The One Natural Treatment For Inflammatory Bowel Disease That Works

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Inflammatory bowel disease treatment tends to be elusive and undefined. This is because IBD symptoms and flare-ups are continually changing, leaving many patients in misery and pain. There is, however, one sure-fire natural inflammatory bowel disease treatment that works to calm symptoms and lessen flare-ups, and it's no further than the nearest supermarket.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Types of IBD include Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. These conditions cause long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that in 2015 IBD prevalence in the United States affected, an estimated 1.3% of U.S. adults (3 million). They reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis). This was a large increase from 1999 (0.9% or 2 million adults).

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Beware of Misinformation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatments

Your doctor may tell you that there is no cure for IBD or that animal products are ok to eat with the condition, but this should set off your internal warning system. Your body is always working toward healing, but with IBD it needs the right foods to work with.

Animal products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs are likely the one reason you’re dealing with IBD in the first place. One reason is that animal products are inflammatory, slow to digest and high in fat. This combination of characteristics doesn’t create a healthy environment in the intestinal tract and colon. Secondly, if you are dealing with a viral issue such as shingles or streptococcus, which are usually present in IBD patients, these foods literally fuel those pathogens. Wheat is another major offender and should also be excluded from the diet.

Here’s what you need to do when an IBD diagnosis is looming:

Listen To Your Body

There is no medical testing for food intolerance. The only way to discern which foods to avoid is to eliminate the suspect foods, then reintroduce them back into the diet. To confirm whether the above-mentioned food is contributing to your IBD, lay off of them for two weeks, then eat them again. You can do this one food at a time or all at once. Either you’ll notice an improvement in how you’re feeling or if you get a flare up – either way, you’ll have your answer.

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Change your Diet

Aside from being a viral and/or bacterial issue, IBD is a diet issue. The first thing to do if you are diagnosed with IBD is to begin eating foods that are soothing to the interesting and the colon. Yes, the foods contain fiber and yes your body can adjust to them just as it adjusted to an animal product diet.

Introduce More Fresh Juices

The trick is to start slowly. Fresh juices are a great way to get this done. Juice removes the fiber from the fruit but leaves the nutrients. Fresh juices are a great way to get your body nourished without a fiber reaction. Then slowly you'll want to add your favorite fruits to your diet until you find yourself eating more and more of them. Contrary to popular belief all fruit when eaten alone, is incredibly soothing to the colon. The trick is to eat fruit on an empty stomach and not after a meal.

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Mangos Are One One Of The Great Fruits For Healing IBD

A study by researchers in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University in College Station showed that mango consumption could be a useful adjuvant treatment for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease.

The lead researcher, Dr. Suzanne Talcott has said multiple studies have demonstrated the health benefits of secondary plant compounds in fruits and vegetables including pomegranate, citrus, and curcuminoids, and polyphenolics have been found to reduce inflammatory processes in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Avocado, Coconut, and Aloe Are Your Friends

Avocado, aloe, and coconut possess natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. What is more, these foods are incredibly soothing to the intestines and colon. They are also extremely hydrating at a cellular level. Adding avocado to your daily regimen is helpful in improving digestion. Also, swapping out your water habit for a coconut or aloe water habit goes a long way balancing the bacterial environment of your gut. To add more probiotics, you can find coconut yogurt at any supermarket.

Red Apples Heal

There’s an old saying about apples: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” As it turns out, this saying is true. The red variety of apples (think red delicious, gala, etc.) are the highest in antioxidants are therefore the most healing. Working your way up to 1-3 apples a day can go a long way in helping to nourish you and rebalance the bacteria in the intestines and colon. Like the banana, apples are an anti-viral and anti-bacterial food. They are also an incredibly portable food, which can be eaten anytime, any place. Oranges are incredibly healing too.

Let’s Not Forget Vegetables

Another famous misnomer is that lettuce is “roughage” and therefore, irritating to the intestinal tract. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Lettuce is incredibly easy to digest and is very gentle on the digestive tract and colon. All lettuces are hydrating and loaded with nourishing minerals and vitamins. Eating more lettuce and other leafy greens or incorporating them into a smoothie is great way to get your gut health back. If you have sensitivities in the digestive tract, start slowly with the leafy greens – but start-- eventually, your body will adjust to the dietary change.

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Eat More Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a phenomenal healing food. They are also amazingly easy on the colon and digestive tract. But more than that, sweet potatoes are a miracle food for IBD. Sweet potatoes are known as an anti-stress food in that they are known to help relax muscles, steady nerves particularly in the intestine and colon, and even balance cognitive function. Replacing animal products with sweet potatoes as a main dish can be the difference between getting a flare up and avoiding one.

Take It Easy

When a diagnosis of IBD hits, the first thing to do is adjust diet immediately. This will go a long way toward easing symptom and ultimately healing. Cut out the animal products and bring in the fresh juices and natural foods that are easily digested and work with the digestive tract, not against it. Slowly begin to incorporate more and more fruit and leafy green options into your diet. Once you begin eating more plant-based whole foods like sweet potatoes and fruits and leafy greens, you’ll begin to notice that these will become the foods you rely on to avoid future flare-ups.

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