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What kinds of foods causes gastritis?
(October 5, 2010)

Gastric bypass is a type of weight loss surgery. Such surgeries alter the digestive system in order to restrict the amount of food an individual is able to eat. They enable the person to lose weight and thus reduce the risks that are often associated with excessive weight gain and obesity. However, this is a major surgery which cannot be performed on everyone. There are certain risks involved and there is also the likelihood of side effects.

This procedure is also likely to create permanent changes in an individual’s lifestyle. Therefore, it is necessary to understand all aspects of this procedure before deciding to go in for it. In most cases, this surgery is recommended for people who are excessively overweight or those who are unable to keep a healthy weight with diet and exercise.
A gastric bypass diet must be followed after the surgery due to the changes that have been made in the digestive system. The diet helps to enable proper healing of the site of surgery. There are some foods which may affect the stitches made during the surgery and hence these must be avoided. Also, since the size of the stomach has been reduced, it cannot hold the same amount of food as before. The individual is likely to feel full a lot sooner after the procedure. A gastric diet therefore takes into account all these aspects. A special diet must also be followed by the individual prior to the surgery. This is done in order to help the body get accustomed to the changes in eating habits. Usually, a low calorie diet is charted out by a nutritionist. This enables the individual to shed about 8 percent of body weight before the gastric bypass can take place. After the surgery, extensive alterations need to be made in dietary habits. Gastric bypass food usually includes high protein foods that are low in fiber, fat and sugar. Protein must be incorporated into the diet so that proper healing of the surgery site takes place. Fats and sugar are difficult to digest and hence are avoided. The smaller stomach can also not hold bulky foods such as fiber-rich foods. Since many nutrient-rich foods may be eliminated due these changes, the individual must take vitamin and mineral supplements.

The gastric bypass diet has three stages. In stage one the individual can have only low-sugar liquids. This includes strained cream soup, broth and milk. The liquids must be consumed slowly to avoid gastrointestinal complications. In stage two, low fat liquids are to be consumed. These include puréed or semi liquid fruits, vegetables and beans. Protein intake is important during this stage. In stage three, the individual can eat soft solid foods. The semi liquid diet must continue along with solid foods. There are certain side effects of a gastric bypass diet. Many individuals experience nausea, vomiting, constipation and dehydration. It requires a great deal of determination to adhere to this diet. However it is necessary to follow the diet correctly so that positive results may be obtained from the surgery.


Submitted by C N on October 5, 2010 at 01:22


Diet for Gastritis

Inflammation of the stomach's lining is referred to as gastritis. It is not a single disease, and is as a result of infection. Ulcer and cancer of the stomach are commonly associated with gastritis. Excessive eating, smoking and spicy foods contribute to gastritis. Allergic reaction is yet another cause. Acidic foods also trigger gastritis. Eating smaller and frequent meals is preferred to large meals, in order to buffer the acidic secretion.

Avoid alcohol, as the erosion of the lining is increased with stimulants, such as spicy foods, fatty foods and alcohol. Stress is another contributing factor to gastritis. Leading a stress free life, by yoga or meditation is helpful. Solid foods are avoided initially. A healthy and balanced diet is recommended. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages are abstained from.
Milk, water and bland liquids are preferred on the first day of infection. Infection is generally caused by Helicobacter pylori. Foods that are difficult to digest and those that irritate the lining are completely avoided. Vitamin A and zinc supplements prove beneficial. Anaemia results in intestinal wall inflammation. Hence, iron rich foods are advised.

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Submitted by E L on April 1, 2008 at 08:23


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