When you google about the topic of healing gastritis or an upset stomach in general fast almost every site indicates, you should fast for 2-3 days to give your digestive system some rest.
In this post I will tell you why this is not the best. but the worst thing you can do to heal gastritis.
What exactly happens when having an upset stomach
When you have an upset stomach, the stomach lining is probably irritated, it cramps up or the stomach nerves are overly irritated. Giving everybody with the same symptoms the same advice is totally irresponsible since the root can’t always immediately be determined.
Simply telling you not to eat, but only drink actually hurts each of these conditions, because the only thing stopping the stomach to become even worse is stop to eat altogether. Why you ask?
Stopping eating won’t stop the stomach producing stomach acid. When it’s eventually empty, all this acid irritates the stomach lining while the organism concentrates on healing the root cause e.g bacteria.
Not eating will leave the bowels empty, making it harder for the food of previous days to be transported further, giving you symptoms like abdominal bloating, diarrhea or constipation, in addition.
The body is deprived of nutrients that are needed to actually heal the organism. And so the risk of getting serious health issues is by far greater than continuing to eat normally.
What you should actually do
First of all. Do not eat normally. Even if you think you eat healthy. In this case, it doesn’t even matter if the overall diet is healthy or not. What you do the second you realise something is wrong with your digestive system, you need to stick to the following tips!
- Drink, drink, drink. If you want to do yourself a favour. This is a no brainer. The body needs fluids to function properly, especially in a time of need. But only still water and herbal teas. No caffeine, soft drinks, fizzy drinks, juices, green or black tea. Just water and tea, best drunken lukewarm.
- Go bland. And when I say bland, I mean REALLY bland. No spices, no hard to digest foods, no fodmaps, actually no everything that tastes nice. Do it for three days. It’s not that long. Bland foods are: gruel rice, zwieback, bananas, applesauce, plain vegetable soups, porridges made of any grain you want, plain noodles, mashed potatoes(without milk), steamed veggies (carrots, parsnips, zucchini, sweet potato, squash, pumpkin). And then gradually include other foods from blandest to most hard to digest.
- Ingest a naturopathic medicine like Iberogast or DigestZen instead of swallowing pantoprazole or antacids.
- Sleep. The body heals the most in its sleep, so get those snoozes in.
- A hot, but not to hot hot-water bottle soothes the stomach muscles and calms down surrounding nerves.
- A LOT of rest. Chill. Seriously, take a few days off of work and you lie in bed, breathe, think about what you are thankful for and recover. People tend to stress about every little detail these days. But think about this: You need to prioritise yourself right now. What’s the point of drowning in stress, when you can’t enjoy anything in life anymore? So many people regret not giving themselves a break and burning out. What do you want to have achieved in life when it eventually be over? I bet for sure not having worked 40 hours a week plus overtime, doing the same routine everyday to have enough money saved which you never got to spend. Prioritise yourself!
- Let yourself get pampered. Take a bath. Spend an afternoon on the couch under a blanket and talk to family or friends. Watch a movie or tv series(Now’s a good time for that netflix marathon).Make yourself a cuppa and dunk in some bland cookies. Use a face mask. Get a massage. Just do something lowkey.
- Don’t google your symptoms. But if you do, you probably won’t have anything serious, but making yourself extra anxious is exactly what you want to avoid. Just don’t.
- Forgive yourself. Weird tip, I know. But in my opinion, most upset stomachs derive from bad choices like alcohol/drug intoxication, food poisoning, emotional eating and stress. So whatever you might or might not have done. It’s in the past and the only way is forward. Move on and learn from the experience.
- Feel your symptoms subside within a week or go to a doctor.
Whatever you do, don’t stop eating for 72 hours. 24 hours are totally acceptable, even though not recommended. When having food inside the stomach, the acid will use all its power to digest it instead of torturing your mucous lining.
If you have other ideas getting over those 3 boring days, please share. I’m sure tips are appreciated.
*This post is based on research and personal experience. All products (if any mentioned) are bought and tried by myself if not written otherwise.