It has been spring for about a month and yet our body doesn’t seem to have fully understood it. So gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux are on the agenda. The causes, if not purely psychological, are to be attributed to the change in seasonal nutrition. Which causes an increase in acid secretion. And a consequent greater stress on the digestive phase.
In these states of gastritis it’s better not to hire: foods rich in fats, coffee, spicy seasonings, chocolate, citrus fruits, alcohol, most of the cheeses, cigarettes. And gastro-damaging drugs such as acetisalicylic acid. Cereals, legumes, fruit and vegetables, fish and olive oil are recommended.
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Phytotherapy to the rescue
To deal with the stomach ache due to the change of season, besides medical therapy, can also be following some advice and herbal remedy. Here are some of the plants that can come to our rescue:
– licorice: has an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory function. Not recommended for those with hypertension, those who use oral contraceptives, those who are diabetic, nephropathic, pregnant and breastfeeding and in children under 12 years;
– chamomile and melissa: they help to relieve spasms and inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract, plus melissa has a mild sedative and anxiolytic action. Melissa isn’t recommended for hypothyroid and pregnant and lactating subjects;
– ginger: it’s in case of nausea or vomiting;
Other soothing herbs include marsh-mallow, mauve and Icelandic lichen.
The best way to deal with the change of season and prevent stomach ailments is to rid the body of free radicals “taken in” in winter. Following a detoxifying diet capable of rebalancing the body is the solution.
Below is an example of this to be followed for a short period of time.
Breakfast: citrus juice, low-fat white yogurt with cereal flakes. Or toasted wholemeal bread with sugar-free jam. Preferably green tea.
Morning snack: natural low-fat yogurt or a fruit.
Lunch: brown rice seasoned with oil and tomato sauce. Salad with raw artichokes. Or other raw vegetables with oil and lemon, a slice of bread, preferably wholemeal.
Afternoon snack: raw fruit or vegetables. Green tea or herbal tea.
Dinner: cereal and legume soup or vegetable creams, fish. Or lean ricotta, steamed vegetables seasoned with oil and various spices.