Louise Thompson opens up on ongoing health battle with ulcerative colitis and her lifestyle overhaul

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Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson skyrocketed to fame after appearing on our screens on the hit show, and ever since we’ve been following her journey.

The beautiful 30 year old, who lives in a terrifically stylish abode with fiancé Ryan Libbey, has a very impressive following of 1.2 million on Instagram, and often shares a look inside her fitness and food routine.

And in the past five years, Louise has, as she tell us, “really decided to hone in on how [she] can become the healthiest version of [her]self.”

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The London-based star, who recently sent support to brother Sam’s ex Zara McDermott, suffers from a chronic condition named ulcerative colitis, which, according to the NHS, is the inflammation of the lower end of your digestive system.

As a result, small ulcers can develop on the colon’s lining and can have a drastic impact on energy levels and mood, which affects an estimated 146,00 people in the UK.

Talking to OK! Online about what she coins a “funny old disease,” the star explained: “You have it for life and there’s no cure, but you have periods of remission and then you also have flare ups.”

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And discussing how she copes with ulcerative colitis in day-to-day life, she told us: “With regards to day to day life, when I’m in remission I don’t have any symptoms so that’s the goal. You want to manage your body so you can get to that place and be able to function normally.”

And detailing what gives her flare ups, as they’re called, Louise continued: “They don’t know for sure what triggers it to come back but they do say that nutrition plays some part of it, and also stress and external factors.

“For me, I know nutrition is a big part because. For example, if I didn’t eat anything at all for three days some of my symptoms would basically clear up. So I know that food and what I intake into my body is really important.”

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While talking to us, Louise said she was “feeling pretty good,” which resonated in the upbeat tone of her voice, but she also admitted some days aren’t like that at all.

“When it’s bad I lose a lot of blood and I get pain in my stomach and get really bad fatigue and a dry mouth and I can get very dehydrated.

“I look different; I’ll look grey and I just generally feel really unwell and so I just need to minimise the ulcers as much as possible.”

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And in a bid to do so, Louise has recently teamed up with Promise Gluten Free, who produce a nutrient rich, high-in-fibre, low-in-fat and sugar, range of gluten-free breads, which the star couldn’t stop raving about.

Louise, who describes food as one of her biggest passions, had been recommended gluten products by a number of people before plunging in to give it a go herself.

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Of the products, Louise, who admitted she has to be careful with what she eats, said: “It’s way better than normal bread, it’s so pillowy, crunchy, fills you up for longer and it’s really high in fibre and low in fat and sugar and it’s dairy free too.

“I feel like I’m constantly on this journey of trying to figure out what foods work the best with body.

“A few people recommended cutting out gluten to see whether that helped and I’ve found that that has had a pretty positive impact on my gut.”

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