What is Crohn’s disease, exactly? This inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Crohn’s disease is a condition in which the body generates an immune response against the intestinal tract causing inflammation of the intestines. It becomes very difficult to digest and absorb key nutrients from the food.
The Crohn’s Disease Diet & Natural Treatment Plan
Here are a few foods that may ease the digestion and also be nutritious for a person with Crohn’s disease:
- Eat a healing diet — if you suffer from Crohn’s, I strongly recommend following the Healing Foods Diet, which decreases inflammation (the No. 1 dietary goal with Crohn’s), alkalizes the body, lowers blood glucose, eliminates toxins and optimizes nutrient intake. The healing foods diet consists of eating roughly equal amounts (33 percent each) of clean protein sources, healthy fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates in the forms of fruits and vegetables.
- Oatmeal — Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber that helps to absorb water and also eases the passage of the fibrous content through the digestive tract. Oatmeal is not only a quick to cook breakfast option but also has several nutrients and antioxidants that makes it a complete meal. It keeps you full for longer time and therefore does not allow you to do unhealthy snacking.
- Eggs — Eggs are now the darling of health experts and they are a ready, inexpensive source of protein. Protein is not the only essential nutrient found in eggs that Crohn’s disease patients need. Egg is also a good source of dietary iron and vitamin D. Because iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency are common among people with Crohn’s disease, regular consumption of eggs is a good way of avoiding these nutritional deficiencies. In addition, eggs promote the absorption of other important vitamins such as vitamins A, E and K.
- Eat smaller meals — if you want to avoid a Crohn’s disease flare-up, it’s best to stop overloading your body with over-sized meals. By eating smaller meals you put less stress on the gastrointestinal tract, which can help reduce some Crohn’s symptoms like bloating, gas and cramping.
- Smooth Nut Butter— Nuts are abundant in good fats, vitamin E, protein and antioxidants. However, most of the times they are difficult to digest for people with Crohn’s disease.
- Tropical Fruits — although people with Crohn’s disease are discouraged from taking fruits, there are definitely digestible fruits that contain more soluble fibers than insoluble fibers. And these can be safely eaten even during episodes of Crohn’s disease flare-ups. Tropical fruits are easy-to-digest and some of them are actually easy on the gut even while packing a lot of essential nutrients. Examples of tropical fruits that can be eaten by people with Crohn’s disease are banana, mango, papaya and avocado.