Tag: IBD

Digestive Dysfunction = Gut Gone Bad!

Digestive Dysfunction = Gut Gone Bad!

As we move into the third week of Colon Cancer Awareness Month it’s time to discuss what can go wrong in your gut. Last week I presented a very brief overview of how a healthy gut works. This week I’d like to help you recognize signs of digestive dysfunction. The result is multiple disease processes like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel…

Digestive Dysfunction = Gut Gone Bad!

Digestive Dysfunction = Gut Gone Bad!

As we move into the third week of Colon Cancer Awareness Month it’s time to discuss what can go wrong in your gut. Last week I presented a very brief overview of how a healthy gut works. This week I’d like to help you recognize signs of digestive dysfunction. The result is multiple disease processes like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel…

Dysbiosis in IBD—Nitrates the Culprit?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves dysbiosis, or an imbalance of beneficial to harmful bacteria in the intestines.1 Specifically, obligate anaerobic bacteria are depleted and the facultative anaerobic bacteria Enterobacteriacea increase. A recent study has found one way in which this dysbiosis develops.2 Researchers from UC Davis discovered that the potentially harmful Enterobacteriacea—specifically, E. coli—use nitrate to grow. Nitrate is formed…

Dysbiosis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), most notably including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is a serious digestive condition for which we are only beginning to understand the underlying causes. Dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the gut microbes, is one relatively recent factor found to contribute to the development of IBD. One major contributor to the development of dysbiosis is antibiotic use.…

Could Sucralose Cause IBD?

  An interesting article was published last September in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, in which the author hypothesized that sucralose (brand name Splenda) might be the cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The disease emerged in the past century, and was most prevalent in Western countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, and in northern Europe. Interestingly, prevalence…

Broccoli and Blueberries for Bowel Health

A recent study, published in the journal Nutrition, demonstrated the effect of broccoli and blueberries on bowel inflammation in an animal model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).1 Researchers fed IBD mice either a control diet, or a diet with 10 percent broccoli or ten percent blueberries. Both the broccoli- and blueberry-fed mice exhibited similar changes in gut microbiota with one…

Vitamin D and IBD

  Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is characterized by inflammation of the intestines, and is most notably represented as Crohn’s disease, which usually affects the small intestine, but may affect other areas of the digestive tract, and ulcerative colitis, which usually affects the large intestine, or colon. Two recent studies, presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 76th Annual Scientific…

Healthy Diet May Protect You from Intestinal Disease

Here’s your new weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week.  As most of you who read my blog know, diet has a huge influence on our health. I always recommend a high fiber diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables,…

IBS & IBD—Mind, Body or Both?

There is still a general belief with medical doctors and the public as well that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are mostly stress-related psychological disorders. I have personally had many patients who were reluctant to discuss their bowel problems for fear of being labeled a “psych” case. Many practitioners still aren’t aware there can be legitimate…