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Nutrition for IBD


In my discussions with people who have IBD, I tried to learn what they know about basic nutrition and any special nutritional requirements that accompanied their illness. I was surprised by their lack of basic knowledge about Calories, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but impressed with how much they knew about which foods caused flare-ups. I also became aware of how little they knew about the ways in which food, supplementary food, and stress control could help them.

Why Basic Nutrition?

We all need Calories from protein, fat, and carbohydrate, especially individuals with IBD. We also need dietary fiber, a carbohydrate that yields no Calories. Sometimes people who have IBD need to avoid fiber completely. Similarly, we all need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy; those with IBD need more of them because of such problems as diar­rhea, poor absorption, loss of intestine through surgery, and emotional upset.

Teamwork in Nutrition

In the next several chapters you'll be introduced to many nutrients. For some people it will be a review, but I hope even they will gain some new insights about the basic nutrients and learn how diet can work. There's one important point however: In nutrition, teamwork is essential!
You need all the nutrients and you should get them in reasonable balance every day because they each play a unique role in our health and well-being, and they work with each other as well. It's teamwork. One nutrient doesn't work effectively if another one is missing or in short supply. If your body is loaded with one and not another, the systems won't function. I like to use the chain analogy that's easily visualized: "A chain is no stronger than its weakest link." That saying is so important in nutrition that it can't be overstated. All nutrients are necessary!
Our bodies are marvelous. They can take an unbelievable amount of abuse. People can survive without one or even several nutrients for days, weeks, and possibly even months; however, they'll never thrive. The worst part is that they'll never know what damage is being done to their bodies, because it's so insidious that it may never be clearly identified. Remember, experts have classified people who have been nutritionally deprived, but not to the point of serious deficiency, as physiologically older than their chronological age. This tells us that these minor shortfalls extract a price on health that isn't usually noticeable until it's too late.
Please take your nutrition seriously; you'll be healthier even if you don't notice it.

What to Look For

In the next chapters I've summarized a great deal of nutrition know-how. The information I've covered in just a few chapters often occupies entire textbooks. My objective is not to make you an expert; rather, I've tried to give you information about the nutrients you must get from food, and I've tried to make it enjoyable. Nutrition has a rich history, and some vignettes of this history help create a better understanding of the many ways that nutritional needs can be met. I hope you learn the importance of good nutrition; if you do, I will have achieved my objective.




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