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Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen. Gastritis can last for only a short time (acute gastritis), or linger for months to years (chronic gastritis).

The most common causes of gastritis are:
• Certain medications when taken over a longer period of time
• Drinking too much alcohol
• Infection of the stomach with a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori

Less common causes are autoimmune disorders, backflow of bile into the stomach (bile reflux), cocaine abuse, extreme stress or viral infection.

Symptoms you may notice are loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and pain in the upper part of the belly or abdomen. If gastritis is causing bleeding from the lining of the stomach, then symptoms may include black stools and vomiting blood or coffee-ground like material.

Diet can always help a person deal with certain ailments. Since gastritis occurs in a person’s stomach, diet does play a huge role in helping a person take care of this problem as well as avoid it. Here are some tips on what to eat and what to avoid with gastritis:

• When suffering from gastritis, it is better to avoid foods like deep-fried foods, fatty foods, pickled, and salted or salty foods.

• Also try to avoid vinegar, except for the very helpful apple cider vinegar, mustard, coffee, alcoholic beverages, hot peppers or spicy food, and carbonated sweet drinks.

• Some of the foods that can be helpful to someone who has gastritis include molasses, papaya, raw apples, almonds, and raw tomatoes.

• Mix together some spinach juice and some carrot juice to help with soothing the inflammation of your stomach lining.

• Plain yogurt is also ideal for helping with the neutralization of stomach acids.

• Don't eat solid foods on the first day of the attack, give your stomach a rest and drink liquids only, milk or water are preferred.

• Add bland foods to your diet slowly and as tolerated (cooked cereals, bananas, rice, potatoes)

• Eat smaller servings and regularly

• Quit smoking

• Avoid alcohol and caffeine (coffee, carbonated drinks)

• Avoid NSAIDs

• Avoid a diet that further irritate the inflamed stomach lining

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