There are many natural remedies, herbs, dietary and life style changes that can be used to treat digestive problems or disorders.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common and debilitating condition which significantly affects the quality of life. IBS presents with a cluster of gut symptoms, with the cardinal symptom being abdominal pain with either constipation and/or diarrhoea. The concomitant symptoms include distension and flatulence, with these symptoms varying in frequency and severity between individuals and in the same individual at different points of time.
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE ( CROHN’S DISEASE & ULCERATIVE COLITIS )
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are non-specific, chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastro intestinal tract. (GIT).
Inflammation may affect any part of the GIT from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most common inflammatory bowel disorders.
Crohn’s disease is chronic inflammation involving all layers of the intestinal wall and any part of the gastrointestinal tract.The disease often presents with a pattern of intermittent remittance and relapses. Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption are common and developmental retardation may result in those who develop this disorder during childhood.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, nonspecific inflammatory bowel disease involving the mucosa and submucosa of
the colon. It usually includes the rectum and is characterised by uniform and continuous ulceration, bloody
diarrhoea and rectal bleeding. Recurrent inflammation may eventually lead to shortening of the colon, and with
long-standing UC, the surface epithelium may show dysplastic changes. Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
often presents with a pattern of intermittent remittance and relapses.
REFLUX (GORD) (HEARTBURN) & FUNCTIONAL DYSPEPSIA (INDIGESTION) & GASTROPARISIS.
Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) or acid reflux, is a chronic condition in which the content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the oesophagus causing inflammation and damage to the lining of the oesophagus.
Functional dyspepsia and Gastroparesis are the two most common sensorimotor disorders of the upper GI tract, with shared symptoms of upper abdominal pain, postprandial fullness, early satiety and nausea.
COELIAC DISEASE & GLUTEN SENSITIVITY
Coeliac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disease triggered by an abnormal immune response to gluten. Gliadin,
one of the two proteins which form gluten, has been found to be the toxic component in coeliac disease which initiates the immune activation. The inflammatory damage as a result primarily affects the small intestine. Systemic manifestations of coeliac disease include fatigue, weight loss, diarrhoea, anaemia, osteoporosis and depression.
Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition that is neither autoimmune nor allergic, yet leads to subjective symptoms similar to those seen in coeliac disease when gluten is consumed. The condition is characterised by negative antibodies (except, perhaps to gliadin) and normal intestinal mucosa. The cardinal sign is the clinical improvement of symptoms on a gluten-free diet in the absence of antibodies and intestinal mucosal abnormalities.
Wheat allergy is a less common condition than CD and NCGS. It is characterised by an IgE-mediated reaction to gliadins, particularly ω-5 gliadin. Unlike CD, patients with wheat allergy usually do not need to restrict other gluten-containing grains, such as rye, barley, and oats from their diet. The symptoms of wheat allergy are typical of those of an IgE-mediated reaction. Symptom onset after consumption is much more immediate than CD and NCGS, often occurring within minutes of consumption, with acute swelling of the face, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract.
Ask yourself these questions:
If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of these questions, your body may be overburdened by toxicity.
- Are you often tired or lethargic?
- Do you regularly suffer from bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or other digestive disturbances?
- Do you get recurrent headaches?
- Do you regularly suffer from muscle aches and pains?
- Does poor short-term memory and concentration affect your ability to function at work?
- Do you have allergies or sensitivities?
- Do you suffer from depression, anxiety and/or mood swings?
Toxins can be environmental such as heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants which are present in air, food, and water we consume. Toxins can also be generated internally by ‘ unfriendly ‘ bacteria, yeasts, and parasites in your digestive system. These internally generated toxins are then absorbed into your blood stream, affecting your health and vitality. Your body has mechanisms for eliminating all these toxins, but these detoxification pathways can become overwhelmed if you produce, consume or absorb more toxins than you can get rid of.
A Natural detoxification program can be one of the most effective strategies for rapidly improving the state of your health as it will help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic.