Healthy Diet and Daily Instructions for People Who Suffer from Gastritis – Allowed:
It is important for people who gastritis – peptic ulcer, to abide by the following instructions.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH GASTRITIS:
- Adhere to a healthy diet and maintain healthy eating habits. Preferably, eat small meals at close intervals (every 2-3 hours) and chew food well before you swallow.
- You should take care of oral hygiene.
- Try to avoid tension and stress because they are considered major causes for Peptic ulcer. Preferably, do relaxation exercises such as yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
- To reduce stomach acidity associated with the inflammation you can have: almond milk, raw almonds, cucumbers, white potato juice (1 cup twice a day).
- Have 1 spoonful of nectar honey evey day.
LIQUIDS (WATER- JUICES – TEAS)
- Drink 8-10 glasses of mineral water (2 liters) every day.
- Drink cabbage juice for 10 days (4 glasses a day) because it is rich in glutamine amino acid that helps heal and regenerate stomach membrane. In addition, cabbage cools, nourishes and alleviates pain.
- Prefer to drink mint tea and chamomile tea to relieve stomach ache.
- Drink sage tea and rosemary tea on a daily basis to relieve stomach ache and colic.
- Drink fenugreek tea and drink fennel tea every day.
- Prefer to drink anise tea, cinnamon tea, and ginger tea because they all help relieve bloating, gas, colic and stomach pain.
Note: however, if ginger causes you pain the stomach, you should probably avoid it.
- Liquidy foods are easy to digest; therefore, try to have more soups and juices of fruits and vegetables.
- Prefer to drink tea of the following herbs on a daily basis: melissa, cardamom and cumin tea.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
- Eat steamed cooked vegetables.
- Eat fresh and organic fruits and vegetables that are high in essential vitamins and minerals because they help reduce inflammation in gastritis and improve functioning of the digestive system and increase immunity.
- Prefer to eat orangy root vegetables such as pumpkins, carrots, and sweet potatoes. These vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that contribute to the proper functioning of the digestive system and prevent gastritis.
- Eat essential foods like vegetables (green vegetables, leafy greens, orange vegetables), and fruits (bananas, apples, pears). These foods reduce stomach acidity and therefore help heal stomach tissue.
- Eat fruits and vegetables high in B Vitamins such as leafy vegetables, sprouts, root vegetables, artichoke, apples, pears, and papaya.
Info: B vitamins are essential for protecting the mucous membranes of the digestive system and for healthy functioning of the nervous system.
- Insert reishi mushroom into your daily regime.
- Increase the consumption of asparagus.
- Consume fruits and vegetables that have high content of soluble fiber.
- Eat leafy greens such as lettuce, parsley, coriander and dill because they are rich in vitamin K, which has proved its effectiveness in healing ulcers.
- Prefer to garlic in order to prevent the spread of helicobacter pylori and improve immune response.
WHOLE GRAINS – LEGUMES – SEEDS AND NUTS
- Have 1tsp of turmeric twice a day. You can mix it with food.
- Have 1tbsp of fresh ground cumin 3 times a day. You can mix it with food.
- Prefer to have ground fenugreek every day.
- Eat foods that are high in zinc such as legumes, sprouts, nuts, seeds (in particular pumpkin and sunflower seeds), and whole grains. Zinc helps heal membranes in gastritis and increase immunity.
- Prefer to eat flaxseed because they contain omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 helps increase immunity.
- Eat fast-soluble fibers such as oatmeal, which contains mucus-like substances, which encapsulates and protects the tissues of the digestive system.
- Eat essential foods like legumes and nuts in their natural form. These foods reduce stomach acidity and therefore help heal stomach tissue.
- Consume foods high in B Vitamins such as whole grains (whole rice, oatmeal, quinoa), legumes (lentils, beans). B vitamins are essential for protecting the mucous membranes of the digestive system and for healthy functioning of the nervous system.
Tip: When having foods that may cause abdominal bloating, it is prefer to add freshly ground cumin to your dish.
FISH AND SEAFOOD
- Prefer to eat fish and sea fruits because they are high in zinc which helps heal membranes in gastritis and increase immunity.
- Eat foods containing omega-3 essential fatty acids, mainly found in sardines, salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, and halibut.
Omega 3 helps strengthen the immune system.
Healthy Diet and Daily Instructions for People Who Suffer from Gastritis – Prohibited:
- Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Aspirin, or only use them infrequently because they increase stomach acidity and aggravate gastritis.
- Avoid smoking – cigarettes and hookah.
- Alcohol, caffeinated beverages (black coffee and strong tea), and sodas because they all increase stomach acidity.
- Do not eat a second meal before your stomach finishes digesting the last one. Also avoid late dinner.
- Foods that increase stomach acidity such as: red meat (beef, veal, camel), tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, milk and dairy products, sodas and soft drinks, spices, hot chili and tomato sauce.
- Foods that contain simple carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour because they weaken the immune system and digestive system and induces inflammations thus can aggravate gastritis.
- Allergenic foods that may cause discomfort and irritation in the digestive system such as corn, wheat, milk, dairy products, cheese, hazelnuts, preservatives, and food dyes that can aggravate inflammations in gastritis.
- Foods that are difficult to digest such as fried foods, hot spicy foods, and foods that contain grease and saturated fat.
- Processed sugars, hydrogenated oils and fast foods.
- Avoid lying down immediately after a meal.