Food DOES Matter for IBD
Were you told that “nutrition doesn’t matter” when you were diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Was it ever recommended that you meet with a registered dietitian for nutritional guidance? We are here to tell you that FOOD CHOICES DO MATTER IN MANAGING IBD FLARES AND SYMPTOMS. Because IBD affects the digestive system, diet and nutrition are important in many ways. The selection of foods and their texture and preparation can help prevent symptoms from reoccurring, while also assist in managing flares. Depending on your specific disease state, the foods recommended may differ drastically between a flare and a controlled state. It’s important to have a tool box of information to reference in order to obtain adequate nutrition to prevent deficiencies.
Although there is not one specific diet recommended for IBD, research indicates that an anti-inflammatory approach helps to decrease bowel inflammation, aid in the repair of the gut and help restore balance in the immune system. This diet focuses on consumption of prebiotics, probiotics, soluble fiber and water, while avoiding trans and saturated fats, refined sugar and processed foods.Food additives such as iron sulfate, maltodextrin and emulsifiers have also been linked to inflammation in the gut. In addition to the types and textures of foods that you consume, the timing of food in take also plays a role in managing symptoms. Small frequent meals are recommended to prevent an increased burden on the gastrointestinal tract, particularly when consuming high fiber foods.
Crohn’s vs. ulcerative colitis, ileal vs. colon, stricture vs. inflammation, active vs.well controlled – there are so many variables that are unique to every individual with IBD, in addition to specific taste preferences and lifestyle needs.
Are you interested in learning more about the specific foods recommended to best manage your symptoms, reduce the risk of flares, and ensure optimal nutrition? Do yourself a favor and make an appointment with the registered dietitian at Comprehensive Gastrointestinal health. Visit our website: www.compgihealth.com or call us at 224-407-4400.