Six Best Foods That Help Combat Gastritis
“Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining due to an infection caused by the H. pylon bacteria”
The festive season brings with it a whole variety of foods and along with this, comes the toll it takes on your stomach due to the overindulgence in sugar-rich and fatty foods that invite bacteria to invade your body, causing stomach Infection, indigestion etc. and the most common form of bacterial infection – gastritis.
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining due to an infection caused by the H. pylon bacteria which can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, belching, bloating, loss of appetite and indigestion. So, here are some pointers to keep you sale, whether you are dining out or at home.
- Avoid too much of sugar, desserts or aerated drinks that have no nutrients and just increase the acidity in the stomach.
- Reduce the consumption of raw milk, cheese, high fat paneer and khoya, particularly the one made outside as milk preparations during festive seasons are highly contaminated due to early storage.
- Avoid caffeine-rich drinks that dehydrate your body along with acid reflux and cause discomfort to your stomach.
- Eat high fatty foods in moderation as they slow down the emptying of the stomach and produce more of add to digest the food.
- Restrict alcohol consumption as they irritate the gut lining.
- By opting for freshly cooked foods over canned, preserved or processed foods, helps to keep the chances of infection at bay.
Foods That Combat Gastritis
Carom seeds act as natural antacid that reduces gastritis. Make a decoction by boiling two cups of water with four teaspoons of carom seeds and reduce half. Strain and drink halt a cup, twice a day.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which prove to be beneficial when suffering from gastritis. Making a honey and ginger paste in same proportion and having it before your meals will work wonders for you.
The active bacteria present in yogurt, known as lactobacillus acts as a probiotic that protects your stomach lining from the H. pylori bacteria by maintaining the balance of good and bad bacteria.
Chewing on fresh peppermint leaves or adding them to your foods reduces the symptoms of gastritis as it is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory food.
From ancient times we have been told by our ancestors that holy basil has got multiple benefits and chewing them first thing in the morning works wonders.
Fennel seeds have a cooling effect on the stomach and are extensively used when one suffers from acidity.
Besides adopting the above remedies, also make sure you avoid spicy, deep fried foods, alcohol and completely refrain from smoking.