Bulimia effects on digestive system
Bulimia and digestive problems are often intertwined due to the primary symptoms of the eating disorder.
Cycles of binging and purging—whether through self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise, or other means—can put undue strain on the digestive system, introduce stomach acid and other corrosive substances to sensitive areas of the upper digestive tract, and lead to nutritional and electrolyte imbalances, which can cause further gastrointestinal complications.
Can the gastrointestinal tract heal after bulimia?
While some of these digestive problems can be very serious, and digestive problems after bulimia can occur, it is possible for the GI tract to heal after bulimia.
In general, the GI tract is composed of mucosal membranes, which can heal relatively rapidly. And digestive problems, including slow gastric emptying, can also subside with the adoption of a healthy diet. But the best way to deal with bulimia digestive issues is to deal with bulimia nervosa directly.
If you or a loved one are struggling with bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, or other eating disorders, it's important to seek out help. The right kind of treatment can help ease digestive issues and the many other mental, physical, and emotional symptoms that occur with BN. And no matter who you are or what type of troubles you're going through, help is always available.