Apr 10 2017

LCKL 071 – Ask Naturopath Jen – Digestion – Inflammatory Bowel Disease…

The next portion of this Digestion Season is that of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. If you are dealing with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis then this episode is for you.

  • What IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is;
  • What Crohns Disease is;
  • What Ulcerative Colitis is;
  • Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • 3 Main Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Foods to Stay Away from when you have IBD;
  • Nutrients you should consume when you have IBD; and
  • Supplements that can help to heal IBD.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What is Crohn's Disease?What is Ulcerative Colitis?What are the Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What are the Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What are the Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine.
  • Consists primarily of Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Both Autoimmune Conditions.
  • Affects the small intestine, large intestine, mouth, esophagus, stomach and anus.
  • Swelling and scar tissue can thicken the intestinal wall.
  • This will narrow the passageway for food that is being digested.
  • Deep ulcers may turn into tunnels, called fistulas, that connect different parts of the intestine.
  • Affects the top layer of the large intestine, the colon and the rectum.
  • Causes swelling and tiny open sores, or ulcers to form on the surface of the lining.
  • These ulcers can bleed and produce pus.
  • Ulcers may also weaken the intestinal wall so much that a hole develops.
  • The contents of the large intestine, including bacteria, will spill into the abdominal cavity or leak into the blood. This causes serious infection and requires emergency service.
  • Abdominal Pain;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Rectal Bleeding;
  • Internal Cramps/Muscle Spasms in the Pelvis;
  • Weight Loss;
  • Joint Pain;
  • Skin Problems;
  • Fever;
  • Anemia.
  • Anemia;
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain;
  • Weak Bones and Bone Breaks;
  • Inflammation in the Eye and Eye Problems;
  • Liver Inflammation;
  • Gallstones;
  • Ulcers on the Skin;
  • Kidney Stones;
  • Delayed Puberty;
  • Growth Problems in Children and Teens;
  • Lung Problems.


  • IBD Affected Individuals have 30-50% less biodiversity of bacteria and generally have decreases in firmicutes and bacteroidetes.
  • IBD Affected Individuals are also more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics in the 2-5 year before their diagnosis.

Leaky Gut

  • When you have a defective mucosal barrier it results in an increase in intestinal permeability. This then promotes exposition to luminal content (toxins etc) and triggers an immune response which promotes intestinal inflammation
  • Studies have shown that IBD patients actually display defects in specialized components of the mucosal barrier, all the way from the mucus layer composition to the adhesion molecules.
  • These alterations have been shown to represent a primary dysfunction in Crohn’s Disease and perpetuate chronic mucosal inflammation in ulcerative colitis.

Bacteria and Fungi

  • There are many bacterias and fungi which may play a part in the development of Crohns Disease:
    • Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis – Prevents white blood cells from killing E Coli Bacteria. This bacteria is present in larger amounts in those with Crohns Disease. Cows milk is a common route of exposure. In fact one study found that Mycobacterium Avium Paratuberculosis (MAP) was present in 92% of patients with Crohns Disease. MAP is present in 2% of all pasteurised milk.
    • Aflatoxin, a Mycotoxin made by aspergillus molds has been found in patients with Crohns Disease.
    • Serratia Marcescens and E Coli is found in greater amounts in Crohns Patients.
    • Fungus Candida Tropicalis is also found in greater amounts in Crohns Patients.

Foods to Stay Away From When You Have IBD

  • Dairy Products – There have been numerous reports indicating that when they eliminate dairy products then symptoms such as Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain and Gas improves as well.
  • Carbohydrates – Adopting a ketogenic diet is incredibly effective at helping with inflammatory bowel disorders. One of the reasons for this is because the ketogenic diet reduces inflammation in the gut. The second reason carbohydrates are bad for IBD is because the sugars and carbohydrates are not absorbed when they pass through the bowel and when they get into the colon they ferment and produce gas and pain.
  • High Fiber Foods – If you have IBD, high fiber foods like fresh fruits and vegetables may make symptoms worse. Therefore, try steaming, baking or stewing them. You may have particular problems with foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts, seeds, corn and popcorn.
  • Caffeine , Alcohol and Soft Drinks – All of these stimulate the bowels so make diarrhea worse.


  • Blueberries – Can help alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammation like ulcerative colitis. They are rich in polyphenols which have antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. When these are combined with probiotics they are known to reduce inflammation inducing bacteria but also helps to increase Lactobacilla.
  • Coconut Oil – Has been shown to soothe inflammation and help heal injury in the digestive tract. It has antimicrobial properties that promote intestinal health by killing microorganisms such as Candida which cause chronic inflammation.
  • MCT Oil – Caprylic Acid is a potent antifungal and so should be implemented in an IBD preventative diet.
  • Butyrate – This is a short chain fatty acid which is critical for the general homeostasis of enterocytes. Found in large quantities in the ketogenic diet.


  • Vitamin D – Low Vitamin D increases your risk of Crohns Disease. Blood levels of Vitamin D were found to be significantly lower in patients with Crohns Disease.
  • Oregano Oil – This is a great way of killing off bad bugs and parasites in your gut.
  • Zinc – Trace element essential for cell turnover and repair.
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Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.


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