Dumping syndrome prevention and treatment naturally

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Natural cures for dumping syndrome

This condition happens when the food is moving too quickly from the stomach into the duodenum (which is the first part of the small intestines) after you eat.

It causes symptoms like diarrhea and cramps in a period of a few minutes to a few hours after you have eaten. Also, you can get this condition after surgery to remove a part or all of your stomach [1,2]. If you have stomach bypass surgery for weight loss, then you can also get dumping syndrome.

There are two types of dumping syndrome – early and late. The early dumping syndrome happens ten to thirty minutes after you eat. There are some studies in which are said that about 75% of people who suffer from dumping syndrome are affected by this type. The late dumping syndrome happens one to three hours after you have eaten. There are some studies in which is said that about 25% of people, who suffer from dumping syndrome, suffer from late dumping syndrome. Each type of dumping syndrome has different symptoms. The early dumping syndrome can have symptoms such as fast heart rate, bloating or feeling uncomfortably full, dizziness, sweating, and flushing of the face. The late dumping syndrome can have symptoms such as shaking, confusion, fatigue, fast heart rate, hunger, sweating, weakness, and dizziness.

You can have the symptoms of early dumping syndrome or the symptoms of late dumping syndrome. But also, there are some people who have both symptoms – early and late symptoms. Talk with your doctor before you start taking some of the below-mentioned home remedies for dumping syndrome. Also, we gave you some lifestyle changes which you can make to prevent and treat this condition. [3,4]

17 Dumping syndrome home remedy

Consume adequate vitamins, iron, and calcium

The mentioned vitamins and minerals, in some cases, can be depleted following stomach surgery. This is a reason why you should talk with your doctor or dietician about whether you need these supplements.

Prevent dehydration

You need to drink more than 4 cups of water or other sugar–free, noncarbonated, decaffeinated beverages throughout the day because this will help you to prevent dehydration.

Sit upright after eating

You should not lie down for 30–60 minutes after you have eaten.

Avoid fluids with meals

You should not drink liquids with your meals. You should drink them between your meals. Also, you should avoid drinking fluids a half hour before eating and a half hour before eating.

Natural cures for dumping syndrome

Eat smaller meals

All people who suffer from this condition need to reduce the amount of food that they consume at each meal because this can help them to minimize the symptoms.

You should try to eat 5 or 6 small meals on daily basis instead of eating 3 large meals [3]. But not just eat 5–6 small meals; you should also eat slowly and chew your food well.

You should delay drinking fluids until at least thirty minutes after a meal. There are many people who cannot resist drinking water during their meals, but they must do it. Also, after thirty minutes have passed from your meal, you need to drink water; otherwise, you can hydrate. There are some people who want to lie down after eating because they are saying that this can help them to get relief from the symptoms of dumping syndrome.

Limit simple carbohydrates

People who suffer from dumping syndrome should eliminate simple and rapidly absorbable carbohydrates from their diet because this can help to prevent the symptoms of late dumping syndrome, such as hypoglycemia. You should know that refined sugars are forms of sugars.

Starches don’t actually exist in nature. It means that these sugars do not come from natural and whole foods. These sugars are processed, concentrated, and purified in order to change food’s texture, taste, and shelf life. This is a reason why you should avoid eating foods made with table sugar, soda, fruit juices, wheat products, refined grains, and baked goods. Also, it is very important to avoid eating processed and packaged foods, which have chemical additives, added sugars, and simple carbohydrates, which can disrupt the GI tract and also they can worsen the symptoms of dumping syndrome. [5]

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables

You should eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables because they can ensure that you are consuming and absorbing enough nutrients throughout the day. Some of the best choices of fruits and vegetables which you should consume if you suffer from dumping syndrome are colorful fruits like berries, pineapple, guava, mango, pears, apples, and cruciferous vegetables such as collard greens, kale, broccoli, bok choy, and arugula.

If you have decided to make a healthy smoothie with vegetables and fruits instead of eating them whole with your meals, then you should wait 60 minutes after eating. This will allow your body properly to digest solid foods first. [5]

Check with your doctor about drinking alcohol

You need to talk with your doctor if you can drink alcohol, what kind of alcohol you can drink, and how much. Do not risk on your own.

Soups

You should consume soups that are not too spicy and hot.

Limit dairy products

Dairy products have lactose which can worsen the symptoms of dumping syndrome, so this is a reason why you should limit your dairy consumption. If you are used to eating dairy products, then you should start by limiting those foods to see if your symptoms will improve. If you think that these products are worsening your condition, then you should eliminate dairy products completely. People who suffer from lactose intolerance can consume goat milk because it is easier to be digested because it has lower concentrations of lactose.

Psyllium husk

This is an edible soluble fiber that is known as a bulking fiber because it can expand when it is congested, which forms a gel-like mass. There are some studies that say psyllium is safe and well–tolerated. Also, it can improve glycemic control [6]. You can find psyllium in powder form. You can mix psyllium husk with liquid before your meals because it can help to delay gastric emptying in people who are suffering from dumping syndrome.

Avoid foods with acidic content

If you suffer from dumping syndrome, then you shouldn’t eat foods that have acidic content.

Avoid all kinds of sweet intakes

You should avoid eating sweet products [3] such as ice creams, pastries, cookies, chocolates, yogurts, pickles, sweetened juices, pancakes, doughnuts, etc.

Glucomannan

It has the highest molecular weight and viscosity when it is compared with other dietary fibers. If you try to put glucomannan powder in water, then you will notice that it will swell and it will turn into a gel. You should know that dry glucomannan can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water. This natural cure can delay the emptying process of the stomach. This can lead to lower blood sugar levels and more gradual levels after meals. There are some studies in which are said that small amounts of this natural cure can be beneficial for people who have symptoms of late dumping syndrome. [3]

Increase fiber intake

It is a known fact that the pectin, guar gum, and psyllium in foods or supplements delay the absorption of carbohydrates which is happening in the small intestines. [3]

Eating high–fiber and protein-rich foods

People who suffer from dumping syndrome should have complex carbohydrates that are rich in fiber [3]. They can help them because these foods resist immediate breakdown and convert into sugar over time which is the opposite of refined sugars, which have their structure altered and they enter the bloodstream like an injection of sugar.

You should consume complex carbohydrate foods on a regular basis, such as ancient grains like barley and quinoa, sprouted grain bread, legumes, and root vegetables (like sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and beets).

Also, it is important to eat protein foods because they require more work for your body to digest compared to fast-acting refined carbohydrates. Also, if you eat clean and healthy sources of protein, you will get help from them to stabilize your blood sugar levels. They can also give you immune–boosting antibodies and digestive enzymes. The best food sources of protein that you should consume are protein powder made from bone broth, free–range eggs, organic chicken, wild fish, lentils, and grass-fed beef. [5]

Chew well

You should chew the food that you eat thoroughly before you swallow it because this can aid digestion.

References

[1] van Beek AP, Emous M, Laville M, Tack J. Dumping syndrome after esophageal, gastric or bariatric surgery: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. Obesity Reviews. 2017;18(1):68-85.

[2] Hammer HF. Medical complications of bariatric surgery: Focus on malabsorption and dumping syndrome. Digestive Diseases. 2012;30:182-186.

[3] National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Dumping syndrome. 2013.

[4] Li-Ling J, Irving M. Therapeutic value of octreotide for patients with severe dumping syndrome—a review of randomised controlled trials. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2001;77:441-442.

[5] Hayes MA. The dietary control of the postgastrectomy “dumping syndrome”. Surgery. 1955;37(5):785-793.

[6] Abutair AS, Naser IA, Hamed AT. Soluble fibers from psyllium improve glycemic response and body weight among diabetes type 2 patients (randomized control trial). Nutrition Journal. 2016;15:86.

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