Nutritionist Jennifer Rackley Joins MyIBDCentral.com
I am a nutritionist and have a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Harding University. I also have some graduate work in Public Health Nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. Before starting my family I worked in the field of clinical nutrition.
My greatest role is the mother of my three girls. Two of my daughters have dealt with acid reflux disease. Their journey has educated me on the digestive system in ways I could never have anticipated while in school. We dealt with Failure to Thrive, aspirations, delayed gastric emptying and even an apnea episode. It was truly a “trial by fire.”
I have also dealt with acid reflux and peptic ulcer disease. That latter was diagnosed just recently. It has given me a glimpse into what chronic digestive pain means.
This past year I have been touched on a personal level by Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I have several friends dealing with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Their struggles with these diseases have been life changing ones. They have spent months of their lives in and out of hospitals. It has challenged me to continue to educate myself on these diseases as well as the nutritional implications they may entail.
There is a lot of conflicting information about the role that dietary changes can play in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I hope to be able to disseminate accurate nutritional information to aid those suffering from IBD.
IBD can come with a host of nutritional complications and can cause serious nutritional deficiencies. Through this blog I hope to give readers the tools to nourish their bodies during remission and flare ups of their IBD. Recognizing the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies early on can help to gain quick and accurate treatment. All of which can improve the outcome for IBD sufferers.
In addition to blogging for MyIBDCentral.com and MyAcidRefluxConnection.com, I am also the Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association. I am passionate about getting the correct nutritional information to people dealing with digestive diseases and believe both of these organizations are as well. If I can help to improve someone’s health through nutritional knowledge then my purpose will have been served.