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.
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"
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?
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.
that stayed too long...
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
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:
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:
Diabetes--which can cause vagus nerve damage
H. pylori infection in the stomach
Medications (like anticholinergics and narcotics) that slow
contractions in the GI tract
Surgery on the stomach or abdominal area
Nervous system disorders like Parkinson's
Many people also
have "idiopathic" gastroparesis, which means a cause can't be
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
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...
continue to suffer.
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
(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
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
stapling or bypass) is also done in certain cases.
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.
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.
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.
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Gastroparesis is a burden to increasing numbers of people...and the lack of
viable, effective treatment options can make people who have it
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,
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