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Bowel Disorders

Bowel disorders seem to be on the rise, especially nowadays when over-processed and preserved foods, a toxic-overloaded environment, and high stress contribute to significant increases in the occurrence of disease and illness.

The bowel is another term for the large intestine, wherein food and water are absorbed, waste is removed, and toxins are excreted from the body. When the waste removal process is compromised, disease often ensues, especially when toxins are abundant.

Types of Bowel Disorders

Common bowel disorders include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Colon polyps
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Lymphocytic colitis
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Whipple’s disease

What are the Symptoms of These Disorders?

Whipple’s Disease

Whipple’s disease is a rare infectious disease caused by the bacterium Tropheryma whippelii. It is characterized by lesions on the intestinal walls, the inability to break down and absorb nutrients, and infections that can spread to other areas within the body. If discovered early enough, whipple’s disease can be cured but it can be fatal if left undiagnosed.

Causes of many bowel disorders remain unknown, but positive lifestyle changes and preventative health measures can usually help you avoid them. Physical causes, such as stress and imbalances in intestinal bacteria, may promote the occurrence of some diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea and ulcerative colitis.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Symptoms of IBS consist of alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, abdominal cramping, sensitivity to certain foods, bloating, and excess gas. Many sufferers of IBS report a relief in symptoms when personal stress is kept to a minimum and a whole foods diet (i.e. a diet consisting of raw unprocessed vegetables, fruits, and grains) is consumed. IBS is one of the most common bowel disorders.

Colonitis

Colonitis is inflammation of the walls of the intestinal tract. It can lead to fatigue, abdominal cramping, frequent infections, and an increased risk for colon cancer.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a breakdown in the integrity of the intestines themselves. Crohn’s is characterized by frequent diarrhea, fatigue, inability to digest foods, and infections. In severe cases, atrophied portions of the intestines may need to be removed so it’s especially important to try to avoid this condition.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is the rapid loss of bodily fluids and nutrients caused by an imbalance in intestinal bacteria, and it’s one of the most common symptoms for a variety of bowel disorders. For a variety of reasons, waste is flushed rapidly from the body and this doesn’t allow enough time for water to be reabsorbed by the colon. People suffering from diarrhea are thus at high risk for dehydration if these fluids are not replaced quickly

Short Bowel Syndrome

Short bowel syndrome is actually a group of problems affecting people who have had half or more of their small intestine removed. The most common reason for removing intestinal tissue is to treat Crohn’s disease.

Diarrhea is the main symptom of short bowel syndrome. Other symptoms include cramping, bloating, and heartburn. Many people with short bowel syndrome are malnourished because their remaining small intestine is unable to absorb enough water, vitamins, and other nutrients from food. These individuals may also become dehydrated. Problems associated with this deadly combination of dehydration and malnutrition include: weakness, fatigue, depression, weight loss, bacterial infections, and food sensitivities.

Constipation

Constipation is the lack of a regular bowel movement either in frequency or in quality. It is important to have regular bowel movements to rid the body of waste material because this waste can lead to autointoxication wherein the body begins to reabsorb toxin-filled fecal matter. Constipation is probably the most common of all bowel disorders.

Pseudo-Obstruction

Intestinal pseudo-obstruction (false blockage) is a condition that causes symptoms like those of a regular bowel blockage; but when the intestines are examined, no obstruction is found. A problem in the functioning of the muscles and nerves in the intestines typically causes the symptoms of this condition.

Pseudo-obstruction presents symptoms similar to that of many bowel disorders, such as cramps, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, infrequent bowel movements, and loose stools. Over time, pseudo-obstruction can also cause bacterial infections, malnutrition, and muscle problems in several parts of the body. Some people also experience bladder problems due to an increase in intestinal pressures.

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Many people have small pouches in their colons that form when tissue bulges outward through weak spots. Each of these pouches is called a diverticulum while the condition of having diverticula is called Diverticulosis. When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called Diverticulitis.

Symptoms of Diverticulitis can include mild cramps, bloating, and especially abdominal pain. The most common sign is tenderness of the left side of the lower abdomen. If infection is the cause, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and persistent constipation may also occur.

Avoiding Digestive Disorders

It’s common knowledge that the best method for solving a problem is to avoid it altogether. It’s much easier to promote digestive health and maintain optimal internal functioning if you take care of your body (including the colon) before problems develop. Regular cleansing of the colon using an organic supplement such as Oxy-Powder®, exercising often, and maintaining a healthful diet can all contribute to the avoidance of most of these bowel disorders.

Even in situations where you already have one or more of these problems, these same positive lifestyle choices can help keep your symptoms under control. However, eating junk foods, forgetting to drink plenty of water, skipping exercise, considering constipation “normal” and other negative decisions can quickly lead you down the path to chronic disease and illness. Your digestive system is an integral part of your body—without it working properly, you cannot obtain enough nutrients nor get rid of waste. So take good care of your colon. Your health is at stake!

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