4 Foods to Help With Crohn's Flare-Ups

4 Foods to Help With Crohn's Flare-Ups

By Crohn's Connect Staff Published at July 5 Views 1,793

Though stress or a change in medications could cause painful Crohn’s disease flare-ups, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) says that certain foods may trigger flare-ups too. Different people have problems with different foods. Items that are especially greasy or high in fiber are the most common irritants, and it's generally a good idea to avoid them. But on the other hand, some foods may help relieve your symptoms. Here are a few foods worth trying next time you’re dealing with a Crohn's flare-up.

1. Oily fish
Fish in general are a great food source, chock-full of important vitamins and minerals. When it comes to Crohn's disease, though, oily fish like herring, salmon, and tuna can help control diarrhea and stomach pain, according to Cleveland Clinic. That's because of the omega-3 fatty acids found in these fish, which help counter the inflammatory response that causes many Crohn's symptoms. A study reported on PubMed found that people who consumed at least 100 grams of fish per day for two years had a much lower risk for flare-ups than a control group.

2. Yogurt
With flavors from blueberry to chocolate available, there are varieties of yogurt that appeal to almost everyone. But the CCFA explains that it’s important to choose yogurt with live and active bacterial cultures to help you deal with Crohn's disease. Such yogurt is loaded with microbes that can help promote the repair of intestinal wall damage. Read yogurt labels to find out which brands have live and active cultures. And check with your doctor before eating yogurt. Depending on your condition, it could lead to diarrhea and excessive gas.

3. Oatmeal
Keren Gilbert is a nutritionist and the owner of her own nutritional consulting company. Speaking with Everyday Health, she said that if people want to address their Crohn's symptoms, they should eat more soluble fiber like oatmeal. This kind of fiber is great at absorbing excess water, which is one of the main causes for diarrhea. Gilbert also said that people should avoid insoluble fibers, which are irritating to the intestines. Wheat bran, grapes, corn husks, whole grains, and vegetables like onions, cabbage, bell peppers, and lettuce are all rich in insoluble fibers.

Avoid eating greasy foods if you have Crohn's disease.

4. Potatoes
As the University of Maryland Medical Center points out, people living with Crohn's disease have a problem absorbing and retaining potassium. This kind of deficiency isn't just bad for the stomach but for the entire body, because potassium is essential for a variety of bodily functions. To make sure you get enough potassium, especially during a flare-up, Healthline suggested eating more potatoes. Enjoy them baked, mashed, or boiled; just be sure to remove the skin, as this high-fiber layer could irritate your digestive tract.

These are just a few of the foods you can eat to help with Crohn's flare-ups. In addition to watching what you eat, Mayo Clinic suggests eating five or six smaller meals a day instead of large ones. This helps with digestion. Drink plenty of water too. Before making any dietary changes, though, be sure to consult with your primary physician and gastroenterologist.

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