Crohns Disease Diets

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Crohn's disease affects the gastrointestinal tract. The disease creates an abnormal response from the immune system. The disease causes the immune system to react to common bacteria and food as if they are invading foreign substances. The immune system then releases white blood cells into the lining of the intestine, which leads to chronic inflammation. White cells then release products which directly lead to ulcerations and bowel injury.

Crohn's disease falls into a family of illnesses called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The ulcerations and bowel injuries, caused by the unnecessary release of white blood cells, is what causes a patient to experience IBD symptoms. Persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and rectal bleeding are all common symptoms of Crohn's disease. Children diagnosed with Crohn's disease may experience slowed growth and sexual development.

Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder which causes symptoms to range from mild to severe. Patients may experience periods when the disease is very active and the symptoms are strong. Other times, the disease may be in remission and the patient may experience only mild symptoms if even any at all. Patients have begun to recognize certain foods will ignite a flare-up of the disease and the accompanying symptoms.

Crohn's Disease Diets

There is no actual evidence that a particular food will cause Crohn's disease or other IBD symptoms. Paying attention to your diet is a good way to aid in reducing flare-ups, replace lost nutrients, and promote healing when the disease is developed. Proper nutrition is essential for a person with Crohn's disease. Many of the disease's symptoms--mainly diarrhea--rob the body of the opportunity to absorb nutrients, water, vitamins, and minerals.

Patients may find certain foods contribute to flare-ups. Milk, yeast, and wheat are common foods to cause Crohn's disease to cause discomfort. When the disease is active, it is recommended to avoid spicy and high fiber foods. These foods are known to increase the discomfort common with Crohn's symptoms. Otherwise, the diet for a Crohn's patient is similar to a healthy diet of anybody else; plenty of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.


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