Gastritis: Don’t Eat or Drink These
Gastritis is due to an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Generally there are a large variety of symptoms. Rendering to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include vomiting or nausea, abdominal pains, a burning pain within or above the stomach, stomach bloating, indigestion, dark stools, hiccups or constant burping. Many experts agree that the main cause of gastritis is from Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria. However, there are certain conditions like sarcoidosis and Crohn’s disease that can also increase the risk of gastritis.
Your lifestyle can also make a big difference with the treatment of gastritis. In fact, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there are certain irritants that you should avoid completely:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
- Acidic beverages like carbonated beverages, coffee (caffeinated and decaffeinated) and fruit juice that contain citric acid
When you have digestive issues it is very important to eat certain foods and beverages so that the stomach is not irritated. According to Medicine Net, there are also foods that inhibit the growth of H. pylori such as foods that contain flavonoids:
- Soy products like tofu and soy milk
Eating high antioxidant foods is also helpful in lowering stomach inflammation and reducing the risk of digestive complications and disorders. High antioxidant foods include foods that are high in vitamin C and vitamin A plus flavonoids.
In addition, you should avoid foods that are high in fat because it increases inflammation in the stomach lining. As well, inflammatory foods and common allergens need to be avoided. Also, eliminate processed foods, pasteurized dairy products, all products that contain white flower like breads and pasta, fried foods, refined vegetable oils, trans fats, factory-farm meat and products with added sugar.
When you have gastritis there are other factors to keep in mind. For instance, you need to avoid eating heavy meals right before you go to bed. Also, many gastritis sufferers claim that eating several small meals a day instead of a few large ones greatly reduces their symptoms. Other factors that have been known to help include safe food preparation techniques, proper hygiene, reducing stress and getting rid of chewing gum because it increases gastric acid secretion.
If you suspect that you may have gastritis, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a professional, particularly a gastroenterologist.
At GI North, gastroenterologists Dr. Sergio Quijano and Dr. Simon Cofrancesco are well known for their knowledge and exceptional patient care. The two physicians bring numerous years of expertise to the clinic with specialties in diagnoses and treatment of digestive issues such as gastritis. Additionally, Dr. Sergio Quijano speaks fluent Spanish. Plus our highly trained and professional staff is devoted to providing the best quality in personal care and service.
For optimum convenience, GI North serves Cumming as well as the surrounding areas of Milton, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Canton, Canton, Roswell, Suwanee, Dawsonville, Duluth and Dahlonega.
Note: This article is not meant to replace professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about gastritis, make an appointment at GI North with Dr. Simon Cofrancesco, Dr. Sergio Quijano or an M.D. in your area.
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