What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a broad term which is used to cover primarily two disorders Chron’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 small and large intestines causing malabsorption of nutrients, leading 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 is as yet unknown. However, it is clear that diet and lifestyle choices do impact the severity of symptoms. In particular smoking, poor diet, inadequate hydration, recreation drugs and stress can all aggravate symptoms. Age and genetics may play a role. Also frequent use of certain anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and antibiotics from direct and indirect use are considered triggers. The immune system has been linked with the development of IBD. This could happen when the immune system try to attack a virus or bacterial infection and 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 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 5R APPROACH to find our this fantastic method that 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. Performing a Comprehensive Food Intolerance Test is highly advised. Knowing the foods your body is reacting to is important as those foods contribute to inflammation in the digestive tract.
Digestive System Specialist
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of IBD or you 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 healing plan. Book your Nutritional Consultation to get a personalised plan from Nadiya Clinical Nutritional & Functional Medicine Practitioner in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.