Five Ways to avoid Digestion Disasters

A good old fashioned gut ache is one ailment that leaves you debilitated, a lump of flesh laying on the couch, clutching yourself and cursing every single centimeter of your intestinal tract. Today's hustle-bustle living, where eating is often done on the run, with little to no thought, is a prescription for digestion disaster. Here now are five ways to avoid your stomach exacting sweet revenge on you, and to help make digestion a dream.

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A Prescription For Your Survival With Gastroparesis

After a gastroparesis diagnosis, how various treatments, ranging from prescription medication to a dietary overhaul, can make living with this stomach ailment as comfortable as possible. It's hard to have gut instincts if your guts are always in a knot. Gastroparesis, the medical te

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Diabetes a Common Cause of Gastroparesis

Diabetics who experience frequent heartburn, stomach pain or bloating may be experiencing the symptoms of delayed gastric emptying. Diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying. That's because high blood sugar causes chemical changes in nerves, including the vagus nerve, which controls the movement of food through the digestive tract. High blood sugar also damages the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the nerves, further impairing their functioning.

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Diabetes and Gastroparesis: A Vicious Cycle

Gastroparesis, or delayed stomach emptying, can be a vicious cycle for a diabetic. Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to gastroparesis, and gastroparesis can lead to poor blood sugar control.

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Things Really Do Get Better

Before Rose was diagnosed with gastroparesis last November, her favorite thing to do was to eat out and enjoy wonderful meals with family and friends — something to which I can definitely relate. She went through a hard time this past fall and winter, but now her vibrant smile has returned. Rose is 46 and lives in Huntington, New York, which is on Long Island. She works nearby for a large corporation and loves to spend time with her 23-year-old daughter and 21-year-old son. She enjoys working out and being outdoors, and she's recently started running a little in addition to her long walks.

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Online Gastroparesis Resource

From bezoars to "smart pills", the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) website contains a wealth of information about gastroparesis. The site includes sections on:

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Friend & Foe Foods for Sufferers Of Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, the long and ugly word for what happens when the stomach doesn't digest food properly, doesn't necessarily condemn the sufferer to a life of lemon water and soda crackers. Sure, the slow emptying of your guts isn't to be taken lightly, as the accompanying nausea, heartburn and weight loss will confirm, but the good news is that with some minor but important lifestyle and dietary changes, gastroparesis can be managed effectively.

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I Have Gastroparesis Online Support Group

The Experience Project website calls itself "the largest living collection of shared experiences", telling visitors, "This is your place to connect, explore and share the experiences that matter most to you." The site claims to share over 8 million life stories and experiences.

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Review Compares Metoclopramide to Domperidone for Gastroparesis

For those who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of gastroparesis, Professors A. Patrick and O. Epstein have published a 17-page review of the current literature on gastroparesis and gastroparesis treatment in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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One Woman's Gastroparesis Journey

A 27-year-old American woman with severe gastroparesis, Kirby, has created a website called livingwithgp.com in which she chronicles her struggle with the condition. On her home page, Kirby says:

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Gastric Electrical Stimulation

The following information on gastric electrical stimulation treatment for gastroparesis is from the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of California:

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Gastroparesis in Young Children

The website InfantRefluxDisease.com contains an article on gastroparesis in children. In the article, author R.Maclean says that approximately half of all babies with reflux will also have gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying.

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High Tech SmartPill Helps Diagnose Gastroparesis

The SmartPill is a single-use, ingestible capsule that uses sensor technology to measure pressure, pH and temperature throughout the entire GI tract. The vitamin-sized SmartPill measures and provides data for gastric emptying time, small bowel transit time, colonic transit time, combined small and large bowel transit time and whole gut transit time.

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The Impact of Stress on Gastroparesis

Anyone with gastroparesis (GP) can tell you that stress has an impact on their gastroparesis symptoms, and may interfere with the effectiveness of their gastroparesis medication. Health Counsellor Crystal Saltrelli, a GP patient herself, has a video on her website, livingwithgastroparesis.com, containing useful information specifically about stress and GP.

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Your Guts vs. Gastroparesis

So your doctor has confirmed you have gastroparesis. Whether the diagnosis came after a long frustrating and uncomfortable search for the answer, or if your MD had a correct hunch and you won the medical answer lottery, the fact remains - your stomach is taking its sweet time emptying its contents.

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Health and Nutrition Counsellor Specializes in Treating Gastroparesis

Crystal Saltrelli is a gastroparesis specialist. Diagnosed with idiopathic (no clear cause) gastroparesis at age 23 in 2004, she decided she had to become her own "expert" on gastroparesis treatment. She went on to become a Certified Health and Nutrition Counsellor, and now specializes in helping other people with gastroparesis.

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Lemon Water Excellent for Gastrointestinal Disorder

Does anyone drink lemon water? I'm starting tomorrow..

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Motillium or Gravol?

You're feeling sick. So sick you can't even get off the couch, stuck watching daytime TV. You need it to stop. There is a lot of conflicting information out there as to what you should be taking. Two big names,Motillium (domperidone) and Gravol (dimenhydrinate), both say that they can make you feel better; but can which is better?

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Gastroparesis Home Remedies

Gastroparesis can cause many unpleasant symptoms, from bloating and cramping to vomiting. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, try some of these home remedies.

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Bionic Stomach to Cure Gastroparesis for UK Teenager

£22,000 - That's the amount that a family in England are trying to raise for an operation that will help their teenage daughter from vomiting up to 50 times per day.

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Why is Ginger so Good for Your Tummy?

Ginger is everywhere- ginger ale, cookies, sushi restaurants, natural supplements. Personally, whenever I have the flu, I've been told to drink ginger ale, and have recently been taking ginger pastilles, which are chewable, and helped my nausea almost instantly. Ginger is used in tons of different places as a spice, a tea, and sometimes even as an aphrodisiac. I got to thinking…why is this? Everyone I know seems to accept that ginger is great for your digestion. But why?

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Stop Acid Reflux without a Pill

Acid reflux, also known as GERD, is a chronic condition that causes ongoing pain and burning in the chest and throat. It is estimated more than 60 million of Americans suffer from acid reflux at least once a month; that is 44% of the U.S adult population.

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Tips to help minimize risks associated with acid reflux disease

According to the new study, esophageal cancer has been rising steadily than melanoma, breast, or prostate cancer in the United State. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer as many may think.

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Is it Heartburn or Acid Reflux?

If you are old enough, you may remember a time when people complained of heartburn, but acid reflux or GERD didn't seem to be that common. So what is the difference between common heartburn and the more serious disease of acid reflux?

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When Acid Reflux Leads to Barrett's Esophagus

Most people will on occasion experience heartburn. It isn't a pleasant feeling, but soon passes and happens only once in a while. Some people, however, are frequent sufferers of acid reflux. These people suffer weekly or even daily with the uncomfortable symptoms of acid reflux. When left untreated, acid reflux can become a serious condition often damaging the lining of the esophagus. In about 10% of the cases the lining of the esophagus becomes so damaged that it changes to resemble the lining of the stomach. This condition is called Barrett's esophagus. It is considered a precursor to esophageal cancer and often goes on to become cancer. Although most people do not develop this disease, the number of people with it is on the increase.

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Living Without Tomatoes When You Have Acid Reflux

Do tomatoes aggravate the symptoms of acid reflux? Sometimes, yes. That answer may be a bit confusing, but not all people are bothered by tomatoes. Such a lovely fruit, yes, a fruit, really dresses up a salad or adds great flavor to all kinds of dishes. Fresh tomatoes in the summer are a delight, and tomato sauce is essential to some of our favorite recipes like pizza or spaghetti. So what's a person to do if they suffer from acid reflux?

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Non-Dietary Causes of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, medically also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a condition that is typified by the leaking of the stomach contents into the esophagus, irritating it and leading to nausea and heartburn, among other symptoms. The general notion associated with this condition is that acid reflux is caused by the foods you eat. However, medical experts will tell you this is not always the case. In addition to lifestyle factors, acid reflux can also be caused by a variety of anatomical and medical conditions, some of which are being looked at in this article.

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Your Mouth Has a Story to Tell About GERD and More

Have you been told that you have a dazzling smile? Can you communicate dismay with just a nod of the head and pursed lips? When you open your mouth, do people listen? Well, believe it or not your mouth says a lot more about you than you may realize. In fact, the human mouth can actually reveal a great deal about the state of our health. That's right! Make no mistake about it; the condition of your mouth often indicates problems like GERD, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and more.

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