The Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a collection of the most common digestive symptoms - nausea, abdominal pain, excessive gas or bloating, constipation and diarrhea. When these symptoms occur over months or years in the absence of a visible disease, Doctors usually diagnose "irritable bowel syndrome" (IBS). While these symptoms should suggest problems originating in the food supply, medical diagnosis and treatment has usually ignored food factors. Food allergy and other forms of food intolerance such as lactose (milk sugar) and fructose intolerance are capable of producing a wide range of digestive problems. These two sugars are short-chain carbohydrates collectively known as FODMAPs. The group also includes fructans in wheat-based products, galacto-oligosaccharides in legumes, and polyols such as xylitol and mannitol in fruits and artificial sweeteners.
The description "reactive bowel" is better than "irritable bowel". Reactive bowel suggests that the gastrointestinal tract is a sensing, reacting system with important immune responses to food. As soon as you say "reactive bowel" you have ask "reactive to what?" You then search for the cause in terms of food input and will often be closer to a solution.
IBS covers a spectrum of illness from relatively mild and occasional bowel disturbances to more debilitating, daily disturbances. We are advocating a permanent change in diet to solve the problem. You have to assume that your digestive tract is unhappy with your food choices and does not work well when you eat improperly.
For years, IBS was attributed to "psychogenic causes". Patients were often told that they have gastrointestinal tract dysfunction because of "stress, tension, or anxiety". A better idea is that patients have stress, tension, and anxiety because of bowel dysfunction! Food selection, emotional experiences, and eating behaviors interact in complex patterns. Anger, frustration, and fear will influence food selection, appetite, digestion, and metabolism, while food selection, digestion, and metabolism will help determine emotional reactivity.
The Main Ideas
If you have chronic gastrointestinal tract dysfunction, you may be in trouble beyond the digestive tract. Symptoms of gastrointestinal tract dysfunction are central to the wider range of clinical manifestations of food allergy and should be seen as evidence that there are problems down-stream (the rest of the body and brain) related to the food supply.
De Giorio et al summarized the food causes of IBS:" Low-grade inflammation (mainly characterized by a dense mast cell infiltrate) is present in colonic mucosal biopsies of about two-thirds of patients with IBS. Mast cells are known to release a variety of mediators, including serine proteases, which evoke neuronal hyper excitability, a major factor for functional symptom generation (eg, pain). Food components, particularly proteins, may be pathogenically involved with this process, either primarily or secondarily. One possible interpretation of such mucosal changes is that food components/antigens pass through a leaky (ie, more permeable) epithelial barrier, leading to mast cell infiltration and activation, thereby leading to IBS symptoms.[5,8] Mast cells can be activated by allergy-like mechanisms, such as those involving food-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE). However, tests for food allergy detection that use the systemic immune compartment, such as skin-prick tests, have a poor sensitivity and specificity. Thus, immune response to food in IBS may require more sophisticated approaches.(Roberto De Giorgio; Umberto Volta; Peter R Gibson. Sensitivity to Wheat, Gluten and FODMAPs in IBS. Gut.2016;65(1):169-178.)
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The Alpha Nutrition Program was designed to discover a new diet that reduces immediate symptoms and reduces the long-term risk of the digestive problem progressing toward more serious disease. The first Phase of Alpha Nutrition is an attempt to clear symptoms. This is home science. You start with the hypothesis that your food intake is causing or contributing to your illness and you do an experiment to find out if it is true. You want to accomplish three important goals at the same time:
Often, full recovery involves a food holiday. Alpha ENF can be used as a completely absorbed, fully nourishing food-replacement. Alpha ENF requires little or no digestion and gives the digestive tract a chance to rest and heal. Alpha ENF can be used to supply nutrients that may be in short supply - such as amino acids, B vitamins, vitamins D, B12 and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc. Malabsorption, malnutrition and allergy to other foods may be hidden causes of slow recovery and prolonged disability.
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