The main symptoms of gastritis are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness, with pain and discomfort in the region of the stomach. Other symptoms include coated tongue, foul breath, bad taste in the mouth, increased flow of saliva, scanty urination, a general feeling of uneasiness, and mental depression. Chronic cases complain of heartburn, a feeling of fullness in the abdomen, especially after meals. Often there is constipation, but occasionally, there may be diarrhoea due to intestinal catarrh.
Causes, Remedies And Diet Of Gastric Problems
The most frequent cause of gastritis results from habitually overeating, or eating badly combined or improperly cooked foods; excessive intake of strong tea, coffee, or alcoholic drinks, or habitual use of large quantities of condiments and sauces. Other causes include worry, anxiety, grief, and prolonged tension, use of certain drugs, strong acids, and caustic substances.
Home Remedies For Gastritis
Coconut water is an excellent remedy for gastritis. It gives the stomach the necessary rest and provides vitamins and minerals. The stomach can be returned to a normal condition if nothing but coconut water is given during the first twenty-four hours.
Rice gruel is another excellent remedy for acute cases of gastritis. One cup of rice gruel is recommended twice daily. Potato juice has been found valuable in relieving gastritis. The recommended dose is half a cup of the juice, two or three times daily, half an hour before meals.
An infusion of the herb – marigold known to be beneficial in the treatment of gastritis, can be given in doses of a tablespoon twice daily. Take two or three garlic and without peeling the skin roast them, then peel and chew the garlic well, swallow and finish by drinking a glass of water. Constant use will gradually reduce the problem.
For those who do not eat garlic, take a glass of well beaten buttermilk (lassi), adding half a teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera powder) and drink it every night. Fasting is also recommended for two of three days, depending on the severity of the condition.
Only warm water should be taken to give rest to the stomach and allow the toxic condition causing the inflammation to subside. After the acute symptoms subside, adopt an all-fruit diet for the next three days, taking juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches, and melons.
Avoid alcohol, tobacco, spices and condiments, meat, red pepper, sour foods, pickles, strong tea and coffee, including sweet, pastries, rich cakes, and, aerated waters. Eat Yoghurt and cottage cheese freely. Too many different foods should not be mixed at the same meal.
Meals should be taken at least two hours before going to bed at night. Eight to ten glasses of water should be taken daily but water should not be taken with meals as it dilutes the digestive juices and delays digestion. Above all, haste should be avoided while eating and meals should be served in a pleasing and relaxed atmosphere. Avoid gastritis by eating a well balanced dietconsisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits.
Other Gastritis Treatments
Warm water enemas can be given daily for about a week to cleanse the bowels. Application of heat with a hot compress or hot water bottle, twice a daily, either on an empty stomach or two hours after meals, is also beneficial. Avoid worries and mental tension. Undertake breathing and other light exercises like walking, swimming, and golf. Yoga also is known to give relief.