Millions of Americans Suffer From This Painful DiseaseAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. The painful condition characterized by an inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) is also an umbrella term for other GI diseases, like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. In Dr. Faye’s findings, he was adamant about the fact that “there is clearly something in the environment that is driving this new onset of older adult IBD.”
- Antibiotics use was associated with a 64% increase in the risk of developing IBD among older adults
- Five or more antibiotic prescriptions received over the previous 5 years increased the risk of IBD by 236%
- Of all the antibiotic classes, fluoroquinolones had the strongest association with increased IBD risk
- Antibiotics have also been linked to a higher risk of bowel cancer, heart attack, and stroke
Other ways that antibiotics can harm the bodyOf course, antibiotics can help treat and prevent certain types of bacterial infections. However, antibiotic overuse can lead to other problems in the body, such as the development of antibiotic resistance.
Natural Remedies to Help Relieve Digestive DiscomfortSome of the symptoms of IBD include constipation alternating with diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, rectal bleeding, fatigue, and weight loss. These symptoms can interfere with a person’s daily life. This is why looking at some natural remedies to relieve the discomfort of IBD is important.
One of the easiest ways to boost the good bacteria in the digestive tract is by increasing the intake of probiotic-rich foods in your diet. You can also take probiotics in a supplement form. Try adding ginger, turmeric, and omega-3 fats to your diet. All three of these have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Making dietary changes may also help alleviate some of the symptoms. For example, eat an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables, and drink enough clean water each day. Having smaller, healthy meals throughout the day can also go a long way.
Before making any dietary changes or adding new supplements to your routine, consult with a knowledgeable integrative healthcare provider.