Tips to Help with Crohn’s Disease
Once you have been diagnosed with a disease you tend to pay more attention to your body’s response to avoid flares. Learning to avoid these triggers is not only beneficial but can help reduce gastrointestinal symptoms and promote intestinal healing.
Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that involves an immune reaction against the intestinal tract. Those suffering from Crohn’s disease will experience inflammation of the small and/or large intestines, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients – this causes diarrhea and undernourishment.
If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, here are some tips to help reduce flare ups:
- Diet. While there is no scientifically proven Crohn’s disease diet plan, patients can identify that certain foods can trigger symptoms. If you are having problems absorbing nutrients, switch to a high-calorie, high-protein diet. If you suffer from small-bowel Crohn’s disease, a low-fiber with low-residue diet may work best. Low-residue diets can help lessen abdominal pain, cramping and reduce diarrhea.
- Foods to avoid. There are some foods that Crohn’s patients should avoid overall, if you are trying to avoid residue foods please see the * symbol for foods to avoid:
- Carbonated and sugary beverages
- Caffeinated products (coffee, tea, chocolate)
- Fried foods
- Fiber-rich or gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, broccoli, onions)
- Nuts and seeds*
- Raw fruits and vegetables*
- Red meat and pork
- Spicy foods
- Whole grains and bran
- Supplements. If you are having trouble absorbing nutrients, you should be taking an adequate amount of supplements. Try taking a complete supplement to cover most critical vitamins and minerals. It’s important to take a natural Crohn’s disease treatment, such as AMP Floracel®, that will promote healthy flora to regulate your digestive system. Ask your doctor how your vitamin D levels are, most patients suffering from Crohn’s disease have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D maybe beneficial in reducing the risk of colorectal cancer (which may be higher in those with IBD).
- Records. Your doctor may keep medical records on file but if you are battling with Crohn’s disease you should keep a daily log. This notebook should be updated daily to reflect you foods eaten, changes in diet, supplements, symptoms, etc. If symptoms randomly onset, this is a great way of identifying what may have triggered it. This food record will also show if you are ingesting enough protein, carbohydrates, fats, water, etc. to maintain your weight and energy.