A dull ache in your belly may be a sign of gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining. First uncover the cause. Then control the discomfort. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Try a low-salt diet Salt can irritate the stomach lining, so eat foods low in salt to avoid irritation.
Try some cayenne or chili pepper Doctors commonly recommend avoiding spicy foods, but cayenne or chili pepper may be beneficial: the active ingredient in these foods, capsaicin, has been shown to protect against gastritis.
Avoid caffeine Caffeine found in coffee, black tea, green tea, some soft drinks, chocolate, and many medications increases stomach acid. Avoiding these substances should help heal gastritis.
Uncover food allergies Work with a knowledgeable professional to see whether food allergies are triggering your gastritis.

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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2017.