Here are foods that soothe gastritis:
1. High-antioxidant foodsResearch shows that high-antioxidant foods can help lower stomach inflammation. Furthermore, these foods can help reduce risk for digestive disorders or complications. Brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables are great options for antioxidants. Be sure to add in berries as well! According to sources such as the University of Maryland Medical Center, these foods are also beneficial for gastritis:
- herbs/spices (nothing too spicy!)
- bell peppers
- leafy greens
- sea vegetables
- cruciferous veggies
- cranberries (2)
2. Probiotic foodsA review of studies suggests that probiotics can help treat infections of the GI tract that trigger gastritis. (3) Cultured veggies and kombucha have numerous benefits. For example, they reduce inflammation, regulate bowel movements, help control reactions to food allergies or intolerances, and much more.
3. GarlicConsuming both raw and cooked garlic has been a natural remedy for GI issues for eons. Garlic is anti-inflammatory and even has some antibiotic properties. In fact, some experts believe that raw garlic might even be able to help reduce H. pylori bacteria. It also may inhibit the growth of other harmful bacteria in the microbiome. (4)
4. Licorice, fennel or aniseLicorice has been used to treat a laundry list of digestive issues. This includes ulcers and acid reflux. It contains a special compound that is has numerous benefits. For example, it’s been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties, to name a few. (5) While licorice extract might prove to be the most beneficial, consuming fennel and using anise spices can also offer relief Most people see relief taking about three grams per day for about four to six weeks. However, talk to your doctor if you take any prescriptions that can interact with licorice exact. This includes those used to treat high blood pressure.
5. Foods high in fiber (soaked/sprouted nuts, seeds, grains and legumes)A diet high in fiber can be beneficial for treating gastritis. In fact, one study found that high-fiber diets were associated with reduced risk for developing stomach ulcers by up to 60 percent. (6) Increase your fiber intake to help ease gastritis symptoms. For example, you might try the following:
- nuts like almonds
- seeds like chia seeds or flax seeds
- soaked legumes/beans
- sprouted whole grains (preferably those that are ancient grains. Also, opt for gluten-free like oats, quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat and amaranth).