Crohns Disease 2018-02-28T15:25:32+00:00

Crohn’s Disease Lifestyle and Diet Tips

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s Disease is an immune-related inflammatory bowel disease, but it does not appear to be autoimmune – making the cause all the more complex. Studies suggest that it is a combination of immune, environmental, and bacterial factors, as well as a question of genetic susceptibility with more than 70 genes found to be involved.

Individuals with Crohn’s Disease essentially suffer a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body’s own immune system is attacking the gastrointestinal tract. It is known that tobacco smokers are twice as more likely to develop Crohn’s than nonsmokers. The disease starts in teens at the earliest, it can develop at any age later on, and both men and women are equally affected.

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Improving Your Diet for Control Over Crohn’s

Many people with Crohn’s disease can manage their symptoms through a modified diet. You will need to identify which foods trigger your symptoms and eliminate those foods as often as you can.

You may be able to learn new ways of preparing a diet based on what your body can digest properly.

To help you begin identifying foods that may trigger Crohn’s symptoms, try eliminating the following:

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Fruits that contain seeds
  • Vegetables that contain seeds
  • Legumes (Beans, broccoli, and cauliflower)
  • Sugary and starchy foods such as pastries, cookies, bread, pasta

These are common sources of inflammation and eliminating these foods will often alleviate your Crohn’s symptoms. Consider using supplementation to boost your health and aid the effects of prescribed therapy.

Crohn’s Disease Symptoms:

The symptoms of Crohn’s disease depend on where in the intestinal tract the disorder appears. When the ileum (ileitis) is involved, recurrent pain may be experienced in the right lower abdomen. At times, the pain mimics acute appendicitis. When the colon is the site, diarrhea (sometimes bloody) may occur, along with fever and weight loss. Patients with Crohn’s disease may also suffer from rectal bleeding, which can lead to anemia (a deficiency of red blood cells and/or hemoglobin.)

Crohn’s disease often affects the anal area where there may be a draining sinus tract called a fistula. A fistula is an abnormal connection between organs and vessels that normally do not connect. For instance, a fistula can be a connection between the colon and the bladder, the bladder and the vagina, etc. If fistulae develop, gas and stools may seep from them; depending on the place the fistula is located.

Crohn’s disease can cause intestinal infections that can result in fever, severe pain and even death if it is not treated in a timely and proper manner.

Good nutrition is an important part of managing Crohn’s disease. Malnutrition may also cause people to feel more fatigued, and some medications may not be as effective when nutritional status is depleted. People with Crohn’s may be at risk for developing malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies, which makes it more difficult for the body to heal and fight infection. With proper monitoring and attention to nutrition, these complications can often be avoided.

The Importance of Diet and Nutrition:

Diet and nutrition are very important when one is suffering from Crohn’s disease, and should be considered in four separate roles:

  • For reversing growth-failure in children
  • Elemental diets as primary treatment for reducing disease activity
  • As maintenance therapy on a long-term basis in the case of severe intestinal failure or short-bowel syndrome.
  • As important add-on treatment to medical therapies for maintaining nutrition and correcting any nutritional deficiencies

Avoid the following foods:

  • Carbonated beverages and caffeine
  • Raw and dried fruits, raisins and berries.
  • Greasy, fried and processed foods
  • Gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, and broccoli)
  • Spicy and/or highly seasoned foods
  • Dairy Products
  • Chocolate
  • All nuts and seeds, as well as foods that may contain seeds (such as yogurt)
  • Vegetables from the Cruciferous family

Foods that may be regularly eaten in any quantity

  • Ripened Bananas
  • White rice
  • Eggs
  • Fish(broiled or baked-avoid shellfish)
  • Chicken Soups (No Cream Soups)
  • Fresh Chicken or Turkey
  • Cooked vegetables

Breakfast/Snack Options

  • Bagels
  • English muffin
  • Plain Cereals (e.g., Cheerios, Cornflakes,
    Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
  • Ripened Banana
  • Eggs
  • Fruit juices (except prune juice)
  • applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe,
    canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon,
    peaches, watermelon

Lunch/Dinner Options

  • Enriched refined white bread or buns
  • Alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots,
    celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms,
    green/red peppers, potatoes (peeled), squash, zucchini
  • Well-cooked, tender meat, fish and eggs
  • Potatoes (no skin)
  • Vegetable juices
  • Arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers,
    plain melba toast
  • White Rice

For more information on diet restrictions and suggestions for your Autoimmune Disease, call A.M.P. Floracel® at 954 637-7613 to speak to a specialist today!

How Is Crohn’s Disease Treated?

Medical management of Crohn’s disease focuses on reducing symptoms and bringing on a remission. Treatment may include drugs, nutrition supplements, surgery, or a combination of these options. Once this is accomplished, the goal is to maintain remission for as long as possible, but there is no cure. The goal of AMP Floracel® is to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies, and relieve symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. It primarily causes ulcerations (breaks in the lining) of the small and large intestines but can affect the entire digestive system. It is named after the physician who described the disease in 1932. It also is called granulomatous enteritis or colitis, regional enteritis, ileitis, or terminal ileitis.

Crohn’s disease is related closely to another chronic inflammatory condition that involves only the colon called ulcerative colitis. Together, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are frequently referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have no medical cure. Once the diseases begin, they tend to fluctuate between periods of inactivity (remission) and activity (relapse). They affect approximately 500,000 to 2 million people in the United States. Men and women are equally affected. IBD most commonly begins during adolescence and early adulthood, but it also can begin during childhood and later in life.

Lifestyle Tips for Crohn’s Disease

Medications can help keep the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease at bay, but apart from the doctor’s prescription, effective treatment also requires a few sacrifices and healthy habits. This means no smoking, reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption at least to a minimum, and a lot of aerobic activity with resistance training.

Stress also plays an important role in flaring up the intestinal tract, so practicing relaxation techniques is vital, support groups will help you learn something new and exchange experiences, and make sure you get necessary sleep whenever you feel tired.

Seek out a professional dietitian, too, because the risk of malnutrition is hard to tackle alone at the beginning. Eventually, almost every individual diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease becomes an expert on nutrition and learns which food groups are edible and which aren’t. Also, every year you should check for bowel cancer via colonoscopy, starting eight years after the disease has begun.

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