The Most Common Nutrient Deficiency in IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease)

The Most Common Nutrient Deficiency in IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease)


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Those with IBD commonly experience these four nutrient deficiencies—find out why!

0:00 Introduction: The most common nutrient deficiency in IBD
0:11 What is IBD?
0:32 #1 – Iron deficiency and IBD
1:33 #2 – Vitamin D deficiency and IBD
2:53 #3 – Vitamin B12/folate deficiency and IBD
3:22 #4 – K1 and K2 deficiency and IBD
3:47 Share your success story!

In this video, we’re going to talk about the most common nutrient deficiency in irritable bowel disease (IBD). This also includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

In these conditions, you have a massive amount of inflammation and an overreaction of the immune system. Gut inflammation reduces the absorption of nutrients.

The most common nutrient deficiencies in those with IBD are:

#1 – Iron deficiency
Iron deficiency occurs in those with IBD because of blood loss and decreased iron absorption due to inflammation. You can develop anemia if your iron drops too low. The best sources of iron are animal products (especially beef and organ meats) and spirulina. Always get your iron from the foods you eat, not supplements. It can be easy to build up too much iron with supplements. 80% of those with IBD are iron deficient.

#2 – Vitamin D deficiency
70% of those with IBD have vitamin D deficiency because IBD-related inflammation blocks the absorption of dietary vitamin D. Additionally, your age, weight, skin tone, and location can affect your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption, small intestine lining repair, and reducing inflammation. 10,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily is ideal for normal vitamin D levels.

#3 – Vitamin B12 and B9 (folate)
Vitamin B12 and B9 come from your healthy foods and gut microbes. When you have gut inflammation, your microbiome often lacks important bacteria. This can limit your ability to produce and absorb B vitamins. Low vitamin B12 and B9 can cause fatigue, anemia, and many other issues.

#4 – Vitamin K1 and K2
Vitamin K1 and K2 are also made by your microbes. An unhealthy gut can decrease your levels of these two nutrients. Vitamin K1 helps prevent bleeding by causing your blood to clot, and vitamin K2 supports the strength of your bones and helps keep calcium out of your arteries and joints.

If you have IBD, make sure you replenish these nutrients.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching. I hope this helped explain the most common nutrient deficiencies caused by IBD. I’ll see you in the next video.

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