A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Gastroparesis
I had a question the other day about gastroparesis.
After a meal, your stomach usually empties in 1½ to 2 hours.
When you have gastroparesis, your stomach takes a lot longer to empty.
The delay results in bothersome and possibly serious symptoms because your digestion is altered.
Gastroparesis occurs when the nerves to your stomach are damaged or don’t work.
Diabetes is the most common cause.
Other causes include some disorders of the nervous system, like Parkinson’s disease and stroke, and some medicines, like tricyclic antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, and opiate pain relievers.
Gastroparesis can also be a complication of gastric surgery.
The most common symptoms of gastroparesis are:
>A feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food.
>Food coming back up your throat, without nausea or vomiting.
If you have gastroparesis you may also have episodes of high and low blood sugar levels.
Gastroparesis may be suspected in a person with diabetes who has upper digestive tract symptoms or has blood sugar levels that are hard to control.
Controlling blood sugar levels may reduce symptoms of gastroparesis.
You can make changes to your lifestyle to help relieve your symptoms of gastroparesis.
Here are some things to try:
>Change your eating habits:
>>It’s best to eat several small meals instead of 2-3 large meals. You may want to replace some solid meals with liquids (like soup).
>>After you eat, wait 2-3 hours before you lie down.
>>Eat meals that are low in fiber and fat.
>>Relax before you start eating, and then eat slowly.
>If you have diabetes, it’s a good idea to:
>>Carry a quick-sugar food that’s absorbed in your mouth instead of your stomach (like glucose tabs, gels, or hard candy) in case you need to treat low blood sugar.
>>Find out if being active speeds up your digestion or slows it down.
Having gastroparesis can cause unpredictable changes in blood sugar.
The more you know about how your body responds, the better you’ll be able to control it.
To deal with gastroparesis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Eat fresh, raw fruits and veggies; organic when possible.
*Include some protein with every meal and snack.
*Eat several smaller meals during the day instead of 1 or 2 large ones.
*Choose whole-grains versus “white” products.
*Increase your fiber intake.
*Exercise; deep breathing; relaxation techniques.
*Consider liver, colon and arterial cleanses.
*Manage and/or lose weight; you can follow my weight loss blog at blog.dickandlenay.com.
*Eliminate processed, instant, sugar-added, chemical-laden, and junk foods.
*Eliminate white flour products, high carbohydrates, and sweets.
*Eliminate caffeine, soda pop, alcohol, tobacco.
*Eliminate hydrogenated and trans fats.