Irritable Bowel, Colitis, Chronic Loose Stools, Chronic Constipation, Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities, Dysbiosis, Chronic Mal-absorption, and Candidiasis.
Everyday is an off day for someone who has serious, chronic digestion problems. With some, it’s pain, low grade discomfort, bloating; with others, it’s the frequent need to find a bathroom; and with others it’s embarrassment or anxiety. Whatever aspects the problem takes, it could be a lifetime of dis-ease and worry - worry because many chronic digestion problems degenerate into even more severe illnesses effecting the entire body.
Regular bowel movements are an important mechanisms for removing toxins from the body. The colon acts as a holding tank for waste matter and if these wastes are not eliminated daily and fully, the undigested food particles, bowel bacteria, antigens, and toxins will sometimes lead to the development of diabetes, candidiasis, migraines, fatigue, ulcerative colitis, and some auto- immune diseases. Constipation is a problem that demands attention for it not only blocks proper absorption of nutrients, resulting in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but it allows a continuous buildup of toxins. It’s easy to see how the tentacles of this chronic problem reach out to so many areas of the body.
Unless there’s a problem with muscle coordination - a spinal injury, a neurogenic disorder, or a structural abnormality - constipation can be solved. In most cases, constipation arises from insufficient amount of water and fiber in the diet, and a lack of good bacteria to break down food. Fiber comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble.
Foods that contain high levels of soluble fiber are:
Foods that contain high levels of insoluble fiber are:
When you add fiber to your diet, you must add more water. You have to drink eight to ten, 8-ounce glasses of water daily even if you are not thirsty. Avoiding dairy products, fats, and highly processed foods will stop mucous secretions into the colon. These foods are hard to digest and have little to no fiber. Regular use of laxatives promotes dependence; they clean out the good intestinal bacteria and lead to chronic constipation. Laxatives if used regularly can also cause diarrhea, abdominal bloating and cramping, dehydration, and damage to the colon wall.
There are solutions. You could consider an ascorbic acid flush as step one. Because vitamin C (ascorbic acid) promotes healing and protects the body from allergens and pollutants, it can be beneficial to treat the colon with a flush and then consider diet changes or adding herbs or supplements.
To make a flush, place 1,000 milligrams of ascorbic acid in a cup of water. Use either calcium ascorbate or ester C, or a buffered product. Take every half hour, keeping track of how much has been taken, until diarrhea results. Count the number of teaspoons needed to produce diarrhea. (This is your bowel tolerance level) Subtract one teaspoon from this amount and take the resulting ascorbic acid drink every four hours for one to two days. Make sure the stool does not become watery. If it does, decrease dosage again by one teaspoon.
To aid digestion, treat yourself to digestive enzymes. A multi-enzyme complex taken 10 to 15 minutes before eating improves absorption by breaking the macro-nutrients in food down to micro-nutrients. The different types of digestive enzymes break down the three main categories of food: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. You need them all. A mix of enzymes is the best answer.
Herbs are an excellent way to regulate the colon and can be substituted for laxatives. At the top for digestive health are:
There are specific herbs to purge the colon. Cascara sagrada, rhubarb root, and senna leaves are the best choices.. It’s also important to keep the colon clean. Retained debris leads to absorption of toxins resulting in systemic poisoning. Symptoms could include mental confusion, depression, irritability, fatigue, and even allergic reactions. If you suspect your colon of harboring memories of long-ago digested meals, try a colon cleanse.
The best means of removing the wastes and toxins is a fast. By relieving the body of the work of digesting, fasting permits the system to begin a healing. By fasting regularly - two or three times a year- you give your organs a rest and reverse the aging process.
What happens in a fast?
The process of toxin excretion goes on while the influx of new toxins is greatly reduced. This results in reduction of total body toxicity. The energy you would have spent on digestion is redirected to rebuilding immune functions and cell growth. The immune system workload is actually reduced. Whole body tissue oxygenation increases and fat- stored chemicals such as pesticides, are released.
A fast can help you heal; cleanse your liver, kidneys, and colon; purify your blood; cleanse the breath; and clear eyes and tongue.
A three-day fast is recommended especially if you have never fasted for any length of time. A three-day fast can be done any time and can take place a few times a year. This duration will accomplish what you want: the release of toxins and purification of blood.
If your immune system needs rebuilding, a five-day fast is part of the answer.
A ten-day fast will take care of many issues that may be building up over years such as the beginning of a degenerative disease. A ten-day fast should only be done once or twice a year. Certain precautions should be taken.
If you can, prepare ahead for the fast by eating only raw fruits and vegetables for a couple of days before fasting. On the fast, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of quality water. Add pure juices and a some herbal teas . Dilute the juices 1 part water to 3 parts juice. Avoid orange or tomato juice, and any other sweetened juice. Herbal teas can include alfalfa, chamomile, milk thistle, dandelion, or rose hips to rejuvenate the liver and cleanse the blood. Taking 2 capsules of garlic twice a day will rid the colon of parasites.
Follow the fast with a two-day diet of raw fruits and vegetables. You can have vegetable broths to drink any time. Green food such as spirulina are high in protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals plus chlorophyll for cleansing is another nutrient-rich addition to a fast. First meals after a fast should be kept frequent and small.
A Super Healing Juice
Living with a condition the opposite of constipation - frequent and loose, watery stools - can be a nightmare. It is estimated that one in five adult Americans has symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In such a case, the normally rhythmic muscular contractions of the digestive tract become irregular. This interferes with the normal movement of food and wastes, often leading to an accumulation of mucous and toxins in the intestine. The accumulation material sets up a partial obstruction, trapping gas and stool, which in turn causes bloating, distention, and even constipation. Malabsorption may result and diarrhea will quickly deplete minerals and trace elements. The symptoms of IBS are many and the condition can be aggravated by stress. Many disease can be related to IBS: candidiasis, colon cancer, diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, malabsorption disorders, pancreatic insufficiency, ulcers , parasites, and even arthritis.
Eating the correct diet, using supplemental fiber, and drinking plenty of water are very important for diarrhea, chronic loose stools, and IBS. A high fiber diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables plus whole grains. Supplemental fiber such as oat bran and ground flaxseeds should be used daily. Avoid foods that encourage the secretion of mucous such as dairy products, sugars, fried foods, and processed foods. An imbalance of the right flora is common. Usually the pathogenic flora outnumbers the friendly bacteria and replacement through probiotics is very important. Because nutrients are not absorbed, a multi-vitamin and mineral complex and an amino acid complex will provide missing nutrients as well as prevent anemia, improve muscle tone, and repair mucous membrane linings. Essential fatty acids are also very important not only to bring down the inflammation but to also protect the intestinal lining. If the condition gets progressively worse, the mucous membranes lining the colon becomes inflamed to the point of developing lesions or ulcers. The problem is now ulcerative colitis. Symptoms may be more severe such as bloody stools and pain.
However, the same approach can work well. First, a diet change, keeping a daily record of what you eat and what symptoms you experience can help you determine what aggravates or improves the condition. Eat a low carbohydrate, high-vegetable-protein diet including alfalfa. Alfalfa breaks down into vitamin K and ulcerative colitis has been linked to a K depletion. Good quality protein can come from organic chicken and turkey. Avoid fats, oils, fried foods, and dairy - all of which can aggravate the problem. Drink plenty of liquids and add daily fiber.
You can begin to see patterns in all the recommendations for these gastrointestinal problems. Diet is probably the most significant factor in achieving remission and maintaining remission. Next are the essential additions:
Also very important are daily use of alfalfa, fiber, and essential fatty acids. Herbal medicines can be very helpful at the beginning of a healing. One-half cup of aloe vera juice twice a day, enzymes such as bromelain, and bowellia reduce inflammation. Milk thistle herb will cleanse the liver and the blood. Chamomile, dandelion, slippery elm, and yarrow extracts are very beneficial to the colon for a short term to get control over the problem.
Many people with digestive problems have been helped through Chinese medicine. Both acupuncture and herbal remedies are extraordinarily effective in healing most gastrointestinal disorders. Using acupuncture at the beginning of a healing program will start the process faster and relieve a good deal of the symptoms. Adding Chinese herbal medicine does work on the discomfort, inflammation, lesions, and other severe type of symptoms. Whether the problem is irritable bowel, colitis, ulcerative colitis, enteritis, ileitis, Chron’s disease, or any other small and large intestine issue, there are solutions outside conventional medicine.
You had a sinus infection, or an urinary tract infection, or a tooth abcess, and you took antibiotics, now you have the beginning of a yeast problem. You underwent chemotherapy, or you used corticosteroid drugs, or hormones, and now your beneficial flora is wiped out. You have a compromised immune system because of a chronic health problem, you are an excellent candidate for candidiasis.
Candida albicans , a single cell fungus is always present in the genital and intestinal tracts. If it is persistently present in disproportionate quantities, it can cause infection. Because candidiasis can affect almost any part of the body it can have a wide array of symptoms. It is most commonly present in the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina; the symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, colitis, abdominal pain, headaches, bad breath, rectal itching, memory loss, mood swings, canker sores, congestion, nagging cough, numbness in the extremities, persistent heartburn, muscle pain, sore throat, acne, severe itching, clogged sinuses, PMS, burning tongue, fatigue, vaginitis, kidney and bladder infection, depress- ion, hyperactivity, hypothyroidism, athlete’s food, ringworm, jock itch, and even diabetes. Symp- toms often worsen in damp areas such as groin, toes, etc., or after eating foods containing sugar or yeast. And candidiasis is a disorder that is often misdiagnosed!
Candidiasis is common to both men and women and very common in babies and pets. If it appears in one area of the body, it most likely is in other areas. It can travel through the bloodstream to invade every organ system, even causing a type of blood poisoning. Systemic candidiasis is an overgrowth of candida everywhere. Candida toxins integrate with hormones to alter brain and nervous system functions and may be the underlying cause of systemic problems of low energy, aching joints, worry, anxiety, memory lapses, headaches and abnormal feelings and sensations in the limbs. If you or your pet has been on steroids or immune-suppressive drugs, has had a chronic viral, bacterial, or parasitic infestation, or has been on poor quality commercially- prepared food most of your lives, you both are good candidates for candidiasis. Very often a candida infection leads to food allergies The symptoms of a food allergy or environmental sensitivity can also mimic those of candidiasis. Some people with candida infections go on to develop intolerance for chemical odors, certain foods, and other sensitivities.
All yeasts, including candida, feed on sugar. If the body’s pH balance is upset for any reason, the friendly bacteria that would normally metabolize sugars can’t do their job properly. Candida will flourish in such a sugar-rich environment. It’s important that a diet plan eliminates as much sugar, refined foods, processed foods, and grains, as possible. The most important aspects of a treatment plan are reducing the yeast and replenishing the beneficial flora. Several powerful fungal fighters are found in herbal medicine especially Chinese medicine formulas and in:
Replenishing the right flora comes through adding acidophilus probiotics for the small intestine and bifidus probiotics for the large intestine, every day, fifteen minutes before meals. If you decide to use herbal remedies, rotate treatment; alternate weeks between two or three herbs - grapefruit seed extract one week and olive leaf extract the next - to kill off resistant strains of candida which develop rapidly due to genetic mutation. Chinese herbal formulas can be used on a continuous basis.
If you suspect a yeast overload in yourself or your pet (and you should if either or you have been on antibiotics, steroids, hormones, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, etc.), put yourselves on an aggressive plan. Start with an avoidance diet plan. For one month, avoid eating or giving your pet the following:
Now, while you are avoiding the above items, start eating and feeding the pet the following on a daily basis.
For the dog:
You should avoid alcohol, pastries, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, ham, honey, nut butters, potatoes, soy sauce, dairy and citrus and other acidic fruits such as oranges, grape- fruits, lemons, tomatoes, pineapples, and limes ( these fruits break down to alkalines when ingested; an environment that feeds yeast). Do this for one month then add back only one or two items a week, for example, oranges one week, tomatoes the next, cheese after that.
Eat plain yogurt that contains live cultures and no additives. Daily fiber such as flax seed or oat bran is essential. An amino-acid complex rebuilds damaged tissue; glutathione will repair any brain impairment; vitamin K which has been reduced or eliminated through antibiotic use should be replaced; and a vitamin C, bioflavonoid complex is added to protect body tissues from damage by the toxins released from candida.
If you suspect allergies in yourself or your pet, you can treat through diet and supplementation. If you or your dog is plagued with chronic itching, foul-smelling bowel gas and stool, foul-smelling ears and breath, chronic indigestion, pasty gums, irritability, and constant licking between his toes and chewing on his body, these signs maybe manifestations of a high toxic load, concentrated in the intestines but seen in the ears and on the skin. An allergy is an unbalanced response to some trigger and ranging from mild to extremely aggravated. Of course, food is not the only trigger for allergies. Humans and dogs can have negative reactions to cleaning chemicals, pesticides sprayed onto property where you both walk, run, roll, and sleep, and to solvents, paints, and paint removers and the chemical used in home renovation and laying of carpets. All of these are absorbed in a dog’s highly sensitive food pads. The yearly vaccinations keep reintroducing toxins directly into the animal’s body as well.
Conventional medicine treats allergies with drugs that suppress the immune response but the response is often the body’s attempt to heal itself. Although steroids will cause skin eruptions to disappear, they are just as likely to push the problem deeper into the body. With repeated rounds of eruptions and steroid treatment, the problems become much more difficult to cure. Symptoms go beyond the skin to include indigestion, obesity, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, and thirst. The dog can be troubled with hyperactivity or drowsiness, weakness or fatigue.
Instead of adding drugs to an already toxic body, you can deal with the problem at its source: reducing the toxins in the dog’s food, body and environment. Begin the treatment with a day of fasting, in which you provide your dog with nothing but good water. Use glass or stainless steel containers for a water bowl to further ensure no chemical leaching from a plastic container. Fasting will allow the bowels to clear and the water intake will flush out toxins.
On the second day, offer your dog a very few foods that are unlikely to cause allergic reactions. You can use the Rotation Diet introduced by Dr. Herbert J. Renkel in 1934 for his human patients and adapted here for dog patients. Renkel suggested starting with a small group of easily tolerated foods. After each day, observe any reactions from these specific foods in the pet’s elimination, on his skin, or in his general well-being. The diet goes something like this:
Day 1 Chicken or turkey, organically raised, free ranging, cooked Carrots or parsnips, cooked Bananas
Day 2 Fish, wild, fresh, cold water type, cooked A legume such as lentils, cooked Cooked pumpkin, or other squash
Day 3 Eggs from free-ranging, organically fed chickens cooked Tomatoes Apple Tapioca, cooked
Day 4 Greens such as cabbage, broccoli, etc., lightly steamed Yams or sweet potato, cooked Barley, millet, or pasta, the soy, whole wheat or vegetable kind Unflavored yogurt with live cultures
After the first cycle is completed - days one through four- go back and repeat the rotation again for another four days. After two, three, or even four rotations, you can gradually start reintroducing other foods into the diet. For example, if you used carrots on Day 2, you may add or substitute parsnips. The Day 2 menu can have two members of the squash family and a different legume. In the Day 4 menu, you can add a leafy green vegetable. If the gastrointestinal system is rested for this short time, then it is usually able to repair itself. Your dog can tolerate almost any food if it’s introduced in this way. And along with the diet, begin giving the herb Milk Thistle daily to cleanse harmful chemicals from both the liver and the blood. You should also provide the enzyme glutatione as well. Glutathione gives a boost to the liver where 76% of the detoxification takes place and provides a speedy, efficient elimination from the colon.
Whether you have a definitive diagnosis of candidiasis or not, if you are like most of us you have had your share of antibiotics, the drug type most notorious for depleting good flora, and you can safely bet you have a yeast overload. It would pay to put yourself on an anti-yeast program.
Due to environmental toxins, the prevalence of pesticides, herbicides, preservatives in food and the wide spread, overuse of antibiotics, the normal flora of the digestive tract can be damaged. With the destruction and absence of flora, the stage is set for colonization of all kinds of opportunistic parasites and yeast overgrowth. The boundary between the body and the intestinal tract is also broken, allowing for many allergenic substances to enter into the bloodstream. Then this triggers an allergic response by the immune system. When the intestinal mucosa has been damaged, large food molecules especially proteins, bacteria, and micro-organisms pass across the intestinal wall to circulate through the body. This is called leaky gut syndrome which can cause moderate to severe allergic reactions depending on the individual’s immune system.
It is very important to completely digest protein. If the immune system can’t deal with the problem, it can start to attack the body creating an auto-immune response. The mucosal wall must be repaired. Bacterial and viral infections as well as parasitic infections, are harmful to the digestive system. They cause inflammation and release toxins into the entire body. Viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, Pseudomonas, chlamydia and others have been associated with Chrohn’s disease, leaky gut syndrome, dysbiosis, colitis, and mal-absorption.
A first start is to recolonize with friendly bacteria (probiotics). Digestive enzymes particularly those that break down protein - bromelain, pancreatin, papain, protease, and trypsin- should be used. For maximum benefit, any digestive enzyme supplement you choose should contain all the major enzyme groups - amylase, protease, and lipase. These enzymes predigest your food for about an hour breaking down as much as 75% of your meal. Hydrochloric acid - Betaine HCL - breaks down what’s left of the meal. Processing and cooking destroy enzymes in food; in fact any sustained heat destroys virtually all enzymes. The food entering our stomachs is severely enzyme deficient. With very little predigestion taking place the meal can enter the small intestine largely undigested. The less digestion that takes place before food reaches the small intestine, the greater the stress placed on the endocrine system. Recent studies have shown that virtually 100% of all Americans have an enlarged pancreas by the time they are 40. Regular supplementation with digestive enzymes takes stress off the pancreas.
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