Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and colitis are major problems. Here’s why. Imagine a small scrape or irritation on your forearm. Normally, it mends by itself. However, if further insulted and unattended, it may become inflamed. If the inflammation spreads it may degenerate to a life-threatening situation.
The lining of a healthy bowel is, like our skin, able to overcome minor irritations from hard to digest substances. However, if a sensitive spot develops and if it is continuously insulted, it becomes chronically irritated. This is IBS or spastic colon.
If IBS remains unchecked, it typically progresses into colitis or Crohn’s disease. If these conditions are not remedied, the affected portion of the bowel characteristically hardens and becomes cancerous.
IBS symptoms may include diarrhea or constipation or alternating constipation and diarrhea accompanied with abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, nausea and or flatulence. Sometimes eating triggers such pain that a person eats less, and undernourishment may ensue.
The diet that supports colon health also supports our overall health. Favor moderate amounts of freshly prepared, whole (not refined) foods that are easy to digest. Daily obtain adequate protein and leafy vegetables.
My clients with IBS typically have food sensitivities. Please avoid any foods that trigger food sensitivities or allergies. Reduce carbohydrate consumption and avoid baked goods. Minimize processed, stale, leftover, denatured and fried foods. Things that aggravate IBS include: refined oils, fruit juice and raw fruit, salad, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, coffee and tobacco.
Additionally, consider working with an acupuncturist, herbalist, and or homeopath. Examine your life-style and reduce any imbalances including stress.
However, no matter what other techniques you employ, the ground for healing a sensitive gut is to avoid the foods that irritate your colon and to pamper it with easily assimilated foods. Especially soothing foods include soups, stews, soft non-allergenic grain dishes, and cooked vegetables.
May you be well nourished,