I heard this weeks guest share her story first at the Doctors For Nutrition inaugural Australasian Nutrition in Healthcare Conference back in February, where she took the stage with the wonderful Shukul episode 92 and Shamiz Kachwalla episode 33, who are co-founders at High Carb Health where they are dedicated to helping people reverse and heal their ulcerative colitis. By 12 years of age, Tishani was experiencing tummy pain and severe nausea but was unable to vomit to help alleviate her discomfort. By 19 years of age, Tishani was working and studying and her eating habits had worsened. She was now drinking coffees and cans of energy drinks to help her get through her work and study load and as a result of this became dehydrated, resulting in leg cramps and fatigue. Then she found blood in her stool. Initially Tishani and her parents had assumed this was food poisoning or an anal fissure however, she was losing weight and unable to eat due to the frequency of her bowel movements. At this stage Tishani had lost 7kg and collapsed in the shower, medical professionals still thought Tishani was experiencing severe gastro. After making it through her graduation, Tishani came down with a fever and was struggling to see properly.
IBD is a polygenic disease thought to be triggered by environmental factors. IBD may represent dysregulated mucosal inflammation in response to gut microbiota. A Western or westernized lifestyle is thought to be a major driver of the growing incidence of IBD. Currently, however, the key environmental factor for IBD is unidentified. It is imperative that we identify the ubiquitous environmental factor underlying IBD in order to provide suitable treatment. Findings from epidemiology studies have indicated that diets high in animal fat and low in fruits and vegetables are the most common pattern associated with an increased risk of IBD 1. We believe that westernized diet-associated gut dysbiosis is the most ubiquitous environmental factor in IBD 2. The next question then becomes what kind of diet is suitable for IBD as a replacement for a westernized diet.
Free Consultation. Iron is important to fight anemia that can happen due to nutrient loss during a flare. Findings from epidemiology studies have indicated that diets high in animal fat and low in fruits and vegetables are the most common pattern associated with an increased risk of IBD 1. Find this article useful? Full video below. This difference in microbiota results in differences in microbial metabolites. By 19 years of age, Tishani was working and studying and her eating habits had worsened. I was put on a super-high dose of a prescription steroid and lots of other heavy-duty prescription drugs to control the disease. Am J Gastroenterol.