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Foods For Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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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