More than two million Americans have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the two major types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If you are one of them, you can manage most of the unpleasant symptoms by merely changing a few eating habits.
Forget the fiber. You probably never thought you would hear those words, but that big bowl of popcorn or your favorite snack of sunflower seeds and nuts can make your colon cringe.
Fiber has gotten so much attention lately as part of a healthy diet that most people still think “the more, the merrier.” This is not true if you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
Your colon is already narrowed and inflamed a doesn’t need any more roughage tearing through it. High-fiber foods will only give you cramps, diarrhea, and grumpy intestines.
To Avoid Tummy Troubles
Stay away from beans…
corn, raisins; aggressive vegetables; and whole grains.
Eat less more often. Try eating five, or even six, small meals each day, instead of three large ones. Many IBD sufferers find that eating small meals more often reduces their symptoms.
Bone up on vitamin D. If you have Crohn’s disease, you may be vitamin D deficient. The sun and a select few of non-aggressive vegetables are good sources of vitamin D.
Ditch the dairy…
Does that gooey mozzarella stringing from your pizza cause you to spend the rest of the evening doubled over in pain? If so, you may be lactose intolerant, as many people with IBD.
This means you don’t have enough of the enzyme lactase that breaks down the sugar in dairy products. Remember dairy comes from cow’s which are hybrid animals, and their milk is for their young not for human consumption.
Maximize your minerals
When you have bowel disease, your intestines aren’t working as they should. They allow essential nutrients to drift on by without being absorbed into your bloodstream.
Having the correct balance of minerals is extremely important, but loading up on mineral supplements “just to be safe” is dangerous. It’s too easy to overload your system with toxic amounts.
Herbs that are perfectly balanced with ionic – micro-macro vitamins and minerals and quickly absorbed. Yes, you can blend them all without overloading.