One of the main symptoms of Gastroparesis is the poor gastric emptying ability of the stomach. For some individuals, it is so severe that the condition is managed with prokinetic drugs.
Prokinetic’s are a form of drug that improve gastrointestinal motility. One type of prokinetic that is frequently used for sufferers of Gastroparesis is Erythromycin.
Erythromycin is actually an antibiotic but is used off-label due to its ability to promote gastric emptying.
There are trillions of beneficial bacteria located in your gut and antibiotics do not distinguish between the good and the bad. Beneficial bacteria have a significant role to play in your body. They aid in your immune system, digestion, energy levels, and many more.
Obliterating your flora with antibiotics is incredibly counterproductive to treating a gastric disorder. In fact, it’s mind-boggling and downright infuriating that a doctor would place someone on an antibiotic for a long-term period. Some individuals have been on antibiotics for more than 5 years.
The age of antibiotics is coming to an end. Research has evolved and we now have a considerable understanding of the dangers of antibiotic overuse and the impact of beneficial bacteria in our intestine.
Damaged gut flora from antibiotic use:
- Can irreversibly damage your gut flora.
- Leads to higher rates of infection and overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria.
- May lead to autoimmune diseases.
- Causes fatigue.
- Disrupts digestion and nutrient absorption
- Affects bowel movement
- Increases toxin load.
- And much more!
Furthermore, side-effects from antibiotics can include hearing loss and kidney damage.
If your doctor has been pushing Erythromycin or any other antibiotic on you, I’d strongly encourage to run not walk and find another doctor, preferably a holistic one.
There are many safer alternatives to harmful pharmaceuticals such as probiotics. For example, the following probiotic strains have been under thorough study for their ability to increase gastric emptying rate:
In addition, herbs such as peppermint, ginger, dandelion, and turmeric can aid in digestion. Furthermore, proper food choices, fermented beverages, and digestive enzymes offer improved motility. If you’re suffering from delayed gastric emptying, or gastroparesis, please don’t think that harmful pharmaceuticals are your only option.
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