American Academy For Yoga in Medicine

Understanding Gastritis: What to Eat and Avoid

What is Gastritis?

Gastritis involves inflammation of the stomach lining, causing symptoms like indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea, and feeling full. It can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long-term).

What to Eat for Gastritis:

  • High Fiber Foods: Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans are easier to digest.
  • Low-Fat Foods: Fish, lean meats, and vegetables are gentle on the stomach.
  • Low Acidity Foods: Non-acidic vegetables and beans are less likely to irritate.

Foods to Avoid:

  • High-Fat Foods: Fried and fatty foods can worsen inflammation.
  • Acidic Foods: Tomatoes, citrus fruits, and some juices may irritate the stomach.
  • Other Triggers: Alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, spicy foods, and pickled foods can aggravate symptoms.

Managing Gastritis:

  • Probiotics: Some studies suggest they may help if gastritis is caused by H. pylori bacteria.
  • Avoiding Triggers: Identify and avoid foods that worsen your symptoms, such as food allergies.

Diet with Gastric Ulcers:

  • Recommended Foods: Milk, yogurt, low-fat cheeses, certain fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and natural juices can aid healing.

Causes and Treatments:

  • Causes: Include bacterial infections (H. pylori), medications, alcohol, and autoimmune conditions.
  • Treatments: Often involve antibiotics for infections, over-the-counter medications for relief, and lifestyle changes.


  • Warning Signs: Symptoms include stomach pain, indigestion, nausea, and loss of appetite.
  • Flare-Ups: Caused by medications, stress, alcohol, or sensitive foods.
  • Eggs: Generally safe to eat with gastritis, part of a bland diet.

Outlook: Most cases improve quickly with treatment, but severe symptoms should be discussed with a doctor. Adjusting diet and medications under medical guidance can effectively manage and alleviate gastritis.

Conclusion: Diet management of gastritis involves choosing gentle, nutritious foods while avoiding triggers that worsen symptoms. Consulting with a healthcare provider ensures a personalized approach for effective relief.


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