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Inflamatory bowel disease (IBD) includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease can affect the whole digestive tract (from the mouth to the anus) whereas ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine and rectum.

 

Nutrients from food which are essential to your body’s healthy function are mainly absorbed in the small intestine and some in the large intestine. Therefore, when having either of the conditions of IBD you may not absorb important nutrients such as calcium, iron and folic acid well.

In both conditions symptoms come and go and the most common symptoms include feeling unwell, diarrhoea and intestinal pain, nausea and loss of appetite.

IBD is associated with several conditions such as tendency to develop blood clots, eye and joint inflammation, osteoporosis, liver problems, skin conditions and sore mouth, ankylosing spondylitis and increased risk of developing colon cancer.

 

Altering your diet in order to ensure optimum nutrient absorption when flair-ups are not present is essential in order to reduce your disease risk and increase your level of comfort.

 

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