home-grown-radishes-free-license-cc0I have stated many times that food has nothing to do with inflammatory bowel or stomach problems including acid reflux. That is true in the context of what causes these conditions. You cannot eat your way into or out of these conditions.

The nature of these conditions is that there is damage to the tissue. The esophagus-stomach or bowel wall become inflamed. There are no foods that can cause that. There are no foods that can cure that.

But———you can manage food in a way that will minimize the discomfort. Some foods can aggravate the problem—trigger an increase in symptoms. The main symptom that may be exacerbated by eating the wrong foods while combating IBS-colitis & crohn’s is diarrhea.

These are foods that contain high amounts of fiber and here is why they are a problem. Since the GI tissue is already inflamed it does not need to have roughage-fibrous food dragged over it.

Why diarrhea? When we do eat high fiber foods and it is further irritating the tissue 2 things happen-

  • the bowel muscles go into a spasm causing powerful contractions that bring about extreme urgency & even projectile diarrhea.
  • the body when recognizing the irritation goes into a preservation mode and dumps a lot of water into the bowel to ‘float’ the fiber out so it will cause minimal ‘scraping’ of the fiber over the tissue as it passes it’s way through & out of the bowel.

By just not eating these foods you can reduce your symptoms for these conditions by 50%.

Do not eat-

  • Raw vegetables
  • Raw Fruit (except for soft fruits such as bananas & melons).
  • Nuts—-nut butters are ok to eat.
  • Seeds–this not only refers to sunflower- sesame seeds but also fruits such as strawberries & raspberries.
  • Corn—-this is perhaps the worst of them all. Not only does this refer to cooked corn but also to things such as popcorn & corn chips. People often ask about corn products that might be an ingredient in some food such as a muffin—-corn meal or corn syrup.

These ingredients and other secondary sources of fiber–things like whole grains—-brown rice for instance-along with the soft fruits I mentioned are ok because remember—-it is the rough factor–things such as eating an apple or a raw salad or corn on the cob——–that although healthy- they contain a lot of fiber that can further rough up your bowel.

When cooked the fiber is softened making it benign. Corn is the only food that even when cooked is still too rough.

So keeping it on context—these foods cannot cause an inflammatory bowel condition & avoiding them cannot cure the problem—–but can make your bowel & you a little more relaxed.

Just a footnote as to what to eat & to not eat—–raw avocados are excellent for all gastrointestinal problems. One valuable nutritional factor in them is the oil.  I must admit that I had to look up if they are a fruit or vegetable——-they are a fruit. Eat them up.

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