Approximately 150,000 people suffer from either Crohn’s or colitis in the UK. There are more than 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year and research has shown that the number of people with Crohn’s is rising.
What is Crohn's disease? Named after Dr. Burrill Bernard Crohn, the physician who first described the condition in 1932, Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder - a broad title used to describe any condition which involves the intestines becoming swollen, inflamed and ulcerated. Ulcerative colitis is another example of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Crohn's, in particular, is an unpleasant and painful condition, which results in inflammation of all the layers of the lining of the bowel. It causes ulcerations (breaks in the lining) of the small and large intestines (most commonly the ileum), but any area of the...
Unsurprisingly, constipation is not a topic that people are keen to discuss openly, but understanding the potential causes of this unpleasant, frustrating, unhealthy and often uncomfortable condition can help to answer the question "why do I have constipation". If you have any concerns, you should always consult your doctor.
A common thread amongst all of the long-established dietary and natural therapies is the belief in the benefit of regularly cleansing the body, beginning with the colon, in order to rid the body of any accumulated waste and toxins that could be harmful to health.
Unfortunately, both conditions can result in ambiguous symptoms which are difficult to diagnose and can be similar to one another, and those suffering with gluten sensitivity often experience no digestive symptoms at all.