What is Gastritis?
If you’re suffering from gastritis it means that your stomach lining has become inflamed. The gnawing, burning feeling that comes with the condition is quite difficult to live with and even more so when you have no idea what’s causing it.
Millions of Americans live with gastritis symptoms each year so you’re definitely not alone. This is something we receive queries about almost every single day and we understand how unbearable these symptoms can be.
The good news is that gastritis can absolutely be resolved and is by no means a life sentence, even though it might feel that way sometimes! The majority of our clients who come to us with this condition have great success by simply allowing their gut to heal with the help of diet and supplementation to protect and repair the stomach lining.
If you suspect that you do have gastritis, we can guide you through how to relieve gastritis pain fast at home.
What Causes Gastritis?
There are a number of things that can cause gastritis, but you can usually pin it down if you have a look at your health history and diet/lifestyle.
Diet & Lifestyle Habits that can cause gastritis include:
- Excess alcohol intake
- Eating spicy foods
- Long-term use of NSAIDs and pain medications
Gastritis can also be a result of health concerns such as:
- Bacterial and viral infections (such as H.Pyloti)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Traumatic injury or burns
How Do You Know If You Have Gastritis?
Some clients who come to us are unsure of whether they have gastritis, indigestion, acid reflux, or a stomach ulcer, as the pain can be very similar and difficult to differentiate. In fact, many clients find that gastritis and acid reflux occur together.
A few things that can help pinpoint gastritis are:
- Stomach cramps or gnawing pains that can be more intense
when eating on an empty stomach.
- Chronic stress
- IBS: this also causes inflammation in the GI tract so can often
coexist with gastritis
- Autoimmune disease: this makes you more susceptible to
How Long Does Gastritis Take to Heal?
Gastritis can be acute – lasting up to 10 days, or chronic – which often develops gradually and can last from months to years without treatment. It’s really not uncommon at all for chronic gastritis to go unnoticed when sufferers only experience flare ups now and then that they write off as “indigestion”. However once the inflammation is treated, gastritis can resolve itself quite quickly and it is possible to relieve gastritis pain fast at home. So if you’ve found yourself reading this post, you’re already one step ahead!
What Foods Should You Avoid if You Have Gastritis?
- Spicy and greasy foods.
- High-fat or fried foods.
- Acidic foods and drinks (such as coffee).
- Dairy products (especially if you are lactose intolerant).
- Sweeteners that contain sorbitol or xylitol.
Now, that’s not to say you can never eat those foods again, but it’s wise to keep an eye on them and take note of what triggers your symptoms. Everyone is different, so whilst indulging in a greasy weekend takeaway might set off someone elses gastritis, it may be no issue at all for you!
What Foods Can I Eat With Gastritis?
There are a number of “safe” foods that usually don’t cause as many issues for those suffering from gastritis. Again, the same applies as with foods on the “avoid” list – it’s all about trial and error – so use this list as a guide and take note of what works for you.
- High fiber foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans.
- Low fat foods: fish, lean meats, and vegetables (preferably cooked).
- Low acidity foods, e.g. vegetables and beans.
- Non-carbonated drinks.
- Caffeine-free drinks.
The Best Way to Treat Gastritis is by Making Changes to Your Diet and Lifestyle
Now that you know what’s causing your gastritis, you can start making the changes to your diet and lifestyle that will help to resolve it. Adding a supplement to your diet to support the healing and protection of your stomach lining will give you an extra boost in the right direction and speed things up substantially.
Terra Health Essentials Acid Relief works by repairing and rebuilding the protective mucosal lining in your stomach to reduce the inflammation of gastritis and keep your symptoms at bay as your gut begins to heal.