Gastritis: nutrition and natural remedies


Natural remedies

To prevent gastritis on a functional basis, therefore separated from organic, iatrogenic (drug-induced gastritis) or autoimmune diseases, there are some measures which are essentially based on the correction of eating habits:

  • Don't mix proteins with carbohydrates
  • Avoid excess coffee and wine
  • Don't smoke or drink alcohol
  • Chew slowly
  • Consume fruit between meals, because it can create bloating
  • Avoid fried foods
  • Always have lunch and dinner at the same time

In general, if people predisposed to gastritis respect these rules, the problem will be easier to overcome. Nature has always offered a vast quantity of products: it is up to man to make the most of these offers or not. Natural therapies, if correctly applied, can be of great help in alleviating ailments and “strengthening” the stomach and intestines.

For further information: diet and gastritis, nutrition and gastroesophageal reflux.

A correct lifestyle can be associated with natural remedies that reduce heartburn caused by gastritis: chamomile, cabbage, carrot, potato, licorice, mallow. Baking soda is also widely used as a quick remedy for acidity and heartburn, but in some cases it can exacerbate the problem.

For further information: natural remedies against gastritis.

CHAMOMILE
Its essential oil is used to relax the stomach muscles; thanks to this action, called antispasmodic, chamomile provides relief from cramps and abdominal pain. The habit of drinking a highly concentrated chamomile-based herbal tea is a good prevention against the relapses of gastritis.

CABBAGE
Cabbage boasts healing properties for the mucous membranes of the digestive tract: a glass of cabbage juice, combined with carrot and blueberry juice (which not only correct the taste, but give good antioxidant power), could ease gastritis.

CARROT
Carrot, rich in pectin – which can deposit like a sort of gel on the gastric walls, protecting them from acid insult – contains another substance that protects the mucosa from attack by microorganisms: beta-carotene. The precursor of vitamin A is therefore classified as an excellent natural remedy against gastritis, also because it could promote the healing of any wounds (ulcers).

POTATO
The potato boasts emollient properties, as well as calming inflammation in the stomach, causing a pleasant sensation of relief.

LICORICE

It would be a good habit to chew pieces of licorice to relieve the discomfort caused by gastritis. If the subject suffers from hypertension, licorice is not recommended, because in high doses it promotes an increase in blood pressure.

MAUVE
An infusion based on mallow is also useful if gastritis is associated with repeated abdominal cramps: mallow is a good natural remedy that gives relief to an irritated stomach.

GREEN TEA
The most important constituents of tea, in case of gastritis associated with ulcers, are flavonoids, which stimulate healing. However, caffeine tends to decrease the tightness of the lower gastroesophageal sphincter, favoring reflux.

SODIUM BICARBONATE
Bicarbonate serves to increase the pH of the stomach and therefore make the gastric environment less acidic; consequently, the burning sensation will be reduced, protecting the gastric mucosa from excessive acidity.
It is recommended to dissolve a teaspoon of bicarbonate in a little water and drink it all.

Sodium bicarbonate is contraindicated in cases of hypertension and should never be taken together with meals that are too large (in a gastric environment it develops CO2, which distends the walls of the stomach, promoting, among other things, acid secretion: see article dedicated to antacid drugs).

In the event that gastritis appears to be a very frequent disorder, the herbalist's advice is to regularize the diet, preferring foods such as carrots, fennel and potatoes, and natural remedies such as liquorice, passion flower, chamomile, lemon balm, chamomile, anise, cumin. , rosemary, thyme, flax, aloe, marshmallow, Icelandic lichen, mallow, apple, nettle.

After this analysis, the meaning of many verbal expressions in common language, which associate the stomach with some emotions, is also more understandable:

“How many do I have to swallow!”
“I really can't stomach this!”
“Just the thought makes me nauseous!”
“I have a heavy weight on my stomach!”
“You have to have a good stomach to behave like this!”


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