Western Diet Linked to IBD

  • There has been a lot of debate over the years about the role of good nutrition in the development and treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  Recent research out of the University of Chicago indicates that a rich, western diet increases the chance of developing Inflammatory Bowel Disease in those predisposed to the condition (1).

    Researches found that gut bacteria was detrimentally affected by consumption of concentrated milk fats that are found in excess in processed and fatty foods.  Once the beneficial gut bacteria balance is altered it appears to lead to a chain of events that makes susceptible people more likely to develop IBD.  This research may help to explain why some people with a genetic risk go on to develop the disease and why some don’t.  It also may explain why certain geographical regions, such as industrialized nations, have a higher risk of IBD.

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    What this means for the average American is two-fold. First, clean up your diet.  The only way to be immune to the sicknesses of the average American is not to eat like one.  Get rid of processed foods and fast foods.  Eat a good balance of lean meats, healthy fats, whole grains and plenty of fruits and veggies.  Secondly, and I know you have heard me say this before, include a source of probiotics into your diet.  This can be best accomplished by foods like yogurt.  If you can’t stand any of the probiotic rich foods then look for a supplement that contains biffidus, acidophilus and lactobacillus.  They are the strains most studied for GI health.

Published On: March 26, 2013