Irritable Bowel Disease

Coconut Oil relieves IBD symptoms!

Irritable Bowel Disease is known as a chronic inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and according to the CDC affects almost 1.5 million people. Experts purport many reasons as the cause of this inflammation that can be localized to one area or be found anywhere along the digestive tract, from mouth to anus. The two major types are Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which affect mainly the colon and small intestine. Together they account for the most common gastrointestinal diseases and some 1.7 billion of health care dollars. The use of coconut oil can help to relieve the symptoms and the incident of this debilitating disease.

The symptoms include but are not limited to diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, fatigue and even rectal bleeding. There might be associated symptoms like liver and joint issues as well as malnutrition, which in the case of younger suffers leads to interrupted growth and development. Coconut oil can counter and reverse these conditions. The symptoms are initiated by the chronic recurring inflammation of the lining (Ulcerative colitis) or all layers (Crohn’s disease) of the stomach wall. In IBD the normal immune response to foreign substances has become over reactive, and it reacts to food, bacteria and/or the cells of the stomach.

As the immune response mounts, white blood cells are delivered in mass to the area. The chronic inflammation results in a damaging of the lining of the GI tract and severely compromised digestion. The damaged intestinal wall can make eating certain foods difficult and even painful. Most notably is the ingesting of fat, which requires the release of harsh pancreatic enzymes and the re-absorption of the bile salts. For this reason IBD suffers present with steatorrhea and are advised to avoid all fat, with the exception of coconut oil.

Removing fat from the diet causes severe fat deficiency, soluble vitamin deficiency as well as disorders of the skin, hair nails and nervous system. One of the most effective ways to avoid this is by including coconut oil in the diet. Coconut oil is made up a high percentage of MCT which do not require enzymatic digestion making it safe and absorbable for IBD sufferers. Not only is it more easily absorbed, it helps with the absorption of other fats and other nutrients. And virgin coconut oil has anti-microbial (from its lauric acid content) and anti-inflammatory (from its anti-oxidant phenols) properties which help heal the intestines of IBD sufferers. So not only is coconut oil safe for IBD patients but it helps relieve one of their most common symptoms: malnutrition.