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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) includes Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The two conditions differ in their presentation, but still share a lot of similarities. Their treatment differs, but I decided to keep them on the same page.

What are the symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

Common symptoms in Crohn's Disease include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Urgency associated with bowel movements

  • The sensation of incomplete evacuation

  • Constipation

  • Abdominal cramps

  • Abdominal pain

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of your menstrual cycle

You may have all of these symptoms or only a few.

What are the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

Common symptoms in Ulcerative Colitis include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Urgency associated with bowel movements

  • The sensation of incomplete evacuation

  • Blood in stool

  • Mucus in stool

  • Abdominal cramps

  • Abdominal pain

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of your menstrual cycle

You may have all of these symptoms or only a few.

What Causes IBD?

Both conditions are now recognized as autoimmune conditions. They both also have strong associations with dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the "good" and "bad" organisms in the gut.

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Things that perturb or over-work the immune system can cause autoimmunity or dysbiosis. Examples include:

  • Infections

  • Leaky gut syndrome

  • Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bugs- bacteria, yeast, parasites)

    • Antibiotic use

  • Diet:

    • Nutritional (vitamin, mineral) deficiencies

    • Inflammatory potential of food

Usually, people have more than one thing from this list, as some of them cause the other (dysbiosis causing intestinal inflammation and leaky gut, for example).

Can a diet control IBD?

Yes! Eating in a way that decreases gut inflammation, nurtures your immune system and microbiome, and provides you with proper nutrients to heal is critically important for inducing remission in IBD. Herbs, supplements, vitamins, and probiotics are also immensely helpful.

Can IBD be managed naturally or cured?

Like any autoimmune disease, Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis can be put into remission but (to my knowledge) cannot be cured. However, there is unspeakable value (and symptomatic change) to be had from slowing down the autoimmune process, preventing secondary autoimmune diseases (like Ankylosing spondylitis), and decreasing inflammation.

 

IBD frequently responds very well to dietary changes, herbal medicine, supplements, vitamins, and life coaching. I feel very lucky to be able to help folks with IBD every day at my office in Chapel Hill.

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