What are the best juices to have for Gastritis and other digestive issues?
Many Gastritis sufferers are told to avoid fruit juices that many people enjoy such as Orange juice, Pineapple and Apple juice as they are too acidic. But there are some brilliant juices out there that are totally delicious and also very beneficial to your digestive system when trying to heal Gastritis.
Celery juice works by helping the body restore the hydrochloric acid levels in your stomach, it also helps eliminate toxins.
I must admit I wasn’t expecting to love Celery juice. I imagined it was one of these health fads that everyone goes crazy for that in reality wouldn’t make any difference. How wrong I was.
At the time I was suffering with nausea and lack of appetite after a Gastritis flare up. I was waking up most mornings just feeling awful and little improved throughout the day.
So I decided to give celery juice a go and find out what all the fuss was about.
I started drinking it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, about 30 minutes before food, that very first day my nausea improved which I wasn’t expecting.
After a couple of days my appetite was improving and I was actually feeling hungry for my lunchtime meal. This hadn’t been the case for quite some time.
I was advised to have 16oz of juice each day but I started on 8oz so my body could adjust to it. Celery juice is also a natural mild laxative so you can find you might be rushing off to the toilet when you first have it.
I had no bad side effects but I know some people who don’t tolerate it as well, so start slow and build up the amount you have.
I continued taking it every day for several weeks and my Gastritis improved greatly. I was also following a strict diet, with recipes mainly taken from ‘The Gastritis healing book’ and taking various supplements.
But I definitely feel that Celery juice was one of the main things that helped heal my Gastritis and restore my stomach acid levels back to their normal levels.
Method for making Celery Juice
- Use a whole pack of celery sticks, (Organic if possible) give them a wash, and then chop into bitesize pieces.
- Pop in the smoothie maker and blitz until smooth with no lumps.
- This is the bit where a juicer would be so much easier, get a muslin cloth and lay it over a sieve, over a bowl.
- Next, pour the juice into a sieve, then pick up the muslin cloth and squeeze all the juice out into the bowl.
- It should make about 16oz of juice, I would start with a bit less than this though, while your stomach adjusts, maybe 10oz to start.
It’s important not to mix with anything else and needs to be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Then wait 30 minutes before eating anything.
Top tip – If you are tight on time you can chop the Celery the night before, pop it into the blender cup so it’s ready to juice and put in the fridge, (this saves so much time in the morning!) But it’s best to not actually make the juice the night before as its better if fresh.
This is definitely my go-to when my stomach is playing up, just a few days on having this makes a big difference. It might not work for everyone but its cheap and easy to try, so you have nothing to lose.
This is another juice that gave me good results.Its been used for centuries to treat ulcers and many people have success with it. A study was done with patients with ulcers and the results were amazing, with patients taking 7.3 days to heal as opposed to the usual 42 days.
It should be taken the same as Celery juice, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
It is suggested that a glass a day will be enough. Apparently, it has S-methyl methionine (also known as vitamin U) in it as well as lots of other good stuff, which all help to heal the mucous membranes in the stomach lining.
Cabbage juice is best prepared using a juicer. There are some great ones on the market that are fairly inexpensive, I recently got an Aicok Slow Juicer Masticating Juicer Machine, it’s brilliant and so easy to use and clean.
Potato juice is a well-known treatment for stomach issues. It is highly alkaline, so reduces the stomachs acidity, giving quick relief from Bloating, stomach pain and heartburn.
It is best taken on an empty stomach, and a small glass should be taken mixed with a little warm water 1- 3 times a day at least half an hour before meals.
Method for making Potato juice
- 1 or 2 ripe potatoes
- or a Juicer
- Clean and peel the potatoes
- Grate the potato
- Put into a cheesecloth
- Squeeze the juice from the potato into a glass
- Alternatively, you can use a juicer, which makes things a little easier
Papaya is wonderful for many digestive complaints. I have used digestive enzymes for quite some time to help aid digestion, especially when suffering with a Gastritis flare. But I have also recently discovered that Papaya juice is really good for Gastritis.
Studies have shown that Papaya has lots of nutrients that can help repair cell damage that could otherwise lead to ulcers. It is also said to help reduce inflammation.
I have only prepared Papaya juice with my juicer but it can be done in the same way as Celery juice, using a blender and muslin cloth.
Watermelon juice is not a drink that you would necessarily take to help heal from Gastritis, but is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the only fruit juices that many Gastritis sufferers tolerate well.
Watermelon is said to be 92% alkaline water, which bring lots of benefits and ‘The Acid watchers diet book‘ mentions it as a safe drink.
It can be added to water to give it some flavour, or even added to Vodka and Tequila as a mixer if you can tolerate alcohol.
It can be prepared with a juicer or blender and muslin cloth.
Aloe Vera juice
Aloe vera has amazing healing properties, which many Gastritis sufferers find can help ease their Gastritis symptoms very quickly. I find it has a lovely cooling effect on the stomach which is also said to be anti-inflammatory. It also has the benefit of increasing collagen production which helps protect the mucous membranes in the stomach.
I must admit this juice is available everywhere and so I don’t tend to make my own. But if you want to try it’s easy enough, you just need to get yourself an aloe vera plant and follow this method.
- Wash the Aloe Vera leaf
- Then cut off about 10 cm
- Slice the edge off one side of the leaf and then open the leaf up (so you have 2 sides)
- Then gently scoop the gel from both sides out into a cup.
- Make sure you don’t scrape or eat any of the green leaf as this can be toxic
- Add 300ml of still water or coconut water
- Then use a blender.
You can always add a spoonful of Manuka honey to sweeten it a little too.
Although I have made my own I tend to buy mine now. I was recommended the same one by lots of people and once I tried it I found it brilliant, it contains No Preservatives No Additives and doesn’t have that bitter taste you sometimes get from Aloe. Georges Aloe Vera Drink.