Foods For Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Let’s face it. IBD stinks. Why make it worse by following a poor diet? If you suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, it may be difficult to get the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and protein that your body needs. Taking a mindful and healthful approach to your diet has the potential to improve your quality of life. Defining a diet for someone with IBD can be very difficult, as every case is specific to the person.
Foods To Avoid:
- Nuts: Nuts are difficult to digest and can irritate the lining of your intestines. Substitute creamy nut butters instead, such as almond butter or peanut butter.
- Seeds: Strawberries and raspberries, or bread with sees can create discomfort. Seeds don’t get fully digested and can cause diarrhea.
- Raw Fruits and Veggies: In their raw form, fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber, which can be difficult to digest for someone with IBD. Perhaps try skinning the fruit before eating for easier digestion.
- Greasy/Fatty Foods: The fat in these foods is often not fully absorbed in the small intestine, leading to intestinal discomfort.
- Alcohol: Alcohol can dehydrate you, worsening symptoms. Alcohol sometimes interferes with medications prescribed for Crohn’s Disease or Colitis
Foods To Eat:
- Potatoes/Pasta/Rice: Smooth bland foods like these are much easier on your digestive system.
- Eggs: These are easily digested and give you the proteins your body needs.
- Pureed Vegetable Soups: Cooked/pureed veggies are much easier to digest than raw veggies. Be selective to which veggies you choose, as some can produce excess gas.
- Salmon: Salmon is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids which battle inflammation.
- Water: IBD makes you susceptible to major dehydration. Drinking at least eight glasses of water every day will give you proper hydration.
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