Gastritis is an umbrella term for any condition that occurs due to an inflammation of the stomach. The causes of acute or chronic gastritis can vary in each person. But what you eat can either worsen or improve your health. The best bet is to avoid any irritants, which include spicy foods, dairy products, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, processed foods, and anything you're allergic to.
Black poop can be caused by dark-colored foods and drinks you had – say black licorice or blueberries. Taking iron supplements or certain painkillers can also turn your poop black. More serious causes include bleeding in the upper GI tract due to peptic ulcers, gastritis, esophageal varices, or cancer. Blood mixed with poop is black. If you also have abdominal pain, diarrhea, or a fever, visit a doctor.
To follow the gastritis diet, avoid obvious triggers like spicy or acidic foods, soda, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages that can further aggravate an already inflamed stomach lining. Instead, consume foods that are antibacterial like green tea, broccoli sprouts, and garlic. Equally beneficial are anti-inflammatory foods such as celery, berries, apples, tomatoes, and dark leafy greens.
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