Delayed gastrointestinal transit causing belching
Delayed gastric emptying and fermentation of foods in stomach, causing belching.
Date: 10/8/2012 10:41:45 PM ( 9 y ) ... viewed 7499 times
Also known as delayed gastric emptying, gastroparesis is a digestive disorder in which the muscles in the wall of the stomach work poorly – or not at all – preventing the stomach from emptying properly or in a timely manner.
Gastroparesis develops when the vagus nerve – which normally controls the transportation of food from the stomach through the digestive tract – is damaged.
In my case, this occurred through a parasite infection.
As a result, intestinal and stomach muscles fail to initiate the strong contractions necessary to propel food along (peristaltic wave action). This causes food to move too slowly, and can even prevent food from making its way through the digestive tract.
This disruption of the digestive cycle interferes with proper digestion.
In my case, this means that when I lie down at night to sleep, if I have ingested foods containing too many FODMAPs*, I will suffer extreme belching and stomach pain/spasms.
Food normally takes 2-4 hours to leave the stomach and enter the small intestine. If I am suffering the dreaded belching, it takes 6 hours for food to leave my stomach and for the belching to reduce so I can finally get some sleep.
If I have had foods containing too many FODMAPs, then I will suffer diarrhea the next day(s).
A strict low FODMAP diet works best for me because it reduces the amount of indigestible sugars in my digestive system, therefore reducing the amount of food which is likely to start fermenting in my stomach, causing belching.
The low FODMAP diet helps by:
1) Reducing the amount of sugars ingested, which are difficult to digest.
2) Preventing belching, diarrhea, gastrointestinal pain.
Personally, if I am suffering an 'attack' such as described above, sometimes drinking apple cider vinegar will stop this fermentation/belching and then I can sleep.
Also, kefir or probiotic yoghurt is good to take to settle the stomach and reduce the belching.
*FODMAP is an acronym for:
-Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galactans)
-Disaccharides (eg. Lactose)
-Monosaccharides (eg. excess Fructose)
-Polyols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt)
Hope this information helps someone!
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