Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, is a chronic inflammatory digestive condition that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Alarmingly, cases of IBD are rapidly increasing in the U.S. According to this published study, IBD increased 123% in adults and 133% in children from 2007 to 2016.
There are numerous causes, both genetic and environmental, that can increase the risk of developing IBD, including the standard American (SAD) diet, stress, lack of exposure to germs as a child, appendectomy, smoking, microorganisms, and even certain common medications such as NSAIDs, antibiotics, and oral contraceptives.
While there’s no one size fits all answer here, there is one healthy carb that has been shown to reduce the risk of Crohn’s disease by 40%. Fiber. This Nutrient Review found that increasing daily fiber intake was an effective strategy for preventing IBD because fiber it reduces proinflammatory cytokines, helps balance gut microbiome and reduces digestive side effects.
It is as simple as increasing your intake of high fiber foods like beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. But up to 95% of Americans fall short of the recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. So in that case, thankfully, there are plenty of fiber supplements you could take to bump up your intake easily.
Are you getting enough fiber daily?
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