Gastritis:Gastritis is the swelling and irritation of the stomach membranes and colitis is the swelling of the colon membranes. An ulcer is the irritation in the stomach wall. A gastric ulcer is a wound in the stomach walls or in the small intestine.
Symptoms of gastritis: Dyspepsia (bad digestion), vomiting, headaches, a burning sensation and discomfort. In case of an ulcer, a discomfort or pain is felt in the pit of the stomach. On the other hand, if alcohol or hot peppers are ingested, the pain will increase two or three hours later. With severe ulcers an acidic vomiting or bleeding can occur. The excrement may be black in color from the blood in it.
The main causes are: excess alcohol and coffee, fried and spicy dishes, and excessive stress. When gastritis persists for longer duration it may cause gastric ulcers. It is also caused (Principally in duodenum) by an infection due to bacteria Helicobacter Pylori.
Eliminate spices, hot peppers (chili), alcohol and coffee, fried and other irritating dishes as well as aspirin.
- The following food is recommended: milk, cream, cheese, oatmeal and bananas. Some bland foods like hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes and pasta soups are also recommended. Eat several small meals instead of few large ones. Ingestion of iron and vitamins A, E, B6 and B12 is also recommended.
- Eat a diet high in fiber, oat bran, etc. Eat lots of steamed vegetables. Protein Powder has been found to be very effective in the treatment of gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers.
- Eat low fat diet.