Taking Charge of Your Health

Patients often ask what should they eat
and what shouldn’t they eat when they have inflammatory bowel disease. For ulcerative colitis, most people would say there’s no firm dietary recommendations, although an active colitis can be associated with lactose intolerance (that is, dairy intolerance), so that eating dairy foods
might then give distension or diarrhoea. For Crohn’s disease, most people would advocate
a low fat, low fiber diet. Most people don’t have a problem
with a low fat diet because evidence in the media and public domain that
fats are, in general, not very good for you, so we frequently advocate a diet low in saturated fats. However, also because Crohn’s can involve a narrowing of the gut, a lot of patients
with Crohn’s can’t manage dietary fibre. Vegetable fibre or roughage, jacket potatoes,
even too much pith in fruit like tangerines and grapefruit can cause problems with partial
blockage in patients with severe Crohn’s. So, Crohn’s: low fat, low fiber. Ulcerative colitis: don’t worry about it too much,
but possibly avoid dairy products.

11 thoughts on “What is the best diet for inflammatory bowel disease?

  1. Im struggling to gain weight for 1 yr since i have UC ….i gained upto 6kg but then the syptoms flare up according to colonoscopy. Why is the healing process so slow..???

  2. Chrohn’s is related to yeast. So you need plant based diet to create good gut microbiome and you must avoid any yeast containing products or derived products. That means no alcohol or bread or fermented products.

  3. Very nice information. In Ayurvedic system of medicine, IBD can be treated successfully without any side effects. Planet Ayurveda offers Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack which is very effective.

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