Chen Ben Asher – Functional Nutritionist – Microbes and Diseases: Microbe Connection to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Previously you could look at a complicated aspect of bacteria and its impact on artery hardening. Now, let’s talk about microbe connection to inflammatory bowel diseases.

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First of all, we can start with the definition from US National Library of Medicine: “Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic, progressive diseases characterized by aberrant immune responses to environmental and gut microbial triggers in genetically susceptible hosts.”[1] The date from clinical and genetic testing shows there are certain microbes can cause an inflammatory bowel disease. It can result from environmental and genetic triggers. It has two main phenotypes – ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). UC happens as inflammation in colon and rectum. CD might happen in any place of the gastrointestinal tract, which means anywhere between mouth leading to the anus. Usually, it happens in the small bowel or colon. That’s why it is important not only to search for Crohn’s disease parasite treatment but also understand the connection between the host and microbes.

Inflammatory bowel disease causes

  • Immune imbalance
  • Body’s reaction to stress, different microbes, sleep problems, etc.
  • Wound healing
  • Diet choice
  • Exposure to environmental triggers (environmental pollutants, xenobiotics, antibiotics used by livestock producers and medicine, etc.)

What are the signs of microbe connection to inflammatory bowel diseases?

  • Anemia (from low iron)
  • Diarrhea (find out if you can have it from antibiotics here)
  • vomiting

There are numerous studies done about different possible causes like Blaster group that concluded that certain antibiotics in life could have “long-lasting effects on metabolism and development.”1 Inflammatory bowel disease diet is another important aspect if a person has already failed to avoid high-sugar, high-fat and other bad products. Some products can even promote certain microbe development and bloom. One of the examples is saturated milk fat can cause Bilophila wadsworthia.

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As a Board certified nutrition specialist, I, Chen Ben Asher, want to note that inflammatory bowel disease treatment that only targets gut microbes or the host won’t be successful in a long term. Some sources might say that there is a worm therapy for Crohn’s disease that has helped some patients. For some worked my suggested gut support supplement called Balance – Candida Microflora Support. I can say from y personal experience that each person might react completely different even from taking certain antibiotics not even talking about more complex approach.

There was a case of a woman who complained about their weight gain and only after a longer examination and attention to diarrhea; I was able to determine that she has inflammatory bowel disease. A person needs very personal and long-term attention to deal with the whole chain of things that maintain the disease. Microbe connection to inflammatory bowel diseases is very complex, and there is always something new to learn. Up next, let’s look at microbe impact on malnutrition.


[1] The microbial basis of inflammatory bowel diseases. Accessed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4191005/rel=”nofollow”

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