Peppermint helps relieve nausea and vomiting, two of the most common gastroparesis symptoms. It also aids digestion and helps treat bloating and intestinal cramps.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology shows that peppermint oil enhances gastric emptying.
- To stop nausea, put a few drops of peppermint oil on a handkerchief and sniff it from time to time.
- To improve digestion, drink peppermint tea once or twice a day. Make the tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink it.
- Alternatively, you can take enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules, under your doctor’s guidance.
People suffering from gastroparesis should drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Water helps to avoid insufficient alkalizing pancreatic juices, which helps prevent the pyloric valve from opening. This in turn reduces the severity of discomforts associated with gastroparesis.
Furthermore, people suffering from diabetes-related gastroparesis often digest fluid normally.
- Sip water at regular intervals. It is also recommended to drink water while eating food.
- Fruit juices and vegetable juices are also recommended.
- Consuming clear soups and broths can also be helpful.
- Instead of the traditional 3 meals a day, start eating 5 or 6 small meals. Space these smaller meals at least 2 hours apart.
- Pay attention to the consistency of food and opt for liquids and low-residue foods to avoid fiber. For instance, instead of eating a whole apple, opt for applesauce.
- Follow a very low-carbohydrate diet with very little or even no fat. This means cutting bacon, salami, cheese, whole grains, cabbage, corn and beans out of your diet.
- Avoid foods that are hard to digest, such as dairy products, hot and spicy foods, oily foods, and raw fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber.
- Avoid eating fatty foods that trigger the release of hormones that slow down stomach emptying.
- Include tuna, scallops, egg whites, low-fat cheese, and yogurt in your diet.
- Eat well-cooked vegetables and fruits as much as possible.
- Take time to eat and enjoy your meal, while chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing.
- If nausea is a problem, stay away from strong-smelling foods.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol and avoid smoking.
- Try meditative chanting to stimulate a vibratory sensation inside the body, which in turn stimulates the vagus nerve function.
- Avoid lying down immediately after a meal. Instead, take a short walk or do some light exercise to aid the digestive process.
- Make necessary efforts to control underlying conditions that may be aggravating gastroparesis.