Using too many preservatives, additives, highly processed foods, and mineral water leads to inflammatory bowel diseases in India.
The changes in the gut microbes due to highly processed foods, lifestyle changes, and environmental factors have seen an increase in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs).
Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, chairman of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, said, "IBD used to be common in the western countries. In India, it has become common now. Increase in IBD has become one of the causes of diarrhea in Indian patients."
The alternation in the gut microbiome is because of increased intake of processed foods which are leading to the changes in the gut thereby affecting the immune system and leading to auto-immune diseases.
Dr Rupa Banerjee, director of IBD, AIG Hospital, added, "People have to make healthier choices like opting for natural foods. When they are outside they can avoid fizzy drinks and opt for eating natural fruits and vegetables. It is important that they must opt for normal healthy water and not always the mineral water. These choices in foods ensure that the gut has a combination of different good bacteria which help the body systems function smoothly."