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June 01, 2012

3 Solutions for A Paralyzed Stomach - Gastroparesis

Every now and then, we all feel a little sluggish.

It can be the result of a number of things--when we're fighting a virus, didn't sleep well the night before, had a tough workout, were up late working or studying, etc.

Typically, once we get a good night's sleep, or rest our muscles or the virus we're fighting passes, the sluggishness goes away.

But it's quite a different story when your stomach is sluggish.

Isn't it?

Because a sluggish stomach isn't relieved by rest and typically causes a lot more problems than just some yawning and a desire to flop on the couch for an evening.

Here's the scoop on a sluggish stomach--otherwise known as gastroparesis.
 

Gastroparesis -- the "paralyzed stomach"

Gastroparesis literally means "paralyzed stomach."

It occurs when the muscles in your stomach don't open like they should to let your partially digested food (called "chyme") pass into the upper part of your small intestine (your duodenum).

This is a serious condition for two major reasons.

For one, the duodenum is the "Grand Central Station" of your digestive tract. Here is where the MOST digestive action takes place--NOT in your stomach as so many people believe.

So if your food (chyme) isn't passing into your digestive hot spot like it should, well, guess what gets screwed up?

Yup--your digestion.

And that can mean all kinds of "nasties" like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and poor nutrient absorption (which can then lead to weight loss and malnutrition).

You can also get vomiting, nausea, heartburn and lack of appetite.

The guest that stayed too long...

Another reason gastroparesis is serious is because if your food ISN'T going into the duodenum like it's supposed to, that means it's overstaying its welcome in your stomach.

When this happens the food can actually harden (called a bezoar) and cause a blockage that can be life-threatening.

In addition, food that sits in the stomach too long, rots. And that can lead to harmful bacteria overgrowth in your stomach, which can make you extremely ill.

Plus, gastroparesis can make diabetes worse by making blood glucose control more difficult.

The reason for that is when food that was delayed in the stomach finally gets to the duodenum, blood glucose levels rise. Since gastroparesis can make stomach emptying so erratic, a diabetic person's blood glucose level can also be erratic and hard to control.
 

"Why is my stomach too pooped to pop?"

Causes of gastroparesis may include:

1) Damage or malfunction of the vagus nerve

The vagus nerve is actually a pair of nerves that run down from your brain stem, wrap around various organs, and end in your abdominal area.

The vagus nerve helps to regulate heartbeat, control muscle movement, keep you breathing and keep your digestive tract in working order--including contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to move food along.

So if it's not working right...your stomach doesn't have the muscle power it needs to push food through.

Other causes or contributing factors of gastroparesis can be:

2) Diabetes--which can cause vagus nerve damage

3) H. pylori infection in the stomach

4) Medications (like anticholinergics and narcotics) that slow contractions in the GI tract

5) Surgery on the stomach or abdominal area

6) Viral infection

7) Autoimmune diseases

8) Nervous system disorders like Parkinson's

Many people also have "idiopathic" gastroparesis, which means a cause can't be found.
 

So what happens now?

Gastroparesis is usually diagnosed by a scope, ultrasound or the new "Smart Pill"--a wireless electronic capsule you swallow that looks around at your innards, transmits data to a little receiver that you wear on your hip, and eventually makes its way to your toilet bowl.

As far as treatment goes, if the underlying condition behind gastroparesis can be tackled, then the stomach should (hopefully) get things moving again like it's supposed to.

But many people either can't correct the underlying problem (as in the case of things like Parkinson's) or don't know what it is...

...and they continue to suffer.

Gastroparesis is somewhat of a challenge to the medical community too, and their offerings aren't too attractive.

The most common is only for symptomatic relief, like medications to control nausea and vomiting.

Another "option" (if you can call it that) is drugs to stimulate the muscle contractions in the stomach, like Reglan. But that comes with a deadly price...because Reglan can cause an irreversible condition called
"Tardive Dyskinesia."

Tardive Dyskinesia is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, uncontrollable movements such as grimacing, sticking out your tongue, lip smacking, puckering and rapid eye blinking.

Rapid movements of the arms, legs and trunk can also occur. Movements of the fingers may appear as though you're playing an air guitar or piano.

Surgery (stomach stapling or bypass) is also done in certain cases.
 

Safer options

If the typical treatment options either don't excite or scare the living daylights out of you, that's understandable.

The good news is there are safe, natural, effective options that can help with gastroparesis...and you don't have to worry about your tongue sticking out uncontrollably or staples in your gut.

They include:

1) Lipoic acid

This is especially helpful for diabetes-induced gastroparesis. Lipoic acid helps liver function and regulation of blood sugar, plus it also happens to be an outstanding antioxidant.

Experts recommend 600 mg. of lipoic acid daily.
 

2) Make your meals easier to digest in the first place

When your stomach is challenged in its ability to push food through, then it's not just a "good idea" but absolutely VITAL that you eat meals that are easily broken down and digested.

The Great Taste No Pain health system can make this a no-brainer for you.

And for those of you who have gluten sensitivity, Great Taste No Gluten.

The Great Taste No Pain and Great Taste No Gluten both guide you on how to construct delicious, nutritious, easy-to-digest meals.

You see, the average typical modern meal is anything BUT easy to digest. Look around you in the grocery store or drug store--you'll see and endless ocean of antacids, anti-gas remedies and anti-diarrheals and this is why.

But when you follow the few simple food pairing rules you'll learn in GTNP or GTNG, you'll be giving your stomach a HUGE help in an area where it needs it.
 

3) Digestive enzymes

Supplementation with a high quality digestive enzyme supplement can also be very helpful with gastroparesis (and other digestive issues).

And Digestizol Max fits the bill.

Its super-potent blend of 14 enzymes targets a broad range of proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, fats and fibers in your diet.

Plus its 5 herbal botanicals assist in soothing and healing your digestive tract.

Digestizol Max will help to digest every single kind of food you could possibly eat...which gives a body with a compromised stomach a welcome boost, plus helps to conserve your body's remaining natural enzyme supply.

With Digestizol Max, not only will you be taking a huge step toward helping with gastroparesis, but also help to prevent other enzyme-related issues down the road.
 

Gastroparesis is a burden to increasing numbers of people...and the lack of viable, effective treatment options can make people who have it feel hopeless.

But when you take safe, natural measures to give your body the help it so desperately needs to accomplish the digestive process, it can make all the difference in the world.

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

PS: The fire ball inside Thomas is no more...

Hi Sherry,

I have been suffering from stomach problems for as long as I can remember. I turned 40 less than a month ago and went through a horrible past couple of months prior to that. I was out on medical leave due to anxiety and other problems.

I had a syncopal episode which the doctors thought was a seizure and went through a battery of tests to prove it wasn't. I also had a cardiac workup done to rule out that I didn't have heart issues.

All along those weeks I was off work, I really wanted to see a gastroenterologist because I was having severe bloating, cramping, and gas. Whatever I ate made it worse and therefore I stayed away from eating anything but a liquid diet. I felt weak, frustrated, and still anxious.

A week ago, I finally got my appointment to have an upper and lower endoscopy done to see what was going on. It turned out that I have gastritis. The doctor described it as a "fire ball" on my inside.

The next day, I started researching what kinds of food I could eat that would not cause any irritation to my already irritated stomach. I saw your website and looked into what you had to say. I thought to myself that this is exactly what I'm going through, but I had my doubts that something this easy would make such a huge difference quickly.

I was desperate to get some kind of answer to my problems so I tried your Great Taste No Pain plan. To my amazement, I felt better the same day. Still unsure that maybe it was just for the day, I went ahead and gave it a few more days. It has been over a week now and I feel great!

I don't have anymore stomach pain, no bloating, no gas, no cramping. It was truly a blessing for me. I feel more energy, less anxious, and not afraid to eat wondering if I'll pay for it later.

Your program is very easy to do and there is no special diet that you have to spend to do it. You are truly amazing and I am grateful to have found your system. I have told a few of my friends about it and they are trying it as well.

Thank you so much for changing my life. Now I can honestly say that life begins at 40.

Sincerely,

Thomas

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