What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a broad term which is often used to cover two disorders Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. These two conditions have a common root cause which is chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. Both conditions can manifest in the small and large intestines. This cause malabsorption of nutrients, which consequently leads to multiple deficiencies.
Symptoms of IBD disorders are:
- Blood in the stool
- Extreme tiredness
- Decreased appetite
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Pain or cramping in the abdomen
The precise causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease are as yet unknown. However, it is clear that diet and lifestyle choices certainly do affect the severity of symptoms. The following triggers particularly aggravate symptoms: poor diet, inadequate hydration, recreation drugs and stress. Age and genetics may also play a role. Furthermore, frequent use of certain anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and antibiotics from direct and indirect use are also considered triggers. The immune system has been linked with the development of IBD. This could occur when the immune system tries to attack a virus or bacterial infection but also destroy cells in the digestive tract, leading to inflammation and chaos.
IBD is a serious health condition which can lead to more serious, irreversible diseases. The risk of contracting colon cancer is significantly increased in those who suffer from IBD, for example.
What to do first if you have Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)?
Food & Hydration
Reviewing your food and liquids intake is certainly a must. You are what you eat, what you digest and what you absorb! Receiving a personal consultation and plan will take away stress, save money and speed up the recovery/healing process. Self education is also a part of the healing process. Read about the 5R APPROACH to discover this fantastic method that will improve digestive performance.
Taking a Basic Blood test that will reveal the nutritional deficiencies is highly recommended. This is because nutritional deficiencies always accompany digestive disorders.
Food Intolerance Test
People affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease have always multiple food reaction, therefore performing a Comprehensive Food Intolerance Test is highly advised. Knowing the foods your body is reacting to is important because those foods contribute to inflammation in the digestive tract.
Digestive System Specialist
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of IBD or have been diagnosed with a Ulcerative Colitis or Chron’s, it is important to get a professional opinion. Such an approach will help to address all individual triggers and create a healing plan. Book your Nutritional Consultation to get a personalised plan from Nadiya Clinical Nutritional & Functional Medicine Practitioner in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.
Safe supplements for Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
- Flora Terrain (Living planet). A source of symbiotic flora suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. As base it contains slippery elm and aloe vera both of which are very healing for the digestive tract and support healthy gut microbiome.
- Symprove Liquid Live Probiotics with over 200 million of live cultures, ideally taken over a course of 12 weeks. Particularly with cases of frequent flare ups, Liquid Live Probiotics have proved to be very successful in my practice.