Gastroparesis: Basically, a slowing-down of the stomach. That’s what it is. That can happen for many, many reasons. I’ve had many people asking me, “Why did I get this condition? It’s painful. I feel sick. I’ve got nausea. I’ve got abdominal cramping. I hate feeling like this.” There are many causes. Some people I’ve seen over the years have had surgery done, and that can affect some of the muscles of the stomach. There are certain autoimmune conditions, like scleroderma, for example, that affect the collagen in the body. That can create a hardening or a sclerosing, including some nerves around the stomach. So there are some special conditions like that. Other people say it could be damage to the vagus nerve, which is the largest parasympathetic nerve which connects up the various parts of the GI tract up with the brain, and also the breathing.
So there are so many potential causes. Another one is diabetes. Especially, Type Two diabetes can have also a helping hand in creating this condition. But how can you treat it? What are some simple things you can do to help people with gastroparesis? What can you do? Well, I think the biggest thing that I found is getting people to slow down a bit and chew food properly. Smaller meals, smaller mouthfuls, really, really well chewing. I had a lady a couple of years ago with his condition, bad, and I found out that she wasn’t chewing properly and she was eating far too much food. So eat small meals, okay?
Also, experiment with different types of fiber and fat, because sometimes fat can be more delayed in how it is released from the stomach and how it’s digested. So chewing very well. Smaller meals. Experiment with different fats. You could try some different fats in with the food to see if that works. Be careful with really sweet foods or fruity foods. You could even follow a kind of a candida-type diet. Just be careful for sugars in your diet. I found that not a really good one for this particular condition.
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The big one, also, which is overlooked, is nice slow, deep breathing. I really would like you to try that if you’ve got that condition, because it helps to settle and calm that vagus nerve down. People who tend to relax a lot more and really take their time around meals, not rush so much, tend to have a far more effective parasympathetic response, and that really improves the digestion. So try that basic thing. Remember, the simple basic things often have the best effect on people, not the complicated things. Not things designed by Apple or Microsoft, really complex things. But simple things improve your health. And that’s what I’m all about: looking at natural ways and simple ways for you to alleviate these symptoms. But try that out. You don’t need expensive drugs or long drug regimes, taking pills every two or three hours. Try that relaxation thing that I just spoke about. Look carefully at your lifestyle. Look carefully at how you eat and when you eat.
Also, for example, another thing that you may want to consider is not lying down too quickly after a meal. Make sure you walk around. So keep that food up in here so you’re not going to get bloating and gut issues and laying down. Some people will eat their meal at eight, nine PM at night and then lay down within half an hour. That’s not crazy. That’s not really a good way to live. Best to eat earlier on and spend more time walking, all right? And it’s a thing like that could make all the difference.