How to Care for Irritable or Inflamed Bowels

woman stirring gutsIrritable or inflamed bowels can be horribly painful and can be embarrassing. The treatments can be as confusing as the diagnosis. The symptoms can be unpredictable and can flair up or go away with seemingly no cause.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects the large intestine and can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS does not cause changes to the gut or intestines like more serious gut issues like ulcerative colitis or chron’s disease. IBS will not create inflammation in the gut or make you more likely to develop colo-rectal cancer.

The more serious gut issues like chron’s and ulcerative colitis do cause changes to the gut. These changes include inflammation and changes in the cellular lining of the gut that makes you more susceptible to developing cancer. Ulcerative colitis only occurs in the large intestine. While chron’s disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.

Whether you suffer from chron’s, ulcerative colitis, or IBS, you will benefit from eating healthy. Your symptoms will dictate how you treat yourself. If diarrhea is one of your symptoms, then you will have to watch your fiber intake. Too much fiber will make diarrhea worse. If you suffer from constipation, then you want to eat lots of fiber.

I have found that the supplements glutamine, aloe juice and black licorice root, along with probiotics, can help to calm down an irritable or inflamed bowel. Glutamine is an amino acid that is produced in your body. When taken orally, it will decrease inflammation in the gut. It will decrease gut permeability, thus not allowing as many toxins to enter into your body through your gut. 70 percent of your immune system is located in your gut. If you can keep your gut healthy, you will help out the rest of your body. Aloe juice can sooth and calm down an inflamed gut. Black licorice root can also sooth and calm down an irritated stomach.

In your gut, you have healthy bacteria that aid in the digestion of food. Without the bacteria, we can’t properly digest our food. Many things can throw off the balance of the bacteria in our guts. There is a theory that many of the origin of many of these bowel diseases stem from a lack of the good bacteria in our guts. Probiotics are the natural bacteria in our gut. If you take probiotics, you can replenish your gut bacteria which will greatly reduce gastro-intestinal distress and pain.

Regardless of your bowel issue, eating healthy and exercise will positively affect it. Just another way that eating right and exercise will help to keep you pain free. Reducing pain through diet and exercise is the Pain Free Way.

Here is a link to an article about ulcerative colitis and some treatments for it:




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