It is surprising how Gastritis is still spreading in countries like U.S.A. and U.K where many safety measures are taken. It is better to be educated about what causes gastritis to further prevent it.
There are numerous causes. Bacterial infections, stress, excessive alcohol; these are only some of the known causes of this devastating disease.
H. Pylori Bacterial Infection
Helicobacter pylorus (H.pylori) is a bacterium that causes chronic inflammation (gastritis) in the stomach and duodenum. It is a common contagious cause of ulcers. These bacteria are sometimes called ulcer bacteria.
Chronic inflammation (gastritis) is caused when the h.pylori bacteria invade the lining of the stomach and produce a cytotoxin called vacuolating cytotoxin (Vac-A) and thus lead to ulcer formation.
Some say it is caused by unclean food and water but researchers are not sure. It seems to spread from person to person by saliva. Hence, it must be mad sure that:
- Dishes and glassware are properly washed.
- Any kind of saliva does not fall into the food that is served.
- Do not serve poorly cooked food
Avoid buying or building restaurants in unsanitary areas.
- Drinking water provided should be from a clean and safe source
Highly Spiced Meat
Inflammation of the stomach lining can be caused by several things and highly spiced food is one of them. The stomach produces acids that break down food. This acid can eat away at your stomach lining and give you intense abdominals pains. Highly spiced meat must be avoided to reduce the excessive amounts of acid produced to break it.
We all know that alcohol causes kidney failure and it is never the chefs’ fault when the customers want it. However, it must be made sure that it is compatible with the meal served which might be too much for stomachs’ and kidneys’ to handle. It is up to us to make sure that our drinks are not too strong and the food served along does not contain too much protein or citrus fruits.
Whole Milk (including Chocolate), Coffee and Tea
You could never have imagined it, right? People with lack of dairy intolerance might feel that their gastritis (if they already have it or vulnerable to it) is triggered. If a grouchy customer ever complains about rotten milk, ask him to get checked for dairy intolerance first. These kinds of people need soy or non-dairy food in place of whole dairy products.
Gastritis is never pretty. Thus, some simple protective measures while in the cooking in the kitchen is better than having someone vomit, feel nauseas, face indigestion, vomit blood and blood in stool that cause it to look black and tarry.
Sounds awful, no?