IBD: Causes and Symptoms (Irritable Bowel Disease)

IBD: Causes and Symptoms (Irritable Bowel Disease)

IBD: Causes and Symptoms (Irritable Bowel Disease)

IBD, also know as Irritaible Bowel Disease, identifies with: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). Let’s start by distinguishing the two:

  • Chron’s Disease is an inflammation of the lower ileum and colon. It sometimes affects other parts of the small intestine as well. All the layers of the wall are thickened and there is patchy ulceration.
  • Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammation and ulceration of the colon mucosa. This includes bloody diarrhea. It is a condition that does not go beyond the colon or large intestine. The ulcers can progress through the wall. The mucosal lining of the colon becomes inflamed and fragile (crumbly sort of speak) and breaks down into ulcers that bleed.

Causes of IBD

There are no known causes of IBD. However, theories around IBD include genetics, food sensitivities, infections, environmental toxicity and dietary factors. When we work with clients who have IBD, we find that removing dietary offenders and stripping the diet down; supporting the intestinal lining and restoring optimal gut health is critical in the healing process. We develop a very strict dietary protocol suitable for the individual. Our method also educates our clients about triggers they hadn’t known of. The protocol also can reduce flare ups, severity of symptoms, replenish the lost electrolytes and identify nutritional deficiencies and most importantly, heal the GI tract and colon itself.

It is clear that immune system dysfunction can contribute to the progression of IBD. There are often many food sensitivities and allergies to certain prescription drugs.

Symptoms of IBD

Common symptoms of IBD include the following although are not limited to:

  • abdominal pain
  • bloody and/or watery diarrhea
  • fever
  • weight loss
  • increased urgency to use the bathroom (up to multiple times a day)
  • rectal bleeding
  • arthritis
  • anorexia
  • and in some cases intestinal organs are affected (liver, kidneys, eyes and skin)

The Gut + IBD

So now that you understand potential causes of IBD and symptoms associated with it, it’s important to understand the gut’s role with IBD conditions.

What we notice with clients is a severe form of gut dysbiosis or microbial imbalance that favors pathogens. The beneficial gut bacteria is lost. The chronic inflammation and dysbiosis have gotten so bad that now the mucosa becomes vulnerable to damage and ulceration. This could have been triggered from an infection, poor diet or any of the above potential causes over a period of time.

Sequence of events that may have led to your IBD:

  1. Pathogens (bacteria) chronically inflame the gut which stresses and activates the immune system response. The damage to the mucosa releases antigens which alter the immune system and the immune system starts to attack the gut tissue. This becomes an autoimmune disease.
  2. These pathogens are causing intestinal permeability (imagine a hair tie that is stretched more and more and becomes weaker in time). Now partially digested food enters the bloodstream. This can lead to other conditions such as arthritis, allergies, skin conditions and other autoimmune conditions.
  3. Now normal digestion is compensated and poor absorption takes place. The body has a hard time absorbing and utilizing nutrients and further compensation occurs. There are many complications that can occur from this point on wards.

Triggers

Research shows, as well as patients with IBD, state that flareups are mostly triggered from:

  1. Stress (can be any type of perceived stress)
  2. Emotional distress
  3. Some types of foods

Next Steps

Living with IBD can be very uncertain and debilitating. The nerves of attending corporate meetings wondering if you can make it through; or, hoping to make it through a road trip with your family or friends. How do you feel always having to know where the bathroom is and ensuring you can access it at anytime? You can safely and effectively work with one of our practitioners to reverse symptoms (especially the severity of it), minimize odds of flare ups and properly restore your gut health while rebuilding your gut lining.

Book your free 15-minute phone consultation and talk to one of our practitioners today. We are here to help you!

 



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