Gastroparesis is not a well-known disease. Yet, approximately ten percent of the population has a problem with this medical condition. What is gastroparesis? Gastroparesis is a condition where the nerves in the stomach are damaged- which causes delayed emptying. It is not known what causes the stomach nerve to become damaged. What is known is once the stomach has problems processing food, the person with this condition will always have problems.
The best way to deal with gastroparesis is to liquefy food. When a person with this condition tries to eat solid foods such as raw fruits, raw vegetables, meats, greasy food, and high fiber, the stomach struggles to metabolize the food. Food gets stuck in the stomach. Instead of taking six to eight hours to digest food like a normal person, a patient with gastroparesis can take one, two, five, seven or more days to process food. With food not passing, it can cause extreme gas, severe stomach pain, weight gain, and many other complications. So why liquefy food? Because when food is put into a liquid state, this allows the stomach to process the food normally. Then the stomach doesn’t struggle to pass the liquid because half of the digestive process has already been completed for the body.
What is the result if someone doesn’t liquefy their food? In the long run, the patient will have powerful gas, many stomach pains, bloating, vomiting, and complications with malnutrition. Because food isn’t processing like it should, this causes an unstable blood sugar level- which in turn leads to diabetes. As a person continues to not take care of their health, the stomach will worsen. In the beginning, there are medications that can help alleviate the pain and force the stomach to contract, but with time this medicine stops being effective. What continues to happen? A person will continue to deteriorate for the worse.
Now let’s look at what happens if someone does liquefy their food. Positive results happen immediately. The person will have energy. There will be no pain in the stomach area. The body will process all nutrients as it should- which means no more diseases (regarding gastroparesis), no breaking bones or teeth, and no more constipation, bloating, or vomiting. With time, the patient won’t have to take medicine. Does the condition ever get better? No. But the condition can become manageable to live with. And the only other drawback is the person might be hungrier than normal. This person will have to prepare every meal. It is wise to eat (or drink in this case) five to six times a day. Small meals don’t overload the stomach and frequent eating maintains the blood sugar as well as keeping the metabolism working.
Liquefied foods, what exactly are they? A great source of protein and vitamins is found in a product called Shakeology. It tastes delicious, it fills the stomach up, and it provides fuel for the body. Juicing is another great option. Stay all natural by juicing fruits and vegetables. Make sure there is no pulp in the juice and enjoy a tasty pureed snack. Drink lots of water. Have a nice cup of hot tea. Try to stay with any liquid that is a natural substance.
When the person is ready, add back some solid foods. Each person is different as to what they can handle. Try to avoid all insoluble fibers; this is anything that has a peel, seeds inside, or is crunchy. Only stick with soluble fibers and dairy. With time, 75% of the meals should be liquid and 25% of the meals can be solid food.
Gastroparesis is not a normal condition. It causes many problems with the stomach, but when managed properly, the pain and troubles can become minimal.