Gastritis simply means inflamed stomach or an infection affecting the gut. Imagine you’re handling a couple of bits of wood together and all of a sudden you hit your thumb with the hammer. Pretty quickly it’s going to go red and swell up – that’s exactly what gastritis is.

The symptoms to look for are vomiting, nausea, headache, burning, and loss of appetite, often associated with pain or fever and sometimes bleeding. In most cases, it is caused by habitual overeating, badly cooked food, excessive intake of beverages and even use if excessive condiments.

When severe gastritis occurs and untreated, it can actually lead to other complications down the road, even stomach cancer. So, this is something you want to take very seriously.

How long does gastritis last?

Gastritis can be mild, chronic or acute. For patients with acute cases, gastritis lasts for about 2-10 days and the symptoms can sometimes go away in a few hours. But without careful medications, it can take up to 10 weeks. Chronic gastritis, on the other hand, if not treated accordingly could last from weeks to years, or even a lifetime. Mild gastritis can be cured within 48 hours if self-care measures are followed.

How can you treat it naturally?

Gastritis often presents with quite sudden and severe symptoms, but the main advice and important thing is to ensure an adequate intake of fluids. Some of the best foods for healing gastritis is drinking good chicken soup or chicken bone broth soup that can help repair the stomach lining, fennel to soothe the digestive tract, Aloe Vera juice to heal the stomach, ginger tea which is also good for the stomach lining and cabbage that contains a form of sulfur that can be great for gastritis.

Just remember, if the symptoms are persisting beyond a few days, you need to seek medical advice as soon as possible.