Battles that aren’t worth fighting

During this quarantine, we did succeed to eat a lot more than we have expected, in the beginning. So, stake after stake, sweet after sweet, snack after snack, we did manage to put on a few pounds.

Some of us might have had a few more in plus, while some have gained just the right amount for a healthy organism at their height. But people tend to notice, and at times, make the wrong comments when they are not required.

Take my example, I went down the road to give my best friend fresh diary from the countryside (from my last weekend visit), and a group of people started making nasty comments.

I am aware that I wasn’t dressed to kill. Imagine messy-dry hair, less makeup, short pants, tee-shirt, and a pair of comfy sneakers. And here I was, on my way ready to bring my friend the vegetables, when they started laughing by my back and making comments.

At first I have ignored it and went on my way, because I had to see my friend. On the way back, I took some time to notice the ones that were blabbering on my back.

A group of people were laying on a car front while chewing on sunflower seeds and making a mess around them. And then I knew, that fighting them was not the best idea and that I need to move further.

I am not a racist person, I respect and value all persons, no matter their color, religion, or belief, but at times, gypsies can be irritant and cause trouble.

I am aware that during this quarantine I managed to gain a few pounds and look a little bit different, but that does not make me a fat person. Having 60 kg at 1.70 height is more than enough.

Nevertheless, this motivated me, and I decided to start going to the gym with one of my girlfriends. Working out at home can turn bad when there is nobody to motivate you, and you turn lazy in time.

July is going to be the month of resolutions for me and for making the right decisions for my future. In regards to the people, let them talk, I could not care less. They are just noise in the background.

It’s important to know that some fights are not ours to take on and that we should move on. Why waste energy on persons that don’t even matter and get angry over nothing?

Some battles aren’t worth fighting.

New week’s resolutions

Hello, dear readers and writers! You might ask why this weekend I haven’t posted anything. The answer is, BREAK, like from everything. I have had such a full week, been caught up in activities at work and house chores that I longed for sleep and rest during the weekend.

Nevertheless, on Saturday I took some time to visit my parents in the countryside, see my relatives and mostly evade the city and the terrible hot drought. The weather was rainy but it was beautiful and chill.

Accept life as it is and make the best of it

The best part is that I managed to find my inner peace and dance with life challenges, be open to new, and somehow, be happy with what life brings upon.

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I managed to finish my treatment for stomach issues, went to the dentist, and established a permanent connection with her (or at least temporarily until my tooth problems will be fully resolved), and found a new job.

Now I have to work on night shifts for the employee notice and get ready for the new post at a different company. Plus perform training sessions and take job meetings. This will mostly be performed on a night shift.

This week will probably be full again, and I will have to face new problems but I am thankful for what life brought upon me, and for God’s favors, we always fail to say thank you and pray only when in need.

Resolutions for a new week

At the end of the day we have to be thankful for what we are now, and keep fighting for what we want to be tomorrow. And learn to begin every day with a grateful heart. Always be appreciative for what we have, many people have nothing.

At times happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for the troubles we don’t have. As Oprah Winfrey said, we need to be thankful for what we have; we’ll end up having more. If we concentrate on what we don’t have, we will never, ever have enough.

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. 

Life hardships

At times, we get the feeling of being alone. We get so caught up in the day by day routine and try to make a difference that we forget about ourselves, or the loved ones, that is.

It seems simple to change the shifts at work, to do our best to be in 10 places at the same time, being a superhuman trying to achieve greatness, and see people satisfied around us.

But one thing that we fail to realize is that no matter how hard we try, at some point, something is going to go wrong. It is impossible to be perfect at work and keep a happy family, performing house chores, cooking, and also be focused on our self-development.

It is too much for our being, and to be honest, sleeping just 5 to 6 hours per day, working on night shifts, and having multiple tasks can be a burden. It may seem manageable at the beginning, but trust me, it is not that simple.

Do your best and focus on the present

We need to realize that there are dark and alone times when we have to move forward to pursue our journey, even if it’s sad and lonely for the moment. The beauty in the light at the end of the tunnel is worth every sacrifice we thought we have made.

Occasionally we may feel that we are lost and alone. But God knows where we are and has a good plan for our future. It’s important to acknowledge that some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to figure out where we need to go and who we need to be.

The answer is deep inside us, and the loneliness is just passing by. Our loved ones will understand our situation, and will support us. The rest are present for a moment of our life, not meant to stay.

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Anxiety and fear

Hello, my dear writers and readers! It’s been a full week going on, and I haven’t posted so much because of my worries and stressful tasks. At times, I just wanted to get my things done so that I can relax or better said, sleep. It was a good plan altogether but it did not work as I have planned.

As you know from my previous posts, I have been excited about returning to the dentist and had my hopes up. That lasted just until I have arrived at the cabinet, of course. On that day it rained a lot, hence I had to walk because I missed the bus, took a tooth radiography, and went to the dentist.

Unfortunately, this lady had an examination team over to their cabinet, due to the Covid-19 Situation, and I had to wait for two hours in the rain and cold. In the morning when I left it was like 30 degrees Celsius, and then it turned out to 15.

When I arrived to see her, I don’t know if I was shaking because I was afraid of the procedure or because of the cold weather. She felt pity for me, and we eventually, had to reschedule the tooth surgery because I have also had an infection. Great!

Now a new treatment is required, and I haven’t even managed to finish the one for chronic gastritis and H. Pylori. This stress and anxiety made it worse for the stomach affection, and now it hurts again.

I’ve been alone mostly this week, and I just felt so stressed about work, knowing that the project will end in a few months, and I have had so many negative thoughts in my mind, that I almost can’t describe. I’ve even considering applying for other jobs to be assured in the future.

Plus, I have to work two weekends, and we should return to the office, things that I can’t do yet because of my tooth infection and the medical procedures. This, and because the office has the air conditioner too strong.

This week I felt the need to cry, to scream, to disappear. I feel so overwhelmed with everything, and I am very anxious. But this needs to end, and I have to get back on the right track. Even if it’s hard and painful, I have to be faithful and trust God, knowing that this too, shall pass.

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Cavities

Hello, my dear readers and writers! As you know from my previous post, I have experienced some dental issues and I have to take care of my oral hygiene more than I did before. Because cavities.

What are cavities?

Cavities are caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay can affect both the outer coating of a tooth (called enamel) and the inner layer (called dentin).

Cavities are formed when foods rich in carbohydrates like bread, cereal, milk, soda, fruit, cake, candy, etc stay on our teeth. In this way, the bacteria in our mouth transforms them into acids.

The bacteria, acid, food debris, and our saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel, creating holes called cavities.

Untreated, cavities get larger and affect deeper layers of our teeth. Cleaning our teeth should be a habit, as in time, cavities develop and we may suffer from severe pain, infections, and tooth loss.

How tooth decay occurs

As I mentioned, cavities are formed by tooth decay, which is a process that occurs in time.

Plaque forms. Dental plaque is a clear sticky film that coats our teeth. It’s due to eating a lot of sugars and starches and not cleaning our teeth well. When sugars and starches aren’t cleaned off our teeth, bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and form plaque. Plaque that stays on your teeth can harden under or above our gum line into tartar (calculus). Tartar makes plaque more difficult to remove and creates a shield for bacteria.

Plaque attacks. The acids in plaque remove minerals in our tooth’s hard, outer enamel. This erosion causes tiny openings or holes in the enamel — the first stage of cavities. Once areas of enamel are worn away, the bacteria and acid can reach the next layer of our teeth, called dentin. This layer is softer than enamel and less resistant to acid. Dentin has tiny tubes that directly communicate with the nerve of the tooth causing sensitivity.

Destruction continues. As tooth decay develops, the bacteria and acid continue their march through our teeth, moving next to the inner tooth material (pulp) that contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp becomes swollen and irritated from the bacteria. Because there is no place for the swelling to expand inside of a tooth, the nerve becomes pressed, causing pain. Discomfort can even extend outside of the tooth root to the bone.

What causes cavities?

Foods that cling to our teeth for a long time, such as milk, ice cream, honey, sugar, soda, dried fruit, cake, cookies, hard candy and mints, dry cereal, and chips — are more prone to cause decay than foods that are easily washed away by saliva.

Frequent snacking and sipping. Even if it is recommended in certain diets, the frequent snacking and sipping give mouth bacteria more fuel to produce acids that attack our teeth and wear them down. The situation gets worse if we consume acidic drinks like Coca Cola.

Brushing. It’s very important to brush our teeth sooner after we eat or drink, because plaque forms quickly, and the first stages of tooth decay can begin.

Dry Mouth. Saliva prevents tooth decay by washing away the foods and plague from our teeth. Substances found in saliva also help counter the acid produced by bacteria.

Heartburn. Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to flow into our mouth (reflux), wearing away the enamel of your teeth and causing significant tooth damage.

How to prevent cavities?

It is important to brush our teeth after we eat, preferably with fluoride toothpaste. To clean between teeth we can floss or use an interdental cleaner. We can also use a mouth wash with fluoride to wash away the excess foods between the teeth after the brushing process.

Eating tooth-friendly foods should be on our list as well. We should avoid foods that cling to our teeth, and brush soon after eating them, if required. Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables increase saliva flow, and unsweetened coffee, tea, and sugar-free gum help wash away food particles.

It’s advised to avoid frequent snacking and sipping, because our teeth are constantly under attack, as we help our mouth bacteria create acids that can destroy tooth enamel.

Tap water is high in fluoride which can help reduce tooth decay significantly. If we only stick on to bottled water, we might miss the fluoride benefits.

In the end, it’s essential to consult with our dentist, have regular visits, and get professional help. The best advice that I can give is to start early. If you have a tooth sensitivity, a small cavity, don’t let it dwell and get worse. Seek professional help and have a healthy smile! 😉😁

Medical worries

Hello, dear readers! I am sorry for not posting in a week, I have been busy with work and house chores, as always in this period. What is different in this period is that I am more stressed and worried.

Last week I decided that it is time to go and see a dentist. It’s been years since I avoided that place but it is time to realize that it’s necessary. Mostly because I have caries and two teeth that have to be removed. It’s painful, uncomfortable and something I have to take care of as soon as possible.

To be honest, I am a little bit scared and even have weird dreams about it. The good part is that I scheduled an appointment at a good doctor at a clinic, so I don’t have to worry about the quality of the work, I just have to endure the fear and the pain.

I decided that it’s time to face things as they are. It’s not okay to keep postponing tasks that should have been done sooner, especially in regards to health. Dental care should be essential, not optional.

Decisions should be taken NOW

I could have visited the dentist when I had caries, but I haven’t. I could have visited the dentist to repair the tooth, but then I haven’t. I could have visited the doctor when I had to extract the tooth, but I haven’t. Now I have to go for a surgery, because God knows what else could go wrong after that.

We often tend to postpone medical check-ups because they are scary, and we are afraid of what could go wrong. In time, we managed to see this fear at our loved ones, in the family. Parents, grandparents had this fear and somehow sent it back to us.

At times, we even admired them, saying: Ohh, she was such a kind woman, she never complained in her life about any pain and found the strength to move on. In the end, she died of cancer at an early age.

How do you explain that? Sorrow gained strong into her heart, and in time it proved that it was too much to handle. Nobody knew her pain and nobody was there to listen to her side of the story. The tears shed in loneliness, the hard times, were only hers and God was her only friend.

Ignorance could lead to higher pain

We have a low pain? Ahh, let’s ignore it, it’s probably nothing, it will go away from its own. Hiding the pain thoroughly, faking that we are fine and just tired. Most of the time, this is not how it works. Ignoring the early signs of an illness could lead to complications in time.

If our body is in pain, often, it tries to tell us something, to send a signal. Ignoring the pain and moving forward, could be a step backward and do more bad than good.

Conclusions

We are stuck in this body until our last breath. It’s our priceless possession and it’s ours until the very end. Taking the best decisions for ourselves, choosing health instead of something that could harm us should be the main priority.

Yes, we have tasks to take care of and yes we do work. But this is not a reason to forget about ourselves, we matter. Let’s be considerate of the fact that if something goes wrong with our health, there is nobody to replace us.

Why is important to set boundaries

Personal boundaries are essential for healthy relationships. These limits are important, because they set the basic guidelines about how we want to be treated. Boundaries are the measure of self-esteem and they set the limits for acceptable behavior from those around us, determining whether they feel able to put us down, make fun, or take advantage of our good nature.

“Boundaries that often fail are those that include the words ‘always,’ ‘never’ or any absolute language,” said Bridget Levy, LCPC, a therapist who works with couples and directs business development at Urban Balance. Those boundaries are usually unrealistic and don’t last, she said. She shared these examples: “You can never” or “You must always.”

At times, we get that feeling often, and then it is time to draw the line and take decisions that will positively affect our life. Weak boundaries and not setting limits, usually leaves us vulnerable, making it easier for others to take us for granted or damage our personality.

A healthy self-respect will produce boundaries that show the people we deserve to be treated well. Also, this will protect us from exploitative relationships and help us to avoid getting too close to persons who don’t have their best interests.

In time, boundaries will update. It happens that the time that we give to others is much more limited because of new relationships and family. Clarifying the boundaries will help us to exchange the belief “I want to please others” to “I value my time and want to keep some for myself.”

We need to accept the fact that the people around us might not be with us along the way, because they were used to our old ways of dealing with things. It is a small price to pay, in my opinion, as relationships that are meant to be will grow stronger in time and will survive.

It’s important to be consistent with the new boundaries, and keep them simple. Staying calm at times is the best answer and we have to be responsible for our reactions, instead of blaming other people.

Strong, clear boundaries will achieve more respect in time. We get the chance to be ourselves to a greater extent asking for what we want and need without fear of judgment, helping us to grow healthy and long-lasting relationships.

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Service Desk Inquiry

Today’s post is going to be about Service Desk. Most of you, may not understand this activity, but if you ever, contacted support for a certain product or company, we were the ones behind the phones that assisted you.

I hope most of the moments with the support are positive, and not will trigger bad memories at seeing this post.

The source of the images used in this post is Google Images.

Service Desk insights

The thing that most people don’t understand is the procedures. Yes, every company has a few procedures to follow, especially if you work within a corporation. Yes, we do need to have your full name and phone number, just in case the call gets disconnected.

You, as a customer need to realize that you are not the only person that we have in our database, and there are millions of people out there that are being supported by our company. This is why we need to identify you.

Tip: Starting to tell us the problems in a quick and fast motion from the beginning will not help, because until we verify your identity, the problem might advance and we will not be able to remember all the details.

Yes, patience is required. Even if we work with computers, it takes time to find a person on a list. We may not get your name right all the time, especially if your name is: Tiramunda Gonzales Picasso Alibaba Rajesh. But we will try our best to get it right, despite the language and cultural differences.

We need to know all the details of the problem. So questions like: when did the issue started, what were you performing at that time and more other information in regards to the product and the services are mandatory. Skipping them will not allow us to understand the problem and to apply the procedures for your case.

Yes, it takes time. Most of the procedures are long in IT and they cannot be resolved as soon as you finish clapping your hands. Outlook connectivity issues, VPN, and software re-installing takes time and your connection to the internet matters as well, as we are trying to connect from miles away.

Hello, hello? Are you still there? Of course, we are not going anywhere. Most of the customers get scared when they don’t hear us for a moment. We are humans as well, and do need to take a sip of water, blow our nose, or cough.

The most annoying time to ask the questions: Hello, hello? Are you still there? is when we try to explain to you a situation. Yes, we can hear you, yes the connection is good, please listen to what we have to say. It is important and it affects your product/services.

Saying: Yes, yes but you are not paying attention to what we are saying and keep doing things in your way. Not only this is affecting the communication between us, but the troubleshooting will not work and the issue will still remain unsolved.

Please avoid breaking dishes, walking on the motorcycle, using the drill, speaking with your colleagues and not paying attention to our questions, beating the kids or yelling at your wife while we are on the call. 

HIGH PRIORITY!!! We are already treating your problem with high priority, dear customer. We are assisting you and if the issue cannot be resolved from our end, a more advanced team will reach you as soon as possible.

Most of the problems that we escalate are complex and require a more advanced troubleshooting and a certain time frame for it to be resolved, especially if we are speaking about account problems.

No, we don’t know the exact time frame of when the team will reach you. Our teams work on specific time frames, from their location. Also, the time depends on their workload. Yelling High Priority will not escalate your problem faster, so please, wait as the other customers do.

We have colleagues from all over the world, with different nationalities language dialects. If the support does not speak English in your mother country accent, please don’t swear on the customer or make remarks like: The heck you are speaking English! And don’t yell like an idiot on the line. We can hear you!

If you understand the request and want to have your problem resolved quickly, don’t waste your time making the support’s life more miserable than it is. Most of us work on low paid salaries, and speak with 30 to 100 persons a day.

The last plead, to all the Karens out there, while we work from home, there is no Manager to escalate the problem. Maybe our mothers but they don’t speak English, so you have no chance.

Getting out of the comfort zone

Hello, my dear readers! It’s been, again, a few days since I have not posted anything. I think that since the H. Pylori post I stopped somehow from sharing my thoughts, felt like I was giving too much information. I did not have enough energy to continue and neither the time.

Today, I decided to come back, for one obvious reason, that I missed the blogging activity, and mostly, missed sharing my thoughts with you, out there, wherever you are.

Rough days going on

Changes in the food intake

I have to be honest with me, and to recognize that the past few days were not easy. I have started the treatment for gastritis and H. Pylori and further, decided to go on a regimen, cutting out the unhealthy, acidic foods that were causing more harm than good.

Sounds easy, right? Well, it is not. I am not smoking or drinking, but giving up on coffee was harder than I initially thought, as in the past I was drinking even up to 5 cups of coffee a day.

Initially, I considered that I would simply drink green tea to replace my morning coffee. Oh well, it took me 3 days to realize that I cannot function like a normal being without the coffee intake and that drinking green tea in the morning also harms your stomach (with a banana eaten prior).

In the end, I decided to have one small cup of Cappuccino per day, but doubling the milk portion. So far, so good, I have almost a week of drinking only one cup of this drink and it keeps me energized. Well, half of it, but it still works better than green tea.

I also managed to cut out on the unhealthy, acidic meals like fried foods, fast food, pasta, bread, apples, tomatoes, instant soups. Long story short, I only resumed at soups, dairy products, boiled meat, boiled vegetables, salads, bananas, and strawberries.

On Saturday, we went to the countryside, after a long quarantine and skipped a few healthy meals plus on Sunday I decided to eat a pizza and have an ice cream. Sounds great, but my stomach was down on Monday, I had gastric burns and high gastroesophageal reflux, basically I could not stand straight.

I got to say, I learned on my own skin that skipping meals, eating unhealthy foods, being stressed is not going to take you anywhere, and it is essential to attend all meals of the day.

Workplace emotions

As you know from my previous posts, I was working as a Service Desk agent at a corporation for more than a year now. I had a great team, exceptional people to share the good and the bad moments. I was happy with what I was doing and had faith that things will go the right way.

Last week, we have received the notice that our project will end this year and that we will have to focus on applying on new available posts and changing the jobs. The news shocked all of us, and made us think, what will we do?

With the help of my manager, I decided to take responsibility and apply to one of the available jobs. I had applied for another post prior, and did not make it through, unfortunately. The refusal affected somehow my hope, speculating that maybe I will never advance in the company, and that my work is not being taken seriously.

Despite my thoughts, I have won the contest and I am a part of a new team, of a higher level that will help me progress in my career and will offer an assurance that tomorrow, I will still have a job.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy with my career advancement but it all arrived as a shock, to me and our team. I cannot believe that yesterday we used to be a co-operative team, worrying for one another and supporting ourselves, and today we have to separate all the ties that got us together in the first place. If we won’t life will do it for sure.

It’s being said that we only have in our life the persons that we need for a certain amount of time, when we are down and require their positive energies. This team helped me heal my wounds, forget about the negative past encounters, and stood beside me, helping me to improve.

They were real friends and amazing colleagues, and I will always be thankful for their presence in my life, no matter what. They were God’s beautiful present for that time.

Conclusions

At the end of the day, we have to realize that it’s important to get out of the comfort zone, even if that means giving up on what was yesterday. We have to be honest with ourselves, recognize what we want, and take risks.

Sometimes, it is good to find ourselves in uncomfortable situations because it is in finding our way out of such difficulties that we learn valuable lessons. It’s time to stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and think about what can go right.

H. Pylori Insights on food intake

Hello, my dear readers and writers! Yesterday, I told you about my infection with H. Pylori and offered you a small insight into it in general. Today, I am going to speak about foods that are permitted and not permitted during the treatment of H. Pylori.

Foods that need to be avoided in H. Pylori infection and chronic gastritis

Researches show that a diet in high fiber increases the risk of developing ulcer disease. Foods like oats, psyllium husk, flax seeds, nuts, and certain fruits like apples, pineapples, lemon, oranges, and carrots can affect our health when consumed in large quantities.

Both caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks can increase the acid production and exacerbate symptoms in the affected organisms.

Alcoholic beverages can erode the protective mucosal lining along the gastrointestinal tract and lead to further inflammation and bleeding.

All forms of caffeine, including Colas, Pepsi, chocolate, ice cream, candies, coffee, and decaffeinated coffee can cause heartburn problems for people.

Spicy foods like jalapeño, cayenne peppers, salsa, Asian curries, miso paste, and spicy mustard need to be avoided at all costs because they might worsen the symptoms.

Pickled vegetables like pickled herring and kimchi have to be withdrawn. Pickling involves preserving foods in vinegar, and is very acidic causing the irritation of the stomach.

Fatty foods, fried and greasy meals along with yellow cheese are to be avoided because they are rich in fat, make digestion difficult, and can cause stomach pain and heartburn.

It is important to stay away from instant rice, pretzels, egg noodles, brown rice, oatmeal, and popcorn.

Processed meats and canned foods need to be removed from our diet as well, because they have a lot of preservatives and chemicals that can damage the stomach and the intestine, causing inflammation and pain.

It is suggested to avoid salt intake, because it can increase the risk of cancer if you have an H. Pylori infection. Salt disturbs the viscosity and the integrity of the stomach mucus, making it easier to colonize and cause damage.

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Beneficial foods during the treatment of H. Pylori and chronic gastritis

Studies have shown that Vitamin A can increase the production of mucus in the gastrointestinal tract and it has a protective effect against the development of ulcer disease. Foods rich in Vitamin A are: broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, collard greens, and liver.

Studies conducted in China show that green tea and other foods rich in flavonoids can fight chronic gastritis. According to the studies, white and oolong tea can inhibit the growth of H. Pylori but cause no harm to beneficial types of bacteria normally found in the stomach (L. acidophilus, L. Plantarum, and B. Lungum).

Foods rich in flavonoids: garlic, onions, colorful fruits and vegetables, such as cranberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots and snap peas.

It is recommended to eat non-acidic fruits and boiled vegetables during the treatment for H. Pylori because they can be easily digested and improve the bowel function.

Cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of H. Pylori growth in the stomach. The normal amount of cranberry juice that should be drank is a cup of 250 ml a day. Cranberry tannins can block the bacteria without destroying it. Cranberry helps by either not allowing the bacteria to attach itself or by disengaging it from the body once it is attached, and prevent inflammation.

White meats and fish contain a lower amount of fat which helps with digestion and prevents the foods from staying too long in the stomach, causing pain and a fullness feeling. During the treatment for H. Pylori it is recommended to eat these meats boiled with a pinch of salt and a bay leaf to add flavor and avoid increasing the acidity.

Probiotics are present in foods like kefir or yogurt. Probiotics form the good bacteria that live in the intestine and stimulate the production of substances that fight H. Pylori.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 help to reduce stomach inflammation and prevent the growth of H. Pylori. These good substances can be found in fish oil, olive oil, carrot seeds, and grapefruit seed oil.

According to a study, some types of honeys, such as oak tree and manuka honeys can lower the H. Pylori infection if taken at least once a week.

Rice extract protects the gastric mucosa from stress-induced damage. According to this study, the rice extract was effective in suppressing the inflammation and epithelial cell proliferation in the gastric mucosa in H. pylori infection.

Staying hydrated, drinking more water, eating more fresh fruits low in acids, and consuming white cheese can reduce the stomach inflammation and regulate the intestinal transit.

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Other tips to fight chronic gastritis and H. Pylori infection

  • Take the medicines as prescribed by the doctor;
  • Avoid any foods that bother your stomach, rich in acids like oranges, tomatoes, coffee, carbonated drinks;
  • Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, or chewing tobacco because they slow the healing process. If you smoke, try to quit.
  • Try to get 8 hours of sleep;
  • Stay fit, performing exercises;
  • Try to keep a healthy weight, eat the appropriate foods for healing the stomach lining and avoid overeating, stop when you have the sensation of fullness;
  • Eat smaller meals and eat them more often. Have the necessary amount of 3 meals a day;
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods;
  • Try to avoid getting stressed out, and find new ways to relax and be happy. Take walks, watch a movie, listen to music. A positive thinking can help you get healed;
  • Avoid taking pills like Aspirin, Ibuprofen. They can irritate the stomach. If needed, take Tylenol in case of pain.
  • Always wash your hands when going to the bathroom, or cooking.
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