Generally if we become ill we look towards a ‘magic’ tablet for our cure and usually dismiss diet and lifestyle changes as unimportant. In the absence of a ‘magic’ tablet for IBD & IBS, what should we do in the meantime? 

Patients know that what they eat directly affects how they feel.  Our aim whas been to understand these links and to develop a framework that patients can use to help feel better.

A number of doctors say that the medical evidence for the use of diet as a treatment is not strong enough at the moment and therefore dismiss it.  Whilst this evidence becomes stronger (through research), we offer advice based upon a framework that you can use to develop your own ‘evidence’ of what works for you. 

Of course medical advice should be followed and of course patients should take medication as prescribed by their doctor - this is common sense It is also common sense however that eating chilli peppers, mustard, hot spices, hot sauces and acidic foods will aggravate an already inflamed digestive system and that some foods are digested more easily than others.  

Many other foods interact with the digestive system in a number of known ways.  Professor Mayberry and I have been involved in pioneering research in this area and have published a patient booklet on this subject in collaboration with Proctor & Gamble pharmaceuticals (now Warner Chilcott). This booklet is available from the downloads page.

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