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Chronic Inflammation and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Like heart disease and arthritis, chronic inflammation and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are intrinsically linked. IBD is an umbrella term for several medical disorders that carry one common denominator: chronic inflammation. IBD is an idiopathic disorder that mainly affects the body’s digestive tract, with the highest concentration of inflammation in the colon and the small and large intestines.  However, the negative health effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease reach further than our digestive system. Anemia, joint pain, weak bones, growth problems, delayed puberty, kidney and gallstones and liver inflammation are a few of the many complications that can result from IBD. Of all the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome that are unrelated to the digestive tract, arthritis is the most common. Experts have noted an increase...