10 Best remedies for a Gastritis attack
Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining, it’s very common and for most people, it’s very mild. Many cases of Gastritis can be treated at home with these tried and trusted home remedies.
For many, (who only have mild symptoms ) they will find the below options will do the trick getting your stomach back to normal.
I have found these home remedies so useful, and they all have benefits to the digestive system as a whole. But everyone’s condition is different and some people will require medication, so it’s always an idea to talk to your GP about your symptoms.
I have found great results with Ginger and have it literally every day in some form. It is fantastic for nausea and has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. If your Gastritis is caused by H.Pylori, Ginger is also fantastic at treating this.
What to do with Ginger?
Cook with it – Add a slice to your boiling rice, it will give your dish a lovely kick. As well as providing you with the Gingers benefits.
Have a hot Ginger tea – I tend to have a slice of Ginger with my camomile tea but you can add it to any hot drink, or even drink it with just hot water.
Chew on a small piece – If you can handle the heat then chewing on a small piece is great especially if you feel nauseous.
Eat ginger chews – I got some lovely chews that I carry around in my bag with me. If my stomach is playing up or I feel sick, chewing on one of these can help ease the symptoms fast. These are the ones I have :- Prince Of Peace 100 Percent Natural Ginger Candy Chews, 4.4 Ounce
2. Camomile tea
I used to drink coffee or black tea with milk until I got gastritis and then that all had to change, as I could no longer tolerate them. I love Camomile tea now, especially with a slice of ginger in it.
Apparently, the best way to have it is to add the teabag to boiling hot water, let it brew for 4 minutes and then remove the teabag. Then add a little dash of cold water, otherwise, you will be waiting for ages till it’s cooled down enough to drink it. Delicious!
These are fantastic at giving your whole digestive system a boost of good bacteria. I use a probiotic that you keep in the fridge, but there are lots to choose from. You can also have live yoghurts, Kimchi and sauerkraut which all contain good gut bacteria too.
I use these ones, they aren’t the cheapest ones out there but I have tried a few and have found these the best out there BioCare BioAcidophilus Forte (probiotic) – 30 billion live bacteria
4. Chicken bone broth
This is amazing for the stomach, it contains Collagen and gelatin which are released from the bones as you cook them. These contain anti-inflammatory properties. I will often make this if I am suffering from a Gasritis flare-up. Its one of the only things that will soothe my stomach at this time. I have put together a step by step guide here on how to make it – Heal and soothe your gut with Chicken bone broth.
5. Celery Juice
I love Celery juice and its made a huge difference to my Gastritis. Apparently, it helps restore the hydrochloric acid in your stomach as well as flush out toxins, so its definitely worth a go. Celery juice also contains salts that can help our liver produce bile. Which in turn can help reduce cholesterol in our bodies.
It is also a natural but gentle laxative, so can help your whole digestive system running smoothly. Tips on how to prepare Celery juice and its benefits are here Cabbage juice and celery juice
6. Cabbage juice
Cabbage is packed full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties Cabbage is well known for helping heal ulcers and reducing stomach inflammation. I would have a glassful each morning and within a couple of days, I was feeling the benefits of having an appetite again. I have a guide to how I make it here – Cabbage juice and celery juice
7. Potato juice
I have only just discovered potato juice and its amazing properties. It can help neutralise acids in your stomach, calm the burning senstaion and can be used to help heal ulcers. Its best drank first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
8. Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
Baking soda is a great remedy for calming down an upset stomach or a painful gastritis flare. It can for many give instant relief as it acts as an antacid reducing acid in the stomach.
Its also a useful aid to test to see if you have an issue with low stomach acid. This is my step-by-step guide to this test. Signs you may have low stomach acid
Long term use should be avoided though because of the sodium, plus using baking soda will decrease acid levels very quickly, sometimes resulting in acid rebound when you stop taking it.
If you have digestive issues for more than a couple of weeks you should see your GP.
9. Eat smaller more frequent meals
This surprisingly makes a big difference to Gastritis. Leaving the stomach empty for long periods between meals is hard on the stomach and can cause the gastric juices to irritate the stomach lining. So it’s best to eat several smaller meals throughout the day, rather than the traditional 3 larger meals.
For example, your meals could be something like this:-
Breakfast – Oats with sliced banana
Mid – morning – A rice cake with peanut/almond butter
Lunch – Poach eggs on toast
Mid-afternoon snack – hommous with pitta bread, oatcakes or watermelon
Dinner – poached salmon, rice and broccoli
Evening snack – a handful of walnuts or lightly salted pretzels.
10. Slippery elm powder
This is an extremely popular supplement, it’s tolerated well by most people, having few side-effects. It helps coat the stomach lining with its thick gloopy consistency. It is generally taken 20 minutes before eating a meal mixed with a small glass of water. I have tried various brands but I always come back to this one, it mixes well and thickens quickly.