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Ward Off Gastroparesis Through Diet Changes

Limit You Gastroparesis Symptoms with a Healthy DietIn normal digestion, muscular contractions move food through your digestive tract. When you have gastroparesis, the stomach muscles that normally move food are not signaled properly by the vagus nerve, resulting in delayed gastric emptying. Some changes in your diet may be necessary in order to reduce abdominal pain and bloating, feeling full after minimal eating, heartburn, weight loss and lack of appetite; all of which are associated with gastroparesis. Here are some tips on reducing your symptoms:

Eat less, but more often. Up the frequency of your meals, so that you’re having four to six small meals per day. Small, but frequent meals aid the stomach in emptying faster and reduces abdominal bloating and the feeling of fullness.

Watch your fat and fiber intake. Limit high-fat foods because fat takes the longest to empty from your stomach, which can slow the process of other nutrients being digested. Eat less fiber because it can linger in your stomach and ferment, causing a trapped mass.

When it comes to meat, stick to lean protein sources. Lean meat and protein sources minimize the fat that may sit in your stomach and delay digestion. Also, ground or pureed meat digest better. Try healthy dairy options such as low-fat cheese or yogurt, egg whites and tofu.

Go against the grain. While most healthy diets recommend minimizing white breads, pasta, and simple starches, you may want to consider lower-fiber grains and starches. They are easier to digest, and include white bread, white rice or pasta, plain grits, saltines and potatoes. Steer clear of bran, wheat, and high-fiber grains.

With fruits and vegetables, cooking is key. Cook raw vegetables and fruits and blend or juice them. Consider tomato puree, applesauce, bananas, Mushrooms, and strained baby vegetables or fruits.

If you have gastroparesis, talk with your specialist about a specific diet plan.

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