Well, I was sorting through my junk today, and found a flyer I picked up in health food store.
Lo and behold there was a whole section on IBS and natural ways to mediate this illness. I have
outlined their take on it in my own way.
Common ones: wheat, eggs and dairy. Celiac disease most severe form
Can cause leaky gut, and hence and overgrowth like candida albicans. Can also cause bacteria, and
undigested food to cause inflammation and a autoimmune response. Heliobacter pylori is a cause
of stomach ulcers.
Peppermint in tea or in oil form is used to reduce cramping, relieve gas and increase
Nutrient deficiences are commonplace among those with g.i. disorders.
Recommendations are to supplement with a multivitamin with minerals,
and antioxidant (mixed Vit E) and extra zinc. Iron defieciency anemia is often
present in those with bowel disorders. Get a blood test to determine iron status.
Damage to surface cells of the digestive tract can impair B12 absorption, injections
may be required to ensure good levels.
Poor nutrional decisions and excessive antibiotic use can have weakened the body's
ability to attact and destroy disease causing bacteria, parasites, and viruses.
Taking lactobacillus acidophilus can increase levels of gamma intereron. This may also
aid in reducing the inflammatory response in the digestive tract. Adding lactobacillus
bulgaricus will increase levels of IgE, a immune protein that destroys parasites.
Immune system regulation.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids reduce inflammation. Plant sterols and sterolins are
also effective at lowering inflammatory factors (International Journal of Immunopharmacology)
Stop heartburn -stop drinking, smoking, do not drink beverages with your meal, chew your food
thorougly, raise the head of your bed a few inches, lose weight.
Aid digestion - take digestive plant enzymes with every meal. You may not have enough stomach
acid to break down food properly, so hydrochloric acid supplements with meals may help. Don't
dilute the acids present by drinking liquid during your meal.
Reduce Stress - Do whatever it takes. Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, walking.
No NSAIDS! - Do not use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They increase your risk of upper
g.i. ulcers, bleeding, and digestive trouble. "Nature's Pain Killers" by W. Cabot MD and Carl Germano RD,
(Kensington Books 1999) recommend willow bark, boswellia, turmeric, pycnogenol as safe alternatives.
Diet tips - Eat 7-10 half cup servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Add a cup of acidophilus
rich yoghurt daily unless you are lactose intolerant. Stop all dairy for 6 weeks and see if your
stomach distress is relieved. Do not eat white pasta,rice, sugar or flour.
Eat small meals as large ones are difficult to digest. Remember to chew well, digestion starts in the mouth.
No artificial sweeteners - Look for and use stevia (a herb) instead. Sorbitol and other
sweeteners can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea. White sugar has been found to reduce
immune response in fighting bacteria, viruses, parasites and cancer. As little as one teaspoon
can impair the cells responsible for fighting disease for up to 6 hours.
Add Fiber. Consider adding ground flax seeds, psyllium, guar gum or pectin to your daily regime.
Drink 6-10 glasses of purified water daily, especially after taking fibre supplements.