Best Diet For Chronic Gastritis Causes And Symptoms

By | February 18, 2009

Lack Of Vitamins And Treatment For Chronic Gastritis

I know that lack of vitamins cause gastritis. Which are the vitamins which gastritis people lack. Please suggest some diet for the same?

There seems to be some very fundamental confusion here – lack of vitamins does not cause gastritis. Gastritis is not a condition related to nutritional deficiencies, but by factors such as excessive alcohol consumption, certain medications (particularly NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs), injury, infection, or the after effects of surgery. Whether you are deficient in any vitamins is a completely different question, and if you feel you have some deficiencies, you should consult a doctor. You should probably see a doctor anyway, as you may be confusing gastritis with some other disorder. The typical symptom of gastritis is pain in the upper central area of the abdomen, although the pain is sometimes also felt in the upper left area, or even in the back. Depending on the severity of the gastritis, the pain may be dull or sharp, and may also cause breathlessness, sweating, and a rapid heart beat. You may also throw up, and if you do, there may be a few streaks of blood in the vomit if you have mild gastritis, or there may be lots of blood in case of a bad attack.

Diet For People With Gastritis

If you have severe, chronic gastritis, then dietary measures and home remedies are not enough – it is essential that you get proper medical treatment. If the condition is untreated, you may eventually end up with severe internal bleeding, which will require emergency hospitalization.

However, for mild gastritis, gastritis diet and other measures should help. First of all, it is of course important that you address the cause. If excessive alcohol consumption or long term use of strong medication has caused the gastritis, then these need to be stopped. In the case of medication, you should of course consult the doctor who is treating you – never stop any medication on your own. You should change your eating habits by having smaller meals and eating at regular times. Eat light meals that are easy on the stomach, and eat small portions – it is better to have several small, light meals through the day rather than two or three large, heavy meals. For the first day or two, a diet of fruits and yogurt may be advisable. You should of course avoid spicy food, at least for a few weeks. If necessary, take an over the counter antacid, and also be sure to eat slowly and chew your food well. Avoid the temptation to rush through your meal and return to work.