In medicine terms, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions occurs in the small and large intestines. The major types of IBD are Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The main difference relating the 3 diseases are the location and the nature of inflammatory changes.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common disorder of the intestine accounting for more than half the patients seen by gastroenterologists. It affected only the large intestine (colon). After eating, IBS patients usually experience a combination of bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation & diarrhea.
While, Crohn's disease can affect any part of gastrointestinal tract from mouth to rectum. The most common site of inflammation is the bottom portion of the small intestine where it joins to large intestine. Diarrhea can be chronic resulting in poor absorption of nutrients & loss of fluids & minerals. The intestinal wall will become thick due to continued chronic inflammation & deep, penetrating ulcers. This may affects other parts of the body including eyes & development of skin disorder.
Colitis is chronic inflammation in colon that leads to diarrhea & blood stools. In severe cases, diarrhea & bleeding can be extensive; fever may be present along the way with a general feeling of ill health. The loss of blood may lead to anemia. Patient, whom has been affected for more than 10 years, may prone to risk of colon cancer.
Antibiotics are often used to treat IBD. Patients experienced relief from symptoms, but relief is generally short lived. When antibiotics are used, both the good and the bad bacteria are killed off, taking years to multiply uninhibited & creating a new set of symptoms which antibiotics can't help. If antibiotics don't bring lasting relief, the next option is surgery. Surgery, however can't assured full healing. Even after the infected segment has been removed, there is high possibility of infecting to another part of digestive tract, the condition often returns.
A more sensible approach would be to improve intestinal health. Since intestinal health is central to overall health, it's important to understand the properties of a healthy gut. The intestines are populated by many different organisms, all of which interact with each other and with the guts wall. Like all living things, these microorganisms need to consume & to excrete. When the bowel system shifts toward disease, pathogenic bacteria and fungi multiply, while the amount of undigested foodstuff increases. The functions of nerves in the intestinal walls become abnormal, and deteriorating in absorption of nutrients.
Combining good healthy diet - eating food which supplies fiber like vegetable, whole grain & coconut, fermented food like yogurts & cultured coconut milk that supply good bacteria, and using coconut oil that eradicate harmful bad bacteria in our digestive tract. Studies have shown that Virgin Coconut Oil plays a key role in healing & soothing inflamed tissues along the digestive tract. As yet researchers have not identified any particular bacteria or viruses are the cause because microorganisms that are creating the problems are normal inhabitants in the intestinal tract. But researchers now beginning to recognize that the overgrowth of the wrong type of bacteria may be the primary factor in IBD patients.
Virgin Coconut Oil works wonders at helping to balance the intestinal environment, protect and heal inflamed tissues in the digestive tract. For those who have ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, crohn's disease or other digestive problems, you don't have to eat coconut oil to get relief, any food prepared with coconut oil or coconut milk would work just as well and balance that up with a good dose of friendly probiotics daily!