Recently I attended a seminar on IBS, crohn’s, colitis and overall intestinal issues. Even though I believe I know a fair bit about the intestinal area, there is always something more to learn. Just as I thought, I learned two new things.

Firstly I would like to give a general overview of some of the information given at the seminar. IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a catch all for intestinal issues that can’t be categorized. It is generally an inflammation or irritation which can be caused by stress, food sensitivities or a combination of factors. Many people with IBS know their triggers and can try to avoid them but some have a hard time keeping the inflammation under control without extra health care. Turmeric is a spice that helps keep inflammation under control. Not only in your intestinal area but joints and stomach as well. Some people with IBS can’t absorb or have a hard time absorbing Vit D and this vitamin is important for intestinal health. Sometimes the irritation can be parasitic or bacterial and then you have a little more work ahead of you. Parasite cleanses can be too harsh on a person’s intestinal area if they have any of the mention conditions, without doing some healing of it before. I suggest una de gota or cat’s claw for healing of the intestinal area. Some suggest marshmallow root.

If a bacterial issue is the challenge, make sure you read to the very end of the article.

From my understanding crohn’s can be a GI issue that starts from the mouth and ends at the anus, with healthy and unhealthy tissue all along the tract. It can include acid reflux and mild, moderate or severe loose stools. Colitis on the other hand usually starts at the anus and works its way into the large intestines or colon as some call it. Both are destructive and more severe then IBS.

Since a large portion of the intestinal area is part of the immune system you can begin to understand if you don’t have a healthy intestinal area, you are likely to not have a healthy immune system.

So for today’s healthy habits you need to recognize when you need digestive enzymes and what kind. As well as adding a probiotic and what kind. As well as a probiotic organic keifer is good for a healthy intestinal area but a lot of people can’t handle keifer because it is a milk product. Most people don’t have enough lactase enzymes to digest dairy. Even if you use keifer it is still good to add a probiotic.

So here are the two things I learned; 1) if you have had a resection of your intestinal area you need to be careful as to the amount of probiotics you use. More is not always better in this case. In fact more probiotic could be making your have diarrhea. 2) You might need a different balance of probiotic considering there is bacteroidetes, firmicutes, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus bacteria in your digestive tract. These balances help in different areas, for an example if you want to loss weight you want more bacteroidetes and decrease firmicutes. Lactobacilli bacteria helps the immune system and bifidobacterium helps the large intestines in keeping you regular.

I would suggest you go to your local health food store to discuss your specific needs. I purchase my personal supplements from the health food store that hosted the seminar. So until next time be EVER-WELL.

Diane Elms Hom., D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.

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