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Foods and vitamins for gastroparesis

By Anonymous August 16, 2017 - 4:20am
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How often to eat and can this condition be treated without more drugs. My adult son is schizophrenic and has loss a dangerous amount of weught.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach's motility is slowed down or doesn't work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly.

Maintaining adequate nutrition is the most important goal in the treatment of gastroparesis.

Eat smaller meals more frequently
Chew food thoroughly
Eat well-cooked fruits and vegetables rather than raw fruits and vegetables
Avoid fibrous fruits and vegetables, such as oranges and broccoli, which may cause bezoars
Choose mostly low-fat foods, but if you can tolerate them, add small servings of fatty foods to your diet
Try soups and pureed foods if liquids are easier for you to swallow
Drink about 34 to 51 ounces (1 to 1.5 liters) of water a day
Exercise gently after you eat, such as going for a walk
Avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol and smoking
Try to avoid lying down for 2 hours after a meal
Take a multivitamin daily

Here's a brief list of foods recommended for people with gastroparesis (your dietitian can give you a more comprehensive list):


White bread and rolls and "light" whole-wheat bread without nuts or seeds
Plain or egg bagels
English muffins
Flour or corn tortillas
Puffed wheat and rice cereals
Cream of wheat or rice
White crackers
Potatoes, white or sweet (no skin)
Baked french fries

Lean beef, veal and pork (not fried)
Chicken or turkey (no skin and not fried)
Crab, lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters
Tuna (packed in water)
Cottage cheese
Strained meat baby food
Fruits and vegetables

Baby food vegetables and fruits
Tomato sauce, paste, puree, juice
Carrots (cooked)
Beets (cooked)
Mushrooms (cooked)
Vegetable juice
Vegetable broth
Fruit juices and drinks
Peaches and pears (canned)

Milk, if tolerated
Yogurt (without fruit pieces)
Custard and pudding
Frozen yogurt

Hope this is a start,

August 16, 2017 - 6:34am
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