Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that control your body’s involuntary functions. Involuntary functions are the everyday functions we don’t usually have to think about. These include heart rate, sweating, and digestion for example.
Since some of the nerves are responsible for managing the digestive system, overall uncomfortableness can be a common side effect of neuropathy. This can cause constipation or diarrhea, or alternating episodes of either. Gastroparesis, a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. It is a painful condition accompanied by nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, and loss of appetite.
On top of these issues, the urinary tract may be affected, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections.
So, as if pins and needles aren’t enough, some of us have to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes on top of it! I agree it isn’t a great time. So I am putting together my top 6 tips for aiding in neuropathic digestive disorders.
Eating smaller, regular meals will allow your body to continuously digest smaller portions of food while allowing you to feel full throughout the day.
High fat and fiber foods can put extra pressure on your digestive system. You will probably already know if you have a sensitivity to these foods, so you should limit and avoid eating them at all.
Examples of high-fat foods are cheese, avocados, dark chocolate, eggs, and nuts
Examples of high fiber foods are fruits, leafy green vegetables, vegetables in general, beans, legumes, and bread.
By eating smaller bits of food, you help your body digest quicker. Smaller bits of food can be incorporated in your smaller, more frequent meals plan.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other digestive issues can cause your body to use more energy, lose more water, and prevent you from eating and drinking healthily. Make sure you are drinking enough water to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated, leading to more health issues.
Drink natural teas
Ginger, chamomile, and mint teas have been used to calm an upset stomach.
With low-fiber, high-binding foods, the BRAT diet is helpful with nausea and diarrhea. Just think, if your child was ill with diarrhea, what would you give them to eat.
BRAT stands for Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast – for easy remembering because your belly is being a brat!
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