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Updated: Apr 8, 2023

The innate ability of the body to heal itself is astounding.

Inflammation is a prime example of this, occurring in response to infection or injury. It is necessary and beneficial to our natural healing process.

Chronic inflammation however is something else again.

It is an overreaction, commonly due to an imbalanced immune system or autoimmune condition.

This is when the body generates a stronger-than-necessary inflammatory response due to an imbalanced immune system or a condition that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue.

Certain foods, lack of sleep and high stress all increase the risk of chronic inflammation.

One very dangerous condition triggered by inflammation is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a general term to describe conditions of chronic digestive tract inflammation. These include:

  • Ulcerative colitis. Where ulcers and inflammation occur along the lining of your large intestine and rectum.

  • Crohn's disease. This type of IBD is typified by inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which often can involve the deeper layers of the digestive tract.

Indicators common to both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis include:

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal pain and cramping

  • Blood in your stool

  • Reduced appetite

  • Involuntary weight loss

Obviously very unpleasant for the sufferer as they can be quite debilitating. However, if the condition is not well managed or left untreated, life-threatening complications may result.

IBD symptoms may vary from person to person. Exactly where the inflammation occurs, and its’ severity will determine how acute the symptoms are. They can range from mild to severe and may come and go. You may experience long periods of remission and then experience a flare-up.

The exact cause of IBD is not known, but the Mayo Clinic states one possible cause as an immune system malfunction.

There is no cure for IBD.

The condition can however be managed.

This can be done in several ways, including:

🚫 Avoid foods that aggravate the condition, which may include:

🛑 Fatty, greasy, or fried foods.

🛑 Hot or spicy foods.

🛑 Raw, high-fibre fruits and vegetables.

🛑 Nuts, seeds, and beans.

🛑 Caffeinated or sugary beverages.from

🚫 Reduce stress

🚫 Ensure quality sleep

🚫 Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen)

🚫 Stop smoking

🚫 Reduce alcohol intake

🚫 Minimise caffeine intake

🚫 Chiropractic adjustments to reduce subluxations

Chiropractic helps to minimize many IBD symptoms by reinstating the internal systems to their natural state.

When the body has spinal subluxations or misaligned vertebrae, the nerve signals between the body and the brain are greatly impaired.

The human body’s innate ability to self-heal is only possible when the central nervous system is free to communicate unhindered.

When your central nervous system and your immune system communicate and function effectively, your immune system can determine the difference between natural and foreign substances.

This is a huge bonus for those suffering with any inflammatory conditions.

Chiropractic is gentle and free of side effects when compared to pharmaceuticals and surgery.

As it is a natural therapy it is perfect for any pregnant or post-natal IBD sufferers.

Below are further actions you can take to help minimize symptoms as advised by

✔ Take smaller-sized meals to aid digestion and ease IBD symptoms

✔ Perhaps 4 – 6 small meals a day

✔ Low-fibre fruits: bananas, rockmelon, honeydew melon, and cooked fruits.

✔ Lean protein: fish, lean cuts of pork, white meat poultry, soy, eggs, and firm tofu — boil, grill, steam, or poach.

✔ Refined grains: sourdough, potato or gluten-free bread, white pasta, white rice, and oatmeal

✔ Fully cooked, seedless, skinless, non-cruciferous vegetables: asparagus tips, cucumbers, potatoes, and squash

✔ Drink slowly and avoid using a straw (due air ingestion) which may cause gas.

✔ Track which foods work and which cause you discomfort

✔ Stay hydrated - water, broth, tomato juice, or a rehydration mixture

Protein shakes may also be beneficial to ensure you are still getting all the nutrients your body needs to function well.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis or any other condition associated with chronic inflammation, chiropractic care should be considered due to its many benefits.

More and more research supports chiropractic adjustment as an efficacious treatment for managing the symptoms of IBD.

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