomach.
  • Avoid spicy foods as in addition to gastritis, they may also cause ulcers.
  • Colas and sodas should not be used.
  • Smoking should be avoided altogether.
  • Do not eat chocolates.
  • Use low fat dairy products.
  • Avoid drinking coffee.
  • Use fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Try to avoid food which produces gas in your stomach such as broccoli, cabbage, and onions.
  • Drink fruit juices as they are very low in acidity.
  • Take mild herbal teas as they are free of caffeine.
  • Cottage cheese and butter can be used by gastritis patients.

Submitted on January 21, 2011