Leaky Gut, IBD, and IBS
The digestive system is a busy process which alters our gut health. When we eat something, the food digestion trip starts with chewing and end up in the toilet. In between this long journey, food passes through various tunnels numerous functions take place. The food that once enters into the Gastrointestinal tract undergoes many digestive processes and breaks into smaller nutrients. Our gut health depends on this process. These tiny nutrients are carried away by blood to provide the necessary energy to the body. It is very important to keep the gut health at the top position and prevent the body from very common digestive diseases. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) are a few very common digestive disease that the world is facing at present. Gut health plays a very essential role in the digestive well-being of the individual.
Tips on Maintaining Healthy Gut
Slow eating gives a better sense of fullness and avoids any extra entrance of air in the mouth
The smaller portion of meals avoid stomach packing
The digestive system is most active in the morning. Eating heavy portions at night must be avoided
Manage to cope with stress as stress leads to poor digestion
Now as we know that the digestive tract is responsible for the extraction of nutrients from food and the removal of the waste food product, maintaining its health is very crucial. But sometimes, digestive tract disorder occurs and the patient has to suffer a lot. The most common disorder is IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) which basically results in inflammation in the whole digestive tract. This disease causes lots of pain and disrupts the digestive process.
All About IBD
IBD means inflammation in some parts of the digestive tract directly affecting gut health. Patient with this disease shows symptoms like diarrhoea, bleeding ulcers, stomach pain, bloating, anaemia, weight loss and bowel obstruction. Symptoms vary from person to person and the condition of its occurrence. Though this disease is not very chronic in some cases, the symptoms go to an extreme level and result in colon cancer or intestinal rupture. It is important to see a doctor and get it diagnosed before this disease turns out to be a serious complication.
IBD is of two types- Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease is the inflammation of some parts of the stomach or small intestine. Whereas Ulcerative Colitis is the inflammation of the rectum. IBD doctors diagnose the type of IBD through various tests and then begin the treatment.
All About IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is another functional disorder of the digestive tract that causes due to a cluster of symptoms but it is not a disease in itself. This is why it is considered as a syndrome and not a complete disease. The exact cause of IBS is unknown but it comes with the combinations of symptoms like constipation, abdominal pain, stomach upset, nausea, loose stools, sudden urge to move bowel, bloating and gas. Mainly genetics can be one point that causes IBS otherwise yet no discovery of its cause has been made.
IBS can be further classified into two kinds depending upon the symptoms the patient shows. IBS-D (Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea) is associated with chronic recurrent diarrhoea and IBS-C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome- Constipation) is associated with constipation. Any patient can show either one these symptoms or an alternative one from time to time. This is the reason that extends the time of diagnosis of the exact IBS type.
Difference Between IBS and IBD
So far we have come across the two main digestive disorder-IBS and IBD. Though symptoms of both the disorders are the same, there lie some underlying differences between them that is need to study.
- IBD is a group of disease that includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. But IBS is a group of symptoms and not a complete disease.
- IBD causes damage to digestive tract tissues like intestinal bleeding or rectal bleeding and comes under chronic disease. But IBS symptoms may be severe but they are not chronic.
While discussing IBD and IBS the term SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) need to mention. We know about the good gut bacteria in our body that helps in the digestion process but do you know overgrowth of these good bacteria can be harmful? Each part of the gut performs separate functions. Good bacteria too has a specific place to grow and support but when they start multiplying in the small intestine, SIBO generates. Recent studies have shown that SIBO is one of the causes of IBS.
SIBO means the presence of an excessive amount of bacteria in the small intestine. It carries symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, distention etc. SIBO doctor detects these symptoms and relies on an antibiotic to treat it. It is the most effective treatment possible.
Leaky Gut or Intestinal Permeability
Leaky Gut is one of much digestive disorder that drives maximum attention towards gut health. It means leakage of undigested food, toxic waste and bacteria through the small intestine and entrance into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut produces symptoms like irritable bowel, fatigue, diarrhoea, headaches, joint pain. Allergic and inflammatory reactions are the main cause of these symptoms. The best way to heal a leaky gut is to follow the diet and stop consuming foods that are allergic to the patient.
In this article, we have learnt about the diseases caused by the improper functioning of the digestive tract. To maintain gut health it is very necessary to check on the food we eat and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Correct eating and exercise support a healthy digestive process. Our daily routine must follow them.
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