IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME IBS
Spastic Colon / Diarrhea / Hemorrhoids / Celiac Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the fastest growing bowel disorder attended to by a physician today. What is stressing these dysfunctional colons? More and more people are becoming aware of allergies and hypersensitivities to food as just one important issue.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is equated to a stomach-ache of the bowels, in that they are “out of sorts” and irritated. IBS is a disorder of motility. When the digestive tract contracts too slowly, it results in constipation; but when it contracts too rapidly, it goes into spasm, and diarrhea occurs. This syndrome can include spastic colon, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and celiac disease.
A spastic colon is one that is muscularly tense and in a state of “knots”. Colon muscles go into a spasm due to a lack of oxygen in the tissues of the bowel wall. Also, colon nerves that are irritated and deficient in nutrients can tense the muscles. Spasms can constrict the colon, narrow bowel movements can occur, or diarrhea. These spasms can be very stressful, resulting in fatigue and exhaustion. Actually, spasms can also occur anywhere in the digestive tract such as esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small and large intestines.
This irregular propulsive action also leads to the trapping of gas. These two problems, the abnormal contractions of the tract, and the gas trapped by these disordered movements are what cause the pain of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These gas pains and gas pressure can be so severe that they compel the person to go to the hospital emergency care. Relief should come by expelling the gas or moving the bowels.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome can run in families indicating that they inherit weakness in the intestines that predisposes them to this kind of illness. Sufferers of IBS are often in the 20's, 30's, or 40's. Onset is often after a lot of stress. IBS is different than Inflammatory Bowel Disease in that there is no inflammation present, but it can lead to this disease if not attended to adequately.
Diarrhea is usually a frequently occurring condition of the lower bowel whereby the movements are of a watery nature or a loose nature, but definitely not formed. Each day their number increases. Diarrhea is generally caused by constipation and so is a symptom of constipation. The definition of constipation is that there is still something in the colon that is not coming out. Diarrhea results from years of a congested colon with toxic overload, even though having a bowel movement every day. These toxins irritate the colon nerves causing contraction of the muscles as the colon tries to flush out the fluid-type stools before the water is absorbed into the body.
Even with many bouts of diarrhea in a day, it may seem like the colon is empty. However, it is not. The colon is like an accordion with poisons and mucoid debris in the folds of the walls. Prolonged diarrhea can lead to colitis.
Hemorrhoids are an expansion of the anal blood vessels or varicose veins. They are commonly called hemorrhoids when they are located inside the rectum, and called piles when they drop below the anal ring outside the rectum. The blood does not circulate, but instead gathers and thickens in the tissues of this area. This is caused most certainly by constipation, and possibly straining. It is most often caused by those irritating toxic chemicals gathering it the colon. Rectal itching is often experienced as a signal from the liver and colon of their congestion. Varicose veins in the legs are similar to hemorrhoids. A fiber rich diet can prevent both of these conditions.
Often these hemorrhoids can bleed from irritation and inflammation. They can become very painful. A sitz bath can soothe the pain and swelling by sitting in a pan of cool water in the bath tub, or a cool shower flowing across the buttocks. An ice pack can also be used.
It is necessary to cleanse the area after each bowel movement with witch hazel, 3% hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball. Then apply soothing cram such as calendula, aloe or vitamin E, preferably chemical-free. Wheat Germ oil or Vitamin E or Vitamin A oil is good too. They could also be taken orally as well. A White Oak Bark and Collinsonia Root enema or implant has the ability to work as an astringent. Cleanse the liver with herbs such as Dandelion , and of course, cleanse that colon out. If your body does not bring healing to this area, laser technology can be applied by your physician rather than surgery.
Celiac Disease is a hereditary illness that can occur early or late in life as a result of devastating bowel problems. It is due to an intolerance to the protein gluten found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. This protein irritates the lining of the bowel, resulting in chronic diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea. Consequently, there is a failure to digest and absorb vitamins, proteins and fats from the diet. This malabsorption can lead to malnutrition. With gluten intolerance, there are usually lactose and/or fructose intolerances.
Often celiac disease is misdiagnosed as spastic colon, but is related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal swelling, large and frequently foul-swelling stools that float, weight loss, anemia, skin rash, body sores, and joint and/or bone pain. Since gluten is also found in vitamins, consume only hypoallergenic vitamins.
SYMPTOMS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
* diarrhea with no blood
* narrow stool
* muscle tenseness in colon
* frequent movements
* feeling of abdomen being in knots
* abdominal pain
* excessive gas
* sore tailbone
* abdominal cramps
* alternating constipation & diarrhea
* stomach discomfort
* swollen lymph glands
* abdominal burning
* bad breath
* coated tongue
* lower back pain
* liver pain
* loss of appetite
* feeling of vibration in abdomen & legs
* food sensitivities
Check off which symptoms that you are experiencing.
The cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is predictably, constipation. Thus, the culprits are a detrimental diet and lifestyle. The nervous system becomes deplete of nutrients. Some foods act as triggers to stress the nerves in the colon, and in turn put the muscles into spasm. A food that you eat sparingly may become your worst enemy when you are tired or under stress. There may also be a predisposition with genetic, inherited, weaknesses of the digestive tract.
Most cases of an irritated colon are caused by hypersensitivities or intolerance to certain food irritants specific to each individual person.
The most common food irritants are:
* sugar and sugared products
* tap water
* dairy products
* lactose in milk products
* spicy foods
* sorbitol & mannitol
* walnuts & peanuts
* wheat & other grains
* pork products
* caffeine & caffeine products
* food chemicals, dyes, pesticides, colorings, etc.
Check off which ones you may be sensitive to.
Those who have overgrowth of fungus & yeasts in the digestive tract called Candida albicans condition should avoid sugar, yeast foods, milk products, wine, liquor, mushrooms, and oranges. An overgrowth of Candida can cause a severely, irritated colon and digestive system. See article on CANDIDA ALBICANS.
It may be best to seek consultation with a Nutritionist. Food allergy testing can be done by some of the fine energy instruments available today, such as the computerized Meridian Test. This is a more accurate test than the conventional scratch test for food allergies. See article called ALLERGIES & INTOLERANCES.
After identifying food irritants and adapting a fiber diet, the next important step is to begin nourishing the nervous system. This could take months to accomplish since it took years to deteriorate it. Passion Flower herbs are the most harmoniously accepted herbs for nearly everyone. Second is Valerian root. A combination of these plus Skullcap, Mistletoe and Motherwort is even better.
A daily Multi Vitamin-Mineral supplement is a good nutritional foundation. A stress-combination with extra Vitamin B's may be necessary as the colon is probably not synthesizing B Vitamins, thus leaving a deficiency for the nerves and muscles.
Anti-spasmodic herbs such as Lobelia may be tried. Use mild laxatives with caution since they act as stimulants to colon nerves and muscles.
Magnesium insufficiency is commonly found in an irritable bowel condition. Symptoms are twitches and tremors from a rapid or irregular heartbeat, to muscle spasms, shaky hands, irritability or nervousness. Spastic colon muscles can be included in this group as they can be revealed during a Colon Irrigation Therapy. Nourishment of the nervous system can improve such spontaneous contractions.
Magnesium plays a major role in normal cardiovascular function, is essential for the synthesis of protein and the metabolism of carbohydrates, and is necessary for the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles. In addition, it helps to regulate the acid-alkaline balance in the body. Magnesium can be taken as a homeopathic cell salt called Magnesium phosphorous, followed by a sip of warm water. Be sure to “succus” the homeopathic bottle by banging it 10 times in the palm of your hand.