Introduction:Bowel diseases are on the rise in America to the degree of more than 1 million people, according to Virginia Tech News, December 2010. Scientists at the school have recently discovered some key triggers in the immune system that contribute to inflammatory bowel disease.
Inflammatory bowel disease begins when the gut initiates an abnormal immune response to hundreds of bacteria that come in contact with the colon.
Scientists pinpointed a special type of immune cell as a possible target for strategies to fight inflammation-related diseases in the bowels. The researchers hope to use this information to develop safer alternatives than the drugs being used at this point, to manage this debilitating disease.
The human bowels are not designed to digest large amounts of unsprouted grain products. Years ago, all grain was sprouted and sifted to remove the bran, before grinding it and making it edible.
The grain products of today are processed without this process, making them very hard on the digestive system. Gluten grains and bran products are especially hard on the gut and that is why you see so many people developing gluten intolerance.
Grains with gluten are wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt. Gluten-free products are increasing more and more on store shelves because of this demand. Sprouted, gluten free, non-bran or sourdough grain products are the best alternative to processed grains.
You should consume some type of lacto-fermented food with every meal, to help digest the foods you eat. The bacteria in lacto-fermented foods is a highly beneficial probiotic for digestion and healthy bowel flora. Oriental diets are high in fermented probiotic foods such as miso, natto and kimchi which is why their culture rarely sees bowel diseases prevailing. Most vegetables can be fermented at home with simple process using sea salt. Kefir and yogurt are also some high probiotic foods.
Raw foods was the norm 50 years ago in our society. Foods were taken from the garden and farm to the table. They had high amounts of enzymes, vitamins and minerals that help to keep the digestive system healthy. Today, everything is processed and packaged or canned with added chemicals to preserve it. This is highly toxic for our bodies and eventually can lead to some type of disease.
Some good raw foods for the gut are vegetables, berries, citrus fruit, raw goat's milk and cheeses as well as raw cow milk products. Pasteurized milk products are like night and day as pasteurization kills vital enzymes and nutrients for healthy bowel flora.
Jordan Rubin, author of "The Maker's Diet" beat Crohn's Disease completely with this type of diet. This same diet helped me to beat bowel disease and I would bet my life on this diet.
Bad fats are like bad oil in our car engine. The bowels are designed to have high omega 3 and saturated fats that are found in foods that have been shunned as bad for us by reformed food consultants.
Contrary to popular belief, we need the saturated fats because they are high in antimicrobial properties that protect us from viruses, yeasts and bad bacteria in the gut. They are easily digested and absorbed for quick energy.
The best saturated fats for our gut and overall health are real butter (unpasteurized is best) organic coconut oil and ghee.
Sugar and processed salts are very toxic to the bowels and should be replaced with natural ones as much as possible. I think most of America has been educated about the toxins of a high sugar diet and not much more needs to be said. Some good alternatives for sugar are sucanet, organic maple syrup, raw honey and stevia.
The best salts are unprocessed sea salts that are loaded with minerals. Celtic and Himalayan sea salt are my favorites. The salt should be a pinkish or grayish color. White sea salt is processed and no better than the regular table salt.
Any person with a bowel disease or that wants to prevent getting one, can make small changes that will lead to bigger ones as they see their digestive system improve. My motto is "Eat to Live" rather that "Live to Eat."
Wonderful list. Its an issue that people don't like to talk about. I can tell you from expierence that not taking care of the bowels can be very painful cramps. I learned a little more from this list. Thanks.
Very good advice.H5!
That is a great list of ways to avoid bowel diseases. H5
Excellent list with explanations of reasons and ways to avoid bowel disease. h5
Another top-notch list. I enjoy snacking on fresh spinach leaves as others might snack on potato chips.
All good reasons. Thanks for the list.
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