Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Crohn’s Disease

How can my diet help the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

Changing your diet can help reduce symptoms. Your doctor may recommend that you make changes to your diet such as

  • avoiding carbonated, or “fizzy,” drinks
  • avoiding popcorn, vegetable skins, nuts, and other high-fiber foods
  • drinking more liquids
  • eating smaller meals more often
  • keeping a food diary to help identify foods that cause problems

Depending on your symptoms or medicines, your doctor may recommend a specific diet, such as a diet that is

Talk with your doctor about specific dietary recommendations and changes.

Your doctor may recommend nutritional supplements and vitamins if you do not absorb enough nutrients. For safety reasons, talk with your doctor before using dietary supplements, such as vitamins, or any complementary or alternative medicines or medical practices.

November 2016
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