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Is drinking milk good for gastritis?

I am a 28 year old female. I want to know if drinking milk is good for gastritis?

4 Answers

Hi and thanks for your questions. This is a great one. Many people like to drink milk (cow milk/dairy) because they can find somewhat immediate relief of gastritis. BUT milk often will actually make the gastritis flares worse after that little temporary relief! Dairy is pro-inflammatory (i.e. increases inflammation) and makes the stomach more acidic which causes worse flares and/or longer flares. I suggest avoiding milk during gastritis and instead consider something that makes your stomach alkaline (the opposite of acidic) like drinking 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water (stir until clear then drink).
Not a good idea. The top five allergy foods include dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, and corn.
This typically will have a minimal effect. Meds that decrease acidity do amuch better job. Often it is caused by a bacteria which can be cleared with a combination of antibiotics
Short answer is no. Foods or liquids in general do not affect gastritis or acid levels in the stomach. It is also true that most gastritis does not cause abdominal pain. A lot of physicians blame gastritis for pain but this is usually not the cause. Yes, doctors are a bit lazy sometimes and take the easy way out by blaming gastritis, even before any testing has been done. See a high quality GI doctor (unfortunately, sometimes tough to find) to sort out the possibilities.