Are you doing this to your bowels?

OrangeSo I have been busy with school, work, and training.  Taking a little break today to share some info on IBD and IBS.  This has come up at work multiple times with both patients and employees and is more common than you think.  Of course this goes without saying but I have to say

DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE CHANGES WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE OF A PROFESSIONAL, SUCH AS A DIETITIAN OR PHYSICIAN.

I also am not affiliated with any company or product promoted on here and I do not receive any commission off the sale of those products.

Many people have complicated diagnoses of IBD (such as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis), while some have recurring GI issues such as cramps, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, or something along those lines that the doctors can’t figure out so they generally just call it IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome).  There are some nutrition changes that may be helpful in relieving of symptoms. Here is a brief (definitely not all inclusive) list of items to watch for

  1. Dairy – Many people can’t tolerate dairy.  Dairy has a sugar called lactose that many of us are familiar with that many people with IBD or IBS can’t tolerate.Gotmilk
  2. Grains – Most of us understand that grains have fiber (mostly insoluble) that us have regular bowel movements.  The problem with grains and IBD is it can cause more irritation in the intestines.  Adding more irritation to an already irritated bowel is not such a good idea.  It is possible to cause more inflammation and bloody stools.
  3. Starches – Starches contain complex carbohydrates which are difficult for those with IBD/IBS to absorb in the intestine and can cause more irritation.

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Now that we have a few thing to watch out for to decrease the symptoms from IBD/IBS.  Here are a few things that may be beneficial:

  1. Align-Probiotic-Supplement-037000143437Multivitamin – Since many people suffering from IBD/IBS avoid many different foods for various reasons, a good multivitamin is ideal.  Nature Made has good supplements and are certified by a third-party.  I have written a whole blog post on buying good supplements here
  2. Probiotics – probiotics are live organisms that help the GI tract.  There are many different probiotics out there so make sure you buy probiotics that have the correct organism in in to help alleviate your symptoms. Align is a type of probiotic that may be beneficial for some people.
  3. Prebiotics – Yes. I know what many people are thinking and prebiotics are different than probiotics.  Prebiotics promote the growth of good bacteria in the GI tract.  Some times prebiotics and probiotics are used together talk to your dietitian to find the best one for you.

So there is a brief list of some helpful tips to get you started in the right direction.  Of  course contact me if you need some assistance.  I’ll see you all next time.

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