Gastritis (inflammation of the mucosal lining of the stomach) is a digestive system ailment. It is characterised by pre-ulcerative inflammation of the lining of the stomach and atrophying (weakening) of the mucosal membranes.
Gastritis is a condition which needs to be addressed as soon as possible to reduce any further complications to health. If left untreated more chronic conditions may occur such:
Digestive complaints such as bloating, heaviness after a meal, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, pain and reflux are all symptoms of insufficient digestive processes. Other conditions such as a decrease in liver function and inadequate digestive enzymes to properly digest the foods you consume are also indicators.
When we ingest foods we produce enzymes in the mouth and stomach which break down the foods and help us to absorb nutrients. If we do not have enough enzymes to break foods down then it sits in the stomach and ferments. This then produces gas and fermentation and causes the stomach to experience discomfort.
For sufferers of Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), eating can be a painful experience. Doctors once recommended a diet consisting of only bland foods. This was helpful to some as it meant the elimination of the foods which aggravated the condition such as spices, fatty foods and fried foods. However there are healthy food choices that can help to soothe and heal the gastric tract.
The following is a list of foods, herbs and supplements which may be of assistance in reducing the symptoms of gastritis and helping the stomach line to heal. Please remember that the lining has been damaged and inflamed for some time before the symptoms are experienced, this means that healing will take time so don’t expect immediate results. A reduction in the symptoms such as pain will be the indication that the lining is less aggravated.
If the gastritis is aggravated by stress then consider addressing the nervous system. Long term nervous system stress and the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol cause a feedback to the digestive system and this may result in a reduction of digestive enzyme production.