Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Here are some dietary strategies that can help maintain good nutrition and minimize your symptoms.

  • Eat smaller meals. Try eating five or six small meals a day rather than three larger ones.
  • Avoid fluids with meals. Drink liquids only between meals. Avoid liquids for a half-hour before eating and a half-hour after eating.
  • Change your diet. Eat more protein — meat, poultry, creamy peanut butter and fish — and complex carbohydrates — oatmeal and other whole-grain foods high in fiber. Limit high-sugar foods, such as candy, table sugar, syrup, sodas and juices.

    The natural sugar in dairy products (lactose) might worsen your symptoms. Try small amounts at first, or eliminate them if you think they're causing problems. You might want to see a registered dietitian for more advice about what to eat.

  • Chew well. Chewing food thoroughly before you swallow can aid digestion.
  • Sit upright after eating. Don't lie down for 30 to 60 minutes after you eat.
  • Increase fiber intake. Psyllium, guar gum and pectin in food or supplements can delay the absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine.
  • Check with your doctor about drinking alcohol.
  • Consume adequate vitamins, iron and calcium. These can sometimes become depleted following stomach surgery. Talk to your doctor or dietician about whether you need supplements.
June 10, 2015