Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining that can be aggravated by diet choices and lifestyle choices like lack of sleep, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as stress. You may also experience heartburn pain, throat pain from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease and sometimes they will be related and sometimes not. Often an anti-inflammatory gastritis diet will cut out the same irritating foods that were causing the acid reflux symptoms or bloating after eating.
Sometimes an endoscopy is useful to determine if the cause of the stomach pain is really gastritis stomach lining inflammation or if there is another cause such as ibs, Crohn’s., or just functional acid reflux caused by poor diet choices. For some people eliminating commonly irritating foods like spicy, fatty foods, as well as alcohol can improve symptoms without a strict gastritis diet.
If your symptoms are just occasional you should still make adjustments, and think about minor adjustments like not eating two hours before bed and getting enough sleep and water. You may also look at things to relax and sooth the stomach that you can add to a simple gastritis diet that might not be good for other conditions like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or gluten intolerance.
Some natural remedies such as peppermint oil capsules or peppermint tea can sooth an inflamed stomach lining, but might not be a good choice if your real condition is heartburn. Aloe vera can do the same thing, but may have laxative properties that someone who is gluten intolerant or with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) might prefer to avoid where additional intestinal problems would be difficult to handle.
This is another reason that getting a proper diagnosis is key before treating your stomach issues. You can start a gastritis diet, though, and cut out irritating foods, as well as booze and tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, and anything else that might be a problem for you in particular.
Next, although I mentioned ulcers, which can be linked to h pylori, another factor is to rule out bacterial or viral causes of the inflammation. Even the stomach flu should be ruled out. Moreover, fungal infections like candidiasis can cause a host of symptoms including stomach cramping, abdominal swelling, stomach bloating after eating, and improper digestion and nutrition absorption.
It should be obvious that anytime there is a stomach lining or digestive tract inflammation issue, it is very important that you do not try to self-medicate and self-diagnose. Look for very serious symptoms such as black stool that can indicate bleeding stomach or bleeding ulcers. Visit your doctor.
Common Treatments Taken with a Gastritis Diet
- Antibiotics (if the infection is bacterial)
- Active manuka honey
- Aloe vera
- Brown rice elimination diet (hard-core gastritis diet)
- Fasting (be careful here)
- Peppermint and chamomile tea
- Coconut oil (I use this every day)
- Potato juice (really not sure if this is snake oil or not)
- Marigold (haven't tested this one either)
The good news with gastritis and stomach lining inflammation is that an outpatient procedure can usually diagnose it, so that you can begin a gastritis diet very quickly. I got an endoscopy with just local anaesthetic and was back working that night. You should have the option of general anaesthetic, though, since the procedure is very uncomfortable. Good luck with your symptoms and gastritis diet!