For those who’ve never heard of it, gastritis causes inflammation of the stomach lining, and while many instances of gastritis warrant medical attention, some cases can possibly be treated with simple home remedies. Many factors are involved whenever gastritis flares up, including excessive consumption of alcohol, extended pain medication use, Helicobacter pylori bacteria, stress, and infection. For individuals seeking to manage their symptoms in their home (in less severe cases, though medical treatment should be sought there as well to be safe), you can try out a few of the following home remedies. Not every remedy will work every time for every person, so it helps to try out more than one in order to find the right one.
An anti-inflammatory diet for preventing gastritis ought to include olive oil and broccoli, as foods like these can help minimize inflammation and possibly provide relief in time. However, it’s important to note that research hasn’t conclusively proven that eating certain diets prevents or causes gastritis. Because of this, make sure to keep a food journal to identify the foods that trigger your symptoms—that way you can reduce intake or avoid those foods entirely. Foods known for contributing to inflammation include processed foods, acidic foods, gluten, sugary foods, dairy products, alcohol, and spicy foods.
Some research has suggested garlic extract may help reduce gastritis symptoms. Crushing and mincing garlic, preferably raw, and then eating it may work as well. If you don’t like tasting raw garlic, try chopping it up and eating with peanut butter or while it’s wrapped in dried dates. The date’s sweetness and peanut butter’s flavor can help to mask the raw garlic.
Green Tea and Manuka Honey
Green tea with Manuka honey mixed in could help soothe your stomach while its suffering from gastritis. One study indicated that drinking black or green tea once per week at least may reduce the frequency of H. pylori bacteria in your digestive tract significantly. Some also believe that consuming warm water on its own can help soothe your stomach and aid in digestion.
Some essential oils, including lemon verbena and lemongrass, were said to help increase patients’ H. pylori resistance during lab tests. Other essential oils that could positively affect your digestive system may include ginger, clove, and peppermint. Also, these oils shouldn’t be directly ingested—rather, they should be diluted via a carrier oil when applied onto the skin. Make sure to consult your physician regarding how you can use essential oils safely for relieving gastritis. It’s also important to remember the FDA doesn’t regulate the use of essential oils and other alternative medicines.
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