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Paralyzed stomach, constipation, liquid diet

Diagnosed with gastroparesis & nonulcer dyspepsia with impaired accommodation & compliance” & on a temporary all LIQUID low-fat low-fiber diet for slow motility (barely moving) for a week now, with no relief. Past eating disorder nutritionists have said anorexics must eat enough despite symptoms to push thru & regulate bowel function. Been eating well for years, but symptoms persist, bloating acute now. Traditional MD & GI aren’t educated in best dietary approach. Which sounds right in this case? Suggestions? Good luck answering this, lol.

Answer:

Thanks for your question! From your description you are in a difficult situation. My view is that at this stage you should continue with your doctors advice and stay on the liquid low fat, low fiber diet. However I believe that whilst following these types of diets they will help reduce symptoms, but do little to combat the underlying causes. There can be a number of factors at play, inflammation, bacterial imbalance, irritation and sensitivity from excess stomach acid. All of these issues need to be addressed. I have found the following foods to be particularly helpful in people with problems relating to the digestive system. – Fresh ginger – (Zingiber officinale) has been used to treat a number of medical conditions, including those that affect the digestive tract. It has anti-inflammatory properties and recent studies have shown that ginger stimulated gastric emptying in patients with functional dyspepsia. I would suggest buying some fresh ginger root from your local supermarket and finely grate a small amount of ginger into your food. Alternatively you can cut a few thin slices and add it to cup of herbal tea. Adding it to a cup of camomile tea can help further sooth your stomach as camomile also contains natural anti-inflammatory which have been shown to heal the digestive system. – Pro-biotic yoghurt – It is well documented that symptoms of dyspepsia may be linked to the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. Yoghurt that contains live bacteria has been shown to benefit people with digestive disorders. Animal studies demonstrated that probiotic treatment is effective in reducing H. pylori-associated gastric inflammation. Look for a natural live yoghurt that is free from additives and artificial sweeteners. – Pineapple- in situations where digestive functions are compromised, the production of digestive enzymes can be reduced. Pineapple is natural source of proteolytic enzymes (protein-digesting), consuming this with meals can help improve digestion. Although I would say that in some cases it can lead to excess gas, especially if consumed with dairy products, so would eat the fruit away from some foods. Additionally pineapple does contain fiber, so this is something that you may need to hold off on until you have completed the temporary liquid diet your doctor has recommended. Initially you can blend the pineapple into a smoothie which will make it slightly easier to process, but will still allow you to introduce some fiber into your diet. I would suggest if you would like to try any of the above not to introduce them all at the same time, but to try them individually and then assess how your body responds. By doing it one at a time, you can identify what works and what doesn’t and over time find which works best for you.

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