Diet for patients gastritis

Diet for gastritis patients is very difficult because diet should be both possible and fulfilling alternative. In addition, eating should be regular - portions should be little and often taken. It is easier for the patient’s stomach to deal with a small amount of food.

What diet can be advised for the patient with acute gastritis? The first day is better not to eat. There could and have to be drinks, but only cool tea, mineral water without bubbles, etc. From the second day the following can be added to the diet: liquid porridge and squashes (best is oat), liquid smashed potato with the water, soft-boiled eggs. Such a strict diet designed for acute period of disease, in the future diet should be expanded.

People with reduced gastric acid production have to eat more products, which increase the hydrochloric acid secretion. And vice versa, those who have increased gastric acid production have to eat more products, which decrease the hydrochloric acid secretion.

Among the products that slightly stimulate the stomach acid secretion:

drinking water, mineral non-carbonated water (no bubbles), mild tea, curd, sugar, fresh white bread, well boiled meat, fresh fish, vegetables, cooked in the form of mash (potatoes, cauliflower, carrots), vegetable soups, and rice.

Fats can also slightly influence a digestive juice secretion, but they increase the time during which food is in the stomach, because it’s hard to split fats. As a result, better not to consume fat at the acute period of the disease (can be a little vegetable oil, about 2 tsp per day).

This is a set of products, that you can safely eat, if you have an acute form of any chronic gastritis regardless of whether you have increased or reduced acid production in stomach.

Products, that have a hight stimulating effect on stomach acid production:

all alcoholic and carbonated beverages, coffee, skimmed cocoa, well salted food, yolk, meat soups, black bread, preserves, different spices, everything fried, smoked, marinated.

Also, to facilitate the work of the stomach, you must not eat liquid and dense food at the same time. For example, after you ate breakfast, it is the best not to drink tea or juice for 1.5 hours. You must not to combine foods rich in protein (meat, curd, milk, etc) with those rich in carbohydrates (flour products, potatoes, etc).

Food itself affects the motor activity of the stomach, which means, it’s affecting the time during which food is transported from stomach to ulcers. Liquid and mashed food is leaving stomach faster, than a dense one. A particularly long time in the stomach are staying raisin and prunes. Therefore, during the first two months from the beginning of the exacerbation of gastritis is best not to eat those.

Fastest to leave from stomach are carbohydrates, slower - proteins and fats remain there for the longest time. The more food in stomach, the more the secretion of hydrochloric acid is increased.

You also must consider that it’s harder for the sick stomach to handle the crude fiber, which comprises in the cabbage, turnips, apple skin, berries with rough skin (grapes, dates), as well as bread from wheat flour.

Features of diet in case of low acidity

At the beginning of acute gastritis, you must to follow a strict diet. The purpose of diet is reduce inflammation. And only then you can start to slightly increase the secretion of stomach acid.

What can you eat and drink:

Mild team, may be with some milk; lemonade; white rusks; diluted cream; dry cookies; some butter; fresh curd; soft-boiled eggs; vegetable, fruit or pea soups; porridge, boiled soft meat; boiled fat-free fish; steam burgers; boiled chicken; pasta; squashed fresh herbs and vegetables (excluding spinach); sweet types of berries (Raspberries and Strawberries); mashed sweet fruit and jam; sweet berry and fruit juices; mild cheese.

You have to follow this diet for about 3 weeks, depending of how you feel. Under its influence the inflammation and pain are decreasing . And when the severity of the process is subsided, you can start to slowly increase the produce of hydrochloric acid. You have to do it slowly.

Start cooking stronger meat soups. For half an hour before eating it’s good to drink half-a-glass of lemonade.

You can eat fried meal, but it has to be without breading (eggs or flour).

At this time start eating the herbs with bitterness. They will increase your appetite and sense of taste.

You can drink a coffee, but no more than one cup peer day.

What is forbidden:

Spicy food, fresh bread, cakes, fat meat, rich milk, products from crude fiber (cabbage, raisin, prunes).

With further expansion of diet it’s allowed to drink a strong tea, cocoa, yogurt. And you must always listen to yours feeling.

After steady improvement in the overall condition (usually in 2-2.5 months after the beginning of the disease) diet is expanding so much, that you can eat almost anything except: smoked meat, fat meat and fish types, bacon, different spices, salt, cabbage and grapes.

At breakfast and lunch you must have hot meal, and for dinner you can eat 20% of the all meal, eaten during the day.

Features of diet with case of normal or high acidity

In the first two weeks after exacerbation, the diet is going almost as same as in the case of gastritis with low acidity. But in this case, it's better to use more rich milk and dairy, because milk can normalize high acidity.

Some people can’t drink milk. Sometimes it causes flatulence, diarrhea, etc. In those cases, for the early treatment it’s better to dilute the milk, or add it in a tea. Milk must be warm and you have to drink it slowly. If these measures don’t help, the milk is being substituted with mucous soups.

Method of preparation mucous soup:

Put 25 grams of flour (best is oat) in 600 ml of water on fire and cook until soup is decreased to 250-300 ml. then to smash with blender, to put 1 boiled yolk, can to add the cream, and, before serving, add 15 grams of butter.

All food has to be mashed, crushed and warm. To expand diet, after 1,5-2 weeks you have to choose products that have little impact on the secretion of stomach acid. Soups must to be light: for this put a meat in one piece into boiling salted water. The principle of eating also remains – you should eat often and in small portions. It’s best to make meatballs out of meat.

What can you eat and drink during the aggravation:

White bread rusks, mucous soups with mashed cereals; eggs and milk mixture; meatballs; meat, poultry and fish soufflé, cooked on steam or boiled; Dairy porridges from different cereal (excluding millet); soft-boiled eggs, omelets, jellies, sweet juices from fruits and berries; sugar; honey; milk; cream; fresh-made     curd with milk and sugar; curd casserole; tea with milk and cream; rose hip broth with sugar.

Diet should be rich in proteins, as they are building materials, needed to restore stomach cells. Egg is an excellent and affordable source of animal protein for the body, because the egg protein is similar to proteins of our body tissues and are highly digestible. The best are soft-boiled eggs, because hard-boiled eggs are staying in the stomach for a longer time. Instead of brown tommy (black bread), it’s better to eat rusks, dried in the oven. And it is very important to add oil into the food, as it accelerates the healing of different gastric mucosal damages, which are frequent in this type of gastritis.

What is forbidden:

From the diet should be excluded pickles, marinades, strong spices, rich meat and fish soups, fried foods, diary, coffee and black bread. It’s recommended to limit consumption of salt. Alcohol must be excluded completely.

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Maybe, not so good English, but good information and advice to follow. I have bad gastritis and will heed many of the recommendations given in this article.


thank you and more power

you recommend alcohol?? coffee??

"A hight stimulating digestive juice Products:

all alcoholic and carbonated beverages, coffee, cocoa skimmed, salted meal, Egg yolk, strong meat soups, black bread, preserves, different spices, all fried, smoked, marinated."

i kinda think alcohol and coffee would be things to avoid. especially since gastritis in the first case can be caused by alcohol

Please dont follow these advices !!! Omg so many wrong things are written here ! Stay away from smoking , alcohol, sugary food, spicy food, sal ans peper and milk products. Eat fish, probiotic food and fiber, turmeric, boiled chicken, all fruit except the ones that have acid like lemon, grapfeuit,l. Have applesouce, apples, pears and banans. Whole wheat breat NO WHITE BREAD. No fried food . I've been having GERD problem and my doctor gave me omeprezole and mint oil capsules( only at walgreens). It will take up to 8 weeks to feel better , but please dont give up and dont follow this stupid article , it will put you in worst pain and take straight to ER!!!

Abdikadir from somalia
Anesa thnks
You gave the best answer.

People with gastritis shouldn't eat fiber
Thankyou,I was confused with the white bread...soo many wrong articles out there
I heard papaya,carrots and bananas are a plus for the stomach..sometimes I don't even want to eat but force myself due to being hospolized so much.Eating is like playing Russian Roule?

I agree with you.My doctor in the phiippines advice me the same and i am taking omeprazole.I feel better.No citrus and no white bread...

you recommend dates?


I have constipation problem . pls tell me its remedy


Try to drink more water, about 40 ml on 1 kg of your body mass per day. But don't drink less then 15 min before meal, and 1 hour after meal. It helps me realy fast with constipation problem, and decreases my problems with gastritis stomach.

Av diognised with chronic gastritis..Av neva used any medicine after endoscopy bt i used to drink rice water and cool ma irritation..its now almost getting worse everyday am even confused what to eat, i cant even sleep with my left side...please help me