The inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition that strikes fear into many people’s hearts. There is a good reason for this; the disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, and can cause debilitating pain. Though rarely fatal, it can sometimes make it impossible for one to do regular day to day activities until the symptoms are relieved.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Inflammatory bowel disease is an affliction of the gastrointestinal system. It arises from chronic inflammation of parts of the digestive system. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are also caused by inflammation of the gut, and are sometimes grouped together with inflammatory bowel disease.
The inflammation leading to bowel disease can arise from many factors including foreign bacteria and chemicals, food sensitivity and some drugs. The key to developing inflammatory bowel disease is that the bowel needs to be repeatedly exposed to these factors. As the immune system fights off the pathogens in the gut, it can also have an effect on the bowel as well. When this happens many times, the gastrointestinal system becomes overwhelmed and severely damaged by the repeated inflammation.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Food Intolerance
Sensitivity to certain foods may cause inflammatory bowel disease in the long term. When ingested, the immune cells in the gut recognize such foods or their components as pathogens instead of food, and attack them. This reaction is normally beneficial when germs enter your gastrointestinal system.
During the immune reaction, the immune cells have a variety of ways of destroying the food or its components such as by directly ingesting them in a process called phagocytosis. They can also release cytokines and other chemicals that damage the gut as well as the food. When repeated over a long time, the consumption of food that you are not tolerant to followed by the immune reaction in the gut may result in inflammatory bowel disease.
Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease overlap, since they are considered to be a continuum of the same defect. Some of the symptoms include:
- Weight loss
- Bloody stools
- Poor appetite
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
Health Risks of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
When not controlled well, inflammatory bowel disease could result in a range of health risks including:
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Recurrent pneumonia
- Recurrent blood infections
- Unhealthy weight loss
Fight Inflammatory Bowel Disease with the PinnerTest Food Intolerance Test
Inflammatory bowel disease has the potential to make you miss out on the good things in life by reducing your quality of life. People who suffer from IBD often try out numerous treatments including pharmaceutical medication, herbal medication and diet changes. Some of these may work, while others may not. If your IBD is difficult to control, you might have food intolerance leading to the inflammation. In this case, identification of which food you are sensitive to is important.
To do this, we provide the PinnerTest, a non-invasive and highly accurate method of detecting food sensitivities by using just two drops of your blood. This sample is then carefully tested using modern technologies such as the MicroARRAY-ELISA Emthod IgG test to identify the foods you are sensitive to.
Do you have inflammatory bowel disease and wish to check if it’s associated with food sensitivity? Take advantage of our PinnerTest technology for a comprehensive report. For more information on how it works as well as how you can get tested, simply get in touch with us today.