So, what should you do if you have gastritis? Here is what worked for me:
- Eat foods that do not cause a sugar peak and dip.
I’ve found that the insulin response is critical in the amount of pain I experience with gastritis: if I’m having a sugar dip, then I also get a lot of pain in my stomach and my gastritis gets irritated. For this reason, I make sure I eat plenty of protein, enough fat, lots of vegetables, and not many carbohydrates. I only have sweet stuff as a treat once in a while because that helps my blood sugar levels stay stable. For more details about what foods to eat, read this blog post.
- Avoid foods that irritate the stomach.
This plays a big part in letting the stomach heal. Each person will experience different foods as irritating, but for me some of the big ones are: alcohol, coffee, spicy foods, fried foods, and some raw vegetables such as lettuce. For a full list of foods to avoid, read this blog post.
- Avoid taking acid-suppressing medications in the long term.
While medications that suppress stomach acid production can help someone with acute gastritis, they are not a solution if the condition is chronic because a) they don’t treat the condition and help the stomach heal and b) they have side effects that can be dangerous in the long term. To read about my experience with acid-suppressing medications, read this blog post.
- Help the stomach lining heal by taking some supplements
Turmeric has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and it really helps reduce the inflammation of the gut lining in the case of gastritis. Also, L-glutamine helps tissues rebuild themselves, so it helps the stomach lining heal. For more specific tips about how to take these supplements, read this blog post.
- Try to reduce and manage stress
Stress contributes in major ways to numerous digestive problems including gastritis. Therefore, as difficult as it might be, it is worth it to try to reduce and manage stress in your life. For more ideas about how to do this, read this blog post.
And that’s it! Good luck and let me know how these tips work for you… I’d be curious to hear! Are there any other approaches that have worked for you?
Here are links to some of the main resources that have informed my search for answers throughout my journey with gastritis:
Robb Wolf: Lots of information about the way of eating I describe (a paleo-inspired diet) and about lifestyle in general.
Dr Brooke Kalanick: Building on that, lots of information about our hormonal system and the important role hormones play in our health.
Girls Gone Strong: Lots of information about healthy movement, our relationship to food, and self-confidence and appreciation.
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