If you have, you probably have found that certain foods trigger your intestinal symptoms, especially when the disease flares. Learning to avoid these food triggers may allow you to self-manage your, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, and promote intestinal healing.
What is Crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease and are two types of (IBD). Both involve an immune reaction against the .
In ulcerative colitis, the is inflamed and the small intestine works normally. With Crohn's disease, often the small intestine is inflamed, making it hard to digest and absorb key from food. The lack of sufficient, along with a poor appetite, can lead to malnutrition for people with Crohn's disease. That malnutrition may result from alterations in taste, reduced food or nutrient intake, lack of sufficient nutrients, poor absorption, or the process itself.
When Crohn's disease affects just the small intestine, it results in and undernourishment. When the large intestine is also inflamed, the diarrhea can be severe. Severe diarrhea combined with malnutrition often leads to problems. For example, a person with Crohn's disease may suffer from and have low levels of vitamin B12, folic acid, or iron.
Nutritional deficiencies and an inability to maintain a are serious problems for many people, even children, with Crohn's disease.
What is a Crohn's disease diet plan?
You've probably read about different for Crohn's disease on the Internet. But the fact is, there is no scientifically proven diet for inflammatory bowel disease. Most experts believe, though, that some patients can identify specific foods that trigger their gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly during disease flares. By avoiding your "trigger foods, " you may find that your GI symptoms of gas, , , cramping, and diarrhea are more manageable. At the same time, you will give your inflamed intestines time to heal.
If you have had problems absorbing nutrients due to Crohn's disease, it's important to follow a high-calorie, high-, even when you don't feel like eating. In this setting, an effective, based on recommendations from experts, would emphasize eating regular meals - plus an additional two or three snacks - each day. That will help ensure you get ample protein, calories, and nutrients. In addition, you will need to take your doctor-recommended vitamin and mineral . By doing so, you will be able to replenish the necessary nutrients in your body.