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Support for Crohn’s Disease

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Support for Crohn’s Disease

What is Crohn’s Disease?

One of the two conditions of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is known as Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is considered to be mild in front of the second condition, ulcerative colitis. Many cases experience severe pain on solid medication or need an operation to remove the affected part of the intestine.

How can my diet affect Crohn’s Disease?

Other than medical advice, many patients have found it practical to work with a nutritionist who understands the significance of eating a balanced diet. As symptoms of this condition vary, a specialised diet plan and some personal advice tailored to your needs help you regain some sense of control over the disease.

How can a nutritionist help with Crohn’s Disease?

1. Diet

A qualified suitable nutritionist can help support and guide you through symptom remission periods and flare-ups by recommending what dietary changes should be made. This, in turn, can also help alleviate some of the pressure and responsibility involved in monitoring what you eat.

2. Lifestyle

The gastrointestinal tract contains good bacteria, which help digestion and offer protection against bad bacteria. When the body falls ill or due to consuming antibiotics, the supply of good bacteria drops. Probiotics are recommended as they provide the gut with good microbiota that act similar to the good bacteria needed.

A tailored amount of water intake and exercise is also recommended to have balanced healthy gut and bowel movements.

Some patients are put on liquid diets as nutritional therapy made up of tiny molecules to be easily digested and help nourish while reducing inflammation and resting the bowel. After this nutritional therapy for two to eight weeks, they are encouraged to reintroduce foods into their diet. This will need individuals to point out any foods that might cause flare-ups. Some examples of changes would be low fibre and little fat.

3. Condition management

Simply, a qualified nutritionist knows what one should and should not eat. Expert guidance will be given without the confusion of conflicting opinions and theories or commercial fad diets.

4. Progress reporting

Everybody’s relationship and reaction to food are different. A nutritionist can tailor a plan to one’s personal needs, requirements, and preferences. Constant check-ups and evaluations of the patient’s condition from the doctor and nutritionist are needed to make sure the plan is effective to one’s condition.

Nutritional Considerations for Crohn’s Disease

As mentioned previously, some patients have followed a low fibre limited fat diet which worked well. Others may have found that only specific carbohydrates do not irritate.

Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, prebiotics which can be found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, and honey, are known to have intestinal bacteria, improving normal intestinal bacteria function.

Author: Celine Tabche

ANtr – MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at UCL. PhD Candidate Public Health at Imperial College London. Student Member of the Royal Society for Public Health.

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Celine Tabsh

MSc, RNutr

Phoebe McDermott​

BSc, ANutr

Séanín Smith

MSc, ANutr

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What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows here stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

Sustainability

and it's good for the planet too!

10% of profits go to funding reforestation projects through our partners Plant Your Future.

Talk to your nutritionist about making more sustainable choices.

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

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