Dumping syndrome prevention and treatment naturally

Natural cures for dumping syndrome

This condition is happening 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 is causing symptoms like diarrhea and cramps in a period of few minutes to a few hours after you have eaten. Also you can get this condition after a 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 is happening 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 with this type. The late dumping syndrome is happening one to three hours after you have eaten. There are some studies in which are 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]

Dumping syndrome home remedy

Consume adequate vitamins, iron and calcium: The mentioned vitamins and minerals in some cases can be depleted from the 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

Dumping syndrome treatment

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 to 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 to 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 a 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 do not 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 lot of fresh fruits and vegetables because they can ensure you 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 the 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 which 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 eat 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 which is known as a bulking fiber because it can expand when it is congested which is forming a gel – like mass. There are some studies in which are said psyllium is safe and well – tolerated. Also it can improve the glycemic control [6]. You can find psyllium in a 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 should not 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, yoghurts, 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 the dry glucomannan can absorb up to 50 times of its weight in water. This natural cure can delay the emptying process of 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 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 complex carbohydrates which are rich in fiber [3]. They can help them because these foods resist immediate breakdown and convert into sugar over time which is opposite of the refined sugars which have their structure altered and they enter the bloodstream like an injection of sugar. You should consume complex carbohydrate foods on 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 them compared to fast – acting refined carbohydrates. Also if you eat clean and healthy sources of protein, you will get help from them to stabilize the blood sugar levels. They can also give you immune – boosting antibodies and digestive enzymes. The best food sources of protein which 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 because this can aid digestion.


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

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[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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