Natural Approaches To Irritable Bowel Diseases

Diseases that fall under the Irritable Bowel category include : Chrohn’s, Diaverticulitis, Colitis, and Spastic Colon.

Thank you to nutritionist Barbara Lagoni  ( and my mentor ) for this information

Below are specific nutrients that bring relief, reduce inflammation and foster healing to the above mentioned Digestive Issues:

Calcium MagnesiumOften referred to as natural muscle relaxants, these minerals may help prevent the spasming of the muscles that comprise the walls of the intestinal tract…and thus reduce the diarrhea and cramping usually associated with IBS. (2 per meal)

B Complex Because most intestinal problems are often associated with stress, B vitamins are essential for restoring the nutrients that stress depletes. Regulates digestive hormone production. Enhances energy production and nervous system function in cells.

Vitamin E – (ours contains Grapeseed extract
– a powerful antioxidant) – Vitamin E has long been considered to be a nutrient that promotes healing … both of inflamed tender tissue as well as sear tissue, often formed as a result of IBS.

Gamma Linolenic AcidMany IBS conditions are aggravated by inflammation in the tissues in the lower intestines. CLA (gamma linolenic acid) is an essential fatty acid that has properties of being a natural anti-inflammatory. May be used alone or in combination with the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (in 3-to- I ratio of EPA to GLA) if the inflammation persists.

Vitamin C – To strengthen the immune system and promote healing of the tissues. Powerful immune stimulant as well as an anti-oxidant. Virtually every body function benefits from an adequate level of vitamin C.

Acidophilus/ BifidusAn excellent source of the essential friendly bacteria that are supposed to inhabit the lower intestines. Virtually the only acidophilus/bifidus product that guarantees delivery of 500,000 live microorganisms to the intestines, without being destroyed by the highly acidic environment of the stomach. Restores the natural balance that must exist in the lower intestines to choke out the cancer-causing bacteria as well as Candida yeast overgrowths. None of the products available at health food stores guarantee live delivery of microflora to the intestine. Tests show that many of them do not make it live to your door, much less to your colon. Most of the microflora alive in these products at the time of manufacture are killed off long before they reach the intestine.

Fiber – When the tissues have healed and swelling has been reduced, then slowly reintroduce fiber with any of these gentle, convenient fiber sources. Mix or Tablets

High Quality Multi-vitamin and Multi-mineral Supplement When diarrhea occurs, food passes through the body so rapidly that it is difficult to absorb nutrients. A multiple vitamin/mineral supplement contains cofactors and coenzymes that enhance protein utilization.

Meal Replacement Product – Lactose Free – Soy or Whey based Protein
Meal Replacement Product – Lactose Free – Soy or Whey based Protein Needed for energy building and repairing damage to cells. Help in blood sugar stabilizing. Provides building blocks for rapid recovery. Prevents irritation from allergens for those with certain forms of colitis.

Digestive health issues respond beautifully to natural approaches. Guidance and high quality products are highly encouraged. I work by phone appointment.

Testimony: I hesitate to tell this story for two reasons – I feel sometimes testimonies can be a little hokey.  I don’t want to represent alternative solutions as “miracles”.  Then I appear to be hokey, ya know?  Secondly, this particular testimony is a tad graphic. Yet this was a major health issue that was helped by nutritional supplementation, the recovery of which was truly remarkable. It’s a story worth sharing. An example:

A friend recommended that this twenty something male friend of hers contact me. He was stressed, working 3 jobs, newly engaged and very sick. He had not had a solid bowel in years, he bled rectally. He slept in a fetal position from cramping. He lived on pop. He navigated his day from bathroom to bathroom. He was diagnosed with colitis and they were recommending surgery. The kind of surgery where you end up with a poop bag on the outside of your body for the rest of your life.

With the help of my mentor,  we recommended a rather aggressive high quality digestive health nutritional protocol. We included nutrients that were healing, that reduced inflammation naturally, eventually we added nutrients to help him rebuild his health. He was eager to be well, and so compliance wasn’t an issue. He weaned from pop. We guided him to healthier eating. He did this with such enthusiasm. He was the kindof of client who says tell me what to do and does it!  Weeks later he called me and openly wept, he had his first solid bowel movement in a decade. 10 years. WOW. This young man went on to completely recover and avoid surgery.

If you appreciate testimonies in my writings please let me know.  There are many more that I can share!

Sheila dear, I truly appreciate your encouragement to share testimonies.

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ge credit

Karen Hanrahan ~ Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant/Blog Author
708.482.0678 ~ Websites:
Nutrition Weight Loss, and Green Clean

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