Crohn’s disease is a condition of the digestive system. Parts can become inflamed, called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Symptoms can start in childhood or early adulthood, but can affect any ages, as it is a lifelong condition. The main symptoms are stomach ache, diarrhoea, fatigue, weight loss or blood in the poo. These may be constant or temporarily go away and come back, these are called flare-ups. The exact cause of crohn’s disease is unknown, but some factors may play a role including genetics, abnormal balance of the gut bacteria, problems with the immune system.
Ulcerative Colitis is a long-term condition when the large intestine becomes inflamed, specifically the colon and the rectum. Small ulcers on the lining of the colon can develop, which can bleed. It is thought to be an autoimmune condition, where the immune system mistakes harmless bacteria for a threat in the colon and attacks healthy tissue causing inflammation. The cause may be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms may include recurring diarrhoea, poo containing mucus or blood, tummy pain, and sometimes fatigue and loss of appetite.
Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
When we think about the nutritional management of IBD, it is important to remember that every section of your gut plays a different role in the absorption of nutrients. That means that we need to understand which part of your bowel is affected, in order for us to find a way of eating that not only ensures you’re getting all the nutrients you need, but also helps to manage your experience of eating.
People living with IBD are more likely to develop nutritional deficiencies that can cause symptoms such as fatigue and problems with your bones later in life.
Sophie has over 10 years experience working with the IBD community. Sophie can help you to understand the links between your diet and your symptoms and support you to find a way of eating that helps in the management of your symptoms and ensures your diet supports your overall health.
What to expect from your consultation
Sophie will take time to thoroughly understand your medical history and will assess your diet. She will work with you to find a diet that manages your current symptoms while promoting good long term health.
Typically, this will involve three sessions, for example:
Session 1: Assessment and dietary modifications
Session 2: Assessment of progress and reintroduction of foods to establish tolerance
Session 3: Long term nutritional management and healthy eating
If tests or treatments are needed, Sophie will liaise with your consultant or GP. For people with IBD, we offer three appointments for £300, saving £30.