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Short Sugar Binges Raise Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers from the University of Alberta conducted an animal study and found that after eating a high sugar diet for just two days, the animals exhibited severe symptoms of colitis
  • Fiber-rich foods fuel the growth of beneficial bacteria, while sugar fuels harmful bacteria
  • In addition to changing your gut microbiome, sugar feeds the growth of cancer cells and is a primary factor in the development of high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression and Alzheimer's disease
  • It is crucial to your overall health to provide fuel for beneficial bacteria in your gut and help restore gut diversity. Prebiotics are the fuel bacteria use to thrive; probiotics may be found in fermented foods or in high quality probiotic supplements

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune condition with serious consequences. This is not the same as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a functional bowel disorder with no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem.

The two most common health conditions falling under the umbrella term of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. While ulcerative colitis often is localized to the large intestines and rectum, Crohn's disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract beginning in the mouth and ending in the anus.

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