A friend was recently diagnosed with gastritis, here I share the protocol for the management of gastritis and other digestive issues. What you can do at home!
What is Gastritis?
Gastritis is an over acid stomach with inflammation (and reflux) to the upper digestive is an uncomfortable condition that can lead to further serious health complications if left untreated or well managed. Simply put; the causes of gastritis are often lifestyle related, therefor stepping back to resolve the lifestyle diversions (causes) is an excellent way to manage this distressing condition.
There are specific adjustments to diet and lifestyle that have shown significant improvement. Long term many of these adjustments will remain a daily practice, as you feel better there is no way you would want to return to such discomfort.
The unfortunate fact is as we age (specifically over 60 years) the digestive system begins to decline, which makes oder people more prone to digestive issues. Please visit your health care professional for targeted treatment sooner, rather than later.
Some key herbs that you can source locally and include reguarly as tea. Herbal teas are safe, and tasty.
Specifically, Dandelion, Meadowsweet, ginger, green tea with Manuka honey.
I’ve included a recipe for your enjoyment below.
Top tips for Treatment:
- Eat small frequent meals (6 small) rather than large meals 3 times a day with the last meal 2 hours before going to bed.
- Ensure you are hydrated
Foods to Include
Foods to Avoid
|Antioxidant Foods: Fresh fruits and Vegetable||Oranges & tomatoes other acidity foods|
|Probiotic foods: Kimchi, Kombucha, Yogurt, Kefir||Spicy foods|
|Garlic & Fennel 3 x week , healthy fats||Sugar and highly processed foods|
|High Fibre foods – Activated nuts & seed, whole grains,||Alcohol (limit to 2 drinks 3 x week)|
|Good quality lean Protein-Lean meat, legumes, whey protein,||Sensitivity foods : Gluten, Dairy,|
The Role of Stress
Stress plays a major role in most dis-eases, and digestive issues is a prime target when stress is involved. Under-functioning digestive leads to mal-absorption (nutrients not absorbed well), leaky gut (undigested foods entering the blood stream) compromised immune function, along with the discomfort associated.
Stress management can be as simple as a walk in nature, being engrossed in a favourite hobby, deep breathing, daily meditation, yoga, or a gym work out, the important thing is you take time for YOU.
Adaptogen herbs have been found to help the body adapt to stress and I wouldn’t goa day without a dose of liquid gold! Which is why there is huge bunch of raving fans with these beauties.
Supplements: Excellent quality antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, quality probiotics
Recipe: Green Ginger Tea
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 knob of ginger peeled and chopped
- 2 Green tea bag, Organic if possible
- Manuka Honey – 1 teaspoon per cup
- ¼ Lemon -juiced
Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan, remove from heat add chopped ginger, and tea bags, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and add the lemon juice and Manuka Honey to taste.
Serve warm or chilled.
Double/triple the quantities and store in the refrigerator for when friends come around.
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