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Ulcerative Colitis and Food Intolerances

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a horrible inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers along the digestive tract. Symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, rectal pain and weight loss, usually develop and worsen over time, rather than suddenly. Recent studies have indicated that a diet guided by IgG food intolerance testing can help manage the condition and improve symptoms

How can IgG Food Intolerance Testing Help?

Food intolerance testing has been shown to improve symptoms in people diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis markedly. A 2018 Chinese study that used an IgG test to guide an elimination diet saw a marked improvement in symptoms.

The 6-month long trial of 97 patients with ulcerative colitis split the cohort into two groups, intervention and control. The intervention group were given a diet to follow that had the patients exclude any foods which IgG testing indicated an intolerance to, while the control group kept a standard healthy diet.

“After intervention, the Mayo score was significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group (2.41 ± 0.89 vs 3.52 ± 1.15, P < 0.05). The number of patients with extraintestinal manifestations decreased from 7 to 2 in the intervention group and from 6 to 5 in the control group.”

 – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Volume 24, Issue 9, Sept 2018

Simply put, patients who altered their diet based on IgG food intolerance testing found it improved their symptoms. And, ultimately, their quality of life improved.

Food Intolerances and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Studies have also shown that people suffering from Inflammatory bowel disease are prone to particular food allergies, such as rice, corn, tomato and soybean.

With this in mind, it only seems sensible for those diagnosed with an IBD to undertake an IgG food intolerance test, and use the results to guide their diet. This therapeutic option can also be successfully adopted by those who have Crohn’s disease.