If you’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, you’re probably wondering what you can do to ease your symptoms. Making some changes to your diet can reduce flare-ups, so read on for our tips.
Nutritional Challenges of Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease stems from an immune reaction against the intestinal tract, resulting in inflammation, which makes it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients. This can lead to malnutrition and undernourishment.
Discovering Your Trigger Foods
There is no scientifically proven “Crohn’s Diet,” but you can identify your trigger foods by keeping a food and symptom journal. If you eat something that worsens your gastrointestinal symptoms of bloating, cramping and diarrhea, note that food and avoid it in the future. By avoiding trigger foods, you save yourself pain and give your intestinal tract time to heal.
Eat Even If You Don’t Feel Like It
One of the most frustrating parts of Crohn’s is that it can alter your sense of taste and desire to eat. But you’ll still need to stick to a high-calorie diet with ample amounts of protein in order to get your body the nutrition it needs. Talk to your doctor about vitamin and mineral supplements too.
Common Trigger Foods for Crohn’s Disease
While there’s no guarantee a food will or won’t trigger symptoms, the following list contains foods that pop up pretty often as problematic for people with Crohn’s.
- fatty foods (butter, oils, mayonnaise)
- fried foods
- high-fiber foods, such as whole grains and bran
- beans and lentils
- raw fruits and vegetables
- red meat
- spicy foods
When you’re starting to define what triggers your symptoms, be careful with the foods above.
IV Treatment for Crohn’s Disease at Infusion Express
If IV medication for Crohn’s disease is part of your treatment program, know that you have options on where and when to receive your infusion.
Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.