Remedies for inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic inflammation of all areas of the digestive tract. There two types of inflammatory bowel disease – ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both conditions can cause pain, diarrhea, weight loss and fatigue.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that leads to the development of sores and inflammation of the coating of the large intestines or colon and rectum while Crohn’s disease involves inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract and spreads into the affected tissues. The inflammation spreads to the large and small intestines.
Causes of inflammatory bowel disease
- Having a history of the disease or genetics
- Inflammatory bowel disease can be caused by the immune system. A bacterial or viral infection of the digestive tract can trigger a reaction of the immune system. When the body tries to eliminate the invaders, the body becomes inflamed.
- Bleeding ulcers which result to presence of blood in the stool or hematochezia.
- Diarrhea which happens when areas of the bowel cannot reabsorb water.
- Abdominal pain, cramping and bloating caused by obstruction of the bowel.
- Anemia or weight loss which result to delayed development among children.
- Sometimes, ulcers and fissures can develop around the anus or the genital areas.
- Minimize the consumption of dairy products to prevent problems such as diarrhea, gas and abdominal pain. These conditions improve when minimizing or cutting out dairy products in the diet.
- If suffering from Crohn’s disease of the small intestines, avoid margarine, butter, fried foods and cream sauce since the body cannot digest or absorb normally the fat. The fat will go to the intestines which makes the diarrhea severe.
- Avoid eating high fiber foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits to prevent making the condition worse. Cook fresh vegetables by baking, steaming or stewing them.
- Avoid spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol to prevent making the condition worse.
- Eat 5-6 small meals every day rather than 2-3 large meals.
- Drink plenty of water every day to prevent dehydration.
- Take the prescribed multivitamin and mineral supplement.
- Stop smoking to prevent ulcerative colitis.
- Avoid being stressed, perform some mild exercises to lessen depression and normalize the functioning of the bowel. Seek the help of a physical therapist for suitable exercises.
- Lessen stress, muscle tension and slow down the heart rate with the use of a feedback machine. This allows the affected person to enter into a relaxed state and cope up with stress.
- Another way to lessen stress is performing regular relaxation and breathing exercises such as deep and slow breathing to calm the body. Take classes in yoga and meditations.