Posted by: Gontse | 2009-07-02

Diet for colitis and gastritis

Best diet for a person with colitis and gastritis

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Dear Gontse
The two conditions you suffer from, namely colitis and gastritis, require rather different dietary treatments. Because of this problem, I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), so that the dietitian can assist you to treat the 2 divergent conditions. She/he may first attend to clearing up your gastritis in cooperation with your medical dr. Once this has been alleviated, the dietitian will help you with a diet prescription for the colitis which is a longer term concern. In the meanwhile, eat foods that are very bland - plain yoghurt, boiled potatoes, squash, butternut, and avoid the following: all fatty foods, all spicy foods, all alcohol, all foods that cause winds (raw onions, dry beans, etc) and all gassy cold drinks, to alleviate the gastritis. You also need to take medications such as a proton pump inhibitor (Losec, etc) and antacids, which your dr has hopefully subscribed.
Two of the most important factors in colitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are a lack of dietary fibre and stress (stress can also cause or worsen gastritis). To increase your dietary fibre intake and obtain tips about this condition, click on ‘Diet’, ‘You are what you eat’ and “Healthy GI tract’. If you suffer from flatulence and bloating, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems with a spastic colon (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, fruits that contain pips such as guavas, figs, etc). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. Your doctor will also be able to prescribe medicines which can relieve the flatulence such as Bevispas, so chat to your doctor about such medications.
To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
Best regards

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