I’ve just got off of another call with a client whose health has completely transformed in recent weeks.
Her inflammation levels are WAAAAAY down (back into the normal range) and she’s feeling better than ever.
There are plenty of things that we did to get there, but her doctor apparently has dismissed them all and told her that she must have just gone into remission of her own accord and the things she’s been doing won’t have helped.
She just got lucky I guess…
This sort of narrow mindedness I must admit I do find frustrating, but hopefully, as they continue to see results like this, the minds of some doctors can be changed.
And even quite bizarrely, most dieticians too (I do wonder what the point of a dietician is when all they seem to do is to tell people to eat whatever they want!).
I’ve even heard of some people being told they can eat McDonald’s, and/or Monster Munch to help them put some weight back on!
Fortunately, not all doctors are like this anymore but unfortunately, even when they do appreciate the importance of food, most are horrendously unqualified to be able to provide much decent diet advice.
In fact, I’ve been told that in all the many, many years that a doctor trains for, there are less than 2 days focused on nutrition.
Here’s what we KNOW these days about chronic health problems such as IBD…
It is not down to just genetics.
(if it was why are chronic health problems increasing at such crazy rates?!).
In fact, it’s been shown that its more down to how our genes interact with our environment (which includes diet, lifestyle, toxins, stressors, infections, etc).
Diet isn’t the ONLY factor, but it is a factor.
For example, if someone eats foods they are sensitive or intolerant to, then that can trigger an inflammatory response in the body and worsen symptoms.
Certain foods are also shown to be a contributor towards “Leaky Gut” – which exists in everyone with an autoimmune condition and again leads to many symptoms.
Finally, the one major complaint of many people with IBD is constant fatigue.
One cause of this fatigue is severe nutrient deficiencies, and so resolving those with the help of diet is extremely important.
Now many people might be thinking this all makes sense have never noticed that the foods they eat change their symptoms all that much (and certainly not consistently).
In fact, the client that I mentioned above initially told me that she didn’t think food affected her because she’d been keeping a food diary for a while and had never been able to notice any patterns.
However, working out food sensitivities alone is very difficult as foods can cause a reaction often up to 3 days AFTER they have been eaten it (it’s rarely immediate).
I’ve helped hundreds of people with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis now to transform their health and while diet is FAR from being the only thing that we needed to consider, it has always played some part.