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Bowel Health Part Two: Self-help for IBS/IBD

Anne Baker


What is the difference between IBS & IBD?

Did you miss Part I? Bowel Health Part I: Are you Living in Constipation Nation?

Current estimates are that as many as 30 million people are afflicted with IBS - irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is not a classified as a disease because while symptoms may be frequent no damage occurs to the intestinal walls. Many doctors use this term to describe a wide variety of bowel issues.

Whereas in IBD (irritable bowel disease) damage does occur. Symptoms of IBS/IBD are abdominal pain or discomfort, often reported as cramping, along with diarrhea, constipation, or both.

IBD is a general classification for bowel diseases such as Crohns and Colitis.

Crohns disease can affect any part of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract, but ulcerative colitis affects only the colon. Additionally, while Crohns disease can affect all layers of the bowel wall, ulcerative colitis only affects the lining of the colon.

While both ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease are types of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), they should not be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon. IBS is not characterized by intestinal inflammation.

Common denominator

What these bowel issues have in common are that any of these disorders can stem from bacterial overgrowth, poor immunity, food intolerance's, heightened sensitivity to chemicals, problems with brain to GUT axis, genetics and impaired motility. It's not uncommon for most patients to never actually know what the cause of their problem stems from, and this certainly doesn't make living with these conditions any eiser.

While our understanding of genetics is still evolving on this the other common causes can often be addressed without over reliance of prescription medications.

Even if you are currently being seen by a specialist and have been put on medications, many of the suggested holistic remedies are worth giving a try. Many people with IBD have found they are able to significantly reduce medications by making diet and lifestyle changes and adding supportive supplements and herbals.

All of these steps are addressed in my Healing from Within Program.

Steps to take following a holistic approach to the problem

The first step is doing some non-invasive specialized test. I am sorry to say that most gastroenterologist don't use these tests so finding a practitioner who does is essential.

Next you'll need to find what triggers your attacks you can reduce your symptoms and avoid reliance of prescription medications. Triggers can vary from person to person. Keeping a strict diet and bowel habit log is the best way to help you identify your triggers.

Steps three and four involve repair and rebuilding your digestion and improving elimination to a healthy state.

Step I - Testing to uncover pathogens:

  1. Uncover hidden or suspected food allergens or sensitivities. This can be done through specialized IgG/IgE testing.

  2. Get a hydrogen breath test done to check for c.difficle; an infection of the small intestine

  3. Check for both small bowel bacterial overgrowth and have a Comprehensive Stool Analysis done.

  4. Check for yeast overgrowth through specialized testing labs

Step II - Removing triggers:

  • Eliminate dairy products and all monosaccharides from the diet first as these are common triggers for IBS/IBD

  • Remove all gluten from the diet (all IBS/IBD)

  • Follow an anti-candida diet and kill yeast overgrowth

  • Eating a no fiber diet helps quiet flare ups for those Crohns Disease

  • Avoiding foods high in sulfur (eggs, cheese, milk products, mineral water, wine, nuts cruciferous vegetables) also helps minimize flair ups in those with Crohns

  • Clean up your home and work surroundings and remove toxic products replacing them with non-toxic ones

Step III - Rebuild and Repair with Beneficial Supplements:

  • Good quality pro-biotic

  • Digestive enzymes with every meal

  • Colloidal minerals - Super pH Minerals or Cell Salts

  • Magnesium citrate - Natural Calm is a product I suggest that can help as a natural laxative

  • L-Glutamine

  • NAC

  • Vitamin C

  • Omega 3 fatty acids - be sure to include both EPA and DHA

IV. - Sooth flair ups and heal with Herbs:

  • Quercetcin

  • Cats Claw

  • Peppermint leaf

  • Olive Leaf

For more on the subject see these posts:

Food Allergies

Are you feeding Yeast?

Improving GUT Flora Part One

Improving GUT Flora Part Two

Should you Detox?

Are you ready to stop feeling like your body is working against you and reclaim vibrant health?

Want to find out how to manage your IBS/IBD or other chronic health problems with out resorting to immune suppressing drugs?

Take the next step and contact me to see Are We A Fit?

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References and resources used:

Digestive Wellness by Dr. Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN





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