Stomach Problems
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) primarily includes chron’s, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome all of which would indicate a motility problem involving the entire GI tract. It is a hypersensitive, irritated and inflamed system with poor digestion, absorption and elimination leading to deficiencies, an increased likelihood of leaky gut and a whole array of other associated health concerns.

When it comes to our digestive health, a well functioning system is key to our overall health and wellness. Our body requires vital nutrients in order to carry out its many functions and tasks, without the proper support our body will not function optimally and will not be able to keep us healthy. Some of the common health implications we may experience include:

• Being more susceptible to illness; experiencing more cold and flu related symptoms which would indicate that your immune system is not functioning as it should be
• Recurrent Anemia and electrolyte disorders
• Difficulty maintaining a healthy weight; weight gain and difficulty losing weight
• Symptoms associated with arthritis; inflammation and pain
• Symptoms associated with Candida (overgrowth of undesirable gut bacteria); recurring yeast/fungal infections, feeling tired or worn down, irritability and mood swings
• Symptoms associated with depression; low mood, loss of interest in enjoyable activities

Strategies to Best Support IBD

The avoidance of foods that can potentially cause further irritation and inflammation including:

• Gluten: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut can damage our gut lining. These are difficult to break down and can be difficult to digest; they can create inflammation
• Caffeine: coffee, black tea, soft drinks. These thin the digestive lining
• Dairy Products: milk, cheese, ice cream, sour cream. These create mucous and inflammation and interfere with proper absorption
• Alcohol: causes intestinal permeability (allowing larger undigested food particles to enter the blood stream)
• Processed Meats: cold cuts, commercially raised animal products and farmed fish. These disrupt our gut flora, contributing to an overgrowth of undesirable bacteria
• Sweets: high fructose corn syrup, molasses, sugar, rice syrup, artificial sweetener and all forms of sugar (with the exception of naturally ocurring sugars in fruits)
• Refined foods: white flour, white rice, processed packaged foods, bread, cookies and crackers. These are deficient in vitamins and minerals, they imbalance our blood sugar and feed our unfriendly gut bacteria
• Unstable oils: hydrogentated, trans fats, all commercial oils (with the exception of olive oil, flax and hemp) and all heated polyunsaturated oils. They disrupt omega3-6 balance which can lead to inflammation, impacting our gut lining
Artificial colourings, flavourings and sweeteners damage our gut lining
• Allergens: all known and suspected ones create inflammation and contribute to leaky gut

The addition of more food items that can soothe and promote healing of an already irritated and inflamed gut including:

• Chia Seed: anti-inflammatory essential fats
• Flax Seed: anti-inflammatory essential fats
• Chicory Root: contains a prebiotic that helps to support healthy gut flora and can help improve digestion
• Virgin Coconut Oil: anti-fungal, anti-viral and can help to decrease candida (yeast) overgrowth
• Oregano: anti-microbial
• Rosemary: anti-parasitic
• Thyme: anti-microbial

• Tumeric: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant
• Cinnamon: stimulates weak digestion
• Foods from the Brassica Family: brocolli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts
• Pumpkin Seeds: have anti-inflammatory properties and are a good source of zinc which can help with the repair and regeneration process
• Onion: anti-parasitic and anti-microbial properties
• Green Leafy Vegetables: provide proteins and important nutrients that will aid with leaky gut repair
• Garlic: anti-parasitic, anti-microbial properties
• Ginger: anti-inflammatory properties



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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) primarily includes chron’s, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome all of which would indicate a motility problem involving the entire GI tract. It is a hypersensitive, irritated and inflamed system with poor digestion, absorption and elimination leading to deficiencies, an increased likelihood of leaky gut and...