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What is gastritis?

Gastritis is a general term used to refer to a group of diseases that have one thing in common, inflammation and erosion in the lining of the stomach. The inflammation can caused by the same bacterial infection that causes stomach ulcers, and can also be caused by frequent use of certain painkillers, and over consumption of alcohol.

Gastritis can occur suddenly (acute gastritis) or occur slowly over time (chronic gastritis). In some cases, gastritis can cause ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer. However, for most people, gastritis is not serious and improves quickly with treatment.

With this health issue, it’s important to focus on bringing the inflammation down whilst repairing the gut lining.

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Which mushrooms have useful properties for gastritis?

Lion’s Mane, Shiitake and Pleurotus are significantly useful in supporting the health of the bowel, balancing gut microbiota (helpful bacteria in gut) and reducing stress to help with constipation.

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Lion’s Mane

Anti-inflammatory and prebiotic properties
Several studies have shown the gastroprotective effect of lion’s mane on the digestive tract. This is mainly due to its anti-inflammatory and prebiotic effects. The mushroom helps to repair damaged gastric and intestinal mucosa, showing great benefits in esophagogastric pathologies, such as gastritis and ulcer.

Reishi Hifas da Terra: useful properties


A significant number of people can develop gastritis due to contracting the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. In that case, it is important to remove this bacteria from the gut. Reishi extracts have shown to inhibit the growth of H. pylori. The bioactive compounds present in Reishi have many properties, including those related to the supporting gastric ulcers and reducing inflammation.

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Nutritional recommendations and general healthy habits for the maintenance of a good state of health

  • Choose a varied and healthy diet, avoiding copious meals.
  • Eat slowly, chew properly.
  • Try to spend at least two hours before going to bed.
  • Avoid overweight and obesity.
  • Keep physical activity.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and soft drinks or soft drinks.
  • Do not smoke.
  • The fiber in foods and probiotics helps regulate bowel function.
  • If you have digestive symptoms or alterations of your intestinal rhythm that last more than 4 weeks, consult your doctor.
  • Avoid the use of anti-inflammatories.
  • Do not self-prescribe omeprazole or derivatives to any digestive symptom.
  • Increase the consumption of vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Avoid the consumption of refined oils and saturated fats, avoiding fried, refined vegetable oils such as sunflower, margarine, butters.
  • Do not consume industrial processed products rich in sugars, salt, refined oils and additives harmful to health (cookies, toast, bread, industrial cereals …).
  • Avoid irritating foods to extreme temperatures and spicy, mustard and vinegar.
  • Make simple and smooth cooking as steamed, cooked or grilled.
  • Perform relaxation exercises, deep breaths, relaxing activities such as yoga and practice meditation.
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  • Zhu Y, Chen Y, Li Q, Zhao T, Zhang M, Feng W, Takase M, Wu X, Zhou Z, Yang L, Wu X. Preparation, characterization, and anti-Helicobacter pylori activity of Bi3+-Hericium erinaceus polysaccharide complex. Carbohydr Polym. 2014 Sep 22;110:231-7. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.03.081.
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