IBD Food Intolerance

IBD and Food Intolerance, A Possible Connection.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease has long been a puzzle that medical professionals cannot solve. While there are some treatment options, there has yet to be a significant way to manage symptoms effectively.

Symptoms

  • Abdominal cramps, pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

There is no official cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Some experts believe that genetics and immune health may be contributing factors.

How Food Intolerance Affects IBD Symptoms

Eating foods that you’re intolerant to can lead to increased levels of inflammation throughout the gut and digestive system. By eliminating these foods from a given diet, you’re also decreasing the total amount of inflammation, which, in the case of IBD patients, can prove significant.

A recent study linking IgG antibodies (the antibody that food intolerance tests look for) against food antigens found that, “a clinically significant improvement in IBD symptoms was observed in patients eliminating foods to which they were found to exhibit sensitivity.”

So, while food intolerance elimination diets may not be the end-all-be-all cure, they’re still proven to be useful in IBD patients.

Taking a food intolerance test may help you diagnose and eliminate problem foods in your diet. Utilizing a simple finger-prick blood test, microarray technology can identify the foods that your system is sensitive towards – all with just a few drops of blood.

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