The use of dietary treatment for IBD can often be overlooked.
The World Journal of Gastroenterology (2016) published a study on all of the dietary treatment research for Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis (IBD) and found that:
- dietary factors may influence the risk of developing these conditions
- imbalance of gut bacteria induced by nutrition contributes to their development
- diet can be used as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome-like symptoms in Crohn’s and Colitis (bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea)
Low FODMAP Diet for UC and Crohn’s Disease:
A study of 88 IBD patients on the Low FODMAP Diet, published in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease scientific journal (2016), showed:
- a significant and large increase in the numbers of patients reporting relief of symptoms
- a significant decrease in severity for most symptoms
- Improvements in stool consistency and frequency
The low FODMAP diet is used in the short-term to identify problem foods, followed by a re-introduction phase of higher FODMAP foods in order to normalise the diet as much as possible. For this reason working with a dietitian is very important.
Mrs H, ulcerative colitis. (November, 2105): Your advice has given me some hope that I can manage my health much better and, who knows, hopefully avoid an operation. I think my gut is already beginning to improve, less gurgling, bloating and twinges, so I’m very pleased so far. (January 2016): I am so happy that you have helped me to help myself, I just wish that I had done something like this before, still better late as they say.