Bowel Syndrome - A chronic illness that predominantly affects the intestines which actually ends up affecting all parts of the body.
* The intestinal lining as well as the flora that lives in the gut, is often disrupted, resulting in a number of symptoms that just will not go away. *
The Intestinal Drama
When the bowel is diseased with irritable bowel syndrome, it begins to form all sorts of symptoms that can disrupt your life on a daily basis. It is called a bowel disease for a reason. The bowel is at "dis" - "ease" and it means exactly that!
When the gut is uneasy on a chronic basis, it often means that there are some abnormality. This often consists of an imbalance of the gut flora which is disrupted as a result of poor diet and/or antibiotics.
The lining of the gut becomes compromised for many irritable bowel syndrome sufferers, as a result of the sensitive bacterial balance being disrupted. When the unwarranted flora flourishes it can irritate the gut and allow food particles to enter the blood stream.
The vast number of symptoms that can result from the food entering the blood stream, can range from severe to minor. The body often reacts to the food in the blood stream, either immediately or over a period of time.
A reaction of the immune, releases antibodies to defend against these antigens (food particles). The body sees these antigens as a foreign substance and works to protect the body from it.
The Yeast Takeover
With the imbalance of flora in the intestines, this means that often the most common forms of bacteria in the gut such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus Acidophilus are low in count.
When this occurs, the yeast in the intestines begin to grow exponentially. The most concerning aspect of this, is when the yeast begins to take over the gut resulting in the yeast changing forms.
The yeasts start to grow roots and bore holes into the intestinal lining. When this occurs the intestinal lining becomes inflamed and this can result in the abdominal region being easily irritated.
Likewise if you notice that your abdominal region gets sore rather easily, this also explains and verifies the events happening in your gut. Often you will not even receive any warning indicators of your lining being compromised until it has already happened.
The holes in the intestinal walls can then allow the consumed food to get into the blood stream. These are often undigested food particles and are often seen as antigens that can spark an immune response.
The Role of Diet
It is not a quick process to eliminte the yeast and to reverse the damage made to your intestinal lining, causing bowel syndrome. It takes patience and a very watchful eye on your diet that you feed directly into your gut.
Likewise, your lifestyle is often one that involves a long-term change. See it as a life change that is for the better, both for your health and for all other activities that you partake in, as your energy levels will also see a correlating change.
First off, a diet that improves your overall vitamin/nutrition levels is encouraged. Eating lots of leafy greens and fresh whole foods is a great beginning. This is a first step to removing the disease that has resulted due to poor diet and/or antibiotics.
Also keep a diary as to which foods aggravate your health. Try to avoid all of those foods and stick to regular meals at set times to allow your mental clock to adapt to these intervals.
When the body knows that you will be consuming foods soon, it creates stomach acid in advance to prepare for digestion. It is not a good idea to keep your body guessing as to when you will surprise it with food.
Avoid foods that contain yeast such as breads and other types of bakeries. Foods that are high in refined sugars are known to feed the yeast so these should also be eliminated.
Foods that cause aggravation, ultimately prevents the intestines and your immune from taking a well-deserved rest, so that it can heal itself. In fact, prolonged duration of aggravation can actually result in other symptoms appearing.
It is best to create a monthly journal of the foods that you consume because some foods result in an IgG reaction, which are delayed responses from the body (1-7 days) towards aggravating foods.
This way you can note your symptoms each day and then see if a pattern exists with your food consumption. The IgE reactions on the other hand, are felt immediately within the first few hours.
These are alot easier to spot and often do not require a journal to know which foods cause an immediate reaction. It will take some time for you to complete the list of foods for which you are incompatible with.
Avoid the foods that you are incompatible with and make it a habit to stay away from them. Soon you will find a vast list of foods for which you are very compatible with and they may even be far more healthier for you.
Over a period of time of sticking to a healthy and compatible diet, you will begin to notice substantial changes in your health. You will be well on your way to better health and it takes persistence.
It is never a clever idea to gorge yourself to foods that aggravate your body when you have irritable bowel syndrome. This means that even if you feel it is justified to gorge because you have been on a very steady healthy diet, it is never encouraged. You can occasionally cheat but try not to do this for at least for the first month.
When you over-consume foods that are incompatible with your body, just because you believe that you cannot hold off on those foods any longer, simply have only a bite.
It is important to keep to this saying of "everything in moderation". Of course the foods that aggravate you and your irritable bowel syndrome, should not be eaten in moderation but instead avoided. However, if you decide to eat incompatible foods, only eat them moderately with full control on the helpings and only on rare occasions.
Know that even if you do not have irritable bowel syndrome, you would still be doing your body a disfavor by eating lots of baked goods and high refined sugar goods. You will likely not be feeling in tip-top shape.
Before you attempt to look further into your diet to reverse your irritable bowel syndrome, look in your kitchen and make a note of all the foods which are not good for you. Make an extended effort to toss these foods out the door!
When things are out of sight, they are out of mind. Do not allow these foods that cause you grief, to be sitting around you in your house, even if it is not visible. This is because these foods can still be on your mind and it is easily within reach.
Do yourself a favor and after throwing out the incompatible foods, make a list of foods that would be positive for your health before you venture off to the grocery market.
This will prepare you to purchase only the foods that you have focused your mind on. Soon you will enjoy these foods much more and it will no longer feel foreign to be eating healthy. In fact you may very much enjoy the experience after you make it a habit!
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