Even gastritis is not a critical illness, but it could be very painful from the stomach pain that comes and goes. The causes of gastritis are eating food at the wrong time, eating too much or a bacterial infection. How to avoid gastritis is changing our lifestyle habits. Be mindful about what to eat and what not to eat. Let's find out more.
What causes gastritis?
Gastritis is one of the silent dangers that should not be overlooked as it could be caused by many reasons. Gastritis is mainly caused by lifestyle habits which cannot be cured with medicine, so the patients must change your lifestyle habits. The main causes of gastritis are as follows:
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori): contaminated in food and drinking water, resulting in inflammation of the stomach and, most importantly, is an infection that causes a risk of gastric cancer.
- Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or pain relievers: These drugs cause stomach irritation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, indomethacin and naproxen.
- Lifestyle habits: Drinking alcohol results in irritation of the stomach, whether it be beer, liquor, wine or any drinks containing alcohol, including coffee, tea, smoking behavior or eating food at the wrong time. All of this is the beginning of the risk of gastritis.
- Stress: stimulates stomach acid to secrete more than normal, promoting gastritis, especially stress, anxiety, frustration, insomnia, insufficient rest and not exercising.
- Eating spicy and sour food: because spicy food contains chilli which contains capsaicin that causes irritation to various mucous membranes in the body, thus causing gastritis.
To cure gastritis is often placed on the use of medicines to reduce the stomach acid and medicines to eliminate H. pylori (in case of infection). The patients must change their eating habits to maintain good health to cure and prevent the return of gastritis in the future.
Symptoms of gastritis
Currently, gastritis can happen to patients of various ages due to the changing way of life at present, resulting in inappropriate eating habits, such as not eating on time, eating in a hurry or having accumulated stress from work for so long time that those habits eventually lead to gastritis. You can observe the symptoms of gastritis can observed by yourself as follows.
- Discomfort in the upper abdomen
- Stomach pain, burning sensation
- Getting full easily, tightness in the chest and stomach, frequent burping
- Stomach pain before or after eating
- Nausea after eating
If you are starting to have the above symptoms, it is recommended that you see a doctor to find treatment options. If left until the symptoms are serious, it could be very painful and take time to heal and could affect our daily life. If gastritis is not treated quickly, it may be the beginning of a risk factor for developing gastric cancer.
How to prevent gastritis?
If anyone has never been having gastritis or having it and being able to cure it is considered very lucky. For anyone who doesn't want have gastritis, you can easily change your lifestyle habits as follows:
- Have meals on time.
- Don't consume an excessive amount of food. Eat a little but eat often.
- Avoid foods that trigger stomach irritation or make the symptoms worse, such as sour and spicy foods, including nuts that cause gas in the stomach.
- Exercise regularly and, most importantly, do not buy medicine to take yourself because some medicines could irritate the stomach.
What not to eat when having gastritis
- Fried food
- Ketchup or tomato juice
- Fresh milk, dairy foods, chocolate milk, hot cocoa or cream
- Chili, pepper or chili sauce
- Processed meat, sausage, ham or bacon
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeinated beverages, tea or coffee
- Sparkling water or soda
- Fruit juice, especially orange or grapefruit juice
Who is at risk for gastritis?
- People sitting in one place all day, such as office workers sitting in front of computer, allowing stress to accumulate
- Working in shifts, resulting in eating and sleeping at the wrong time
- Employees who perform service work and cannot eat food on time
- Freelancers who have risky behaviors, such as sleeping so late that often feeling hungry, resulting in eating food at the wrong time
Gastritis is mainly caused by the lifestyle habits of each individual. To cure gastritis is not easy. If it is chronic and causes ulcers or inflammation in the stomach, there may be a risk of gastric cancer. Therefore, you should take care of your health and look for health insurance before getting sick for peace of mind with no worries about the medical expenses.
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Resources: Data retrieved on 5/09/2023