Colon Cleansing

Dieting may be dangerous for people with bowel disease


Individuals who are concerned about the health of their colon may want to take an herbal colon cleansing supplement, which may help them improve their well-being along with eating a balanced diet. However, if a person does find themselves with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which affects the colon and intestines, then one thing he or she should not do is try a low-calorie diet.

According to scientists from Michigan State University, mice on a calorie-restricted diet were more likely to die after being infected with an inflammation-causing bacteria in the colon. Despite the fact that past research has associated IBD with obesity, these findings suggest that a low-calorie diet may be dangerous for people with this condition.

"The results are similar to the research from our department that shows consuming fewer calories make it harder to fight off the flu virus," said researcher Jenifer Fenton. "Since this is a totally different pathogen, it amplifies the need to find out why caloric intake has such an impact on the body’s ability to respond to infection."

The scientists said that understanding more about how a low-calorie diet influences mortality rates in this population may lead to new treatments for the disease. 

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