Crohn's Disease Diet Tips & Recipes

Because of the digestive system’s reduced efficiency in the Crohn’s patient, they tend to develop several imbalances in the amount of certain nutrients our bodies carry.

Many of these deficiencies have close cause-and-effect relationships with one another. Vitamin B12 deficiency, for example, is quite common in the Crohn’s patient and appears due to malabsorption and the body’s inability to harvest this and other important nutrients, such as iron, from the food we eat.

Bleeding caused by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract leads to low levels of red blood cells, and because of a lack of vitamin B12 and iron, both of which assist in the production of new cells, these levels are not easily replenished.

When the body is unable to maintain a healthy rate of red blood cell production, anemia occurs and can become worse over time.
Deficiencies of B12 and iron are often treated with B12 injections and iron supplements, although iron in pill form may exacerbate intestinal inflammation and be counter-productive for achieving its goal.

The best way to combat nutrient deficiency is always to consume foods high in the nutrient in question, but in cases where the body is simply not absorbing enough of these important elements in the diet, nutritional supplements may become necessary for the Crohn’s patient.

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Crohn’s Disease Diet Tips

  • Avoid foods that trigger the symptoms of Chrone’s disease. These generally include dairy products, artificial sweeteners, gas-producing vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • Fat is a major no-no. So cut out, or at least cut back, foods high in fat. It’s also not a bad idea to skip eating fast foods and fried foods either.
  • See if skipping artificial sweeteners makes a difference. Some feel it does. These are often used in sugarless candy and sugarless gums. Remember many carbonated drinks are chock full of artificial sweeteners.
  • Drink lots of water. The benefits of water are undeniable and that includes improving your bowel movements. Also, one symptom of Chrone’s disease is dehydration due to the diarrhea. So it’s important to hydrate your body sufficiently.
  • Change your eating habits. Eat slowly. Eat small, frequent meals preferably five or six such meals each day. Reason being some find that large, heavy meals tend to trigger Chrone’s disease symptoms. It also helps to relax after a meal to allow proper digestion to take place.
  • Minimize insoluble fiber and take in plenty of soluble fiber instead. Soluble fiber in a Chrone’s disease remedial diet has been found to ease symptoms for some.
  • Become a devoted fan of probiotics. Fermented food products like yogurt, sour cream, miso, and sauerkraut provide a healthy dose of good bacteria into your gut that can aid digestion and minimize symptoms.

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  • Log what you eat. Yes, it can be a pain. Yet all the other points just presented aside, this may be the most useful because the best Chrone’s disease diet is very much an individual thing. What it should include or exclude can be ascertained only by careful logging of what you eat and the impact on your system. So you would be well advised to maintain a food dairy. Track what you eat every day and note what foods cause you the most problems. Also think of it the other way. Does the absence of presence of a family of foods for 7 to 14 days make thing worse, better or have no effect?

This can be a tedious process to be sure. But it’s the only way you can start to get a handle on the diet that will best work for you. Over time you’ll learn what foods tend to trigger you symptoms so that you’ll be able to avoid eating them next time.

Below are some useful recipes that comply with a diet tailored towards patients suffering from Chron’s disease

Crohn’s disease diet recipes

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