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What can do you to help bowel disease naturally?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term used for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis where inflammation of the bowel causes anemia, fever, and weight loss. Although each bowel disease is different, the symptoms are so similar that a proper diagnosis can be different.

The exacerbation of bowel disease and disorders in inextricably linked to fried, greasy foods; a low-fiber diet; a diet with too much processed foods; or eating too much food. When we treat our stomachs like garborators by eating junk foods and not chewing our food properly, the small and large intestines suffer the consequences. Stress aggravates the situation. In irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the cause is unknown, but depression, stress and food allergies are main triggers. IBD is promoted by the immune system. Many research have demonstrated that the inflammatory factors secreted by the immune system are associated with the damage to the intestinal wall and increase inflammation seen in bowel disease.

Healthy tips to enhance healing:

  • Eliminate food allergies.
  • Aid digestion by taking digestive plant enzymes with every meal.
  • To promote digestion, add fresh-squeezed lemon juice to a cup of warm water.
  • Avoid coffee as it can aggravates the gut. Switch to green tea which as more antioxidants and less caffeine.
  • Take alone or in combination effective herbs to soothe your tummy including ginger, peppermint and fennel.
  • Consider seeing a chiropractor which may be able to provide some relief if there is a misalignment in your spine.
  • Consider seeing an acupuncturist which may reduce the need for surgery.

 

 

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Eczema and Food Allergies Often Go Hand and Hand

Eczema causes an itchy and sometimes painful rash, blisters, and dry, rough skin. It is typically a chronic problem with times of improvement followed by worsening. Typical parts of the body are involved (e.g. arms, legs, hands, face) and there is usually a family history of allergy. One of the most common triggers that is often neglected = food allergens.

There’s a selection from the National Eczema Association:

I have been an eczema sufferer since age 17, and I am now 44. The eczema started on the inner elbows of my arms. Then my hands were affected; I would get these very small blisters that intensely itched, and then my fingers would swell and weep. In a Scratch Pad letter, a gentleman suggested going on an elimination diet. This meant eating nothing but chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower for about a week, then adding certain foods back in to the diet to see what was causing the itch. This was a very difficult thing to do! But after three days I noticed the itching on my hands was gone. After thinking the problem was wheat for a while, I finally pinned it down to tomatoes/ tomato sauce, and soda pop/coffee. Pinpointing a food was  difficult since my itching usually started the morning after eating an offending agent. A food diary can be helpful. Good luck on your journeys.

Ann Lee

Food allergens can be identified via eliminating suspected foods and reintroducing foods to see if there are notable symptoms. Another option of identifying food allergens is food allergy blood test. Blood test can show if food allergens create an immediate or a delayed response. For more information on Food allergy testing, please contact Dr. Lee at 206-3195322 or info@seattlenaturopathiccenter.com, Seattle Naturopathic Center.

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Why food allergen elimination?

The underlying cause of intestinal inflammation and immune dysregulation can often be caused by certain foods that you may have difficulty digesting or to which you may have a sensitivity or allergy. In fact, over 50 percent of the immune system is located in and around the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, when the gastrointestinal immune system is affected by food allergens or intolerances, the systemic immune system is also impacted. In turn, chemical messengers of alarm and inflammation are released by the gastrointestinal associated immune system that enter the bloodstream and can have an effect upon other organs and systems in the body. For example, drinking milk, in susceptible individuals, may trigger the gastrointestinal immune system to release molecules that travel through the blood stream and affect the brain causing disturbances such as changes in mood and cognitive performance. Many people find that eliminating common food allergens helps decrease intestinal inflammation and improves symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain. It is highly recommended that you eliminate the common food allergens while you and your health practitioner help establish a healthy gastrointestinal system.

This is the first step toward identifying problematic foods and this step should not be ignored. It is important to eliminate all known or suspected food intolerances. Many individual who have avoided common and suspected food intolerances have noticed a dramatic improvement in cognitive function, behavior and over health. In addition, once the “leaky gut” has healed, the avoided foods can gradually be reintroduced in an effort to identify the problematic ones without major setbacks.

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