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Natural Options for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
by Luella May
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed. Two of the most serious types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon or large intestine whereas Crohn's disease can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Whichever form of IBD one may have, nature offers remedies which can be safer and more effective than mainstream medications.
IBD has no known cause. Yet, an interesting fact is that it appears to be mostly prevalent in western societies. This could pose the question as to whether the Standard American Diet (SAD) plays a role in acquiring this disease.
When addressing IBD naturally, probiotics should be first on the list for anyone suffering from IBD. Probiotics help to control the number of harmful bacteria in the stomach, enabling the friendly bacteria to thrive. Probiotics also help to reduce inflammation and improve the protective mucus lining in the stomach.
There have been reports of Crohn's and other inflammatory bowel diseases being remedied successfully with a combination of colloidal silver, plant derived minerals, supplemental oxygen and probiotics. This combo works best when the probiotics are taken at different times than the colloidal silver to help re-establish good intestinal bacteria).
Aloe vera gel has an anti-inflammatory effect. A study in Alimentary Pharmacology and Theraputics (2004; 19:739-47) reported that aloe vera gel relieves ulcerative colitis symptoms.
Avoiding allergenic foods, such as wheat, dairy products and corn has been shown to control the disease in some people. Sugar, sweets, carbohydrates, and alcohol have been associated with IBD. These foods actually cause the disease to progress and may cause a relapse when in remission.
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