Inflammatory bowel disease: Prevention
1. LAB fermented milk
This is one of the best home remedies which actually works for inflammatory bowel disease. In a recent study, it was discovered that lactic acid bacteria (LAB: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium breve) work on intestinal inflammation, thereby preventing the disease from spreading. If taken on a regular basis, it is found to prevent the disease from taking root. As milk is an integral part of our lives, it does not require any changes in the lifestyle of the patient and does not require doctor intervention at all times. If taken regularly on daily basis, this should prevent IBD to recur. If still, there is no change, then a doctor visit is suggested.
Due to a lot of advertising, probiotics has become a well-known term for common man. In fact, in most of the sports drinks, kids food and even health supplements it has made a name. Probiotics are a kind of non–pathogenic bacteria which confer loads of nutritive value. The effects of this pathogen is found to be especially good in case of inflammatory bowel syndrome. It has been found that intake of probiotics leads to decrease in the number of pro–inflammatory (TNF–alfa) and immunoregulatory (IFN–gamma and IL-2) cytokines, thus leading to less IBD. In fact, in a recent release, it has been suggested that a regular intake of probiotics is effective in reducing the recurrence or even induction of inflammatory bowel syndrome. As it is easily found in a number of milk products these days, it is recommended that it should be taken regularly, especially by those who travel a lot for a healthier life.
3. Link between climate and IBD
Though it has been said by older generations that harsh climate does add to IBD, now it has been scientifically proven also. It has been discovered that around 1.5 million people in the US have inflammatory bowel disease with symptoms like abdominal pain, cramps, fever, diarrhea and even rectal bleeding. These symptoms are found less in those peopel living in the southern regions than those residing in northern regions. So, as a preventive method it is suggested by the doctors and researchers that those living in harsher conditions should take more liquid in any form: milk, yoghurt, fruit juices, or even plain water, whatever comes in handy. This will definitely prevent IBD in the first stage.
4. Preventive check ups before travelling
For all those who travel a lot, it is suggested that they undergo a preventive health check up which will drastically reduce the chances of developing IBD. Due to the fatal side effects this disease may have on its nth number of recurrence, it is suggested that one may go for live-attenuated vaccines, particularly before the start of a trip. Vaccines like yellow fever vaccine, varicella, combination of Hepatitis A and B are suggested in this case. These can be taken under medical supervision depending upon the country one is going to travel to. A booster dose is recommended for those travelling to or residing in Europe and US.
5. Preventive measures before travelling
It is highly recommended that those with IBD or those who are more prone to IBD make an anticipatory visit to a doctor before travelling. Tips on how to prevent this from happening will definitely help in the recurrence of this disease. People with IBD are more prone to other inflammatory diseases and infections. This is why they should go for appropriate vaccinations, should have a knowledge of the food to eat and avoid, and should keep their body weight under control.
6. Anti oxidant enzyme producing strains
Those with IBD are more prone to oxidative stress and epithelial damage. To reduce this damage, various anti-oxidant enzymes have been scientifically recommended. This includes genetically engineered L. casei, L. plantarum and Lc. Lactis, which are capable of preventing IBD to a substantial level. These have now been introduced in various foods for people of all ages. As these have shown appropriate positive results, it is recommended that those foods containing all the above or any one of the three be taken on regular basis to avoid inflammatory bowel syndrome. These foods are particularly good while travelling, as they will keep stomach complications at bay.
7. Dumping syndrome
Those who have undergone surgery for gall bladder often complain of inflammatory bowel syndrome. Often termed as Dumping syndrome, it affects hundreds of people. Though it takes its own course of time to settle, one can take preventive measures to lessen the bad effects. The main and best way to curb this is by keeping a control on diet, taking smaller high fiber rich diet is suggested. In addition, foods that are low in sugar and high in carbohydrates are good. Intake of plenty of plain water too is good. Medications like pantoprazole, cholestryamine and octreotide are prescribed in this case but they should be taken under medical supervision only.
8. Preventing higher forms of IBD
Crohn’s disease is a kind of IBD affecting the intestine. People of Jewish extraction, smokers or who have a family history of IBD are more likely to develop this disease. Of course, factors like genes, environmental factors, and over-reaction to bacteria in the intestine are other major factors involved. The common symptoms of this auto immune disorder include constipation, eye inflammation, joint pain, swollen gums, skin lumps or sores and mouth ulcers. Small changes in diet can do wonders. These include avoiding foods which cause gas, eating small amounts of food throughout the day, and taking iron supplements.
9. Stress management
While there is no direct relation between stress and IBD, there does exist an indirect relation among the two. As IBD itself causes stress in a patient, this stress reciprocates in the manner of increasing IBD. That is why it is important to understand that this disease is temporary. It does not take much time but only a thought which relieves the mind and body of the temporary pain. So, learn how to manage stress.