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Crohns disease is an inflammatory process in the digestive tract. While there is no known cure for the condition there are ways to manage the inflammation and pain associated with it. Crohns disease can sometimes manifest itself from the mouth to the anus but the most common areas are the lower small intestines and large intestines where inflammation can cause obstruction, ulcerations or fistulas.

On of the most natural ways to affect the pain, cramping and diarrhea associated with this condition is through a Crohns diet. The old adage that we are what we eat is true. If we supply our bodies with denatured, processed foods and not raw, whole natural foods it is likely that the body will be unable to produce enough enzymes to digest food correctly, acid to protect the intestines or vitamins and minerals to help the cells grow and develop properly.

A Crohns diet is designed to give the body a well-balanced nutritional intake but even with that it is likely youll be missing nutrients you need because of the malabsorption factors that are associated with Crohns disease. In order to combat this many patients rely on nutritional supplements to decrease their risks of severe malnutrition.

Before making changes to your crohns diet or program you should check with your physician to determine if supplements may be right for you. In many cases people with Crohns disease also suffer from poor appetite, poor nutritional absorption and increased nutritional requirements because of the disease process.

A Crohns diet will include lots of fluid at least 8-10 8-ounce servings daily to keep your body hydrated and prevent constipation. This is the recommended number of fluid servings for everyone and these fluids should be mostly water. Sodas, teas, coffees or anything with caffeine will irritate your colon and intestines and should be avoided. Also, caffeine will tend to dehydrate you.

When your Crohns is under control you should eat a high fiber diet. Some patients find that steamed vegetables are more palatable than the raw ones but they are necessary to keep your body well balanced and prevent recurrences of the condition.

If you are in the middle of a flare up you should limit high fiber and follow a low residue diet to give your bowel a rest. Avoid dairy products and continue to eat during flare ups, even if you can only eat six small meals each day. Reduce your fat intake, especially if youve had part of your colon or small intestines removed.

Your Crohns diet should also include flaxseed oil and probiotics to help support the intestines and improve your nutritional absorption.

In a recent study done in Canada researchers studied the diets of those children with Crohns and those without and found some interesting differences. Children whose intake of Omega-3 fatty acids were higher than Omega-6 as well as those whose diet was low in vegetables and fruit were at higher risk for developing Crohns. Even though diet isnt a causative factor in Crohns or other inflammatory bowel diseases it can increase or decrease your risk factor for developing the condition.

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