Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Gastritis

Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Gastritis: Despite the fact that it can be treated easily and fairly quickly, gastritis can prove quite difficult to handle at times. Aside from medication, a big part of the healing process involves learning which foods are good for us and which are not. And while most people can do well on a general diet plan provided by their doctor, sometimes, apparently harmless foods can trigger the most severe symptoms and delay our healing simply because they are just not that good for us and end up irritating the stomach lining.

Finding out which foods to eat and which to avoid when you have gastritis is essential for reducing the inflammation of the stomach lining. In addition to well-known problematic foods and beverages such as junk food or coffee, gastritis symptoms can be triggered by eating cabbage, cauliflower or bell peppers and other otherwise healthy foods that we would normally consider highly beneficial for us. One of the most important aspects to keep in mind is that we are all different and may each respond differently to foods and beverages so there isn’t a universal diet plan for gastritis.

Best and worst foods for gastritis

What  should you eat for gastritis? Generally, gastritis sufferers are advised to avoid acidic foods and fizzy drinks, processed products, hard candy and generally anything that cannot be cooked from basic, raw ingredients. Some of the most problematic foods and beverages for gastritis include the following:

1) Greasy, oily foods and anything deep-fried.
2) Fast food (consumed regularly).
3) Baked sweets rich in butter, oil or margarine.
4) Hard candy, chocolate bars, biscuits etc.
5) Red meat.
6) Coffee and caffeinated beverages.
7) Green, black and white tea, oolong tea.
8) Carbonated beverages.
9) Carbonated (sparkling) water.
10) Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other cabbage family vegetables.
11) Onions, garlic, leek, chives.
12) Beans, peas, lentils or chickpeas.
13) Hard cheeses (matured).
14) Spices: pepper, hot peppers, wasabi.
Food with too much seasoning tends to upset the stomach, irrespective of the spices employed.
15) Alcohol.
16) Vinegar.
17) Sugar.

Anything processed and prepared with food preservatives stands a higher chance of irritating our stomach and triggering gastritis symptoms. Fast food products and red meat are problematic because they are heavy foods, more difficult to digest. Alcohol, coffee, even decaffeinated coffee and caffeinated beverages are strong irritants. Green tea and its white and black varieties, oolong tea contain caffeine and theine and may engender acidity. Onions and garlic, broccoli, cabbage and similar vegetables contain organosulfur compounds that may upset the stomach.

Bad foods for gastritis

Legumes such as beans and peas are rich in dietary fiber which causes bloating and further accentuates gastritis symptoms. Carbonated beverages and even carbonated water may upset the stomach. When I feel my stomach particularly sensitive, I avoid carbonated water so it doesn’t give me air and irritate my stomach. Matured cheese and, for some people, dairy products in general ferment, increasing stomach acidity, which is not at all good for a stomach predisposed to irritation. I also find vinegar gives me heartburn and a sort of painful burning sensation in the stomach even in small amounts. Too much sugar is highly problematic for gastritis as well.




In my case, foods that I used to love and eat regularly without having any issue with have started to upset my stomach once I developed gastritis. It was then I realized that there isn’t a universal diet plan for all gastritis sufferers and that seemingly innocent foods may cause more damage than good. The following list contains potentially problematic foods that may trigger mild to severe gastritis symptoms and delay healing:

1) Bell peppers.
2) Pineapple.
3) Citrus fruit and citrus juices.
4) Strawberries and strawberry juice.
5) Eggplants (unless boiled).
6) Fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce and juice.
7) Corn.
8) Cucumbers.
9) Potatoes.
10) Pumpkin (especially baked).
11) Chocolate spread.
12) Hot cocoa.
13) Oats.
14) Peppermint and spearmint tea.
15) Cold meats such as salami or sausages.
16) Ginger and ginger powder.
17) Unripe or not fully ripe bananas.
18) Pickles.

When I was dealing with gastritis in all its glory, I could not eat most of the above foods at all or could only eat some of them in very small amounts and only occasionally. For instance, citrus fruits such as lemons or grapefruit and their juice versions would give me the worst acidity and lots of air, while bell peppers and cucumbers worsened my acid reflux. Baked pumpkin, which I love and is extremely healthy, bloated me a lot and had me burping for days. I also found chocolate spread and ginger very irritating, while corn and eggplants made me feel faint and had me experiencing a strong feeling of uneasiness in the middle of my chest.

However, after completing my 3-week long treatment with esomeprazole and keeping up a rather strict dietary regime for another 2 months, I started reintroducing some of these foods in my diet (except for pickles, cold meats and citrus juices) and can now enjoy them in moderate amounts without any stomach discomfort.

Good foods for gastritis

What foods to eat for gastritis? Despite the wide range of foods that may trigger gastritis symptoms, there are still a lot of options to choose from and work out an eating plan that suits each and every one of us. This list of fruits and this list of vegetables can represent a good starting point and help you begin to work out an eating plan suited to your individual dietary needs. Other foods I found particularly helpful when I was dealing with gastritis and was on a restrictive diet include the following:

1) Boiled vegetables, except for problematic ones.
I loved carrots, parsnip, celery, celeriac, turnips and spinach.
2) Soft boiled eggs.
3) Whole grain bread, but in limited amounts.
4) Rice.
5) Ripe bananas.
6) Pears, also in limited amounts.
7) Plain yogurt and kefir.
8) Chicken soup.
9) Vegetable stews.
10) Lean white meat: chicken and fish.
11) Chamomile tea.
12) Small amounts of fresh olive oil.
13) Limited amounts of raw almonds, caju and walnuts.
14) Moderate amounts of white pasta (with vegetables, fish or seafood).
15) Fresh figs, sometimes raisins, dried apricots or peaches on occassion
Or a tablespoon of acacia honey every now and then when I craved sugar.

Aside from eating certain foods and avoiding many others, what I also find helped me was eating small portions and enjoying plain meals, one or two foods at once (such as boiled rice and chicken). I also avoid most seasonings except for salt, turmeric and fresh olive oil. Even now, I don’t eat 3 hours before going to bed and don’t drink anything 30 minutes prior to lying down. I try not to lift anything or do strenous activities one or two hours after eating and avoid all foods I feel are not good for me, no matter how good they are for others.

Conclusion. When it comes to gastritis, we have to learn to manage our intake of certain foods, particularly high fiber foods, greasy, oily foods, junk food, carbonated and caffeinated beverages, acidic foods, excessively spicy or seasoned dishes and alcohol. The way we eat is just as important as what and how much we eat so we have to keep these aspects in mind when looking to treat gastritis and allow our stomach to heal itself. A diet plan suited to our individuals needs and well as overall good eating habits can help improve our digestive health to incredible extents.




24 thoughts on “Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Gastritis

    • Hello, Juan. Taking antibiotics is going to damage your intestinal flora anyway, but you can limit that damage during treatment. Talk to your doctor about taking probiotics and a B vitamin complex. Both should help reduce the damage caused by the antibiotics. Ask your doctor how you should take your probiotics and B vitamins so you can get the maximum of benefits. My suggestion is to take high-quality ones, not cheap versions. Also, when choosing your B vitamins, do some research on the best forms of each B vitamin and try to look for a complex with B vitamins forms that have the highest absorption rate. The more you absorb, the better it is. Medical professionals also recommend continuing to take both probiotcs and B vitamins a while after finishing a cycle of antibiotics to help the intestinal flora recover entirely. So talk to your doctor about this and he or she will most certainly know how to best advise you on the matter. Wishing you lots of health.

  1. Hi, I’ve been diagnosed of errossive gastritis with H. pylori. Finished taking antibiotics for 2 weeks and taking PPI, a gastroprotective medication (an amino acid analog of 2(1H)-quinolinone) and other antacids for 3 months now. But still my digestion hassn’t come back to normal. Still can’t tolerate full meals. I’m always full and bloated and always have burning pain in stomach before and after I eat. I went to another doctor for 2nd opinion and they just gave me same medications. I feel so drowsy and weak already with the medications. They said 2 weeks treatment is usually enough. How long your gastritis healed? And are you experiencing same symptoms even after medication? Can you give me some advice on what to do? Thank you and more power!

    • Hi, Liza. The first thing I’d like to tell you is that, in my experience, it might take some time for your digestive system to recover. It might take 6 months or it might take 1 year until all of your symptoms and the effects of the gastritis disappear because your stomach mucosa needs time to heal. Considering you also had Helicobacter pylori, it may take a while until you are back to your normal self. Gastritis is basically an irritated, inflamed stomach lining. In my case, it was hyperacidity that caused my gastritis and I managed to keep it under control with the help of a very strict diet and a 14-day treatment with proton pump inhibitors. As my doctor advised me, all I could eat were foods that were easy on the stomach and almost everything had to be boiled or steamed.

      Fish, chicken meat, soft or hard boiled eggs were the basis of my diet. I paired them mostly with white rice or pasta. One of my favorite combination was mashed salmon (100-140 g) with 2 medium-sized hard boiled eggs. I was advised to stay away from anything that was too heavy on the stomach so no pork (I don’t eat pork even to this day), no beef, nothing fried, not even vegetables. I was told by my doctor to completely avoid acidic fruits (limes, oranges, lemons etc.) and have a low intake of fresh fruits in general. I generally ate bananas, but they had to be perfectly ripe (no green on them, otherwise they may upset the stomach). Apples were also okay for me. I avoided fruit juices completely, except for banana and pasteurized apple juice which I drank only occasionally (maybe once a month).

      I was also told to avoid high-fiber foods so I didn’t eat whole wheat bread and gave up legumes (beans, peas, chickpeas etc.) for 4 months or so. After this time, when I started feeling better, I slowly introduced some of them in my diet (think in terms of one serving a week). Tomato juice, which I have been eating every other day for more than a year and a half now, was a no-no because of its acidity. As for vegetables, I only ate them boiled or steamed and found relief in boiled potatoes, celery root, spinach and occasionally boiled corn or grilled cherry tomatoes. Dairy was forbidden completely, except for plain yogurt and kefir (again, every now and then). I actually did not eat hard cheeses, milk etc. for 6-7 months. No coffee, no green tea (white or black), no energy drinks, no soda, no junk foods (I didn’t eat chips for more than two years after my diagnosis and even today I have maybe 1 or 2 bags of chips a year).

      Even so, it took me about 4 months to get some balance and almost an entire year to get back to normal. My symptoms were so bad I couldn’t sleep well or have a normal conversation (intense, continual burping, heartburn, sensitivity to everything I ate, indigestion, problems taking in air, couldn’t tolerate full meals either). I had problems absorbing nutrients so I was recommended dietary supplements. B vitamins and vitamin C helped me a lot, but I chose tablets, not effervescent vitamins because they gave my acidity. I was determined to keep my condition under control so I followed a strict eating regimen and symptoms improved after about 2 weeks. After 4 months, it got better, but I can say I was recovered in a little over a year.

      The drowsiness and weakness can be side effects of the medication you have been taking because ppi can cause malabsorption problems, inhibiting vitamin and mineral absorption. A severe B vitamins deficiency can lead to weakness and low energy levels. Antibiotics can also damage the stomach lining and considering that gastritis already does that, maybe the treatment itself has contributed to more severe symptoms. You still need antibiotics for the H. pylori infection and ppi to keep the acidity under control, and the stomach lining will eventually get better. But depending on how damaged it is, it may take time, even around a year.

      What you can do aside from diet and lifestyle changes (no smoking, no drinking, no lying down after eating) is talk to a doctor about how you can help your stomach lining recover faster and combat drowsiness and weakness. He or she may prescribe B vitamins which help improve energy levels and aid digestion. Maybe a vitamin and mineral complex or recommend some quality probiotics. You could also have a stomach ultrasound to evaluate your gastritis evolution and a blood or stool test to see if your H. pilory has cleared. And simply eat as clean as possible for as long as possible. Wishing you lots of health!

    • I have being suffering from erosive gastritis for 2 and half years now and its being bad. Still with the symptoms and I don’t know when I will be healed.

  2. Thanks Marius that is a lot of good knowledge, I have been going through tests and all these crazy diets since may. I would like to take some more time to talk to you any way you can email me? Thanks.

    • Hello, Nick. For privacy purposes, your email will not be published. If you wish to talk more, please go to the bottom of the page where you will find ‘Contact us’ with information on how to contact me via email. I am looking forward to hear from you. Lots of health.

  3. Hi!
    First of all, I am glad to have found this page and I thank you for your effort to help others who are having troubles with gastritis. I would be really happy if you could please anwser to some of my questions. :)
    Aproximately two and a half months ago I started to have problems with my stomach. I woke up one day with really heavy feeling and since then this feeling continues. My stomach was bloated and it still is most of the time, not flat lining, but bloated. First two weeks I didnt have appetite at all, I was feeling full after eating a small piece of bread or even smelling the food, but I tried to eat anyway. Still, my intake was really low, so I lost 2 kg (I now weight about 47-48kg, but my weight was always around 50 kg – 167 cm, I was always quite skinny). Then I slowly got appetite and I have it since then. It is hard to describe the feeling in my stomach, I guess it is a heavy feeling, like it is pumped with gas or food, like it is full all the time or as if I feel that it is inflamed, it feels really uncomfortable and I also have this feeling down my throath. The doctor got checked my blood, stool, urine and I also had an ultrasound of the abdomen, but everything looked ok. I was taking omeprazole for aprox. 10 days – no effect. Then, after coming back to my country (I am from Europe and I was on a trip for 2 months in America, it all started there, first I had a terrible toothache, got a strong antibiotics, and after the treatment I was not feeling fine from time to time, realy weak and nauseous, and then this stomach stuff came along) I went to the doctor and now I am taking another medicine, similar to omeprazole 2x per day for 3 weeks I think – again no special effect, still the same. My doctor said a special diet is not necessary, that I should just avoid spicy and fatty food, but when I was searching for the informations on the internet I found that pracicaly all the people are on a diet when having gastritis. So, my doctor says that usually medicines work and gastritis goes away, but in my case it doesnt go. He is sending me on this breathing test for H. Pylori, but if it doesnt show that I have this bacteria, gastroscopy is waiting for me. I am really bad in presenting the situation short way, so I apologize for this novel :) But anyway, here comes my question about my diet: what I eat now for about a month is: cooked white rice, cooked and mashed potatoes (only salt added or maybe 2 tbsp of rice milk), cooked frozen vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, spinach), dry wholewheat toast, spelt semolina prepared in rice or oat milk for breakfast (a little honey added for taste), turkey or chicken breasts 2 or max 3 timer per week (prepared on a little bit of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil), tofu from time to time (heated on a little bit of coconut oil), bananas, cooked apples and pears, zuccini sometimes (soup or in the oven), sometimes low fat cottage cheese (once in a week maybe, 10% of fat) sometimes wholewheat macaroni and I think this is all, maybe a soup made from described indegredients (like turkey, potatoes, vegetables). Before that I ate quite a lot of probiotic yogurt, since this is ok for the flora, but then I stopped eating it because it is acidic and it does good to intestine since flora is mostly there and I have problems with stomach. I also have to mention that I tried eating cheese and once salmon, but I felt bad than for some days. I think boiled eggs also dont make me feel well. As foor other food, I dont eat enything else but what I have mentioned before – this means really nothing else, no spices, no other meat, no diary products, no sweets (I havent eaten a cookie, chocholate and al other sweets for at least month and a half, not even a cookie on Christmas! :) ), really nothing else. So, I am wondering, now that you have read my situation (I hope :) ), what do you think about my diet/situation, what would you recommend for me to do, to eliminate something else from my diet or to add, any advice regarding the diet or anything else would be really appreciated! I think I really have a strict diet, but maybe still not strict enough. And also I read somewhere that high-carb food is not recommend, but I eat quite a lot of completely dry wholewheat bread (we eat this and bananas a lot in Europe when we have dhiarrea or other digestive problems), is that not recommended, should I rather eat cooked rice instead of it? :) And also I am beginning to exercise more, since I have read that 30 min per day is recommended. I should also mention that my travel in America was quite stressful, I had some problems with anxiety, but this isnt an issue at all for the last month and a bit more, I am not under strees and I am not anxious (fast heartrate, sweating etc. during that time surely worsened the situation, but this is completely gone now). So, I would really appreciate any advice since I have at least 3 weeks until this breathing test and I dont think the situation is getting better, it is still the same or maybe worse from time to time, some weird light pain or burning in my stomach, but still I would like to help myself as much as I can because I dont want this to last, I want to cure my stomach since it is inflamed for quite some time now. And I really wouldnt like it to get worse…

    Thank you!

    • Hi, Lejla. What I find strange is that your stomach issues began suddenly. It is possible the antibiotics you have been given while on your trip to America might have been too strong and messed up your digestive system. Antibiotics are known to destroy intestinal flora almost completeley (depending on how strong they are and how long you take them). Moreover, because of this, your absorption of several essential vitamins and dietary minerals might be impaired, B vitamins in particular, which help with digestion and give you energy. My guess is you might have trouble absorbing B vitamins and I would suggest talking to your doctor about recommending a quality B vitamin complex. When I had gastritis a few years back, I didn’t really start feeling good until I took some B vitamins. It really turned my health around. In my experience, a complex with more generous amounts (more than the minimum recommended daily allowance) and good forms should be great. I am currently taking a brand called Beviplex n which I find very good.

      This being said, I would like to ask you if you have considered you might have a parasitic infection, intestinal parasites I mean. Depending on the type of worm you might have contracted, it is possible some of your symptoms such as the appetite issue, the weight loss and bloating might be a result of an intestinal parasite infection. They don’t necessarily show up in a coproculture test and you might not necessarily have the one doctors might be looking for. I suggest you talk to your doctor and ask if it’s possible to have a prophylactic Vermox treatment (this is one of the most efficient ones according to statistics).

      Next, antibiotics can do a lot of harm all of a sudden. For example, I had a really bad respiratory infection a few years back and was prescribed an antibiotic I had taken before, but only three days into the treatment I developed the worse gastrointestinal discomfort of my life and ended up having gastritis. Normally, you are prescribed proton pump inhibitor medication by your doctor (the likes of omeprazole, esomeprazole). But I know from experience these can also cause symptoms such as feeling heavy with food or air and bloated or nauseous or weak. While you still need them to help control gastritis, it is good to known they have such side effects. Moreover, because of their action, they can further accentuate malabsorption problems and interfere with your absorption of nutrients, particularly B vitamins, hence your feelings of weakness. Again, discuss with your doctor about this if you have concerns and about taking a quality B complex and know that it will take about a month to see some improvements. I would also choose tablets or capsules instead or effervescent vitamins because the latter tend to rouse up the stomach (at least it my case), although they get absorbed faster. The symptoms you describe can also be a sign of acid reflux disease, especially feeling your throat is inflamed or burning. Again, medication and a good diet are your best allies.

      About diet. I find it is extremely hard to know what to eat for gastritis and what not to eat. We are all different and, despite what we are being told, we actually tolerate foods differently. And having stomach issues makes these differences even more visible. From my experience, gastritis is a disease best treated with a diet richer in protein and low in dietary fiber and fruits, animal fats and spices. My gastritis tends to resurface when I am in a lot of stress, but I keep it under control with what I eat. For me, boiled chicken meat is the best. I especially like boiled chicken thigs and chicken breast, but also gizzards and hearts. I find them extremely easy on the stomach, satiating and they don’t exactly trigger the stomach in any way. I eat them daily. I also enjoy boiled turkey meat, but less often and eat certain fish, also boiled. I find aurata (Sparus aurata) quite okay twice a week. I eat them boiled with a little salt when my gastritis is upsetting me (I don’t add oil, vinegar or lemon juice or other dressings because they are not good for the condition, being acidic). I avoid salmon because it’s too fat (a fish rich in Omega-3) and heavy on the stomach even when you boil or steam it. It may be healthy for a lot of things, but not for gastritis. I also avoid canned tuna because it tends to give me acid reflux.

      As for carbohydrates, they are okay if you know what foods to eat and why. Boiled white rice is the best in my opinion, if eaten in moderate amounts. It doesn’t have any particular smell or taste and tends to absorb the acidity and not inflame the stomach lining any further. White bread and white pasta are also good for me for the same reasons and I sometimes snack on plain pretzels. But I avoid high fiber cereal when my gastritis is at its worse. I don’t eat wholewheat at all, no oats, no rye, no whole wheat pasta or rice because dietary fiber works up the stomach and tends to worsen gastritis symptoms. While whole wheat cereals might be great and healthy otherwise, they aren’t that good for gastritis, at least in my experience.

      As for dairy or pseudo-dairy, the first doctor I went to when I first had gastritis told me I should avoid milk and dairy for as long as I could. And he was right. Milk, no matter if it’s low fat, non fat etc. is heavy on the stomach and puts a lot of strain on it, making digestion longer and more difficult. And so do mature cheeses. Plus, cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, sour milk etc. are acidic and often cause stomach acidity, hence the reason they are avoided when you have gastritis. My doctor from back then told me I could eat fresh cottage cheese and maybe some plain yogurt, but only occasionally. I eat a serving of fresh cottage cheese once a week and it was okay. Also, milk from cereal, almond milk etc. may be similarly upsetting for an already inflamed stomach lining.

      Fruits. In my experience, when you have gastritis, it’s better to avoid fruits, at least for several weeks. As my doctor back then advised me (and he was right), the only okay fruit I could eat without trigerring my gastritis was a banana a day or every other day. As he stressed, it was extremely important to avoid unripe bananas because they upset the stomach. The fruits with a deeper yellow color and beginning to form spots are best for me because they are easy on the stomach. Apples, pears and most other fruits are either acidic (citrus fruit, grapes) or have too much dietary fiber (especially the ones with edible skin) and thus very likely to cause symptoms. Pineapple and papaya are not good options either because, despite containin certain enzymes that favor protein digestion, their overall effect is not always beneficial for the stomach, especially for people with gastrointestinal issues. I also always avoided all fruit and vegetable juices because I find them particularly irritating on the stomach lining and thus bad for gastritis.

      Vegetables. When it comes to vegetables, you might be surprised to find out which are good for gastritis and which are not. For instance, the only ones that didn’t make my symptoms worse were spinach (leafy spinach, always boiled), carrots (boiled) and mashed potatoes (no butter, no oil, no milk), eaten in moderate amounts. Zucchini might be okay also. For gastritis, you absolutely have to avoid the vegetables that ferment and produce air in the stomach: cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower etc. I read you eat them and I can tell you they are surely making you feel bloated. If you stay away from them, you should start seeing improvements in a week or 10 days. Other foods that are bad for gastritis are: garlic, onions, leek, beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, peppers, especially hot peppers, pumpkin (rich in fiber) etc. and most spices. I would also avoid eating tofu, coconut oil, spelt semolina and whole wheat toast (I don’t know if it helps, but I often toasted my white bread in the oven or pan to make it crunchy and change up things a little, but I didn’t add anything to it).

      I know you said that you feel eggs might not be right for you, but they are wonderful for me. When my gastritis bothered me, I found great relief in eating eggs every other day. But I always eat them soft boiled or poached because this way they seem extremely easy on the stomach. Hard boiled eggs or fried eggs are best avoided in my experience. And so is anything fried, processed, junk or fast food. Fizzy drinks, carbonated water, chocolate, candy, green tea, black tea, white tea, coffee, energy drinks, caffeinated beverages and coffee, flavored water are to be avoided as well. I also always avoided all herbal preparations when my gastritis bothered me. As for exercising, I recommed walking outside. Doing pushups, crunches or abdominal exercises, running or doing any demanding physical exercise can work up the stomach and worsen symptoms. Exercise is good, but not when your stomach lining is inflammed, you have acid reflux, are bloated and feeling heavy. It takes one move for your stomach acid to rise into the esophagus and ruin your entire day and eating efforts. Walking is the best exercise because you can do it both on an empty and on a full stomach, you can do it anytime (for other exercises, you have to wait up to 3-4 hours after eating, and even it might upset your stomach) and it also helps your mind break off from worry and relax.

      There very few foods actually good for gastritis, or that won’t upset the stomach more than it already is. But while it may seem restrictive, a gastritis diet is actually meant to be easy on the stomach and help it heal. Plus, it’s not forever. But when symptoms are at their worst, it’s best to keep to it religiously because it will get better. Wishing you lots of health, Lejla, and I am looking forward to updates from you on your condition.

    • Hi again, Lejla. I’ve been thinking about what I told you concerning your stomach issues and I just want to make sure I get my point across. I think one of the reasons you’ve been having such a difficult time with things is that you eat too much dietary fiber (whole wheat, broccoli, cauliflower). Dietary fiber bloats and irritates the stomach lining if it’s too much, especially when you have gastritis. This is also why the best gastritis eating plan is more focused on protein usually than vegetables, cereal or fruit. In my experience, until you manage to keep symptoms under control and you condition improves, it is best to avoid foods like this. And drink sufficient water to prevent getting constipation from the low intake of dietary fiber. And, as mentioned above, the antibiotics you have been prescribed and the omeprazole and other proton pump inhibitor medication you may have been taking may further contribute to your symptoms, but it is up to your doctor and you to figure out the best solution for you in this case. Both antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors alter normal digestion and more or less directly influence the absorption of B vitamins in particular, hence the weakness you have been experiencing. Overall, I would watch my intake of dietary fiber and generally avoid foods rich in it. Wishing you lots of health.

  4. Hi, thank you for your comments. I have had chronic gastritis for years and it flairs up every few months. I had colonoscopy and endoscopy nearly three years ago to rule out anything sinister. My meds are omeprazole and ranitidine plus others for other conditions. I’m also on buscopan for IBS and linaclotide for chronic constipation. The gastritis flaired up again ten days ago and I can’t seem to shift it. This time, as well as the burning pain over my stomach area, I also feel as if I have indigestion as food seems to stick, also my throat is hurting when I swallow. Do you think all these symptoms are connected?

    • Hi, Daph. Considering the amount of medication you are currently taking, it is really no surprise that you are having such a hard time. Seeing that all of your troubles come from gastrointestinal conditions (gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, acid reflux), the symptoms are most likely all connected and may even make each other worse. For example, some the medication you are taking for some time now as I understand has an eroding effect on the already sensitive stomach mucosa and may worsen you gastritis despite taking a gastroprotective. Gastritis can cause or worsen an existing gastroesophageal reflux disease, hence symptoms such as feeling your throat hurts or burns or having difficulty swallowing. Ranitidine may cause constipation and stomach pain, despite taking omeprazole for the stomach and linaclotide for constipation caused by irritable bowel syndrome. It’s a sort of vicious circle.

      What you can do is make efforts to improve your diet so that you can start to manage symptoms and improve some of your conditions. Gastritis, constipation and even irritable bowel syndrome are manageable, but it will take a lot of hard work, commitment and some patience until you learn what foods are good for you and what aren’t. Just remember to take into consideration all of your conditions. For example, when you have constipation you need to eat plenty of dietary fiber, but since you have both gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome, fiber is not good for you. But you can drink plenty of water to combat constipation and add some vegetable fats into your diet (limited amounts though). When you have gastritis, you absolutely have to avoid fiber, fried foods, processed foods and fruits and fruit juices. You can eat light proteins and certain vegetables (I eat soft boiled or poached eggs, boiled aurata fish, boiled chicken, plain pretzels, cottage cheese, boiled spinach, carrots, potatoes, white rice and white bread etc.), but since you also have constipation, you have to drink plenty of water, walk quite a lot (other more demanding forms of exercise can upset your stomach even more) and eat white rice and white bread or pasta in limited amounts). It’s balance that you need to achieve in your eating habits and eat so that you improve the symptoms of one condition without worsening another. You can reach a point where you can manage your gastritis and constipation through diet alone. But for your peace of mind, you can have an ultrasound of the stomach just to see how you are doing.

    • Hello, Stella. I assume your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics and other medicines to treat your Helicobacter pylori infection and gastritis. You should follow your doctor’s recommendations. As for what you should eat, the article above lists foods that are good for gastritis and foods that are bad for it. But keep in mind that some foods that might be good for others, might not be good for you too simply because we are all different and may react differently to various foods. When I had gastritis, I relied mostly on proteins (light chicken meat, white fish, but no heavier fish such as salmon), boiled or steamed vegetables like spinach, potatoes or carrots and avoided fruits and fruit juices and heavy, fatty meals. In my experience, high fiber foods are also bad for gastritis so I also avoided whole grains and vegetables rich in dietary fiber. Wishing you lots of health.

  5. As a child and adult, I had colitis and a nervous stomach which morphed into bouts of constipation or diarrhea. Suffered throughout my life. In 2006, was diagnosed with gastritis along with a blocked artery in my heart. Used acid tabs and modified my vegetarian diet a bit more. But was still drinking wine, eating sweets, eating pizza, drinking coffee etc. All bad. Then in 2013, I was afraid to eat anything because my intestines made noises and I had a dull ache in my side. Also often had acid pain. So finally when in and had a colonoscopy and upper GI. I was diagnosed with severe gastritis in 2013. It is now under control. First thing I did was only eat organic baby food. Then I made soft white fish in micro with no spices or oil and mixed it with bland, runny instant mashed potatoes. For breakfast Cream of Rice. Then I started blending zuchinni squash with the runny potatoes. I went to Whole Foods and bought Aloe Vera juice and liquid Chorophyl and put 1-2 tablespoons in herbal passion tea. I consumed tablets for bloating with natural ingredients. Really fast acting to relieve bloating. I read in a natural remedy book that apples counteract stomach acid and it worked for me. So I eat apples every day. Much better than stomach acid relief tabs. But when needed famitodine works fast or best for me. Eat an apple wedge before bed. Stopped eating ice cream. I don’t eat meat so nothing to give up there. Stopped eating nuts, popcorn anything with vinegar. When the acid was bad, I would get up during the night and eat some apple with or without the skin. I have eliminated gluten and it has eliminated bloating. I am now able to eat green onions again. And, I can also eat organic oatmeal and bananas again. I avoid orange juice, broccoli, cabbage, greasy food, overly spicy and eat as little sugar as possible. No more alcohol. White wine especially caused acidity attack. Organic butternut squash soup is good if not too spicy. Lately, I have been eating too many tomatoes and ate some dark chocolate yesterday and now I have some canker sores in my mouth from the acid. It is a constant battle. One never knows when something ingested that was okay previously is now an irritant again because there is more inflamation inside.

    • I must say I can relate to your living with gastritis and stomach problems on so many levels. You are right when you say it is a constant battle and that some foods that used to work for you don’t anymore. When my gastritis was at its worst, it also helped me to drink aloe vera on an empty stomach. While I do not like its taste, I could see improvements in my health and wellbeing from the second day. I also can’t eat greasy foods, anything fried, spicy, don’t drink alcohol, reduced my coffee intake drastically (maybe one cup a week or two a month) and avoid pizza, sweets and everything processed or ready to eat. Tomatoes give me canker sores as well, and so does anything salty, but dark chocolate gives me acid reflux. Just like you, to temper my gastritis, I also relied heavily on potatoes (boiled or baked), rice, but also some chicken and light fish. I would boil and mash runny zucchini with potatoes and carrots and it was ok for me. Boiled spinach was and is the best. Although I can now eat most fruits without any problem, in the beginning I relied heavily on bananas and apples as well, but also watermelon when it was in season. I would grate a fresh appled over some plain boiled white rice when my gastritis wouldn’t calm at all. I still avoid orange juice, cranberry juice, lime, lemon or grapefruit juice and most fruit and vegetable juices.

      So I know what you are going through and it’s not easy. Fortunately, it does get better, even though stressful periods may have us fall back onto bad eating habits and let gastritis resurge. What I would like to add is that, in my experience, when you have gastritis you also develop malabsorption problems, and the restrictive eating doesn’t help much either. For me, taking a quality multivitamin was one of the best ideas and it helped me so much because I was feeling exhausted all the time. I took vitamins for four months in a row before I started seeing improvements, but it just gost better from that point on. Especially since antacid medication can also reduce nutrient absorption by a lot and I was prescribed proton pump inhibitors for several months. I still deal with acid reflux, but it’s manageable and far less difficult than gastritis. It helps to be on a mostly vegetarian diet, but you still have to avoid foods rich in fiber because they are simply bad for you. And eating organic does help. For me, boiled or grilled chicken, soft-boiled eggs, occassionally fish like cod or aurata and some fresh cow, goat or sheep cheese every now and then helps a lot.

      Dealing with multiple digestive system conditions is difficult because they often have conflicting requirements in terms of foods you can eat and foods you absolutely have to avoid. But with time, patience and practice, we get to enjoy good food and good health too. It’s important to never give up. Thank you for telling us about your struggles with gastritis. Your insight is valuable and the information you provided will surely help others dealing with similar problems too. Wishing you the best.

  6. Hi all. My daughter has had many health problems and has just been told she probably has gastritis. She was told the week before it could be or soounds like irritable bowel syndrome. She has not been on antibiotics but because of having Turner’s Syndrome she is on a low dose HRT since the age of 16, and due to having all the side effects they changed her hormone replacement therapy, then the chemist gave her the wrong tablets, then the hormone replacement therapy was discontinued, now she has literally just started a new one again. She is 28 and feels like an old lady, she is constantly off work due to feeling weak, poorly and generally not well. She had constipation for a long time, then she has been sick so off to the doctors we went again. They said “oh take these sachets (cosmocol, lemon and lime flavour) (citric acid flavor, really) they are gentle on the stomach”. Well, trust me they were not. Still being sick, the diarrhea was only due to the sachets. The hospital, after sitting in A and E for 7 hours on Friday said it is probably gastritis, gave her omeprazole, if not ok in a week go back to your general practitioner. Sick again on Saturday. Does not know what to eat, what not to eat. I have done a great deal of research and they all contradict each other, understandably everyone is different but still hard to sort out what to try and to avoid. Has lost a stone in weight, has not got much appetite but is hungry. I am concerned that where she works (a childrens nursery), the hygeine is non existent and that this could be a factor as some of the research I did last week said that possible hygiene problems can cause it. She does not get heartburn or indigestion so we are at a loss. We assume the doctors are right and are doing everything they tell us to in the hope to an end of suffering for my daughter who just wants to be normal and enjoy life.
    Any help or advice is greatly welcome.

    • Hello, Donna. I am not a doctor so I cannot give you any professional advice. I can only tell what foods I ate and didn’t eat for my gastritis, which foods were good for me and which weren’t. But, as you said, we are all different so we may react differently to various foods. In other words, what may be good for me, might not be good for others. With this in mind, if you read the article, you will see what foods I ate and what foods I avoided. As a general rule, I avoided the following:
      1) Dietary fiber: fruits with edible skin, legumes like beans or peas, whole grains and everything made from them.
      2) Fried foods, whether it was fries or just stir-fried vegetables.
      3) Processed foods: I didn’t eat anything I didn’t cook myself at home, from scratch.
      4) Fatty foods and heavy meats: I avoided everything but chicken.
      5) Dairy: I didn’t eat matured cheeses, milk or similar dairy products for months.
      6) Acidic foods: vinegar, citrus fruit, pickles etc.
      7) Fruits and fruit juices: I only ate bananas every now and then and maybe a couple of apples a month.
      8) Tomato sauce and juice, coffee, alcohol, sweets, baked goods, cakes, cookies, vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower etc.

      I was very careful with what I ate and, despite the very restrictive diet I lead, I still learnt to make food that I liked. For example, some of my favorite meals included:
      1) Simple boiled white rice with maybe a grated small apple on top (without skin).
      2) Boiled potatoes with boiled spinach and a bit of salt, maybe some cold pressed olive oil for taste.
      3) Boiled chicken meat, especially thigs, boiled chicken gizzards.
      5) A puree made from boiled potatoes, carrots and a bit of zucchini.
      6) Carrots, potatoes and chicken soup with a bit of baked white bread.
      7) As a treat, I occasionally ate a bit of baked white bread (like croutons) with fresh cow cheese.
      8) As a snack, bananas, but they had to be perfectly ripe (green ones can be problematic).
      9) I only drank bottled water and kept hydrated.

      These are some of the things I ate that were good for me and I made sure I combined them so that I didn’t get constipation. Fiber is great for treating constipation, but it’s one of the worst things for gastritis, so there needs to be balance. I also made sure I ate enough to get rid of the hunger feeling (gastritis can make you feel particularly hungry too). I also took vitamins because my gastritis made me feel tired all the time and simply low on energy. Remember, this is the diet that worked for me. You need to ask the advice of a medical professional for your daughter, especially considering she is dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and other medical problems that may affect her beyond my understanding.

      Also, I find it strange that the doctors didn’t do any test to confirm the gastritis they suspect. Before I could begin eating for gastritis, I had confirmation following an ultrasound and a discussion with the doctor. So it might be helpful if your daughter had confirmation too so she can know if she has gastritis or not. And regarding the hygiene issue, indeed a lack of hygiene can increase the chances of an infection with the H. pylori bacterium which is known to lead to gastritis and stomach ulcers. Again, the doctor can run tests to confirm such a suspicion or not. Wishing you and your daughter lots of health.

  7. Hello, everyone! I can really relate to this article. I have been diagnosed with esophagitis and hyperemic gastritis last September of 2016 after undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. I was on meds for a month (Omeprazole) before breakfast and (Ranitidine) after dinner. I was on a strict diet then. I got better after a month or so of those regimens. However, since I am a woman with PMS, just recently before my period this month March 2017, I consumed lots of junk foods and sweets, all of which I’ve known to cause stomach irritation, hence my history. So sadly, my gastritis is back again as of today. I have been taking the same meds for almost two weeks already but still the bloating, burping and flatulence are present. I know that a strict diet is the key to healing oneself but I also want to eliminate the medicines that I have been taking for fear of damaging my liver and kidneys and any other possible side effects. In short, I want to heal naturally. I attempted to skip my meds two days ago, I’ve also done a change in diet recently. I can say that in those two days without the meds, I somehow felt a little better (no heartburn, no indigestion, no gasping for air). But on the third day, the symptoms returned but milder this time. So I decided to take Omeprazole again to see if the symptoms will clear up. I have read so much articles online which also led me to your very informative page. I just hope and pray that I will heal faster (through a combination of meds and proper diet) and I also believe that forums like this one can also help because we find strength in knowing that we are not alone in this very discomforting ailment.

    Here’s my diet (the last two days) which helped me improved my symptoms:
    Breakfast- Oats with very little brown sugar, boiled egg, a piece of tuna (occassionally) and ripe banana or peeled apple
    Snacks- Ripe banana
    Lunch – Boiled fish with vegetable and rice
    Snacks – Crackers/Bread
    Dinner – Quinoa Salad with Kale, Pita Wrap with tuna, carrots and diced cucumber

    Treating gastritis is like dealing with plenty of experimentation with our relationship with food. I just hope that everyone of us who are sufferers of this vicious disease will heal soon. Lastly, I would just like to know if what type of B Complex Vitamins you can recommend for me to aid in the absorption of nutrients?

    Best regards,

    Jenny

    • Hi, Jenny. Thank you for sharing your experience about your gastritis with us. Personally, I found it very helpful, especially the part about the side effects of gastritis medication and about what you eat to manage the condition. As for the supplements, I cannot recommend you anything because I am not a doctor. But I can tell you what supplements I took and worked for me. When my gastritis was at its worst and caused me to feel tired all the time because of the malabsorption problems it engendered, I took Supradyn Energy daily for a little over three months and I can honestly say it was the best solution for me. I slowly started feeling like myself again with this multivitamin. After a while, I started taking an European B complex called Beviplex N, which was also great for me and simply filled me up on energy. Even now, I alternate between the two because I lead a stressful, full life and I need enough energy to keep up with everything. The supplements I take are European so I don’t know if there are different in any way from the same ones you may find in America or other parts of the world, so you should check the label. When I take the B complex, I also take vitamin C almost daily, magnesium and potassium to make sure I get enough of these nutrients that it’s so easy to be deficient in even though you eat right. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Of all the blogs i have come across, this is the only one i can relate to on this gastritis. I had it for 6 months now with different medicines. I’m on a strict diet and i seem to be getting better with the help of natural antibiotics (propolis). I got worse with PPIs and the usual antibiotics due to an H. pylori infection. My only issue is since i was diagonised with this disease, i have a burning feeling in my legs more like the feeling of paralysis you get when you sit in one place for too long. I have read that it’s because of vitamin b deficiency caused by gastritis, basing on your advise I am going to add vitamin b complex to my medications. My question is which is the best brand with immediate effect?

    • Hello, Nabwire. I am happy to hear you found my experience with gastritis useful and that it helped you find solutions for yourself too. So far, the best multivitamin for me has been Supradyn Energy, the European version (you can compare labels to see if there are any differences between this multivitamin in your country and the same one available in Europe). It’s rich in B vitamins as well as so many other essential vitamins and minerals and, for me, it’s exactly what I need. I have been taking them for almost two years now, on and off, and I haven’t felt better. What I can tell you is that I started taking this multivitamin when I was dealing with some serious nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption problems due to my gastritis and stress. I took them for 3 months in a row until I was better and started taking them again on and off soon after because they helped me stop feeling fatigued and cope with stress, be more productive and energetic.

      There is the tablet version and the effervescent version of Supradyn Energy. In my experience, the effervescent ones make you feel better faster because they are absorbed quickly. But I have noticed they can cause stomach acidity, so I always took them at lunch, after eating well. But honestly, I prefer the film coated Supradyn tablets. I just like them better. As I’ve said before, it took me about three months or so to really notice a difference and I think it’s like that with all vitamins. It takes time to correct nutritional deficiencies and even more time for an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals to show. I have tried other types of multivitamins, B vitamin complex etc. but this one has proved the most effective for me and I continue to take it because I feel incomparably better, more energetic and simply able to cope with everything. Just remember you have to eat well before taking these vitamins to increase absorption.

      However, this version of Supradyn I am taking has only 21% of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium (and no potassium). And the burning feeling in the legs or pins and needles sensations you get can be a cause of magnesium deficiency too. I have experienced them as well, along with eyelid twitching and thigh muscle spasms or twitching. And when I supplemented with magnesium, they disappeared completely. I either take a 300 mg powder magnesium bag a day (Magnesium from Additiva), half the amount when I am feeling better than usual or Aspacardin, a magnesium and potassium multivitamin. They are both affordable and, in my opinion, effective. The magnesium also helps relax me, makes me calmer and helps me sleep better especially if I take it before going to sleep.

      Also, keeping to a strict diet helps me a lot. Avoiding high fiber foods, fruit juices, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, oily foods, fried and fatty foods, hearty meals at night, sitting down or sleeping soon after eating, lifting heavy things after eating, problematic foods like bell peppers, spicy foods, pineapple etc. is crucial for healing gastritis. Even now, although I am feeling better, I eat foods that are easy on the stomach and mostly boiled foods. I find there is great variety even when you are eating for gastritis and actually enjoy food more when it’s simpler. Hope this information helps and wishing you lots of health.

    • When I had gastritis, I would also feel weak and tired all the time. For example, I felt my arms weak and experienced symptoms like lightheadedness. It turns out it was because of a B vitamin deficiency caused by my gastritis so I started taking a multivitamin. It took several months for me to start feeling better, but it worked. Because indeed gastritis can cause inflammation of the stomach lining and reduce vitamin absorption, like vitamin B12. Gastritis can also lead to anemia. A vitamin B12 deficiency, anemia can both cause you to feel weak, tired and low on energy. But while gastritis does make you feel weakness and fatigue, it is best to also see a doctor for a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, to exclude other causes. I went to the doctor too and the information I was given really helped me manage and eventually treat my gastritis. Hope this helps.

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