Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the blanket term that covers symptoms of gut inflammation and altered bowel pattern. When an inflammatory situation develops in the digestive system important nutrients are “leaked out”. Hence another term for irritable bowel conditions is Leaky Gut.
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are classed as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). They are characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and are cellular mediated autoimmune conditions. Suffice to say individuals suffering from these conditions have very specific holistic treatment protocols, depending upon presentation of the disease and medications.
In order to treat Leaky Gut (IBS), there is a need to first establish gut integrity with certain foods and supplements to balance the gut micro flora.
An anti inflammatory diet is an excellent nutritional strategy
R A I N B O W foods i.e. fruit and vegetables provide colour and variety and are high in vitamins and minerals that protect our gut.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are also high in antioxidants. These valuable micronutrients help mop up the toxins in our body.
Bone and meat broths are ideal as they contain animal products rich in glutamine, which strengthen the gut walls.
Animal foods such as egg yolks, cod liver oil, butter, fish and organ meats are high in vitamin A Zinc and DHA omega 3 and are essential for gut healing and restoration.
Dark oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut and herring are great sources of omega 3 fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory – so good for the gut.
There is a link between excessive consumption of simple sugars and Irritable Bowel conditions. Sugar is an incredibly inflammatory food.
The Body Ecology Diet, (Donna Gates) is a wholefood nutritive regime focusing on starving the disease causing microbes in the gut and restoring the balance of gut micro flora.
The FODMAP theory advocates that consuming foods high in FODMAPs results in gas, bloating and abdominal pain in some individuals.
Following a low FODMAP diet should result in a decrease in digestive symptoms.