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How Food Affects Crohns Symptoms

If you were not aware of it, Crohns Disease is an incurable disease believed to develop from an overactive autoimmune response by the body. Put simply, this means that the body’s defenses are basically turning on the bodyand attacking it. The battle with Crohn’s is fought in the digestive tract, particularly within the colon. Through research and the experience of Crohns sufferers, it has been proven that diet plays an important role in the emergence and subsequent control of the disease.

People living with Crohns Disease often have to modify their diets. For many, this can be a real pain in the neck. Foods that you once regularly enjoyed might be now impossible to eat. Having Crohns Disease does not mean

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you have to stop enjoying food, however, you may have to choose carefully what you eat.

The way the body deals with Crohn’s is different for every person. Some may be able to tolerate foods that others cannot. Basically, it takes a trial and error approach. One of the suggestions Crohns experts have expressed for those with the disease is to keep a food diary. Keep track of what food you eat on a daily basis and the subsequent reactions of your digestive tract. That way if you notice your Crohn’s symptoms acting up you can pinpoint the food that may have caused it. In the future, you can avoid that food and by process of elimination, find out which foods you can tolerate and the others that you cannot.

There is also a general list of foods to eat and foods to avoid. As stated earlier, this is not a definitive guideline, but the suggestions are appropriate to the majority of people suffering with Crohns.

If you have Crohns Disease, planning a diet is very important. It is best to eat a balanced diet from the four major food groups. Some of the foods that are generally tolerable for Crohns sufferers include fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in fiber.

Furthermore, from eating salmon, tuna and other types of fish, the body can get valuable omega-3 fatty acids which can also help. Instead of eating massive meals a few times a day, try to eat smaller meals in order to give your digestive tract the leeway to operate without putting it under a lot of pressure. Eat lots of protein, complex carbohydrates, and potassium-rich foods to keep your system in balance. It is also important that you drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.

Crohns disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causes ulcers to form in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Symptoms include stomach cramps and pain that comes and goes, diarrhea, and blood in your stool. Other symptoms include losing weight, feeling sick to your stomach, having joint pain and feeling tired. Some people who have Crohn’s disease have severe symptoms, while others have less severe symptoms. Some people who have the disease have long periods without symptoms, even without getting treatment. Others with more severe disease will need long-term treatment or even surgery.Almost 500,000 people in the United States have Crohn’s disease. Anyone can get Crohn’s disease, but it’s more common in women, whites and Jewish people. It is not known what causes Crohn’s disease. It seems to run in families, but there is no known pattern of inheritance.Source: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/crohns/According to a press release from UCB on April 22, 2008, a new pegylated anti-TNFα, will be made available in the United States under the name Cimzia® in the next few days. This will be a new, promising option for patients suffering from moderate to severe Crohn’s Disease.

Crohns Disease (CD) is a gastrointestinal disorder which is indicated by chronic inflammation of the wall of the digestive tract, usually in the ileum or large intestines. It usually affects young people, between the ages of 15 and 35. Approximately half a million people have the disease in Europe and the United States each. The disease involves constant cycles of flare-ups and remission throughout the life of the patient, and without proper treatment, must be addressed surgically. It is considered an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), similar to ulcerative colitis.


Foods that should be usually avoided include those high in fat content, processed food, fast foods, many diary products, sugary products, alcohol and caffeine. Obviously, the healthier the diet your follow, the better it will be for your body to cope with Crohns Disease.

Crohns is a fickle disease. It is important that you take an aggressive approach to finding ways to structure your diet so that it does not increase the chances of having flare ups.

Eating healthily, exercising, and working to remain stress-free are the best ways to go. Remember, you are what you eat – a statement that is even more important when dealing with Crohns Disease.