IBD Basics: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Antibiotics

What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. They exist purely as food for the probiotic bacteria that you’re putting into your body. The use of prebiotics and probiotics together is called microbiome therapy. You don’t need to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, but taking them might make your probiotics more effective. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts promoted as having various health benefits. They are thought to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut (including your stomach and intestines) when it’s been disrupted by an illness or…

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The What and Why: Calcium

What is Calcium? Calcium is vital mineral, it is important for the health of your teeth and bones. 99% of the calcium in your body is stored there; but calcium also helps the heart, brain, nerves, and muscles, and helps blood clot among other things. Most people are not aware of how they feel when they don’t have enough calcium. Calcium is so important for keeping your heart beating and your brain going that when we don’t have enough in our diets, the body takes it from our bones. You may not realise your deficient until it’s reached a dangerous…

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IBD Basics: Endoscopy

Endoscopy: The When and Why Diagnosing IBD is no easy task: it is a complicated disease which presents in very many ways. However, what should occur is your doctor will take your history and perform a physical exam. The physical exam will focus on the GI tract, including inspection of the anus and possibly a rectal examination. They may order various tests in order to make a diagnosis of IBD and help identify whether you have Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Indeterminate Colitis. These tests fall into several categories. Some are invasive – performed inside the body – while others…

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IBD Basics: MRI, CT & Ultrasound

What are MRI, CT and Ultrasound scans & why are they important? To make a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, your doctor will likely gather information from multiple sources. You’ll probably go through a combination of exams, lab tests, and imaging studies with these goals in mind: Rule out other health problems Make a clear diagnosis of Crohn’s disease Find out exactly which part of the digestive tract is affected With that in mind, imaging is widely used to not only diagnosis but manage Crohn’s disease. MRI – The use of MRI to make a Crohn’s diagnosis is on the rise.…

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The What and Why: Dehydration

What is dehydration? You can not survive without water – simple! It makes up nearly two-thirds of your body and is essential for you to function properly. Your body uses water to transport nutrients and oxygen around your body, get rid of waste products, control your temperature and to keep your joints lubricated so they act efficiently as shock absorbers. If you have severe dehydration, your body stops getting rid of waste products and you may develop kidney failure. Why is it important? Dehydration happens when we lose more fluid than we take in. We lose body fluid and salt…

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