Whether you have a mild or a severe case, gastritis can be a difficult, painful condition to deal with. Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. The inflammation results in abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and nausea. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat gastritis naturally. Many supplements and herbs can help improve the symptoms and inflammation of gastritis and provide all natural gastritis relief.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help decrease inflammation. However, they can increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you take anticoagulants. Talk with your doctor before you take fish oil. The recommended dosage is 1-2 capsules or 1 tablespoon of oil two to three times daily.
Cranberry is a natural antibiotic. It can help inhibit the growth of H. pylori and other bacteria that may contribute to gastritis. The recommended amount for gastritis sufferers to take is 400 mg twice a day.
This antioxidant is significantly lower in the bile of people who have gastritis, especially chronic gastritis. Vitamin C destroys free radicals in the body, and people with gastritis should keep their vitamin C levels up. Taking 500 mg twice daily is the suggested amount.
Also known as vitamin A, beta-carotene has been linked to a decreased risk of gastritis and its symptoms, including gastric erosion. Studies suggest that 30,000 IU’s a day of beta-carotene will improve symptoms.
This herb has high level of apigenin, a flavonoid which soothes inflammation. Drinking chamomile tea twice a day will help reduce the irritation caused by gastritis.
Fennel has strong anti-inflammatory and calming properties. It has long been used to treat colic, indigestion, and other stomach problems. Add one teaspoon of seeds to one cup of water and boil it, then let it sit overnight. The next morning, strain the liquid then add a teaspoon of honey. Drink the mixture three times a day for maximum benefit.
This herb is one of the best for protecting and soothing the lining of the stomach. It also helps with the pain and irritation that result from gastritis. Take three to five grams of the powdered bark in capsule form a day before meals.
Peppermint has many soothing properties for calming the stomach and helping with irritation. Drink one or two cups of peppermint tea after a meal.
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years to help with stomach ailments from nausea to motion sickness. Ginger may be added to food, eaten by itself, or taken in capsule form. Two to four grams of fresh root a day is ideal, or two ginger capsules three times a day.
Goldenseal has both antibiotic and antiseptic properties and boosts the immune system. Take one 500 mg capsule twice a day or a 2-3 ML tincture up to three times a day. You may take goldenseal either with or without food.
Licorice root is excellent for soothing inflammation of the stomach. A possible side effect of licorice is an increase in blood pressure, so use deglycyrrhizinated licorice in tea or supplements up to twice a day.
Also known as tulsi, these leaves work well to help the symptoms of mild gastritis. Chew up to five leaves at a time slowly so that their juice goes into your stomach gradually. This may be done twice a day.
In addition to supplements and herbs, food combining will help keep your stomach calm and reduce the amount of stress that digestion puts on it. Foods such as proteins and starches eaten together trigger excessive amounts of incompatible stomach acids, resulting in gas, bloating, diarrhea or heartburn.
Food combining keeps you from eating these incompatible combinations. You will learn which foods to eat together and which types to eat separately. Your stomach will digest food easily and gently, alleviating many common stomach problems. Food combining helps reduce stomach irritation, which in turn helps to alleviate gastritis symptoms. Try food combining today and see the difference it will make in your digestive health.