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Actress Taraji P. Henson recently opened up to Elle that she was diagnosed with the intestinal disease gastritis. She says that her doctors said her it was a result of her poor food choices and pressing food guilt. “It was just over a period of time, my stomach got a hole in it, and it was about to lead to an ulcer, but I caught it in time,” she says. 

But for the rest of us,  what is gastritis? And are we at risk like Taraji?

Seven Things You Need To Know About Gastritis  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Taraji P. Henson Says Her Health Scare Changed Her Life

Actress Taraji P. Henson recently opened up to Elle that she was diagnosed with the intestinal disease gastritis. She says that her doctors said her it was a result of her poor food choices and pressing food guilt. “It was just over a period of time, my stomach got a hole in it, and it was about to lead to an ulcer, but I caught it in time,” she says. 

But for the rest of us,  what is gastritis? And are we at risk like Taraji?

2. What is gastritis?

What is gastritis?

Gastritis, also known as stomach inflammation, is the erosion of the lining of one’s stomach. This inflammation is usually the result of infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers. Gastritis can happen overtime or sneak up on you quickly.

3. What else can you do?

What else can you do?

Taraji says she reduces her stress that was behind her gastritis by using meditation to calm her spirit. Other strategies include eating smaller, more-frequent meals; saying no to wine and spirits; passing on spicy foods; and finding pain meds that are less irritating on your stomach.