Hi Smith, you're welcome. Good tips on the healing process.
Vit B12 is absorbed in only one location in the small intestine. If that area is removed or damaged, decreased to null absorption.
I had my ileum & bits removed due to stricture & multiple perforations 1st surgery, had to start B12 then; 4 more bits & pieces of descending, transverse & ascending @ 2nd surgery, with a colostomy @ the sigmoid d/t more perfs & sepsis. 3rd surg was to finish 2nd. I joke that I have a sigmoid ileostomy since my effluent is ileo-like. It was funny to see the GI's face when I told him that.
For IBD, food is a biggy. Perservatives & processed foods being the main culprits. (hint: IBD is rare in "3rd world" countries, on the rise in "developed" countries.) Like, Lawrys Seasoning Salt kills my gut....but all the same herbs in whole form just ground fresh I can have. Yes, I still eat wasabi -- fresh. I can eat spicy hummus & salsa, too. (Hummus is great source of protein, fyi) Now it's like being on a sugar-free diet for 5 years. I can tell by the smell if salsa has preservatives in it.
Okay, I'm raambling. later, Marcella