Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Despite there not being many conversations about it, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is a severe condition and an umbrella term for an inflamed digestive tract. IBD refers to two kinds of inflammation:
Ulcerative Colitis: If you have inflammation and ulcers in your colon and rectum, you’re dealing with Ulcerative Colitis.
Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s disease refers to the kind of inflammation that originates in the digestive tract but can spread to other tissues and worsen the problem.
Why is it crucial to deal with IBD as soon as it happens?
The problem is that the infamous Bowel Disease is a type of auto-immune disease; if it spreads and the condition worsens, the body’s immune system begins to attack itself. Of course, IBD isn’t a fatal medical problem, but it does need medical supervision and natural therapies because it may create life-threatening situations.
What precautions can you take?
The actual causes behind the Bowel Disease aren’t known BUT THERE ARE PROVEN LINKS TO ANTIBIOTIC USE, HIGH GRAIN-CARBOHYDRATE DIETS, INDUSTRIAL EMULSIFIERS IN PROCESSED FOODS, GUT INFECTIONS AND NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES (ESPECIALLY VITAMIN D, A, ZINC AND B VITAMINS SUCH AS B5 AND FOLATE). WE do know the factors that aggravate it. Irregular and unhealthy diet, a stressful life, having a family history of IBD, chain-smoking, whether you live in an industrialized country or not – all these factors and more contribute to aggravating your chances of contracting IBD.
Since the causes are unknown, it’s best to take precautions early-on and be safe. Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind:
Micro-nutrients: Make sure your intake of micronutrients meets the requirement. A healthy intake of nutrients like Zinc, Folate, and Vitamin D can have a lasting impact on your body, protecting you from any chances of having IBD. Even if you do contract IBD, the presence of the three nutrients can help your body heal much faster. Zinc helps heal the tissues in the gut, Vitamin D significantly reduces the chances of getting IBD (is essential for day to day gut repair) and Folate helps maintain or repair the digestive tract and intestines.
Anti-inflammatory foods: The whole point of bowel disease is that it inflames the bowels and spreads to other tissues. Regularly ingesting anti-inflammatory foods or added vitamins as part of your diet can act as a primary precautionary tool. SUPPLEMENTAL OMEGA 3 IS OFTEN VERY HELPFUL IN ULCERATIVE COLITIS BUT NOT IN CROHN’S, WHERE IT’S BETTER TO JUST EAT FISH RATHER THAN SUPPLEMENTING. Omega 3 oils help fight inflammation, but you’ll also have to ingest the right vitamins and minerals required by the body to make use of the Omega 3 oils.
Stress: Stress is a major factor in causing or aggravating IBD. It should be noted that stress can cause your body to use up most of the anti-inflammatory food items you’ve consumed. That’s how the body reacts to stress. Of course, you should maintain a healthy diet and avoid stress. But if you know you’re more stressed than usual, MAKE SURE TO GET A NATURAL WHOLE FOOD DIET RICH IN DIFFERENT COLOURS OF VEGETABLES HERBS AND SPICES, OOMEGA 3 OILS FROM FOOD, AND CUT BACK ON THE NUTRIENT ROBBERS LIKE REFINED FOODS, ALCOHOL AND STIMULANTS. AND GET LOTS OF WATER.