Naija Foodie Update


Gastritis, one of the reasons of
tummy ache is an inflammation
or irritation of the lining of the
stomach. It can occur suddenly
(acute) lasting one to three days, or can be chronic, lasting several days to weeks. There are several reasons one may develop gastritis, some of which are Poor nutrition, allergies to certain foods,drinking too much alcohol and prolonged use of certain medications.Acidic
drinks/juices with citric acids and spicy foodssuch as hot peppers.

Also, infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, where the organisms break down the lining of the stomach, causing gastritis. Other diseases such as pernicious anemia (resulting from vitamin B12 deficiency), autoimmune
disorders and chronic bile reflux
can also cause gastritis.

Nowadays, even physical stresses are considered causative factors.
The most common symptomsinclude:
Heartburn/indigestion (burning
feeling in the stomach/chest),
which may be reoccurring. Pain
in the upper abdomen,sometimes radiating to the back. Belching, nausea or vomiting (sometimes vomiting blood or “coffee” like
material). Loss of appetite as well
as bloating/a feeling of fullness.

The conventional treatment for
gastritis involves taking antacids
or other drugs to reduce stomach acid. While these drugs work quickly to ease symptoms, the following anti-gastritis herbs may help correct the root causes of gastritis: Basil (Ocimumgratissimum, effirin, nchuanwu) has been found to be very effective for treating acute gastritis. Its anti- inflammatory and antibacterial properties help decrease inflammation and reduce
infection caused by the H.pylori bacteria. It can help treat
symptoms like stomach pain,
indigestion, vomiting and nausea.

Infuse a tbsp. of the dried leaves
in a teacup of boiled water for
15 minutes. Strain and take 2X
daily, preferably after meals. You
can also drink the basil tea with
honey 2-3X a day for a few

Another option is to mix 2-3 teaspoon of fresh basil juice with a teaspoon of honey and drink 2 or 3 times a day for a week.
You may chew about 2 to 4
leaves of basil slowly to treat
stomach pain. Do this daily for
at least a week.
Ginger can also effectively treat
gastritis due to its anti- inflammatory and antibacterial
properties. It may help reduce
inflammation and treat the
infection as well as alleviate
symptoms like stomach pain,
gas, indigestion, nausea and

The easiest way to consume
ginger is adding 1 teaspoon of
freshly chopped ginger root to
1 cup of boiling water. Cover
and steep for 10 minutes. Strain,
add honey and sip this tea
slowly. Drink 2 or 3 times a day
for about 5 days.

You can even chew a small piece
ofthe fresh ginger root.
Potato juice is another effective
remedy for gastritis, thanks to
its antacid and healing properties. The alkaline properties of potatoes help reduce bloating, cramping, excess gas and other symptoms of gastritis.

Peel 1 to 2 raw potatoes
(preferably irish potato) and
grate them. Extract the juice and
dilute with a little warm
water. Drink this 3X a day, 30
minutes before each meal, for at
least 1 to 2 weeks. Peppermintis said to be a stomach calmer and has been popular since ancient times. Its soothing properties can reduce inflammation of the stomach lining as well as nausea,
heartburn and indigestion.The
aroma of peppermint activates
the saliva glands and the glands
that produce digestive enzymes.

As a result our digestion becomes easier. Pour hot water over a few fresh leaves or tea bag of peppermint. Steep for 5-10 minutes and enjoy the mint tea to cope with stomach pain and indigestion. You can also chew fresh peppermint leaves or add them to your soups, salads and smoothies. Chamomile tea may also be very helpful in treating gastritis. It is rich in certain essential oils that are beneficial for the digestive system. It can even soothe the intestinal walls, providing relief from sudden pains, and eliminate gas. Plus, it can reduce stomach inflammation and thus reduce the risk of gastritis. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to
steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain,
then add some honey. Drink this
tea several times daily for a

Goatweed (Ageratumconyzoides,
agadinwanyiisiawo, ime eshu)-
decoction of entire plant. Take 1
tumbler 3x daily. Chickweed(Stellaria media,nri-
okuko, awede)-thoroughly wash with salt and pound to extract the juice.


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