Many people suffer from Gastroparesis due to their busy lifestyles. Here we share the effective home remedies for Gastroparesis.
Let us little understand what is Gastroparesis before getting into the details of the home remedies.
Gastroparesis means delayed gastric emptying stomach. This happens when the stomach is taking too long to empty clear the food.
Still, it is not so clear what causes gastroparesis til today. One of the reasons could be vagus nerves which control the muscles of the stomach. There are many other factors too such as hypothyroidism, untreated diabetes, radiation therapy, abdominal surgery and also some nervous system diseases.
The common factor is eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia can increase the risk of developing gastroparesis.
Gastroparesis symptoms are as follows:-
- unintended weight loss
- upper abdominal pain
- repeated lung infections or pneumonia
- swollen abdomen
- low appetite
- fluctuation in blood sugar levels
feeling full even after eating a very small amount of food
The above symptoms of severity can be different from person to person. It is always advisable to seek medical help so that it is controlled at the early stages.
There are simple home remedies for Gastroparesis anyone could choose along with a certain lifestyle and diet to recover fast.
Gastroparesis Home Treatment
1. Probiotic Foods
Probiotic is a live microorganism consisting of several digestive benefits if consumed in adequate amounts. The characteristic of probiotic microorganisms is it is capable of breaking down the food and absorbing nutrients.
Probiotic foods are like kefir Greek yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, sour pickles, and buttermilk. In stores pro-biotic supplements also available better consult a doctor before use.
2. Aloe Vera
People suffer from gastroparesis could eat Aloe Vera to get relief. Aloe Vera regulates bowel moments in your stomach and helps digestion.
For a good digestive system, Aloe Vara supports well and gives you relief from stomach pain and bloating.
Aloe Vera can be consumed as a juice. One cup a day when you wake up every day in the morning to get a good bowel movement. Take two tables spoons of Aloe Vera gel and blend with one cup of water or orange juice using a blender to make Aloe Vera juice.
Based on your condition of the gastroparesis Aloe Vera juice can be taken before meals also.
Overdose always no good for anything and the same goes with Aloe Vera. You should not take Aloe Vera juice more than 2 tablespoons at a time. Ideally once a day is good enough.
Aloe Vera has also considered one of the good home remedies for Gastroparesis due to its ability to cure faster.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another effective home remedy for gastroparesis for relieving abdominal pain, bloating and heartburn while improving your digestion.
A recent study by the BMC Gastroenterology journal in patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus reveals vinegar is effective against the gastroparesis as well.
Use raw one teaspoon full of unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and drink 15 minutes before your meal three times a day.
4. Vitamin D
Adequate Vitamin D is a must for people who are suffering from gastroparesis. Morning sunshine gives natural vitamin D to your body which plays a key role in your body for an enteric nervous system.
Inadequate vitamin D can affect your body's immune, neurological and digestion.
A Recent study by Hormone and Metabolic Research reveals that an increase in vitamin D in the human body improves gastric motility of gastroparesis patients.
This is a very cool home remedy because it's so simple to get on to your body. Just walk out in the early morning and take good morning sunlight over your body.
Vitamin D rich food also can be consumed, such as fortified cereals, soy products, and fortified milk.
5. Acupressure and Acupuncture
Acupressure and Acupuncture medicine techniques for gastric emptying stomach is Acupressure and acupuncture. In this technique, thin needles are inserted over the median lines of the body or fingers are pressed over the acupoints.
This treatment improves body neurological functions and boosts immunity. Give relief from gastroparesis against the symptoms of bloating, vomiting and nausea.
Acupressure and Acupuncture also improve oxygen-rich blood circulation over the body by which makes a digestive system to function properly.
A recent study by the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine that Acupressure and acupuncture have therapeutic effects on diabetic gastroparesis in addition to controlling blood sugar in the body.
Immediate relief from stomach problems is experienced by pressing acupressure points PC6 that is on the wrist and ST36 located on the front of the leg and below the kneecap for a few minutes. Always good to seek doctor advice to treat gastroparesis symptoms with acupuncture.
6. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is nothing but giving your internal organs a good exercise and making them stronger and healthy. It helps to stimulate the vagus nerve and increases blood flow towards the digestive tract enabling good digestion by good bowel movements.
Using this Deep breathing technique can get relief from nausea, bloating, abdominal pain and vomiting which are the symptoms of gastroparesis.
How to do deep breathing
- Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and keep your hands above the hips and side of your abdomen.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose and allow your stomach and abdomen to expand fully.
- Hold your breath for just about 3 seconds.
- Exhale slowly through your mouth for about 5 seconds that is longer than your inhalation.
- Repeat this breathing exercise for a few minutes that is comfortable for you. Please never overdo.
- This exercise can be done any number of times in a day. Good to start in the morning after clearing the bowels before breakfast.
Deep breathing is a pure simple one of the best home remedies for Gastroparesis. Apart from that it also got many many benefits to maintaining good health.
7. Virgin Coconut Oil
As you all know Virgin coconut oil has become famous and is used in various ways. The fatty acids found in coconut oil are what make a difference in the digestive system.
Meaning fatty acids do not depend on bile salts and enzymes for its digestion. This oil by nature controls the inflammation and assist improve the immune system and good for the digestion system.
- Add one teaspoon full of virgin coconut oil to a ¼ cup of water. Warm in the microwave or on a stove melt oil thoroughly in the water. Instead of water could mix in a cup of tea as well.
- Drink this solution before every meal.
Ginger the great Ginger. There is no doubt that Ginger has natural qualities to treat gastroparesis. It stimulates digestion juices and the enzymes very well for the food to digest properly empty the stomach much faster clear nausea.
How to consume ginger
- Mix one or two teaspoons full of ginger juice in a cup of warm water and drink 30 minutes before the meal.
- Drinking a few cups of ginger tea daily also will do good. Making ginger tea is very easy. Boil 1 to 1½ cup of water and add about five ginger slices allowing to simmer for 5 minutes.
- The next option is to take ginger supplements. Remember to seek doctor advice before taking ginger supplements.
Peppermint has the necessary properties to give relief from vomiting and nausea the symptoms of gastroparesis. It has qualities to help digestion and treat intestinal cramps and bloating.
- Put few peppermint oils on the handkerchief and keep smelling often to get relief from nausea.
- Drinking peppermint tea is good for digestion. To make peppermint tea, use dried peppermint leaves in a hot cup of for about 10 minutes. Strain the tea before drinking.
- Peppermint oil capsules also help as an alternative but seek doctors' advice before use.
Fluids or liquids importantly water intake should be increased to treat gastroparesis. Water provides sufficient alkalizing pancreatic juices to avoid pyloric valve from opening. Meaning helps in reducing the result of the discomfort of gastroparesis.
- Drink water in small quantities at regular intervals.
- Intake of fruit juices or vegetable juices also good.
- Consuming clear soups or broths can be another way to increase fluids intake.
Gastroparesis Diet Handout
Bread - White bread and “Light” whole wheat bread (no nuts, seeds, etc.), including French/Italian, Bagels (plain or egg), English muffin, Plain roll, Pita bread, Tortilla (flour or corn), Pancake, Waffle, Naan, Flatbread
Cereals - Quick oats (plain), Grits, Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, Puffed wheat and rice cereals such as Cheerios, Sugar Pop, Kix, Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Crispies
Grains/Potatoes - Rice (plain), Pasta, macaroni (plain), Bulgur wheat (couscous), Barley, Sweet and white potatoes (no skin, plain), Yams, French fries (baked)
Crackers/Chips - Arrowroot, Breadsticks, Matzoh, Melba toast, Oyster, Pretzels, Saltines, Soda, Zwieback, Water crackers, Baked potato chips, Pretzels
2. MEATS, FISH, POULTRY, ETC – GROUND OR PUREED
Beef -Baby beef, Chipped beef, Flank steak, Tenderloin, Plate skirt steak, Round (bottom or top), Rump
Veal - Leg, Loin, Rib, Shank, Shoulder
Pork - Lean pork, Tenderloin, Pork chops, Ham
Poultry (skinless) - Chicken, Turkey
Wild Game (no skin) - Venison, Rabbit, Squirrel, Pheasant, Duck, Goose
Fish/Shellfish - -(fresh or frozen, plain, no breading)-- Crab, Lobster, Shrimp,
Clams, Scallops, Oysters, Tuna (in water)
Cheese - Cottage cheese, Grated Parmesan
Eggs - (no creamed or fried), Egg white, Egg substitute Tofu, Strained baby meats (all)
3. VEGETABLES (Cooked, and if necessary, blenderized/strained)
Beets, Tomato sauce, Tomato juice, Tomato paste or purée, Carrots, Strained baby vegetables (all), Mushrooms, Vegetable juice
4. FRUITS AND JUICES (Cooked and, if necessary, blenderized/strained)
Fruits, Applesauce, Banana, Peaches (canned), Pears (canned), Strained baby fruits (all), Juices (all), Fruit Drinks, Fruit-flavored beverages
5. MILK PRODUCTS (if tolerated)
Milk – any as tolerated, Chocolate, Buttermilk, Yogurt (without fruit pieces), Frozen yogurt, Kefir (liquid yogurt), Evaporated milk, Condensed milk, Milk powder, Custard/pudding
Broth, Bouillon, Strained creamed soups (with milk or water)
Hot cocoa (made with water or milk), Kool-Aid®, Lemonade, Tang and similar powdered products, Gatorade® or Powerade ®, Soft drinks, Coffee/ coffee drinks, Tea/ Chai
Cranberry sauce (smooth), Fat-free gravies, Molly McButter®, Butter Buds, Mustard, Ketchup, Vegetable oil spray, Soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce, Tabasco® sauce, Vanilla and other flavoring extracts, Vinegar
Angel food cake, Animal crackers, Gelatin, Gingersnaps, Graham crackers, Popsicles, Plain sherbet, Vanilla wafers, Gum, Gumdrops, Hard candy, Jellybeans, Lemon drops, Rolled candy (such as Lifesavers), Marshmallows Seedless jams and jellies
10. Food that should be avoided
Apples, Berries, Coconut, Figs, Oranges, Persimmons, Brussels sprouts Green beans, Legumes, Potato peels, Sauerkraut
Note: Source of Gastroparesis Diet Handout is from University Vergina Health System
Always prevention is better than cure so eat on time, drink lots of water and avoid junk foods as much as possible to have a healthy living and no gastroparesis ever.
Benefit from these home remedies for Gastroparesis and in case this condition prolongs do not delay seeing a doctor.