How to prevent gastritis from recurring?
There are several steps you can take to prevent recurrence of gastritis:
Do not smoke
The nicotine content in cigarettes has a muscle relaxant effect. The digestive tract muscles that are supposed to maintain the stomach contents do not rise to the top become weak. This condition then causes stomach acid reflux, characterized by a burning sensation in the chest due to increased stomach acid.
Smokers also tend to cough easily, where each time coughing the stomach will be depressed so that it increases the risk of stomach acid to rise. Besides cigarettes, alcohol, and chocolate also have effects similar to nicotine.
Change your diet
To prevent this condition from recurring can be as simple as changing your daily diet.
- Get used to eating more often with smaller portions. If you usually eat three times a day, try changing it to eat 5-6 times a day with smaller amounts.
- Avoid eating until it’s too full because if the stomach contents are too full, then the stomach contents can go up to the throat.
- Reduce consumption of foods or drinks that are acidic such as spicy foods, oranges, and coffee. Acidic food or drink triggers pain in the gut.
- Avoid eating before bed because it increases the risk of stomach contents rising.
People with more weight have a higher risk of experiencing an inflamed stomach condition. This condition is because they tend to eat large portions, which increases stomach pressure so that the stomach contents easily rise out. Losing weight from 2-5 kg can help you prevent this condition from coming back.
Avoid consuming pain medication without a doctor’s supervision
One of the most commonly used anti-pain medications is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This drug has the effect of increasing stomach acid so that you become susceptible to heartburn, so your doctor should direct the use of NSAIDs.
Be careful when taking herbal medicine, because herbal products often contain NSAIDs, so drinking herbal medicines in the long term also has the same effect as long-term use of NSAIDs.
Consumption of foods that contain healthy fat and protein
Traditional fats and proteins have more nutrients. Anti-inflammatory fat in the lining of the digestive tract and protein can help digestion. Hydrochloric acid activates enzymes that help digest proteins, such as Pepsin.
By consuming more protein, excess stomach acid in your stomach can be used to digest protein, instead of rising into your esophagus.
What should you eat?
To prevent gastritis from recurring and to strengthen your immune system, you can eat the following foods:
- Meat from wild or herded animals
- Organic eggs
- Real milk and culture results (if your stomach is insensitive)
- Whole beans and whole grains
- Good quality oils (coconut oil, palm oil, or extra virgin olive oil)
Pay attention to your sleeping position
Remember to sleep on your left side, with the pillow position rather high. Lying on your back on a flatbed and low pillow can cause more serious heartburn. Because in this condition, your throat and stomach are at the same level and make stomach acid easily flow into your esophagus.