Treat Gastroparesis Naturally

Gastroparesis is a chronic, long-lasting illness that quite literally means paralyzed stomach. It is caused by problems with the nerves and muscles that help to control the emptying of the stomach. If these nerves and muscles are damaged, they will not work properly and the whole process of digestion is slowed. One of the most common causes of gastroparesis is poorly controlled diabetes which is often made even worse by the problems digesting.

 

How do I know if I have gastroparesis?

  • Distended abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting undigested food
  • Heartburn
  • Premature feeling of fullness
  • Hypo or Hyperglycemia
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach spasms
  • GERD

 

How do I prevent gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is caused by diabetes, medications, Parkinson’s disease, other diseases, complications from surgery, or may occur spontaneously as idiopathic gastroparesis. As such, there is no way to prevent gastroparesis.

 

How can I treat gastroparesis?

  • Avoid difficult to digest foods like fiber and heavy fats.
  • Process and juice foods in order to get the most nutrients.
  • Eat papaya or take a digestive enzyme to help break down foods.
  • Eat ginger to help control nausea.
  • Activated charcoal can help with bloating and acid problems.
  • Swedish bitters help aid digestions.
  • Abdominal massage can help stimulate digestion.
  • ¬†Eat smaller meals throughout the day to give your stomach time to empty.
  • Chew slowly.
  • Engage in light exercise after eating to aid digestion.
  • Only eat meats that are pureed or ground.
  • Avoid drinking, stop smoking.
  • Drink so you stay hydrated, but drink slowly.
  • Drink fruit juice instead of eating whole fruits.
  • Take lipoic acid to help regulate blood sugar and encourage digestion.
  • Puree as many meals as you can to make digestion easier.
  • Lavender can be taken to help soothe the stomach nerves.
  • Peppermint helps to improve digestion.
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