7 REASONS TO FOCUS ON NUTRITION IN IBD
Some of the reasons are obvious to Crohnies (a simpler way to say: those who have Crohn's disease) and UCees (those who have ulcerative colitis, often shortened to UC). Other reasons aren't as obvious.
- Crohnies and UCees often notice more pain, diarrhea or just don't feel well when they eat certain foods
- Diarrhea and other factors prevent Crohnies and UCees from absorbing nutrients from what they eat–and they often need more because their bodies use more too
- Healthy diets and specific nutrients (like iron and calcium) are needed to keep the intestines, bones and other organs healthy and to prevent problems or complications
- What we eat and drink also feeds our intestinal bacteria (the microbiome) and (spoiler alert) the microbiome may be one of the keys to returning your intestine to better health
- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are autoimmune diseases that seem to react to the intestine's microbiome
- An adequate diet will improve growth for children and teens with IBD
- Eating healthier often helps everyone feel better
This article, as well as all others, was reviewed and edited by a member of our Medical Advisory Board.
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