Alcohol and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): What You Should Know

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If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) knowing what foods and drinks affect you and your symptoms can feel like a guessing game. Foods are often the most common focus, but if you have IBD you may wonder if avoiding alcohol would help manage your condition better. Like many things with IBD, the answer can […]

Fertility and Pregnancy in IBD

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Living with IBD can be incredibly difficult. Not only does it have a physical impact on the body, but it also affects those living with it emotionally too. Some of the most important yet lesser discussed aspects of life that IBD impacts are body image, sexual intimacy, and fertility. These subjects can be difficult to […]

Diet For Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Your diet can take you a long way in managing IBD. Dietary patterns can help in reducing inflammation and also with symptom management. A good nutrition plan includes dietary and supplemental strategies that complement your plan with your GI.  It might feel like coming up with the best eating plan might be a challenge. You […]

IBD Nutrition and Mental Health

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IBD is not caused by stress or mental health issues, but it is intrinsically linked to mental health.  Living with a chronic disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis is mentally challenging in itself. Unpleasant symptoms and constant management undeniably add extra stress to your daily life.  But stress, anxiety, and depression can increase and […]

Disordered Eating & IBD: How are They Related & How Can We Help?

woman sitting at table with empty plate struggling with disordered eating

For those with IBD, food can be one of life’s greatest stressors, and often people with IBD are at risk to develop a sort of food PTSD. What can happen is that they start to avoid certain foods for the fear of painful flare-ups and sometimes start to take it too far. While there is […]

Should we still suggest low residue diets for IBD?

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When you have IBD, it can be difficult to know what foods to eat and which to avoid. Different foods can trigger flare-ups whereas some can aid in the reduction of inflammation.  And what’s more, not all people will have the same reactions. What works for you may cause discomfort for someone else with IBD […]

Mental Health and IBD: Coping with Stress and Flare-ups

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Having a lifelong condition like IBD is extremely challenging. As well as managing physical symptoms, there are many emotional consequences that can impact how well you cope with the disease. By learning to care for your mental health, you can become more resilient to the stresses brought on by IBD and in turn lower your […]

Crohn’s Friendly Foods: What Should I Eat

oatmeal as a crohn's friendly food

Crohn’s disease is one of the conditions that those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) suffer from. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of IBD is estimated at 1.3% (3 million) of US adults.  Crohn’s disease usually affects the ileum and colon, but can affect any area of the intestinal tract, from the […]

The Link Between Low Vitamin D and IBD

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of diseases that includes Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. IBD is a relapsing-remitting immune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Because IBD is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease, nutrient deficiencies are common.  Common deficiencies in IBD include:  Iron Calcium Vitamin D B vitamins like B12  Antioxidants like vitamin C, E, […]