Gastritis Post 8: Main Message

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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6 thoughts on “Gastritis Post 8: Main Message

  1. Rose

    Hi Marisha,

    What a journey you had with your gastritis!
    Well done on the fight and the perseverance.
    I myself have gastritis for around 5 years now, and I wanted to ask you while you were fighting gastrtitis have you ever experienced pins and needles in palms and feet?
    My GP and gastroenterologist thinks these symptoms are not connected with gastritis, but I know my body and the signal it sends.
    I am slightly anemic (my iron is okay) but the doctor said I need to be severely anemic to experience tinglings or pins and needles in extremities.
    Tnx a lot
    Take care


    1. Hi Rose,
      I’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with gastritis and hope that you will feel better soon!
      I have not experienced pins and needles in my palms and feet, sorry…
      A functional medicine doctor I follow says that she pays attention as soon as somebody is slightly anemic and fixes it right away; she says it’s quite severe by the time people are actually diagnosed with anemia. You can find her website here:
      I wish you all the best with your health journey! 🙂

      All the best,


  2. Christine

    Dear marisha

    I cannot tell you what reading this blog has done for me finally another real person going through the same nightmare … refreshing and encouraging to say the least. Been suffering for a long time with acid reflux. Didn’t really take it serious avoided spice and alcohol and drank gavisgon by the bottle. Looking back I would get the odd day of terrible what I know now gastritis upper abdo pain nausea and general u well feeling did t really know what it was.

    Was at work 3 weeks ago I work in the hospital and the pain was so intense my tummy extremely bloated I could barely walk. Took myself down to a&e. They said gastritis they treated me for h pylori even though they didn’t test. Since then I am trying to be in control. Monitoring everything no caffeine soft drinks fried ect ect. I’m now on lansoperosole which is helping somewhat. I am realising this is a life changing thing and my tummy already feels better although still pain if that makes sense. Any tips or advice … many many thanks Christine


    1. Hi Christine,

      It really is very difficult to manage such an acute condition. I’d say in addition to the medication, try to help your stomach by making good food choices. Emphasize whole foods, sufficient protein, healthful fats, and vegetables your stomach can tolerate (zucchini, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, pumpkin). The paleo diet has been a life changer for me. Since I didn’t have h. pylori, medication didn’t help my problem much. But good food choices have made all the difference. In general, keep trying to find ways to resolve the problem! It can get better, and you don’t need to suffer through all the pain!


  3. Ivana

    Hello Marisha

    Thank you so much for your post, you make me feel calm down now, for the past one month i feel so crazy with my gastritis, so happy to find your post, i find out that i’m not the one that have negative pylori

    I go to many doctor and no significant result, every morning i get up and feel my stomach is cramping, some times a little bit stabbing sensation, all i want to know Marisha, can this gastritis healing and we got normal life? I was spicy food lover and can’t eat that anymore make me sad, because almost everything in my city is spicy food :(, and also, maybe you can share your recipe :), because its so hard to find the recipe that suit our condition,

    Anyway thank you so much for sharing your experience, it’s help me a lot


    1. Hi Ivana,

      I’m so glad you reached out and that my post has helped you. What you describe sounds very recognizable, unfortunately 😦 I can say that yes, gastritis can heal and we can lead a normal life again. I’m at a stage where it’s 80-90% healed and it only acts up if I eat something very spicy or very acidic. I eat paleo-style, and my favorite website is this: Some of my favorite recipes right now are: (just make sure the garlic actually gets cooked because otherwise it will probably irritate your stomach; or just omit the garlic)

      And for breakfast I usually make a frittata such as this one:

      I hope this helps! And good luck with your healing journey! It’s definitely possible to get better, but you just need to find out what works for you. These are examples of the things that work for me 🙂


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