Everything you needed to know about IBD but were to afraid to ask.

 
 

If you have any of the following, you have an IBD:
Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, ileitis, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux.


Ulcerative colitis is chronic inflammation of the lining of the colon and rectum.


Crohn's disease is inflammation that can occur anywhere in the digestive tract, but mostly effects the lower end of the small intestine.

 

These are both autoimmune conditions-meaning that your immune system mistakes normal digestive tract bacteria for dangerous pathogens and attacks them.

 

The affected area then becomes inflamed, open sores form, then bleeding and/or diarrhoea occur.

 

Keeping your body in an alkaline pH state reduces inflammation and helps keep inflammation low.

 

Inflammation of any kind is worsened by acidity.

 

The nutrients from your foods won't be destroyed in your stomach and intestines.

 

By eating proper combinations of foods and REAL food (which keeps acid low in your stomach), more of the naturally occurring nutrients in your foods are able to be absorbed in your cells.

 

You will be less tired and have a great deal more energy.

 

The products of digestion...feces will move through your intestines much easier, instead of getting dry, hard and stuck (keeping inflammation and harmful bacteria growth low).

 

Having a strong population of beneficial bacteria in the intestines is essential to people with IBD.

 

Having more friendly bacteria in your gut helps to encourage the formation of Regulatory T cells. These natural anti-inflammatory cells are the immune system's natural inflammation fighters.

 

These beneficial bacteria also help other cells in your intestinal tract to see normal organisms as harmless instead of enemies. This may help to curb the typical attacks on healthy cells by the immune systems in people with an IBD.

 

The use of probiotics encourage smoother, more regular bowel movements and helps prevent waste-build up which can cause irritation in your intestines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REASONS FOR AN ALKALINE FORMING DIET

 

THE WESTERN DIET

 

Your diet is a huge factor in controlling the microflora balance in your intestines and thus your immune system.

 

The diets in most western countries have changed drastically over the last 50 years. On average people often eat take away food regularly and the food cooked at home is frequently not made from real food. We now rely on packaged, processed food lacking in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Most processed foods are loaded with refined starches, sugars and fats.

 

This has caused obesity and diabetes to soar.

 

Also ... harmful bacteria simply thrive on starchy carbohydrates, sugars and fat. The friendly bacteria are the ones that break down carcinogens (cancer causing bacteria) in your food, stopping them before they are absorbed into your blood stream.

 

 

CHEMICAL BALANCE

 

Your body functions optimally when the proper chemical balance is maintained.

 

This is: HAVING A BLOOD pH that's slightly alkaline at 7.35. This is the single most important indicator of health or sickness and agreed upon by people in the medical field.

 

Certain foods and food combinations can upset this delicate balance and induce the state of acidity in your body.

 

A state of acidity is caused by the accumulation of acid (the by-product of your body's digestion of foods and cell metabolism) in amounts greater than you can eliminate.

 

When your body is bombarded with acid and can't eliminate it all, inflammation is created. Aches and pains develop, your organs can't work as they should, toxins build up in the bloodstream, lymph system and tissues.

 

You become the perfect home for disease.

 

Certain foods and combinations of foods encourage acidity. These foods are called, 'acid forming foods'. Their residue following digestion is less than 7 and they add to the accumulation of acid that your body must try to get rid of to maintain health.

 

By eating meals that do not build up acidity in your body , the digestion and elimination of wastes can be accomplished efficiently and there is less chance of acid waste build up and the resulting sickness and diseases that can result.

 

 

STRESS

 

80% of our immune system is in our intestines. The greater our stress, the more our gut is susceptible to every type of disease, illness or virus in the environment.

 

Stress causes your gut to become hypersensitive, which can lead to allergies and intolerances.

 

Stress also affects the inner lining of your intestines. Stress causes the protective gastric mucousal barrier to become less effective at defending your body against unfriendly bacteria.

 

That's why you catch viruses or get infections when you are under stress because your body cannot fight off the bad bacteria.

 

Think about the times you have felt butterflies in your stomach or stomach pain or diarrhoea before a stressful event. These are perfect illustrations of 'brain-gut axis'.

 

This is a network of chemical and electrical signals that pass between the central nervous system( the brain) and the digestive system.

 

There is such a close relationship between the brain and the gut that chronic psychological stress can make you physically sick.

 

Stress is a triggering factor for IBS and in the worsening of the symptoms of Crohn's and coliti (IBD).

 

Omega-3 essential fatty acids also help combat the effects of stress. Your body uses omega-3 essential fatty acids to repair cell membranes, absorb nutrients and expel harmful wastes. EFAs also help your body produce hormones that regulate heartbeat, blood pressure, blood clotting and fertility and encourage your body to fight inflammation and infections.