Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen. It is commonly due to the infection of the same bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. Other common causes of gastritis include excessive alcohol consumption, intake of certain medicines and injury in the stomach area.
Statistics show that gastritis affects millions of people worldwide. Furthermore, it is classified into two types – acute and chronic gastritis. Acute gastritis occurs suddenly or is felt in short episodes while chronic gastritis is experienced for longer periods.
Some gastritis cases have no symptoms, but for most cases, the most common symptom is abdominal pain. Treatments include taking antacids, H2 blockers, and proton pump inhibitors. In most cases, gastritis is not serious and can be easily treated with proper medicines.
Gastritis symptoms vary from person to person. Some may have no symptoms, while other can experience many. Below are some of the most common gastritis symptoms
• Recurring upset stomach
• Sudden loss of appetite
• Lack of energy
• Black stool
• Abdominal pain
The most common causes include:
• Helicobacter pylori infection
• Use of NSAIDs
Other causes include:
• Excessive intake of alcoholic drinks
• Regular smoking
• Use of illegal drugs
• Radiation therapy
• Autoimmune diseases
Natural Home Remedies for Gastritis
Gastritis is a non-serious health condition that affects people from all ages worldwide. Although it needs immediate medical attention, it can be treated at home using natural ingredients. Below are some of the most common natural home remedies for gastritis.
Ginger is packed with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help minimize the pain caused by the irritation of the stomach lining while also killing the bacteria that causes gastritis.
Chew a small piece of ginger for a few minutes before having your meal. Do this three times a day. It is recommended to chew 120 grams of ginger before meals for about eight weeks until all symptoms of gastritis are gone. When taken regularly, ginger root can also decrease the reoccurrence of gastritis and promote better digestion.
To prepare as a tea, mix one ginger tea bag or 1 tablespoon of ginger powder with 1 cup of hot water. Let it steep for a few minutes and add one tablespoon of honey. You can also add a splash of milk and few drops of lemon to increase the antibacterial effect. Drink two times a day – during breakfast and before going to bed. You can also take commercially made ginger supplements that are available in drugstores. To be safe, ask your doctor for the proper dosage to avoid developing other health issues.
Aside from giving soothing and calming effects especially for people suffering from abdominal pains due to gastritis, chamomile is also rich with antioxidants that promote stronger stomach lining.
Boil a few pieces of chamomile flowers with one glass of water for about 5 minutes. Stir continuously while boiling. Pour into a tall glass and add a teaspoon of honey and a dash of milk. Stir well and drink every morning and night. Do these steps until the abdominal pain is gone.
Get chamomile oil and apply directly to the stomach. You can massage gently for a few minutes. Do this before going to bed. Chamomile tea bags are also available in drugstores and can be prepared during breakfast.
3. Raw Papaya
Raw papaya is packed with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect in treating gastritis. Although ripe papaya is also nutritious, the raw version will be more suitable in warding off intestinal issues.
Eat a few pieces of raw papaya after every meal. To add taste, pour some raw honey before eating. Another option is to blend a few slices of raw papaya with shaved ice and one teaspoon of honey. Add half a cup of milk. Drink during breakfast and before going to sleep.
Yogurt‘s antibacterial properties are perfect for treating gastritis caused by bacterial infection. In addition, yogurt acts as an invisible barrier that protects the intestinal lining from various types of infection.
Eat 1 cup of yogurt during breakfast and before going to bed. You can also mix 1 cup of yogurt to your favorite salads.
5. Drink Lukewarm Water
Aside from waking up the organs, lukewarm water effectively flushes out toxins from the body that can cause infections and other health issues. Regular water intake is also a must to maintain a fully hydrated body, thus promoting better functions of all the organs.
After waking up, drink a glass of lukewarm water with an empty stomach. Wait a few minutes before eating breakfast. Throughout the day, you must drink 8 to 10 glasses of water.
One of the most underrated natural treatments for gastritis is rice, which promotes the formation of gastric juices that help in maintaining proper digestion and hydration. It is recommended to eat two bowls of rice daily especially when suffering from gastritis. For more severe gastritis, larger rice intake is recommended.
Eat 1 cup of rice for breakfast and lunch. Although white rice is good, opting for healthier types such as brown rice will also do.
Strawberries are loaded with phenolic compounds, which help in preventing and treating inflammation of the stomach lining. Furthermore, strawberries provide antibacterial properties that kill a bacterial infection. Lastly, a scientific study suggested that regular consumption of strawberries can decrease the negative effects of excessive alcohol intake on the stomach membrane.
Eat several pieces of fresh strawberries each day preferably during breakfast. You can also boil several pieces of strawberry leaves with 2 cups of water for about five minutes. Let it cool down and strain into a large glass. Drink 2 to 3 times a day. To prepare as a shake, blend several pieces of ripe strawberries with shaved ice. Add ½ cup of milk, 2 teaspoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink after a meal preferably during breakfast and lunch.
Aside from being a common ingredient in cooked foods, basil is also highly regarded as an effective natural treatment for many health issues such as gastritis. Basil is loaded with antibacterial properties that minimize the swelling and inflation of the stomach lining caused by the H. pylori bacteria. In addition, basil’s antibacterial power is perfect for treating various symptoms resulting from acute gastritis. When taken regularly, basil has also been proven to minimize vomiting, nausea and abdominal pains.
For stomach pains, chew several pieces of basil 2 times daily for at least one week. Make sure to wash the basil in running water before chewing. Basil is also available in extracted juice form. Mix 2 to 3 teaspoon of basil juice with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. You can also mix 1 teaspoon of ginger powder to increase antibacterial effects. Stir well and drink 2 to 3 times a day for 10 days or until gastritis symptoms are gone.
To prepare as a tea, boil several pieces of basil for 5 minutes. Let it cool down and strain into a tall glass. Add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. Drink in the morning and before going to bed.
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