With all the packed and ready-to-go foods and beverages coming up in the market and also this fast and furious lifestyle, gastric problems becoming very common in all ages of people. Even the young generation is also facing and complaining about it. The gastric problem is directly related to our eating habits and our daily lifestyle.
If you are already suffering from gastritis, there are many ways to cure this health issue along with many medicines available in the market but your doctor will definitely suggest you change and eating habits and a complete change in diet plan before moving to medicines.
The main goal of a gastric diet is to reduce inflammation. There are some general recommendations one can start with, such as avoiding foods and drinks frequently linked to stomach irritation and further increasing gastric problem (like coffee and acidic fruit). From there you can customize a gastritis diet to suit one’s needs and preferences.
Here are some diet suggestions one can add and avoid respectively.
Fruits and vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables that are very acidic, such as citrus fruit and tomatoes, should be completely avoided if you have gastritis. And some vegetables that we used to add spice or a lot of flavors to our food, such as onions, can also be hard to tolerate if you have stomach irritation.
Instead of those, one can choose low-acid or more neutral (alkaline) fruits and veggies— that are good sources of fiber—such as apples, berries, pumpkin, and carrots.
For Gastritis patients, whole grain bread, brown rice, pasta, and other grains are better to go for instead of refined flours. However, if you are having gastritis symptoms that are making it harder for you to eat, you can go for plain white rice or white potato can be a better option as well.
Oats, barley, and quinoa are also nutritious options. If you do not eat wheat, avoid pasta alternatives or bread made from corn, which is not approved for a gastritis diet.
Well, desserts are everyone’s favourite but it may results in more trouble for gastritis patient. Any food that is high in fat and sugar should be avoided on the gastritis diet. Baked goods, pastries, and ice cream or puddings tend to be rich and can irritate an inflamed stomach and increase the gastric issue more and more leading to some serious damage (especially if they are made with dairy). Chocolate is also not approved, I know it’s favourite but you will have to avoid it as much as possible.
Research shows that people will gastric problems can less tolerate dairy products, it increases their problem and also many dieticians do not approve dairy products in gastritis diet. You’ll want to avoid full-fat dairy products, but can go for low-fat yogurt that’s also low in sugar and packed with probiotics. Some hard cheeses that are low in salt may be tolerated in small portions. You’ll want to avoid any sauces, fillings, or puddings made with rich, heavy cream.
Now you will also want to know about a few cooking tips if you are on a gastritis diet:
Along with the dieting list, one most important thing to keep in mind when you’re preparing or choosing food is steering clear of any food that is fried, greasy, fatty, or very sweet and rich.
Most notably, these guidelines rule out fast food, but even common preparations or styles of cooking you may be used to having at home might need to be adjusted on a gastritis diet.