Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD describes two chronic diseases known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In these diseases, the gastrointestinal tract gets inflamed. The Crohn’s disease affects the complete digestive system starting from the oral organs to anus whereas the symptoms of ulcerative colitis are restricted only to colon. In some cases, differentiating the two becomes difficult and such condition is termed as indeterminate colitis.
Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Bloody or recurring diarrhea
- Extreme tiredness
More than 20 percent of the IBD patients suffer from severe symptoms and have to undergo surgical removal of the inflamed section as the medication fail to cure the problem.
What is the Good Diet for IBD?
Although changes in food habits are not known to provide any relief to the patients of IBD inclusion of nutrient rich food can help to reduce the symptoms in the long run. You can follow the given recommendations alleviate the pain:
Include mineral and vitamin supplements in daily diet
- Avoid meat products and cream sauces
- Avoid spicy foods
- Avoid fried or greasy foods
- Avoid foods containing too much fiber such as raw vegetables, fruits and nuts
- Eat frequent and smaller meals
Types of Alternate Treatment for IBD
Irritable bowel disease is difficult to cure through conventional medical methods. Hence, many people try out alternate method of treatment. Some such treatments include:
- Mind-Body medicine
- Body based and manipulative practices
- Energy medicine: Biofield and biomagnetic therapies
- Biologically based practices
- Fish oils
- Aloe Vera
If the conventional and the alternate therapies are used simultaneously with precaution, there is a big possibility that IBD might be cured.