Inflammatory Bowel Disease

November 12, 2012

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease) is classed as an autoimmune disease that can be very serious to your health. IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) is a disorder that affects the function of the bowel.

There are many patients who have inflammatory bowel disease and conventional treatment has not worked who have then had large areas of their colon removed in an effort to address the associated problems connected to this disease. This surgery can cause patients real devastation and complications may arise that can be life threatening.

According to reports there is a theory that the increase in IBD may be caused by damage to the digestive proteases that is caused by the inhibition of bacteria in the gut by dietary chemicals, e.g. sucralose and saccharin. The use of saccharin in the increase of inflammatory bowel disease cases in Canada does not provide a full explanation as the use of saccharin had to comply with extremely strict standards but sucralose has not had to adhere to such stringent standards.

It is essential to understand that sucralose is nothing like sugar. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that has been chlorinated and is very similar to saccharin and aspartame. Sucralose does begin as a sugar molecule but after it has completed the manufacturing process it tends to resemble DDT more than any form of sugar.

Patients have reported experiencing suffering from the following symptoms. It appears to be that these symptoms occur within a 24 hour period of using sucralose.

  • Aches and pains in the joints

  • Runny or stuffy nose along with heavy sneezing

  • Itchy, watery, swollen and bloodshot eyes and sometimes swollen eyelids

  • Palpitations and experiencing a fluttering sensation in the heart

  • Shortness of breath, tightness, wheezing and a cough have also been reported

  • Migraines and headaches with other symptoms such as swelling of the face and lips

  • Skin conditions such as itchiness, redness, appearance of blisters and formation of crusts of skin

  • Feeling bloated, diarrhoea with and without bleeding, vomiting and nausea

  • Feeling anxious, dizzy and unable to concentrate and some patients report feeling depressed

Should you have any concerns if you suffer from any of these symptoms it’s best to contact your doctor immediately for advice. If you experience any of the above symptoms and you have taken food or sweeteners that contain sucralose, stop taking it immediately. If you notice that the symptoms have disappeared it may be you have found the answer.

There is also a study that reports that drinking diet soda may be connected to patients suffering a higher rate of heart attacks, strokes and fatal vascular conditions. This study did not name any artificial sweeteners in the report but it is usual for diet soda to contain sucralose or aspartame in it. The study appears to suggest that diet soda should not be used as a straight substitute for the sugar drinks. The claims of a potential link between aspartame and sucralose being a threat to your health such as inflammatory bowel disease definitely requires a more in depth clinical study to be carried out.

If you are using artificial sweeteners it is more than likely you want to reduce your calorific intake but still get your craving for sweetness. Cravings for sweets and sugar are common and once you realize that sugar can be as addictive as certain street drugs it is very understandable.

When your body is not getting enough fuel to function this is when the cravings for sugar start. Sugar provides a quick boost of energy. But using the artificial sweeteners does not make the body think it is full, it usually sends signals that it wants more sweet food to get the energy boost that it didn’t receive. Your body is receiving mixed messages about what food it is receiving for energy and what is just sweet.

To help in reducing your cravings, stick to a healthy diet that contains food that is preferably not processed. Fresh fruit and vegetables should also be included in your diet if you suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. You will find that once your body is getting the fuel it needs to function properly you will not be reminded, in the nature of cravings for sugar, that it needs to have an energy boost.

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