Gastroparesis (GP), or delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder whereby your stomach’s emptying ability is slowed down or doesn’t work at all. Symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, early satiety (feeling full easily), abdominal discomfort and bloating, heartburn, and a decreased, poor appetite with weight loss.
The trouble begins in the stomach. The different areas of the stomach have different functions. The top part serves as a reservoir after a meal and facilitates the chemical digestion of food into large particles. The lower part is mainly responsible for grinding, mixing, and reducing the food further into very small particles, called chyme. Between meals, there’s a mechanical wave called the migrating motor complex that moves foods from the stomach through the intestinal tract and all the way out of the body. Often times with GP, this wave is not working properly. The vagus nerve also causes muscular contractions in the stomach. When this is damaged, paresis can also occur.
It's best to meet with a local, registered dietitian to discuss an individual diet therapy. Crystal Saltrelli is a Certified Health Coach who practices an holistic approach and has been living with GP, herself. She has a phenomenal support system. Check out her website at www.livingwithgastroparesis.com