Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you are suffering with gastritis. I trust that you are receiving the necessary medical treatment (e.g. proton pump inhibitors, or antacids)? If not, please discuss this with your medical dr. Dry beans and other legumes and vegetables such as the cabbage family, raw onions, etc, can cause a great deal of wind that will make you feel bloated and uncomfortable, so it is a good idea to avoid such foods until your gastritis has healed. Gastritis, heartburn, acid reflux and also stomach ulcers, are caused by excess acid production in the stomach and if the patient has food in the stomach this give the acid something it can work on instead of attacking the stomach lining. In fact, the use of 6 smaller meals a day is a good idea when suffering from gastritis because this would mean that the patient practically always has some food in his stomach to prevent acid erosion. You should try to split up your main meals into 2 smaller meals each. If you suffer from gastritis, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, very fatty foods, etc and all alcohol). 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. If you find that this is too difficult, then please consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), who will help you to pinpoint trigger foods and work out a diet that avoids them. One of the most important factors in excess acid production and gastritis is stress. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques and how to do deep breathing exercises (yoga can be very beneficial).
I hope you will soon feel much better.
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