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What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to a group of disorders that cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the most common of which are Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease. IBD is characterised by periods of remission and exacerbation, often referred to as anIBD flare up“. With its ability to significantly affect quality of life, understanding the symptoms of IBD, differences between the main types of IBD, and how IBD is managed, is crucial for anyone affected by it. Working with a qualified Gut Health Dietitian for IBD can help you navigate this often difficult to manage condition. 

Signs and Symptoms of IBD

While the symptoms of IBD can vary depending on the type of IBD and the severity of the condition, some common symptoms during an IBD flare include: 

  • Abdominal pain and cramping 
  • Persistent diarrhoea 
  • Blood in the stool 
  • Rectal bleeding 
  • Fatigue 
  • Weight loss 

These IBD symptoms can be debilitating and interfere with daily activities, making early diagnosis and management vital. 

Many people with IBD also experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) alongside IBD. These often become apparent during periods of remission when they are told their IBD is “under control” yet symptoms such as abdominal pain persist. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Management

Effective management of IBD often requires a comprehensive approach that may include medication, lifestyle modifications, and dietary changes. Here are some key components of IBD Management 

Medication: Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressants, or biologics to help reduce inflammation and control symptoms.  

Lifestyle Modifications: Making certain lifestyle changes can help make it easier to cope with the symptoms of IBD and improve overall health. This may include stress management techniques, physical activity and and activity modification, as well as getting enough sleep.  

Dietary Changes: Diet has an important role in managing IBD symptoms and in some cases, targeted IBD dietary therapies play a pivotal part in IBD management. Working with a qualified Gut Health Dietitian for IBD can help you identify IBD symptom trigger foods and develop a personalised nutrition plan to support your digestive health both during IBD flares ups and in remission.  

IBD key take-aways:

  • The symptoms of IBD can significantly impact quality of life 
  • IBD management is multi-faceted, often encompassing medication, lifestyle, and diet 
  • IBS often occurs alongside IBD – it is possible to have both conditions
  • A Specialist IBD Dietitian can support you during IBD flare ups and in remission

For more information on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, visit Crohn’s and Colitis UK, the leading UK charity for those living with IBD. 

Welcome to your IBD management journey

Meet Anni Summers: Specialist Gut Health Dietitian for IBD

Anni Summers is a specialised Gut Health Dietitian for IBD who offers personalised nutrition advice to those with Inflammatory bowel disease. In her previous NHS role, she worked within the Specialist IBD Team alongside IBD Nurses, Consultants and Surgeons, providing help and support to a wide range of patients affected by the condition. She believes passionately in empowering people with IBD to better manage their condition by providing evidence-based uptodate dietary information and advice, working closely alongside them every step of the way. 

Our Approach to Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Whether you’re looking to learn more about what diet is best for IBD or seeking specialist dietetic guidance for IBD flare up management, Anni Summers can help. Taking an individualised approach to managing IBD, Anni will work closely with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and concerns. You can schedule a FREE 15-minute discovery call to discuss how we can support you on your IBD management journey.  

If you’re struggling with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and looking for expert guidance and support, get in touch today. Together, we can work towards your goals.