Nutrition for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - useful tips and delicious recipes

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Nutrition for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - useful tips and delicious recipes
Nutrition for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - useful tips and delicious recipes

A balanced and nutritious diet is one of the conditions for good he alth and overall tone of the body. When a person is affected by chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a good diet is of particular importance and is practically one of the keys to a fuller life. Sometimes, however, finding the right nutritional advice for inflammatory bowel disease can become a burdensome task. Helping IBD patients, and more specifically those with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is a specially created platform where they can find professional recommendations on how and what to eat to relieve their symptoms. And many easy-to-follow recipes you can find. A cooking lesson for people with inflammatory bowel disease you can watch here

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First of all, it is important to note that different types of inflammatory bowel diseases proceed with a different clinical picture in each patient. It is therefore very difficult to generalize universal nutritional advice. Therefore, it is recommended to prepare a individual food regimen according to the specific diagnosis, affected areas of the intestine, the presence of possible malabsorption of nutrients that can lead to malnutrition, and other problems. Specialists also advise not to resort to excluding whole food groups, because this would increase the risk of lack of important nutrients It would be more reasonable when complaints appear after consuming a certain food, to be limited by the menu. The use of some medications for the treatment of CKD, in turn, may lead to the need for additional supplements such as calcium, vitamin D or folic acid, but this should only be done at the discretion of the supervising specialist.

Short tips for greater comfort

The good news is that still following some basic recommendations in the presence of ICH can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, limit the side effects of taking of certain medications and generally provide a longer sense of comfort. We provide you with some of them:

  • Avoid eating gas-causing foods such as legumes, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli;
  • Limit consumption of carbonated drinks and alcohol;
  • Reduce eating heavy, spicy, fried foods because they can worsen your condition;
  • When cooking, prefer lighter methods of preparation such as boiling, steaming, frying with olive oil instead of oil;
  • Don't use too spicy spices and sauces;
  • Be careful with the intake of iced drinks, as well as the consumption of liquids with a high sugar content (fruit juices, soft drinks, energy/sports drinks);
  • Limit your intake of sugar substitutes such as sorbitol and mannitol, especially when they are in large amounts in foods or drinks;
  • Monitor lactose consumption from dairy products and limit it if possible;
  • Consume small portions of fluids frequently throughout the day such as water, broths, soups, decaffeinated coffee or tea;
  • Be wary of advice from random places and people, especially when they recommend taking untested supplements. Such products may be to your detriment.

Disobey the plate

A balanced diet can be of great benefit in inflammatory bowel disease, but it should not become an end in itself and subordinate the lives of patients with similar problems to the contents of the plate. At first sight, the restriction of many foods would create a feeling that in the future the patient with CKD will only have to consume tasteless and monotonous products and dishes. The truth is completely different - people with intestinal diseases can also enjoy the pleasure of preparing and eating delicious and appetizing dishes And here again the new patient platform comes to the rescue.

Nutrition specialist Ilias Mamalakis has prepared a number of delicious and easy-to-follow recipes suitable for both people with Crohn's disease and those with ulcerative colitis or other intestinal problems. What's more, each recipe also contains brief information on how it can be enriched for patients when they are not in the stage of increasing symptoms. The author of the recipe book has also tried to rework some of the favorite dishes in a way that they do not irritate the stomach, but retain the familiar taste. Also, below each recipe there is a table giving information about the nutritional value of the specific portion or piece of food. All recipes can be found

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