The Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a collection of the most common
digestive symptoms - nausea, abdominal pain, excessive gas or bloating,
constipation and diarrhea. When these symptoms occur over months or years in the
absence of a visible disease, Doctors usually diagnose "irritable bowel
syndrome" (IBS). While these symptoms should suggest problems originating in the
food supply, medical diagnosis and treatment has usually ignored food factors.
Food allergy and other forms of food intolerance such as lactose (milk sugar)
and fructose intolerance are capable of producing a wide range of digestive
problems. These two sugars are short-chain
carbohydrates collectively known as FODMAPs. The group also includes fructans in
wheat-based products, galacto-oligosaccharides in legumes, and polyols such as
xylitol and mannitol in fruits and artificial sweeteners.
The description "reactive bowel" is better than "irritable bowel".
Reactive bowel suggests that the gastrointestinal tract is a sensing, reacting
system with important immune responses to food. As soon as you say "reactive
bowel" you have ask "reactive to what?" You then search for the cause in terms
of food input and will often be closer to a solution.
IBS covers a spectrum of illness from relatively mild and occasional bowel
disturbances to more debilitating, daily disturbances. We are advocating a
permanent change in diet to solve the problem. You have to assume that your
digestive tract is unhappy with your food choices and does not work well when
you eat improperly.
For years, IBS was attributed to "psychogenic causes". Patients were often
told that they have gastrointestinal tract dysfunction because of "stress,
tension, or anxiety". A better idea is that patients have stress, tension, and
anxiety because of bowel dysfunction! Food selection, emotional experiences, and
eating behaviors interact in complex patterns. Anger, frustration, and fear will
influence food selection, appetite, digestion, and metabolism, while food
selection, digestion, and metabolism will help determine emotional reactivity.
The Main Ideas
The function of the digestive tract is to process food.
The food supply must be matched to the capacity of the digestive tract to
Dysfunction and disease arise when there is a mismatch.
The digestive tract actively manages and reacts to food.
When all is well, we ignore the presence of the digestive tract.
When there is trouble in the digestive tract, attention is directed to our
abdomen by a variety of discomforts, pain, noise, distension, abnormal bowel
movements and smelly gas.
If you have chronic gastrointestinal tract dysfunction, you may be in trouble
beyond the digestive tract. Symptoms of gastrointestinal tract dysfunction are
central to the wider range of clinical manifestations of food allergy and should
be seen as evidence that there are problems down-stream (the rest of the body
and brain) related to the food supply.
De Giorio et al summarized the food causes of IBS:" Low-grade
inflammation (mainly characterized by a dense mast cell infiltrate) is present
in colonic mucosal biopsies of about two-thirds of patients with IBS. Mast cells
are known to release a variety of mediators, including serine proteases, which
evoke neuronal hyper excitability, a major factor for functional symptom
generation (eg, pain). Food components, particularly proteins, may be
pathogenically involved with this process, either primarily or secondarily. One
possible interpretation of such mucosal changes is that food components/antigens
pass through a leaky (ie, more permeable) epithelial barrier, leading to mast
cell infiltration and activation, thereby leading to IBS symptoms.[5,8] Mast
cells can be activated by allergy-like mechanisms, such as those involving
food-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE). However, tests for food allergy detection
that use the systemic immune compartment, such as skin-prick tests, have a poor
sensitivity and specificity. Thus, immune response to food in IBS may require
more sophisticated approaches.(Roberto De Giorgio; Umberto Volta; Peter R
Gibson. Sensitivity to Wheat, Gluten and FODMAPs in IBS.
The Alpha Nutrition Program was designed to discover a new diet that
reduces immediate symptoms and reduces the long-term risk of the digestive
problem progressing toward more serious disease. The first Phase of Alpha
Nutrition is an attempt to clear symptoms. This is home science. You start with
the hypothesis that your food intake is causing or contributing to your illness
and you do an experiment to find out if it is true. You want to accomplish three
important goals at the same time:
Remove problems in your existing food supply
Add all the nutrients your body needs
Reintroduce the best, nourishing foods available
Often, full recovery involves a food holiday. Alpha ENF can be used as a
completely absorbed, fully nourishing food-replacement. Alpha ENF requires
little or no digestion and gives the digestive tract a chance to rest and heal.
Alpha ENF can be used to supply nutrients that may be in short supply - such as
amino acids, B vitamins, vitamins D, B12 and minerals such as calcium,
magnesium, potassium, zinc. Malabsorption, malnutrition and allergy to other
foods may be hidden causes of slow recovery and prolonged disability.
Listen to a Description of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This website features topics from the book, Digestive Disorders by Stephen Gislason MD
Print and eBook versions are available. 178 Pages.
The book discusses food-related digestive tracts diseases and common disorders
such as food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome,
chronic diarrhea, liver diseases, foodborne infection and motility disorders.
Nutritional concerns with digestive disease are discussed and case histories
illustrate problems and their solution. The solution is found in the Alpha
Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision. There are many conditions
that improve with diet revision. Elemental nutrient formulas are recommended for
serious digestive disease.
The latest edition is available as an eBook for download.
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Disorders Rescue Help in understanding and managing the most common digestive tract
disorders: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome,
Functional Dyspepsia, GERD, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The
starter pack includes one 500 gram jar of
Alpha ENF, the Alpha Nutrition Program, and the book Food & Digestive Disorders.
Three steps to solving a digestive problem
1 You stop ingesting the problem foods and beverages.
2 You eat safe foods and pure nutrients until you clear symptoms.
3 Reintroduce more of the best, nourishing, low-risk foods
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