Digestive & Bowel Disorders a Major Problem with Chronic Disease!
5 Insights and What you Can Do to Restore Healthy Function
Digestive and Bowel Disorders are a major problem with the underlying cause of chronic disease, in our 21st Century. Due to the increased consumption of processed and chemical laden foods.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)Trusted Source, Irritable Bowel one of the known functional Digestive, Bowel GI disorders. The increases gut sensitivity and changes how the muscles in the bowels react to stimuli, decreasing the ability to function optimally.
This increased gut sensitivity causes stomach pain and bloating, while changes in intestinal contractions can lead to diarrhea or constipation, that when not treated effectively with change of diet and lifestyle habits will lead to chronic disease.
Let’s take a look at the possible Causes, Natural treatments, Prevention and Healing Options – Learn What you can do to prevent these problems!
Digestive Problems affect the health of your bowel, colon and digestive system. Chronic conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis, Bowel, Pancreatic and Stomach cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel, & Chron’s. These areas of ill-health may begin with health disturbances such as Indigestion, Heartburn, Bloating, Diarrhea and Constipation
Defining Digestive and Bowel Disorders
Definition: Ulcerative colitis (UL-sur-uh-tiv koe-LIE-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Like Crohn’s disease, another common IBD, ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications.
Because ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition, symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It occurs only through continuous stretches of your colon, unlike Crohn’s disease, which occurs anywhere in the digestive tract and often spreads deeply into the affected tissues. Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in your intestine.
But unlike Crohn’s, which can affect the colon in various, separate sections, ulcerative colitis usually affects one continuous section of the inner lining of the colon beginning with the rectum. There does not seem to be one contributing factor to what triggers ulcerative colitis, but there’s a consensus as to what does not.
Celiac another GIT disorder is similar in the fact both are autoimmune diseases that attack the digestive tract. Researchers no longer believe that stress is the main cause, although stress can often aggravate symptoms. Instead, current thinking focuses on the following possibilities: Immune system: Some scientists think a virus or bacterium may trigger ulcerative colitis. The digestive tract becomes inflamed when your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism (pathogen). It’s also possible that inflammation may stem from an autoimmune reaction in which your body mounts an immune response even though no pathogen is present.
1: Why the Change and Understanding Diet and Lifestyle Elements
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2: Why the Increase in Digestive and Bowel Disease
Traditionally hundreds of years ago our diet consisted of mainly fruits, nuts, berries and vegetables with meat, fish and poultry in small quantities. With modern society we have moved far from these basic food needs of our bodies, fueling with foods that have been processed and manufactured including numerous chemicals, additives and processing procedures.
This all takes a toll on our bodies firstly attempting to recognize these as foods sources, secondly managing to obtain any nutrient quality from then, plus in the process causing our bodies especially our gut, bowel, bladder and kidneys in some cases irrepairable damage.
It is the irrepairable damage to the digestive track that is the underlying element for the increase in bowel and stomach cancer. It is with the increase of processed, packaged, fast and takeaway foods, these being more the norm of the Australian diet. There is also an increase in the consumption of alcohol, smoking, drugs and medications that depletes the body of nutrition to be able to function optimally.
These dietary changes are what are the main causative factor to the increase in obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes just to name a few
Then if that was not enough we now have food in such abundant sources that we tend to overindulge not giving our bodies a chance to digest and metabolize our meal from before. Alcohol, cigarette smoking, recreational drugs and some medications;
These all have a detrimental effect on our body and it systems because of the changing of our blood platelets, overload of toxic chemicals and disruptions in the body’s messenger systems such as the nervous system and circulation. Heredity:
Sometimes you can be more likely to develop ulcerative colitis if you have a parent or sibling with the disease; however scientists suspect that genetic makeup may only play a minimal contributing factor. However, for the most part people who have ulcerative colitis don’t have a family history of this disorder. So let’s look at how we can treat this problem whilst giving you a life as free from digestive issues as possible.
3: Herbal Medicine
Traditionally the two main herbal medicines that are used effectively are Echinacea for its immune support and Turmeric for its strong antioxidant properties.
Then we go into further support with the immune system whereby Paeoni, Golden Rod, Liquorice, Marshmallow & for its Anti-Inflammatory and Immunomodulatory effects; Marshmallow also has soothing effects on the GI track and mucous membranes.
In my practice when making a herbal formula, I will include other herbs to support any other problems that may be associated with this condition. It is also recommended that a Practitioner brand probiotic be used to assist with restoration of the good bacteria within the gut, this also assists with improved absorption and the metabolizing of the nutrient transport of your food. Slippery Elm, bioflavonoids, helps to soothe, heal and seal an inflamed and irritated gastrointestinal mucosa:
Glutamine is important for the repair of gastrointestinal cells: Pectin found in mainly citrus fruits and other fruits encourages the growth of healthy bifid bacteria. The daily intake of pectin from fruits and vegetables can be estimated to be around 5g if approximately 500g of fruits and vegetables are consumed per day. That would be for example – 2 serves of fruit: 2 serves of root vegetables such as sweet potato, pumpkin, parsnip: 2 – 3 serves of green, leafy vegetables such as baby spinach, broccoli, kale, beans, peas.
4: Foods and Lifestyle Habits to include
- Freshly squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice
- All Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Free Range chicken breast, fish including shell fish
- Almond or Oat milk
- Coconut Yogurt
- Oats and gluten free products
- And of course WATER: Fresh filtered water
5: Foods and Lifestyle Habits to avoid
- Drinks which include caffeine tea and coffee, soft drinks, all alcohol and orange juice.
- Artificial colours and flavours, tobacco, take-away food, canned foods, packaged foods and frozen foods.
- Dairy products including milk, butter, cheese and eggs: White flour, white rice, white bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries and donuts.
- Margarine and animal fats, (only extra virgin olive oil, safflower or grapeseed oil is to be used), and avoid any sweets or chocolate. • Preferably all red meat you can include free-range chicken, and fish. However it is important here that you will need a B12 supplement
- Limit your intake of alcohol and only include wine or beer
- Eliminate habits such as smoking, drugs, fast, processed and packaged foods
- Eliminate soft drinks
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