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 should be avoided. 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 (when consumed regularly).
3) Baked sweets rich in butter, oil or margarine.
4) Hard candy, chocolate bars, biscuits etc.
5) Red meat (pork, beef, turkey) and venison (quail, pheasant).
6) Coffee and caffeinated beverages.

Treating gastritis often requires you to give up all forms of caffeine.
7) Green tea, black tea and white tea, Oolong tea.
8) Carbonated beverages (sugary, fizzy drinks).
9) Carbonated or sparkling water (best avoided after a meal).
10) Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other cabbage family vegetables.
11) Onions, garlic, leek, chives.
12) Beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas.
13) Hard cheeses or aged cheeses (example: cheddar) and soft, high-fat cheeses (example: burrata).
14) Spices: sweet and hot chili peppers, sweet and spicy paprika (ground peppers), wasabi, raw and dried ginger, turmeric, pepper.
Food with too much seasoning tends to upset the stomach, irrespective of the spices used.
15) Alcohol and fermented fruit juices.
16) Vinegar and pickles (example: sauerkraut, pickled cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower).
17) Too much refined sugar and processed foods.
18) Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, yuzu).
19) Fats: oils, butter, margarine, mayonnaise.
20) Fermented dairy products (example: soured milk, buttermilk, sour yogurt)

Anything processed and prepared with food preservatives stands a higher chance of irritating the stomach lining and triggering gastritis symptoms. Fast food products and red meat are problematic because they are heavy foods, more difficult to digest and thus require more stomach acid to be produced and a longer digestion time. Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated beverages and even decaffeinated coffee are strong irritants for the stomach lining. Green tea and black tea, but also white tea, Oolong tea contain caffeine and theine and may cause acidity.

Bad foods for gastritis

Legumes such as beans and peas are rich in dietary fiber which causes bloating and further accentuates gastritis symptoms. Onions and garlic, broccoli, cabbage and similar vegetables contain organosulfur compounds that cause stomach air and bloating which increases the chances of gastric juices escaping into the esophagus. But they also contain fiber that irritates the stomach lining, making them foods to avoid eating too frequently or at all if you have severe acid reflux or gastritis. Also read 11 Side Effects of Eating Onions.

Sweet carbonated beverages and even carbonated water may upset the stomach. While sweet carbonated beverages are best avoided altogether, whether or not you can drink carbonated water is something you have to decide for yourself, based on your individual experience with it. For example, I find carbonated water may not be a good idea after eating, but doesn’t trigger any symptoms or stomach upset if consumed 2-3 hours after eating, at least for me. But if you feel it irritates the stomach lining, causes air and burping and acid reflux, you may be better off not having carbonated water.

Aged cheese (example: Parmigiano-Reggiano or parmesan, cheddar), fatty fresh cheeses (example: burrata) and, for some people fermented dairy products (example: yogurt, kefir, soured milk, buttermilk) cause stomach acidity and worsen gastritis symptoms.
I also find vinegar gives me heartburn and a sort of painful burning sensation in the stomach, even in small amounts and especially when eaten at night. Pickled vegetables and fruits are also a source of gastritis upset. Too much sugar is highly problematic for gastritis as well, mainly because it’s found in processed foods which are also full of fats and additives.

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. This is one of the reasons why treating gastritis can be difficult: you have to give up foods you love as well as extremely healthy foods like a lot of fruits. Because a gastritis diet is a bland diet.

Here is a list of potentially problematic foods to avoid for gastritis that may trigger mild to severe symptoms and delay healing of the existing condition:
1) Bell peppers, hot chili peppers and paprika (sweet and spicy).
2) Pineapple (because it contains the enzyme bromelain).
3) Citrus fruit and citrus juices.
4) Strawberries and strawberry juice.
5) Eggplants (less upsetting if boiled).
6) Fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato juice.
7) Corn (but not cornmeal, used to make polenta).
8) Cucumbers, fresh and pickled.
9) Potatoes (fried, roasted or eaten in large amounts).
10) Pumpkin (especially baked).
11) Chocolate and chocolate spread.
12) Hot chocolate and powder cocoa.
13) Oats.
14) Peppermint and spearmint tea (not for everyone).
15) Cold meats such as salami, ham or sausages.
16) Raw ginger and ginger powder, but not boiled ginger.
Also see 7 Reasons Not to Eat Ginger.
17) Unripe or not fully ripe bananas.
Also read about the Side Effects of Eating Bananas.
18) Pickled fruits and vegetables.
19) Oily fish such as tuna and salmon.
20) Canned tuna and other fish canned in oil or tomato sauce.

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 paprika worsened my acid reflux. Baked pumpkin, which I love and is extremely healthy, bloated me a lot and had me burping for days, with the wort stomach upset ever. I also found chocolate spread and ginger very irritating, while corn and eggplants made me feel like fainting 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 2-3 months, I started reintroducing some of these foods in my diet (except for pickles, cold meats and citrus juices – I still avoid them) 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. The list of fruits and vegetables in the Foods Map in the menu 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, mainly chicken. I avoided duck eggs and goose eggs which I found too fatty. Choose your eggs based on the nutritional value and health benefits in the Eggs page.
3) Plain, white bread and limited amounts of whole grain bread.
4) Rice, white and parboiled.
5) Ripe bananas (with a few brown spots on the skin).
6) Pears, also in limited amounts, without the skin, preferably boiled.
7) Sweet cottage cheese (consumed occasionally and only after about a month of dieting).
8) Chicken soup (more lean chicken meat and noodles and less actual soup – too many liquids at once caused stomach acidity and worsened by gastritis symptoms).
See my 1 Week Gastritis Diet Plan.
9) Lean white meat: chicken and limited amounts of fish like cod (always boiled).
10) Chamomile tea.
11) Small amounts of fresh olive oil.
12) Limited amounts of raw almonds, cashews and walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
13) Moderate amounts of white pasta (with vegetables, fish or seafood).
14) Fresh figs, sometimes apples without the skin or boiled with plain boiled white rice.
15) A tablespoon of acacia honey when I craved sugar. Also see Properties and Benefits of Acacia Honey.

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 and fresh extravirgin 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 strenuous 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.

73 Replies to “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. pylori 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.

  9. Thanks so much, Marius, for putting together this nice blog. Honestly, it is the best blog i have ever come cross since 2 years ago I developed gastritis. It nicely entails most aspects of healing gastritis (from food, multivitamins, non-medicine advice etc). I would say if you really stick to a good diet, you would easily get healed. It is just a matter of prohibiting yourself from most things you like to eat. You should be not only physically prepared to fight with this bug (h pylori), but also well-prepared psychologically. It is a long run and requires prohibition and tolerance.
    I myself took triple therapy Jan 2015 for two weeks and had a really strict diet. Got healed after a month or two. Since then I had been able to introduce almost everything that I stayed away from them during the treatment period. Until 5 months ago that triple therapy failed, I again had a really bad stomach ache. Took Omeprazole for two months and no success. So, decided to go through another triple therapy for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, it failed again as of this past March and I have had abdominal pains since then. Been scheduled for upper endoscopy. Will see how it turns out. But, what I would do for the time being I would stick again to a good diet. I am guessing my doctor is going to prescribe me quadruple therapy (Bismuth) this time. I don’t know. I need to eradicate this bug while avoiding any sort of heavy food as well as acidic juicy stuff. I will update you how it will turn out.

    • Hello, Sala. Your comment is truly inspiring. You are right when you say that it is a long run and we have to keep to a strict diet. Gastritis can be healed, but it takes patience and strength of character to avoid the foods we love that are not that good for us. I can honestly relate to your experience so much because I had an extremely hard time dealing with gastritis, but was perseverant and it paid off. It thought me the importance of eating the right foods for gastritis, but also some tricks to better deal with the condition, like the fact that some foods that are good for others may not be good for us too. For example, I can’t eat garlic or any type of onion, but peppers and pineaple which others can’t stand agree with me. Fruit juices also bother me tremendously and so does coffee, but tomato sauce which is generally avoided by gastritis sufferers doesn’t upset me at all. Ginger is the worst for me, but turmeric is okay, although other people with gastritis say it upsets their stomach incredibly. We are all different and have to find out what works for us and what doesn’t, irrespective of other people’s experiences. I hope everything turns out well with the upper endoscopy and that you stay strong and persevere once again in your fight with gastritis. Waiting to hear from you again and wishing you lots of health!

  10. Please, I have be diagnosed and the doctor said I have extensive chronic inflammation in my stomach, H. pylori has started. I have been taking antibiotics but still feel pain in the abdomen. At times I can’t even walk. What should I do to cure my inflamed gastritis?

    • Hello, Regina. First of all, follow your doctor’s recommendations as they are. If the pain doesn’t go away soon, you can ask for more tests to see if there is something else causing it. Secondly, treating gastritis means you have to learn which foods are good for gastritis and which are bad and eat accordingly. According to experts, gastritis sufferers need to limit their fiber intake, avoid caffeine, chocolate, green and black teas, fruit juices, citrus fruit, spicy foods, oily foods and foods rich in fat. It is recommended to eat foods that are easy on the stomach like boiled chicken meat, soft boiled eggs, boiled vegetables like potatoes, carrots, spinach, maybe some zucchini. Plain white rice, white bread, maybe pasta, crackers can absorb the acidity. Some experts even recommend taking a quality B vitamin complex because gastritis causes problems absorbing nutrients from food, especially B vitamins. You can talk more about what foods you should eat and what foods you should avoid with your doctor. Hope this helps and if you have more questions, feel free to ask.

  11. I came back from Urgent Care yesterday with a gastritis diagnosis. I had been vomiting constantly for several days without relief, getting severely dehydrated and unable to keep much of anything down except some apples and grapes. The episode started after consuming acidic coffee. I’ve since eliminated all caffeine from my diet, including the protein caffeine shake I used to have every morning, and the black tea I would consume regularly throughout the day. Right now, the only foods that look appetizing are bland fruits like apples, grapes, pears, and peaches, oatmeal, lettuce and nuts. Still very weak, but after having some of these foods, lots of water, and anti-nausea medication, I’m starting to slowly recover. Most foods still don’t look very appetizing however. I used to love animal protein and potatoes, but I can’t imagine eating those now. I’m also avoiding acidic products like orange juice.

    Will see how this plays out.

    • Hello, Kendra. Gastritis can be very difficult to deal with and the symptoms can become overwhelming. Indeed, coffee, caffeinated beverages and green, black and white tea all have caffeine which can cause gastritis and worsen the symptoms of an existing condition. Citrus fruit and most fruit juices do the same. Eliminating caffeine from your diet is a big change for the better and, hopefully, it will make a difference soon. However, what I can tell you from my experience is that you have to be careful with fruits right now because eating too much fruit increases your intake of fiber and is bad for gastritis.

      Since you can eat apples, maybe try and eat them with boiled rice (plain, boiled white rice with a fresh grated apple on top is what I used to eat). The rice should help absorb the acidity. Pears and especially ripe bananas with those little brown spots can be good for gastritis too because they are easy on the stomach. As you recover, you could add more variety to your diet, but be careful with the fiber because it can really slow down the healing. When my symptoms were at its worst, I would eat plain crackers or just bread with some boiled chicken meat, boiled carrots or soft boiled eggs and maybe a fruit for the nausea. Even though treating gastritis requires a very strict diet, it’s good to still eat different things to stay well nourished. Hopefully, you will get past the nausea soon and be able to eat more foods. Wishing you lots of health and hope to hear from you with good news.

  12. I had chronic gastritis for 2 years. Medication didn’t really help me but sometimes relieved my pain. You must find what foods irritates your stomach. I ate almost the same foods everyday for 90 days to cure my stomach problems. 4 small boiled potatoes but not at the same time. High potassium foods irritates the stomach but not in small amounts. Chicken breast in small amounts, extra virgin olive oil (4 teaspoons), soft boiled eggs and some white bread. No dairy, fried foods, fruits etc. And of course, avoid salt at all costs. Salt irritates stomach lining. All foods contain sodium in small amounts so don’t worry.

    4 meals everyday like this. 150 g potato, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 50 g of chicken, 20 g of white bread with no salt. I lost also 10 kilos and I was not fat but in order to heal your stomach you must eat fewer calories (1500-2000).

    • Hello, Nick. Gastritis diets can be very restrictive. Just like you, I ate about the same foods for 3 months in order to cure my gastritis and it worked. Boiled potatoes, chicken, white bread, soft boiled eggs were on my daily menu as well. I also ate boiled carrots, some spinach, occasionally zucchini and for fruit, perfectly ripe bananas with those small brown spots and maybe an apple with plain white rice. Like you said, you have to find what foods irritate your stomach and what foods are good for you and eat accordingly. Being perseverant is just as important as the diet itself because it takes time for the stomach lining to heal. Thank you for telling us what you ate to get rid of gastritis. Hopefully, your story will inspire others to persist in their good eating habits and find relief. Wishing you lots of health.

    • I am sorry to hear that. If you are looking for advice on how to treat erosive gastritis, then feel free to read the article above for information on what are the best foods to eat and the foods to avoid for gastritis. It’s also important to see a doctor for diagnosis and in case you may need medicines to help treat the gastritis. Wishing you lots of health.

  13. Hi. I am so happy to find your page. I have gastritis because of helicobacter pylori, but a doctor in Sweden does not help with diet. I started to look online myself until I found your page. I checked your diet list. It is white bread that you can eat? Can you buy sliced white bread without preservatives and toast it? Can you buy yogurt or homemade yogurt? How many percent fat: 3 or less? I would be so grateful if you answer.

    • Hello, Zainab. First of all, if your gastritis is caused by a Helicobacter pylori infection, then you need antibiotics therapy. Has the doctor prescribed you medication for gastritis? If so, then you need to take the prescribed medication as recommended. With your type of gastritis, diet alone is not enough to treat it. You need both diet and treatment. As for what you should eat for gastritis, experts recommend eating foods that absorb acidity, foods that have little dietary fiber and low amounts of fat. For example, white bread (you can toast it at home), white rice, boiled chicken meat, spinach, carrots, potatoes, crackers, soft boiled eggs are examples of what you can eat daily when you have gastritis. Avoid yogurt. While it is a healthy food, yogurt is bad for gastritis because it is acidic and worsens stomach acidity. From time to time (not every day) you can eat very ripe bananas like bananas with little brown spots on them. Occasionally you can eat a boiled apple without the skin or grate a fresh apple over some plain, boiled white rice. From time to time you can eat some boiled white fish with lean meat, like cod. No tuna, no salmon, no oil-rich fish. No fried foods, fatty foods and no processed foods. These are the same steps I followed to treat my gastritis. Maybe you find the information useful. You can read the article above for more information on what foods to eat for gastritis. And remember to take the medicines prescribed by your doctor.

  14. Thank you for the reply. I got medicine for Helicobacter pylori. The test showed I did not have it anymore. But doctors cannot give diet. Every doctor says the same thing. Until I found your page because you cured yourself. I am eating now as you ate. But white bread, what sort do you recommend? And crackers how much a day? Thanks for answering.
    Zainab from Sweden.

    • First of all, I am happy to hear you no longer have Helicobacter pylori. Secondly, it doesn’t matter what kind of bread or crackers. Simple ones. You can get your own bread at toast it at home in the oven. And you need to eat to try to meet your daily nutritional demands of calories, macronutrients, vitamins and dietary minerals. But Zainab, you don’t have to eat only crackers and white bread. These are just two examples of foods that absorb acidity. You have to eat protein too and also get a little fat from boiled chicken and soft boiled eggs or some fish like cod. Spinach, carrots, potatoes are examples of vegetables that are easy on the stomach. Even if you have gastritis, you need a varied and balanced diet so try to get all the nutrients you need. Ask your doctor what is a good multivitamin because gastritis also causes problems absorbing vitamins from food and it might help you. I also took a good multivitamin for three months while I was following this gastritis diet and it helped me. Wishing you the best.

  15. Hi again, Marius. I have been to a doctor before week for endoscopic examination and I do not have Helicobacter pylori anymore. But I have a difficult gastritis and it takes time for my stomach mucosa to heal. The food I eat every day is boiled chicken meat, boiled carrots and boiled white rice, sometimes boiled zucchini and potatoes, twice a week ripe banana and sometimes boiled apple. But I have a question about crackers. The kind of crackers I found in Sweden contain citric acid and this is allergenic, it’s no good for health. Can you please write what kind of crackers did you eat when you had gastritis? I found white bread in Sweden, it has sugar but no preservatives. Is sugar not good for gastritis? Please help me.

    • Hello again, Zainab. I am happy to hear you no longer have H. pylori. As for the gastritis, it’s true that it takes months to see improvements. This is because the lining of your stomach needs to heal and every little dietary mistake can irritate it further, prolonging healing. Myself and many other like us, with gastritis, resort to eating safe foods of the sorts you enumerated: boiled chicken, boiled white rice, white bread, boiled vegetables like carrots, potatoes, sometimes zucchini, ripe bananas and boiled apples. Boiled fish like cod, boiled or baked sweet potatoes, spinach, boiled or baked black carrots and stewed fruit (apples, pears, quinces, peaches, apricots) are good alternatives when eaten in moderate amounts.

      As for the crackers, the ones containing citric acid can be bad for gastritis because citric acid irritates the stomach lining. The citric acid in the crackers you’ve found is the same from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons or lime which are to be avoided in gastritis. I don’t know what types of crackers you can find in your country, but I do know the simple ones are the best. So look for crackers made mostly with white flour or even rice crackers. They should be the cheapest because they don’t have many ingredients. Avoid those with added fruits or whole grains because they have fiber and although fiber is normally good for you, too much can irritate the stomach in gastritis. Look for flat, dry varieties because they are usually the simple ones, but read the ingredient list anyway. Avoid fluffy crackers or biscuits because they tend to contain lots of fats which are bad for gastritis. You can always eat rice crackers, puffed rice or toasted white bread which you can make at home yourself in the oven. As for sugar, moderate amounts are okay, too much sugar is bad for gastritis. If you just get sugar from bananas or stewed apples and maybe some from tea you may drink in the morning, it’s alright. Just don’t eat too much. Also, remember to avoid coffee, alcohol, fruit juices, tomatoes, tomato juice and sauces, chocolate, fried foods, fatty foods, citrus fruit and dairy. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

  16. Hello, Marius.
    I am so grateful for your answer because you answered my questions the way back my health. Swedish dietitian can not help me. She says I can eat whole grain bread crust and cheese and dates. I have found a variety of crackers: Carr’s original table water crackers. The ingredients are flour, wheat flour, calcium, iron, niacin, thiamin, vegetable oil (palm oil); per 100 g, fat 7 grams, carbohydrates 74, fiber 4.5 g, protein 10 g, salt 1,5 g. I am eating them as a snack, 30 g at 10 am in the morning and 30 g at 15 am after dinner and I started breathing exercises and yoga to deal with stress.

    • Hello, Zainab. These crackers seem like a good option. Other crackers similar to these should be just as good too. You can eat them with dates, like the doctor recommended. Occasionally, you add a bit of fresh cow cheese or sweet curd cheese on top as a treat, just don’t eat too much because cheese can cause acidity when eaten in high amounts. You can eat the crackers with pieces of baked quinces or baked apples for more variety in your diet. Toasted bread, baked bread or puffed rice are other alternatives. Remember: moderation is important. And congratulations on taking up breathing exercises and yoga. I believe they can help you manage stress and help keep you more focused on your diet and motivate you to get better. Wishing you lots of health.

  17. Hello there. Yesterday I had an endoscopy and my doctor told me I have hemorrhagic erosive gastritis. He did not give me any idea of how to eat. Since the pain started two and a half weeks ago all I eat is plain baked potatoes (no skin), plain almost burnt toast, boiled green beans and chicken broth with noodles in it. For breakfast all I eat is cream of wheat. I start a new job in a week and a half and have no idea what do do about my lunch and snacks at work without pain. I’m on esomeprazole in morning and ranitidine before lunch dinner and bedtime. I don’t know what else to do. I drink plenty of water and drink chamomile tea as well.

    • I am sorry to hear about your gastritis diagnosis, Stacy. First of all, it’s a good thing you went to the doctor and are taking your prescribed medication. The next part in treating your gastritis is managing your diet. Here are some examples of what I have eaten and, honestly, continue to eat since I’ve been diagnosed with gastritis:
      1) Two soft boiled eggs or poached eggs for breakfast with toast (not burnt because it’s not good for you).
      2) Boiled chicken meat with some plain baked potatoes for lunch.
      3) White rice with spinach, carrots and maybe some chicken for dinner.
      4) Chicken soup with carrots, potatoes and some green beans, topped with fresh parsley and maybe a few drops of fresh olive oil.
      5) A cream soup made from boiled potatoes, carrots, a bit of zucchini.
      6) Cooked spinach with boiled, steamed or baked chicken (seasoned with a bit of salt, fresh parsley, a few drops of fresh olive oil).
      7) I may eat perfectly ripe bananas (not every day), rice crisps, plain popcorn, salted crackers as a snack.
      8) Once a week I eat lean, white fish, boiled, steamed or baked, seasoned with only salt.
      (I avoid heavy fish like tuna, sardines, mackerel etc.)
      9) I also sometimes have turkey instead of chicken, cooked the same way and plain.
      10) I have eaten raw honey on toast and, occasionally, as a treat, toast with low-fat, fresh cottage cheese.
      11) Baked or hard boiled eggs with boiled carrots and crackers or toast as a snack.
      12) Also, baby food is good for gastritis. Those little jars with chicken, rice, pasta, spinach, zucchini, potatoes can really calm stomach upset, especially since there are no additives, no spices or fats to irritate the stomach.
      13) Polenta with roasted chicken, everything plain.
      14) You can make corn tortillas with shredded chicken, roasted orange, yellow, black or purple carrots and zucchini sticks.
      15) Another idea is flour tortillas with scrambled eggs and shredded chicken meat (previously baked, boiled or steamed).

      I usually rotate these foods, combine them in any way that I can. For example, I like to use a food processor to blend a couple of hard boiled eggs with a bit of lean fish. It makes a great sandwich spread. Carrots, zucchini and potatoes make a savory cream soup and you just boil the vegetables and blend them in a food processor. It’s tastes good cold too. I have also made rice, egg, chicken and carrots dishes that were quite good and could be put in a lunch box to take with you to work. You kind of have to get creative with your food when you have gastritis because you don’t have many options since fiber, fats, caffeine, dairy, processed foods all upset the stomach.

      And as you enjoy a bit of relief, you can introduce one food at a time in your diet to see if you can eat it or if it bothers you. For example, 2-3 weeks into my gastritis diet, I started eating one boiled apple without skin once a week, a baked quince now and then, some plain boiled and pureed mushrooms, but everything in moderation. I have only used small amounts of fresh olive oil, parsley, dill or lovage as seasonings, but make sure you are not allergic to them first.
      Other vegetables that I found were relatively easy on the stomach when consumed in limited amounts included celeriac (or root celery), parsnip, root parsley, turnip, beets, some green leaf vegetables (turnip tops, beet greens), never raw, always boiled, steamed and eaten once a week or so. But you have to see for yourself if they are good or bad for you. Remember to also check if you are allergic to any of them.

      And the best thing you can do is cook everything at home yourself. For example, make a chicken soup and save some of the broth for noodles because store-bought chicken broth is often full of processed flavoring. Also, since semolina has quite a lot of fiber which can upset gastritis sufferers, you could benefit more from eating protein like eggs in the morning. Soft boiled or hard boiled eggs, poached eggs or scrambled eggs are all good choices. Please read the article above for more information on what foods to eat and to avoid for gastritis and why. Wishing you lots of health and hope to hear back from you with good news.

  18. While these recommendations may well have worked for the writer of this blog, more than a few of the recommendations are actually counter to what other sites recommend. And some of these other sites have more science and medical thinking behind them. Some people recommend cooked cabbage, some don’t. Some recommend ginger, others don’t. I like sites that discuss research as well as personal, anecdotal experience. Both, of course, can be helpful…

    • If you think about it, Jeff, no two people are alike and what may work for some people may actually be bad for others. This is especially true when it comes to health and food. And the reason why you have encountered different advice when it comes to the foods to eat and the foods to avoid for gastritis. For example, cooked cabbage is recommended by some because it promotes fermentation which helps sustain populations of healthy gut bacteria which is supposed to provide benefits for gastrointestinal health and gastritis sufferers. At the same time, cabbage is a source of fiber which can have an irritating effect on the stomach and this defeats the purpose of eating healthy for gastritis. Some people may find this particular food helpful, while others may experience side effects which could cause their condition to worsen as a result. And it’s not only cabbage.

      Any food can be good for some people and bad for others, hence the sometimes different dietary recommendations for various conditions. It’s a trial and error process until your discover which foods are good for you and which not. And it helps to know about as many potentially problematic foods as possible, whether the information comes from studies or personal experience. I have eaten a lot of foods that were presumably good for gastritis and it took me some time to come to terms with the fact that not everything that is good for other people will have the same beneficial effect for me too. So the fact that others recommend different foods is irrelevant really since not everyone reacts the same to the same food. There can be 10 science sites that all say eating cooked cabbage is good for gastritis and provide science-based reasoning for this, but there will still be people who can’t eat it because it’s bad for them. All the science in the world can’t cover all the intricacies that make up human health or predict everything to the point of providing universal advice.

  19. This has been one of the most helpful blogs I have found.
    I have been dealing with problems for 6 months and 4 months ago was diagnosed with gastritis. Nothing worked including medication and a bland diet. Two weeks ago I went for food intolerance testing and found that I am severely intolerant to a number of food groups. Now that I been able to take out these foods, I am finally starting to feel better. I have a long way to go but just a few days without pain is worth the extremely bland diet I am now on. I HIGHLY recommended food testing because trying to isolate the food yourself is almost impossible when intolerance can occur from 10mins to 72hours after ingesting it. Some people don’t believe in the testing but it is definitely working for me.

    • This is a great idea, Andy. We are all different and respond differently to various foods. And sometimes it may be hard to find out which foods bother us and which help us feel better. Some people can’t eat pineapple or mango, others experience side effects from avocado, garlic or peppers. The main idea is that what’s good for someone else is not necessarily good for you too so you have to take everything with a grain of salt. And going to a medical professional to point you in the right direction is always a good idea.

      If it’s not too much, can you please share with us what foods were bad for you and what foods help you with your gastritis? Were there any foods you didn’t expect could be bad for you? Maybe there is someone out there with gastritis struggling to identify the right foods to eat and your experience could help them immensely. Wishing you lots of health!

  20. So glad I found this blog. It’s has provided me with practical and informative advice. I really appreciate that it is based on personal experience. I was recently diagnosed with mild gastritis. I have been in need of diet suggestions, as I didn’t receive much advice on diet or what to expect from my gastroenterologist. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • So very happy to help, Linda. I know from experience how incredibly difficult it is to eat with gastritis and so many foods that are otherwise extremely healthy can be bad for you when you have gastritis. Honestly, it’s fulfilling when sharing your experience helps other people too. The bottom line with gastritis is to eat relatively bland foods, avoid high-fiber foods and eat everything boiled or steamed so it’s easier on the stomach. Cook food at home, avoid processed foods and just eat simple. Over time you’ll learn which foods are good for you and which are not. Wishing you lots of health!

    • Hi, Kay. I have been taking Supradyn Energy, tablets. I find this is the most effective multivitamin supplement out of all I’ve tried so far. I like that it delivers the promised benefits and does up your energy levels to keep you up and about all day. When I first started taking it, I was overwhelmed by work, school and health issues (a recurrent gastritis and anemia) and simply exhausted like I’d never been in my life. 2 weeks into the multivitamin, I started feeling like I was myself again, like I had the strength I needed to work, finish my Master’s and deal with my gastritis. I took Supradyn Energy, tablets every day for 3 months in a row and it did wonders for my health. And continue to this day to take it every couple of months (1 month of Supradyn Energy, 1 month pause). It keeps me going.

      Here are some things I’ve learnt that you may find useful:
      1) Supradyn Energy tablets are better because they don’t trigger stomach acidity.
      2) You have to take them after a full meal. For me that was lunch.
      This helps not only counteract any acidity, but also absorb the nutrients better.
      For example, it’s best to take calcium and magnesium together, or make sure you eat a little fat to absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K. This is also the reason it’s recommended to take it after a full meal.
      3) It’s best to take the vitamins 4 hours after you’ve taken your antacids or proton pump inhibitors (if you’ve been prescribed these medicines for gastritis). This way they don’t mess with nutrient absorption. It’s just as good to take them 4 hours before your medication, but always after a full meal.
      4) From my experience, it takes a couple of months for the body to replenish lost nutrients and for you to feel a lot better and energized. So don’t give up after a couple of weeks. Changes are happening even if we don’t see them.
      5) I’d avoid all effervescent vitamins. In my experience, they worsen acid reflux and are overall irritating on the stomach lining, which will ultimately worsen your gastritis.

      Another product I loved and also relied on in the past was a B complex multivitamin called Beviplex N. It’s a pack of 30 dragees of B vitamins and great for boosting energy, with a pregnant revitalizing effect.
      This is my personal experience with vitamin supplementation during and outside gastritis. I am sure there must be other great products out there, but these are the two products I absolutely love and continue to take because I find they surprisingly effective. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health, Kay!

  21. Thank you for replying to me but I don’t really lead an active life it’s just with me struggling to eat the right foods I feel I may be missing out on the right vitamins, in other words not getting all the nutrients that I should be.

    • I understand, Kay. Eating for gastritis predisposes to nutrient deficiencies because of the rather restrictive character of gastritis diets, so it’s only natural you are considering supplementation. These supplements I’ve tried should be great anyway, irrespective of level of activity or whether you have significant nutritional deficiencies or not (although a lot experts say no one is really getting all the nutrients they need on a daily basis from diet alone). I just wanted to stress how much they’ve helped me when I was dealing with more than just gastritis. And this, in my opinion, makes them great choices. But it’s really up to you to decide what works for you and what not because we are all different and may respond differently to various foods, supplements, therapies or remedies.
      It could help you to also ask your doctor’s advice on this. He or she may be better equipped to help you navigate eating for gastritis while staying healthy. Wishing you lots of health!

  22. This is such a great blog, thank you so much! I was diagnosed with gastritis last week and my stomach is severely distended — I have a huge band of inflated something around my upper abdomen. It’s very depressing to have such a full feeling all the time. I just realized that I spent the week eating spaghetti with meat sauce and that’s one of the things I shouldn’t have been eating. The doctor put me on Prilosec and that took away the acid reflux but this immense bloated feeling is terrible. Just ate some celery and am going to change my entire focus on food thanks to your blog.

    • Hi, Brenda. As soon as you get started on a good diet, the symptoms should start improving, including the bloating. While gastritis and stomach distension or bloating occur together, if the bloating doesn’t improve with time and the discomfort is growing, it’s always best to get this checked out by a doctor, if you haven’t yet.
      But since you haven’t started on a gastritis-specific diet yet, it is possible that the bloating could be because of a too high fiber intake. A feeling of quick satiety is also common in gastritis and often leads to the person feeling full after having only a few bites of food, especially if it’s heavier food like spaghetti with meat sauce. This could then lead to bloating. Some people with gastritis are also more sensitive to liquids and eating foods like a soup or drinking a glass of water with their meal could make them extremely bloated as well. While they’re not normal, such symptoms are somewhat expected since the stomach lining is inflamed.

      But as soon as you exclude problematic foods from your diet, you should start seeing improvements and feel better.
      And remember: be strict about this! A gastritis diet only works when you’re committed and making serious efforts to eat right. One meal of the likes of french fries with mayonnaise or spaghetti and minced beef with tomato sauce can easily set you back a week.
      Keep following us as in the next week we’ll be talking about how to eat for gastritis and approaching all the golden rules of a gastritis diet. Wishing you lots of health!

  23. I have a mild gastritis and the biopsy came negative. Diagnosed with GERD. It has been almost 8 months that I’m suffering in pain along with burning and tightness daily. I have a small hiatal hernia. So I’m very awkward when trying to adjust the foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t know if I’m doing right with menu plans. This has been stressful for me. I have never had a problem until eight months ago. I have tried all the Rx and OTC medications. There isn’t really a benefit for me. I currently only take Omeprazole 40 mg once a day. I feel like I’m losing my mind when it comes to nutrients that it doesn’t seem to get in my body. I have switched from bottled water to alkaline water, starting yesterday. I mostly eat oatmeal, rice, carrots, spinach, bananas, apples, skinless chicken, pears, and once awhile blueberries. Few others that I can’t think of. I have lost 20 lbs from 159 to 138 (not intended to lose weight). I’m so sick of my throat sore and burning from upper stomach to mouth, plus get anxiety in certain times overnight and morning when waking up. I need help with food menu plans. For the past eight months, I have took number of pills and then I put a stop now and just take Omeprazole (not effective, though) and Alprazalom when needed. I’m tired of feeling chest pain all the time. I will have two tests to see whether they have acid reflux or bile reflux. I have been eating small portions throughout the day but I feel like my stomach is starving. I’m lost at this point.

    • Hi, Belinda. I am sorry to hear about your struggle with gastritis and GERD. I understand what you’re going through and your experience really speaks to me. It’s good you have had all of these tests to make sure you are otherwise fine, except for the gastritis and GERD. I have recently written an article detailing a 1 week gastritis diet plan I’ve followed in the past which helped me greatly. Maybe you can find some ideas that could work for you there.

      Secondly, I would avoid the oatmeal because it’s full of fiber and can seriously trigger your gastritis.
      You shouldn’t eat too many apples either, especially when your condition is flared up like this. Maybe 1-2 apples a week, without skin, always stewed, never raw and never undercooked. Bananas are alright 2-3 times a week max, but always ripe, meaning golden throughout, soft-textured, starting to have little brown spots (signs of ripeness). Eat pears without skin and always cooked. If you eat one stewed apple this week, you can have a stewed pear (just an example), but overall it’s best to keep intake of fruits low to manage the most upsetting symptoms. Also, combine them with toast or rice or other absorbent foods. Examples: ripe banana on toast (with a drizzle of honey if you like it and are not allergic). Or a stewed apple without skin and plain, boiled white rice. Or a stewed pear with some plain, dry bagels or crackers.

      Also, remember that white rice, toast, white pasta, plain, dry bagels, plain crackers, these sort of foods are somewhat the basis of a gastritis diet. They have little, if any fiber and help absorb acidity. They should be eaten with every meal. For example, I would eat 2 soft boiled eggs with 2-3 slices of toast in the morning. I would make a plain risotto with some white rice, 2 grated carrots and 2 chicken legs for lunch. I would have a few small, dry bagels or some plain, dry crackers with a drizzle of honey in the afternoon as a snack (check for honey allergies). And in the evening I would eat some plain, boiled chicken with toast, or fresh white bread. If the gastritis wasn’t upsetting me, I would throw in 3-4 tablespoons of plain, boiled spinach. If it was upsetting me, I wouldn’t eat vegetables for dinner, just absorbent foods. It’s really a bland diet and not nutritious in the long term, but it’s what a diet for gastritis should be to allow the stomach lining to heal itself. Read the article I mentioned above and if you ever run out of ideas, we can talk more and try to come up with some more recipe ideas.

      As for the other symptoms, know that gastritis and chest pains, anorexia and weight loss, sore throat even bloating do occur. But they should be investigated by a doctor, monitored and managed as best possible. For example, since you have a hiatal hernia, remember to keep an upright position when eating and never lie down after a meal. Instead go for a slow walk until you digest and wait at least 3 hours before you go to sleep or lift heavy objects to reduce the flow of acid into the esophagus. Sleep with your pillow high to prevent acidity. And eat because an empty stomach can further accentuate acid reflux.

      What has helped me immensely was pure Aloe vera gel, one tablespoon in the morning before eating (1 hour before breakfast). Honestly, it has done wonders for me and hopefully it may help you too. But check for allergies! The weight loss is not okay, although it is known to occur in gastritis. Have your doctor investigate and monitor it and try, to the best of your efforts, to counteract it. Eat sufficiently with every meal, not until you’re full, but don’t let yourself feel hungry. I know gastritis diets are not savory, but you have to eat. Rely on chicken and eggs in the morning for B vitamins and protein. You can also talk to your doctor and get a good multivitamin for gastritis to get you the nutrients you might be missing. I would avoid effervescent vitamins because they can cause acidity. Tablets are alright and best taken 4 hours before your medication, or after and always after eating sufficiently so you can also absorb the nutrients in them and don’t experience stomach upset. Talk to your doctor about taking some magnesium for the anxiety. In my experience, 300 mg of magnesium a day helps you relax a lot and makes it feel like the world and everything else are a little less overwhelming. And eat. Eat rice with chicken, eat toast with eggs, eat pasta with chicken and some spinach, eat rice with carrots, eat banana with toast, a stewed apple with rice, even plain, boiled chicken with white bread, an occasional boiled, lean fish (cod or aurata, no lemon juice), mashed potatoes from plain, boiled potatoes and salt with some fresh bread and grilled or boiled chicken etc. Hope this helps and if you have any questions or need help with anything or someone else’s take on something, just ask. Wishing you lots of health!

  24. Marius, Thanks again for sharing your personal experience. I have been following the diet suggestions and found them very helpful. Since being diagnosed with mild gastritis, I also tested positive for H. pylori. I have completed the prescribed 14 day treatment. I am definitely feeling better than before treatment. The diet is simple to prepare and easy on the stomach. I’m am considering adding eggs and more vegetables like carrots and spinach to my diet.
    How soon into the recovery process would you suggest adding them to the diet?
    I was told at my follow-up visit that I could reduce the current dose of PPI from 40 mg per day to 20 per day for two weeks. After that I can try and switch over to an H2 blocker. I will have been taking the PPI for about 5 weeks total by that time. Any suggestions or helpful tips for tapering off the medication to ease any acid rebound effects?

    • So happy to hear you are doing better, Linda. Eggs would be a good addition because they add protein to your diet, B vitamins that help digestive health and are easy on the stomach. Ideally, they should be soft boiled, poached eggs or even hard boiled eggs. Avoid fried eggs. You can have scrambled eggs or omelette as long as you avoid adding frying oils to them. You can eat 2 eggs every morning, every other day or less frequently. How many eggs you should eat per week is up to you, based on your individual nutritional requirements.

      You can add boiled carrots and combine them with rice and chicken legs (drumsticks), in a plain risotto. You can also make rice with spinach. Or a home-made, fresh, egg-pasta with portobello mushroom paste from boiled portobello mushrooms with fresh parsley, salt for seasoning and a little fresh olive oil. Introduce one new food at a time, if possible, one a day. This way you can see if it’s good for you or not.

      From my experience, the best way to avoid side effects from going from a higher dose of PPI to a lower one is through diet. As you make the change, try to be even more careful with what you eat and how you eat. Everything boiled, a good balance of absorbent foods (rice, pasta, toast, plain bagels or crackers) and fiber foods (spinach, carrots, potatoes or other root vegetables), stop eating before you feel full, stand or walk after eating (the gravity helps digestion), eat at least 3 hours before bed and, if needed, sleep with a slightly elevated pillow. Your stomach should have healed a lot in these 5 weeks and should be able to respond well to a reduction in medication if you help it by keeping up a great diet. Remember, gastritis requires a bland diet, with mostly boiled foods, low-fiber and moderate eating. Hope this helps and would love to hear back from you with details about your progress. Keep up the good work!

  25. Thank you so much for the tips. I have been struggling with gastritis for the first time and I’m still learning how to “manage” it. It’s good to know there are people willing to help others. I would like to add that sleeping on the left side of your body (with the left arm on the bed) helps a lot also. It makes the acid stay in the lower part of the stomach, preventing reflux and burning sensation. It’s difficult, but I take it day by day and I know I will succeed. Cheers (no alcohol) from Brazil!

    • You’re very welcome, Lucas. I’m so happy to hear that you found useful advice here. It may take some time to figure out which foods are good for you and which are bad, but you will succeed. The important thing is to persevere. And that’s great advice about sleeping on the left side. It really helps reduce acidity and allows for a more restful sleep. Wishing you lots of health!

    • Hello, Linda. Personally, I haven’t tried quinoa for my gastritis. For me, refined wheat and rice were just what I needed so I came back to them when my gastritis recurred.

      However, I wouldn’t dismiss quinoa. And this is why:
      1) Quinoa is a whole grain, but 100 g of quinoa has only 7 g of dietary fiber, while 100 g of wheat has 12.2 to 12.7 g of dietary fiber. And since gastritis requires less fiber, quinoa seems like a good option. Even more, since it’s whole grain, it does provide good amounts of B vitamins and especially minerals which are very much welcome in a gastritis diet.
      2) Secondly, quinoa is gluten-free and, at least in theory, easier to digest. So this is a plus since it would mean less effort during digestion.
      3) Lastly, it provides variety and this alone can constitute great moral support. Keeping up a gastritis diet, which can easily mean 3-4 weeks of restrictive eating, can be discouraging, especially if the gastritis doesn’t improve quickly.

      So if you are thinking about trying quinoa for gastritis, there are reasons why it may be a good option. In any case, it’s best to introduce new foods slowly so you can tell if they are good for you or not. We should all keep in mind that we are all different and may react differently to various foods and what may work for others, may not work for us too and vice versa. Hope this helps and would really like to hear about your experience with quinoa and gastritis after you’ve tried it. I’d really appreciate it if you can leave us a short comment about whether it helped you or made symptoms worse. Thank you and wishing you lots of health, Linda!

    • Is it brown rice and whole grain pasta? Or white rice and white pasta? I’m asking because brown rice and whole grain pasta have more fiber and are more likely to worsen gastritis, whereas refined grains should help. Since white rice and white pasta are absorbent foods and lower in fiber, they should temper stomach acidity.
      If you don’t mind me asking, what is your gastritis caused by: excess stomach acidity from problematic foods or an H. pylori infection? Because if it’s a H. pylori infection, then you need treatment from your doctor. Also, what do you eat the rice and pasta with? I am honestly curious because gastritis is such a temperamental condition that you may never know what triggers it. Thank you and wishing you lots of health, Vicky!

  26. Marius! Thank you so much for posting this and in such honesty. I was told I have gastritis today, most likely caused by a day drinking extravaganza, which was causing me to vomit any time I would try to eat. So I have been researching all different types of foods to incorporate in my bland diet. So far I have been able to keep down soft white pasta while using a very limited amount of the salted water as sauce. I was told eating small meals every few hours is also better than larger meals spread out. I book marked this page for a quick reference of foods, as your list has been the most ideal.
    Thank you again and happy healing!

    • Hello, Travis. I’m happy I could be of help. As a former gastritis sufferer myself, I can also tell you that it helps to avoid lying down after eating. It helps to walk for an hour, an hour and a half and digest everything. If you eat chicken (and you’ll probably do, because it’s the only meat light enough that doesn’t upset the stomach), it’s best to remove the skin. And the best cooking method is boiling – boil everything. I would avoid raw fruits and vegetables and all forms of fruit and vegetable juices – they are the worst for gastritis! Also, I made sure I always ate absorbent foods like pasta or rice or bread with everything else; it really helped temper the acidity. And when I ate a soup (simple chicken, noodle, potatoes, carrots, salt, always made at home from scratch), I would always eat less of the soup and more of the noodles and chicken (lots of liquids at once worsened my symptoms). I took pure Aloe Vera gel every morning on an empty stomach and it did wonders for me. If you are not allergic, maybe it can help you too.

      For some inspiration, you can check out my article, my 1 week gastritis diet plain. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health, Travis!

  27. You made my day by sharing your diet plan! I was so scared I would only be able to eat very minimal foods and how I would be able to get enough nutrients. I will try the aloe vera gel in the morning also for its healing properties. I plan to start this diet tomorrow. Fingers crossed I get all healed up! Once again thank you for sharing your knowledge, Marius!

    • Really hope this helps, Travis. But know that you don’t need to follow this plan exactly. Like I said in the article, some foods may work for some people, others may trigger their symptoms. You listen to what your body is telling you and if a food is upsetting your stomach, just avoid it. And know that it may take some time. The first time I got over my gastritis, it took me 3 months! Even if you feel good soon after changing your diet, you have to keep up the good dietary habits because it takes some time for the stomach lining to heal. Any improvements in your condition that you may experience soon after, let’s say, 1 week, are just a sign you are on the right path, that you are starting to eat the right foods and your gastric acid production is regulating itsel to the better food. The stomach lining will take longer to heal. Really hope this helps and would love your feedback like which foods you found helpful, which foods were not that good for you, any tips you found useful.

  28. Marius, I am happy to find your blog helping many gastric patients. Brother, I have erosive gastritis diagnosed by doctor and am trying to follow your prescribed dietary chart. But you have not mentioned any pulses in your dietary chart so is it good to add pulses like mung pulses for gastritis?

    • First of all, please remember that I do not prescribe any diet. This is just my personal experience with gastritis, which I’ve shared in the hopes it may be useful for other people too. The article does not substitute medical advice.

      This being said, I must admit I haven’t considered pulses. But from what I remembered with my experience with gastritis, I avoided pulses too. Beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, moong beans etc. have too much fiber and when I was trying to heal my gastritis, I avoided everything with too much fiber. Pulses (or legumes) are foods to avoid with gastritis, at least for me. From my experience, the best gastritis foods that heal were absorbent foods like white rice, white bread, white pasta and soft boiled eggs, boiled chicken without skin, boiled root vegetables or boiled spinach. In addition to these foods that heal the stomach lining, I took pure Aloe vera gel in the morning and it made such a big difference for me! If you are not allergic, you can consider it to help you heal gastritis naturally.

      You can also take a look at my 1 Week Gastritis Diet Plan. Maybe you can find some inspiration. But please remember that we are all different and may respond differently to various foods. This means that the gastritis foods that heal some people may negatively affect others, so listen to your body. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health!

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