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

mental health and ibd

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, […]

Advocating for Yourself with IBD

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How to advocate for yourself with IBD It can be unsettling to discover you have IBD. As a lifelong disease, you will have to make daily adjustments to cope with symptoms and stay healthy. But knowing how to do so will empower you to manage your condition and live a full, quality life. Growing your […]

Similarities and Differences Between IBS and IBD

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IBS vs IBD: Their Similarities and Differences Explained Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are both extremely painful gastrointestinal disorders. They are often confused with one another due to the similarities in their names and the fact that they share some common symptoms. However, these two conditions are vastly different in many […]

Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis

woman taking a supplement for ulcerative colitis

Supplements for ulcerative colitis – what should I take? If you have ulcerative colitis you may well have been recommended to take supplements to prevent nutritional deficiency. This is a common risk for those with IBD where inflammation impacts the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.  But which supplements should you take? And what […]

What to Eat With Colitis

Woman holding a donut and two halves of avocado - showing the best and worst foods to take when you have Ulcerative Colitis.

Inflammatory bowel diseases include two main types of colitis- Ulcerative and Microscopic Colitis. Microscopic colitis can include a sub-type of either lymphocytic or collagenous colitis. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory disorder of the colon or large intestines that results in deterioration of the colon walls, often associated with bleeding. Microscopic colitis is also inflammatory […]