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Home Remedies for Gastritis

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September 1, 2020 Read Time - 9 minutes

Components of an Effective Diet for Gastritis

In this article we’re going to go over some of the best known home remedies for gastritis including:

  • Carom seeds
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile tea
  • Essential oils
  • Cabbage
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Slippery elm

Continue reading to discover more about gastritis and how each of these home remedies can be taken for relief.

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What is the Best Treatment for Gastritis?

The best treatment for gastritis is to change your diet. How you alter your diet will depend on the cause of your gastritis. 

A diet for gastritis focuses on alleviating the common causes of gastritis, and can be an effective gastritis treatment. 

Below are common causes of gastritis symptoms and foods that help you recover:

Helicobacter pylori bacteria — Sulphorphane, a nutrient found in broccoli, has the ability to kill H. pylori in the stomach lining, and even works on strains resistant to antibiotics. While broccoli contains Sulphorphane, broccoli sprouts are best — containing up to 50 times more than mature broccoli. Sulphorphane supplements can also be used with similar effects. Garlic is often  used to combat the H. pylori bacteria as it has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. H. pylori can also be prevented by a daily diet rich in fiber, which is found in foods like celery, kale and broccoli.

B12 deficiency — B12 deficiency can be prevented by eating foods that increase the absorption of vitamin B12, including probiotics of the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, which is found in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and sourdough bread. The addition of probiotics increases the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients, including vitamin B12, making it a good potential treatment for gastritis.  

Medication side effects — Probiotics are great at reversing injury to the gut caused by various medications. Foods like ginger, apple cider vinegar, oregano, green tea and pineapple can also help. All of these are good for the stomach and ease certain gastritis symptoms like stomach pain, bloating and heartburn. Vitamin A is also an essential part of stomach tissue and membrane repair which can be injured during gastritis. Foods that contain a lot of vitamin A include spinach, liver, carrots, asparagus and fruits like peaches and apricots.

Other food causes — Gastritis is often caused by eating foods that injure the stomach lining which can exacerbate symptoms of gastritis.  In order to avoid gastritis, moderate intake of acidic foods and alcohol is considered essential. People find that keeping a log of your daily diet and the symptoms experienced  is quite beneficial for you connecting your symptoms to the problem foods that you are eating.

Home Remedies for Gastritis: How to Address the Immediate Symptoms

How can I get immediate relief from gastritis? Natural or home remedies for immediate symptom relief of gastritis often focus on addressing three different symptoms: Regulation of the H. Pylori bacteria, reducing inflammation, and reducing acidity in the stomach. Additionally, to accomplish the first of these tasks, regulation of the H. Pylori Bacteria, two main methods are used: Antibacterial compounds and compounds promoting faster digestion

Treating Gastritis with Carom Seeds

To treat the acidity aspect of gastritis, Carom seeds may prove to be useful. Also used as a treatment for indigestion and bloating, Carom seeds are known to have many beneficial effects on your digestive health. You can eat the grounded seeds by mixing with water or drinking the strained liquid after boiling it with water.

Ginger for Gastritis

Ginger is another ingredient that can be quite good for your health. As both an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient, it is especially good at treating the most common cause of gastritis which is the H. Pylori bacterium.

Try using ginger while cooking, boiling ginger tea, or even chewing on a small piece of ginger. A popular recipe for making ginger tea is boiling the ginger in water and mixing the resultant tea with honey to improve the taste.

Treating Gastritis with Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is another great home remedy for reducing inflammation and aiding your overall digestive health. Chamomile is a plant of the daisy family that has a flower which is commonly used in Asia to make tea.

The chamomile flower contains soothing ingredients and essential oils beneficial for treating gastritis among other health effects. This tea is made by placing the dried flowers or tea bag in hot water. Boiling water is not advised as it could damage the active oils and thus inhibit it’s beneficial effects.

Peppermint: Essential Oils for Gastritis

Peppermint and specifically peppermint oil contains anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial compounds that help with the symptoms associated with gastritis.

Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is also known as an active ingredient in cough drops. In the same way as cough drops for the throat, chewing the leaves, taking tablets, or putting these leaves in food can provide relief in the stomach.

Treating Gastritis with Cabbage

Cabbage juice is a commonly used home remedy for gastritis. Cabbage contains many powerful antioxidants and other essential nutrients, including vitamin B1, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium and dietary fiber.

Cabbage has been linked to lowering blood cholesterol levels and protection against the H. pylori bacteria that causes gastritis. Cabbage contains kaempferol and glucosinolates, compounds that can be used as a treatment for gastritis and other bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.

Regularly consuming cabbage, often done in the form of cabbage juice, can reduce your chance of developing gastritis by providing anti-inflammatory properties and essential vitamins. In addition to gastritis, increasing cabbage intake is known to improve your health and immune system overall.

When preparing cabbage, cooking it for the least amount of time possible is essential for retaining the maximum amount of nutrients. The most common way to increase cabbage intake is to turn cabbage into juice using a juicer. This method is great for preventing stomach problems, but if you already have gastritis, eating cabbage in raw form may also upset your stomach.

Other options include recipes with boiled cabbage. Cabbage can also cause increased gas production, which can upset the stomach and cause additional irritation. Cabbage consumption can also cause bad breath, fatigue, and a sense of feeling cold. If these conditions occur, decrease your intake and consult with a doctor.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Gastritis

Apple cider vinegar is a traditional folk remedy for many conditions. It functions as an antifungal agent and when diluted with water, increases hydrochloric acid production in the stomach.

An apple cider vinegar gastritis regimen improves digestion by helping the stomach break down foods and prevent inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis is sometimes caused by reduced hydrochloric acid, so taking apple cider vinegar may be effective for people suffering from an imbalance of acid in the stomach.

Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, which acts as a buffer in the stomach and allows the pH to stabilize, and allow healthy bacteria essential for everyday digestive function to flourish.

Apple cider vinegar also increases absorption of calcium and other nutrients that improve healing and help soothe stomach irritations. Apple cider vinegar contains antimicrobial properties that prevent other fungi-based infections from taking hold in the stomach.

Diluting the apple cider vinegar is essential when using it to treat gastritis. Mixing one tablespoon of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar into one glass of water is a common home remedy for gastritis, and can be taken daily. Another method is drinking diluted apple cider vinegar before or after meals to maximize digestive properties.

Apple cider vinegar can negatively impact gastritis if combined with other acidic liquids, like cranberry and pineapple juice. If apple cider vinegar makes your stomach upset, discontinue its use. Some people find that apple cider vinegar actually makes gastritis worse so be cautious  and remember that moderation is the key.

Slippery Elm Gastritis

The slippery elm, or Ulmus rubra, can be used as a gastritis home remedy treatment. The powdered inner bark has mucus-producing properties that can be used to treat gastritis by building up the mucus lining of the stomach which has been injured due to gastritis.

Mucus is a slippery gel when mixed with water and can coat and protect the stomach lining. It also triggers nerve endings to produce mucus, which protects against ulcers and contains anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve stomach and bowel inflammation. In addition to anti-inflammatory and mucilage properties, slippery elm is also highly nutritious and can be an essential part of a gastritis treatment diet.

The inner bark is powdered and taken orally in the form of tablets,capsules, lozenges, or powder for making teas. Drinking slippery elm tea made using roughly two tablespoons of powdered bark three times daily is recommended. Taking capsules three times a day for up to eight weeks can also be effective. Combining slippery elm with other herbs including Cayenne is known to boost healing properties and prevent intestinal bleeding.

The slippery elm treatment may also provide relief for other symptoms of gastritis, like abdominal pain and nausea. Slippery elm has no serious side effects, though extended use of herbal remedies can trigger its own side effects or cause complications by interacting with existing medications.

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When to see a Doctor for Gastritis

Natural remedies should not be the only treatment you seek for gastritis. Most causes of gastritis, like H. pylori infections and vitamin B12 deficiency, cannot be cured using these  herbal therapies. In these cases, changes in diet may be helpful as well as consulting a doctor.

While these herbal treatments listed above all have proven effectiveness, consulting a physician for an accurate diagnosis before using most home remedies is the best course of action. If you or a loved one is experiencing gastritis-like symptoms, you can make an appointment with a primary care physician or see an urgent care provider in order to be tested for gastritis.

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