Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a broad term which is used to cover any disorder that involves chronic inflammation in the digestive tract, such as ulcerative colitis or Chron’s disease. Often there are similarities in the symptoms of IBD disorders:
- Blood in the stool
- Extreme tiredness
- Decreased appetite
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Pain or cramping in the abdomen
The cause of IBD is as yet unknown; however, it is clear that diet and lifestyle choices do impact the severity of symptoms. In particular smoking, poor diet, and stress can all aggravate symptoms. Age and genetics may play a role and also frequent use of certain anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. The immune system has been linked with the development of IBD, where the immune system may try to attack a virus or bacterial infection and destroy cells in the digestive tract also.
Leaving IBD without seeking professional help is ill advised as it can lead to more serious diseases. The risk of contracting colon cancer is significantly increased in those who suffer from IBD, for example. Taking a comprehensive nutritional deficiencies test is highly recommended, since nutritional deficiencies always accompany digestive disorders.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of IBD, it is important to get a professional opinion. To find out more, such as which tests, supplements or approach is most appropriate, book your free 15 minutes pre-consultation here.