Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. If you have Crohn’s disease, you experience inflammation of your digestive tract. This leads to diarrhea, abdominal pain and malnutrition. There is no specific diet to treat Crohn’s disease and research has never linked foods to the disease 1. Consult your physician for a recommended diet if you have Crohn’s disease 1.
A well-balanced diet is important if you have Crohn’s disease 1. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables, grains and low-fat milk products to help improve your heart health. Limit foods that contain saturated fat, trans fat, added sodium or sugars. Because each person that has Crohn’s disease has different symptoms, take note if any particular foods worsens your disease. If you notice a certain food makes your symptoms flare up, avoid that food.
- A well-balanced diet is important if you have Crohn’s disease 1.
- Because each person that has Crohn’s disease has different symptoms, take note if any particular foods worsens your disease.
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Certain foods may increase your risk of flare-ups with Crohn’s Disease. Many people with Crohn’s disease are lactose intolerant and dairy products cause an increase in symptoms. Other foods that may be problematic include chocolate, spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, alcohol and raw fruits and vegetables. Other potential food sensitivities are popcorn, fruit juices, beans, onions, artificial sweeteners and high-fat foods. Keep a food journal to determine if food is causing any effect on your Crohn’s disease symptoms. Note the food and beverages you consume along with your symptoms for 30 days.
- Certain foods may increase your risk of flare-ups with Crohn’s Disease.
- Many people with Crohn’s disease are lactose intolerant and dairy products cause an increase in symptoms.
Jordan Rubin developed the Maker’s Diet to deal with his own Crohn’s disease 1. After extensive treatment and no relief from his symptoms, Rubin began eating the way the Bible says to eat and claims he has been in complete remission. According to Rubin, the Bible states you can eat fish with scales but avoid shellfish or smooth fish. You can also eat animals that chew their cud, such as cows, goats and sheep, but avoid pigs because they don’t chew their cud. On this diet, you should avoid processed and refined foods. This diet is not supported by scientific research.
- Jordan Rubin developed the Maker’s Diet to deal with his own Crohn’s disease 1.
- After extensive treatment and no relief from his symptoms, Rubin began eating the way the Bible says to eat and claims he has been in complete remission.
A Diet for Dercum's Disease
Another diet that claims to heal Crohn’s disease is the raw, vegan diet 1. Eating primarily raw fruits and vegetables can reduce and eventually eliminate your symptoms, according to proponents. The raw diet recommends you start out with just nonacidic raw fruits, such as bananas, until your symptoms subside. Slowly reintroduce raw vegetables into your diet when your symptoms have improved. The diet also recommends you add small quantities of nuts and seeds to obtain the rest of your nutrition and to add some healthy fat into your diet.
- Another diet that claims to heal Crohn’s disease is the raw, vegan diet 1.
- The raw diet recommends you start out with just nonacidic raw fruits, such as bananas, until your symptoms subside.
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Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.