Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It is a mild irritation, inflammation, or infection of the stomach lining. It may be a sudden attack or chronic.
Gastritis may be caused by :-
Bacterial or viral infection (infection by a virus is contagious)
Excess stomach acid caused by heavy smoking, alcohol use, caffeine, improper diet such as spicy, greasy foods
Use of drugs such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, cortisone
Signs and symptoms
Abdominal cramping and pain
Belching or gas
Loss of appetite
Fruits and vegetables are particularly protective sources of fiber and seem to reduce the amount of inflammation in the lining of the stomach; fruit juice appears to have this benefit as well. Consumption of foods and beverages that irritate the lining of the stomach or increase the stomach acids should be avoided completely or reduced, and known allergens eliminated.
The cure for gastritis caused by ingesting irritating substances is to stop the long-term use of these substances, which may include :-
Acidic beverages such as coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated), carbonated beverages, and fruit juices with citric acid
NSAIDS, such as aspirin and ibuprofen – switch to other pain relievers (like acetominophen)
high fat foods ( high fat foods increases inflammation in the stomach lining)
Have plenty of water and juices, especially lemon juice laced with a pinch of salt.
Drinking water gives immediate relief to symptoms like distended stomach and gas.
Chewing a small piece of fresh ginger with salt, five to ten minutes before meals, stimulates digestion.
A teaspoon of seeds of Ajwain with a little rock salt is a good remedy for this ailment.