Diet Cures - Crohn's Disease and Diet
If you have been reading up on modern health research, you will have found lots of information regarding the influence of diet on a host of medical concerns. The role of diet is especially true when dealing with Crohn's Disease. In fact, the importance of a regulated diet can be the difference between managing Crohn's Disease and keeping it in check or falling victim to its more serious consequences.
Remember, changing your diet to a Crohn's friendly one will not cure you of the disease. It will, however, limit the flare-ups - in both regularity and severity - and help you feel better.
In terms of diet, Crohn's Disease is very fickle. Because the disease plays havoc on the digestive tract, it is important to not only change what you eat, but also how you eat it. The larger quantity of food you ingest at one time, the greater chance you will have difficulties with the disease. Recommendation: Instead of eating a few large meals per day, you should have several smaller meals. Try not to give your digestive tract so much work to do at one time. This will help ease the effects of Crohn's Disease.
Furthermore, you must make sure to consume the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. Failure to do so can result in other problems. Why is this important? Diarrhea and constipation are symptoms of Crohn's and can prevent your body from maintaining the proper nutritional fortification to ensure healthy functioning. Too many nutrients can be lost before they can be absorbed into your system - thus there is a need to take additional vitamins and minerals.
In addition to eating correctly, it is important that you keep your body fully hydrated. Not only is consuming fluids important to manage your Crohn's, fluids can also help you detoxify the body, which can lead to improved health. Drinking water is perhaps the best way in keeping yourself hydrated - aim for 8 glasses a day.
A Crohn's Disease Diet - The diet for those with Crohn's should revolve around a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and just tiny amounts of fats. Keeping your diet high in fiber is important, too, because it influences your body's ability to maintain regular bowel movements. Typically, the less processed, ie, closer to nature, a food source is, the higher its fiber content. The best protein source for fighting Crohn’s is apparently fish. Most fish also have the added benefit of supplying Omega-3 oils. If you are not a fan of fish you can get Omega-3 oils through various supplements.
Foods to Avoid - There are also many foods that sufferers of Crohns's Disease should avoid like the plague. People diagnosed with Crohn's should stay away from dairy products as much as possible. In addition, avoiding foods with saturated fats, Brassica vegetables (kale, collard greens, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.), corn or gluten products, and alcohol and caffeine can help reduce the severity and regularity of Crohn's Disease.
NOTE: These food recommendations are only guides. Those with Crohn's often react differently to the disease. It is a good idea to keep a food diary so you can track your reactions to various foods. This is a great way to find out which foods work for you and those that cause complications.
There are also many more resources and lots of information about controlling and treating Crohn's Disease symptoms here Breakthrough Crohn's Disease Guide.
News About Crohn's Disease and Diet
Helmsley Grants $5 Million to Study Rise of Crohn's Disease in the East - GlobeNewswire (press release)
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