Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The most common types of IBD include Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis. People suffering from IBD have an irritated, hypersensitive, and inflamed system that leads to poor digestion and a reduced ability to absorb vital nutrients. This disease also causes a buildup of toxins and can also lead to a host of other serious health problems.
The proper functioning of our digestive system is critical to our overall health and wellness. Our body needs nutrients to be able to perform its many functions. Thus, when there is a nutrient deficiency, it cannot function optimally, which can lead to some health consequences such as:
- Be more susceptible to illness – When the immune system is not functioning properly, cold and flu symptoms appear more frequently.
- Inability to maintain a healthy weight.
- Recurrent anemia and electrolyte imbalance.
- The symptoms associated with arthritis are pain and inflammation.
- Symptoms commonly associated with Candida are frequent yeast/fungus infections, an overgrowth of unhealthy gut bacteria, fatigue, and mood changes.
How to deal with IBD?
Above all, avoid foods that can cause further irritation and inflammation, including:
- Gluten: Wheat, barley, beer, and rye can inflame our intestinal lining because they are difficult to digest.
- Dairy: Milk, cheese, sour cream, and ice cream create mucus, cause inflammation, and prevent proper absorption of nutrients.
- Caffeine: Coffee, soft drinks, and black tea can damage the digestive lining.
- Alcohol: causes intestinal permeability; or, in other words, it allows larger, undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream.
- Refined foods: White flour, bread, biscuits, white rice, and processed packaged foods create an imbalance in our blood sugar levels and support the growth of unwanted gut bacteria.
- Processed meats: Commercially grown animal products and farmed fish support the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut.
- Sweets: High fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, molasses and all other sugars.
- Unstable oils: hydrogenated, trans fats, all heated polyunsaturated oils and all commercial oils (except olive oil, flax and hemp) disrupt the body’s omega-3-6 balance, which causes inflammation of our intestinal lining
- Artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors can wreak havoc on our gut flora.
- Allergens: All allergens cause intestinal inflammation.
Enrich your diet with foods that promote healing of an irritated and inflamed gut, including:
- Chia seeds: contain a huge amount of anti-inflammatory essential fats.
- Flaxseeds: Rich in anti-inflammatory essential fats.
- Turmeric: Has powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
- Oregano: Well known for its strong antimicrobial properties.
- Ginger: Best known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Chicory is full of prebiotics that can improve digestion.
- Coconut oil has powerful antiviral and antifungal properties that can help reduce the growth of candidiasis.
- Rosemary: acts as an antiparasitic agent.
- Thyme: Also known for its antimicrobial properties.
- Cinnamon: improves digestion
- Products from the cabbage family: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Can be very helpful in the regeneration of the gastrointestinal tract due to their strong anti-inflammatory properties and high amounts of zinc.
- Onion: Also has strong antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties.
- Garlic is antiparasitic and has antimicrobial properties.
- Leafy green vegetables: will give you proteins and nutrients that can be very helpful in treating a bowel obstruction.
How to improve digestion?
- Eat slowly to activate digestive enzymes.
- Eat only when you feel hungry.
- It is recommended to consume the largest portion of food in the middle of the day
- You should have 3 meals plus 2 healthy snacks every day.
- Do not drink anything with meals because liquids dilute stomach acids.
- Do not eat after 21:00.
- Don’t eat when you’re angry.
- Do not read, talk or watch TV while eating.
- It is recommended to take digestive supplements, enzymes and probiotic supplements to improve digestion.
The right combination of foods will help you achieve the best absorption of nutrients. Not all foods are digested and absorbed in the same way. That’s why the way we combine our products has a huge impact on nutrient absorption.
Fruit and sugar should be eaten alone or in combination with other fruits and sugars. It’s best to avoid sugar when you can, and fruits should be limited to no more than 3 servings per day due to their high natural sugar content.
Avoid eating proteins or fats with starches. Mix protein and fats, or proteins and vegetables, or starches and vegetables in the same serving.
Never consume more than one source of protein in one meal.
- Proteins: eggs, nuts, seeds, fish, meat, poultry, milk, cheese, butter, almond butter, peanut butter.
- Starches: grains, lentils, beans, rice, potatoes, bread, flour, pasta, biscuits, pastries, and other root vegetables.
- Vegetables: All vegetables except root vegetables.
- Fruit and Sugar: All fruits, honey, maple syrup, sweeteners.
- Fats: Olive oil, salad dressing oil, etc.