What is IBD?
IBD is inflammatory bowel disease.
It is a term used to describe long standing inflammation of the digestive tract .
It has two types:
Ulcerative colitis: It causes ulcers (sores) and inflammation of large intestine
Crohn’s disease: It causes inflammation of the digestive tract which can affect deeper tissues
FAQ: Dietary Management of IBD
Information regarding dietary treatments for IBD from the internet is often confusing. Sometimes it is over restrictive, sometimes asking to avoid entire food groups or specific foods.
However, there is no need to avoid foods unless they worsen your symptoms. It is best to restrict as few foods as possible to ensure a balanced, nutritious diet. This is important for maintaining the function of your digestive tract and your overall health.
Can diet control IBD?
No specific diet has been shown to prevent or treat IBD. However, some diet strategies help control symptoms.
What are dietary strategies during a flare?
There are different approaches to diet during flares and in the absence of flares without overly restricting diet. It is important to remember that adequate nutrition during illness is important.