Inflammatory bowel disease can be hell. New evidence suggests a diet can fix it

iet alone can cure the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease in children, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

During the study, carried out at Seattle Children’s Hospital, paediatric patients with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis were put on a diet called the specific carbohydrate diet for 12 weeks as the sole medical intervention. The diet removes grains, processed foods and sugars (except for honey), and much dairy. It promotes vegetables, fruits, meats and nuts.

After 12 weeks, the diet alone was shown to bring paediatric patients with active Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis into clinical remission in eight out of the 10 patients who finished the study.

Common symptoms of Crohn’s, which is a type of irritable bowel disease, include cramping, diarrhoea, anaemia, weight loss, and severe abdominal pain. It was previously believed that anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant drugs were the only way to treat it. In some cases surgery is required.

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