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By Digestive Medicine Associates
January 13, 2021
Category: GI Care
Tags: Diet   Crohns Disease  

Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease will necessitate certain diet adjustments since certain foods could aggravate your symptoms. According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Crohn’s disease could likewise interfere with the ability of the body to absorb and digest nutrients, so you will have to make certain that you’re getting enough nutrients.

With this in mind, you need to work closely with your gastroenterologist here at Digestive Medicine Associates in our Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, or Hialeah/Miami, FL, office to craft a diet plan that is customized to your specific needs and Crohn’s disease symptoms. In general, however, these basic diet recommendations can help in minimizing your symptoms during flares:

  • Drink water in small amounts all throughout the day.
  • Opt for smaller meals scattered throughout the day rather than the typical three big meals.
  • Avoid foods rich in fiber. While fiber, in most individuals, is crucial to proper digestion, individuals with Crohn’s disease usually experience bloating and diarrhea when eating fiber-rich foods during flares.
  • Refrain from consuming raw veggies and fruits as well as their cooked skins. During flares, opt for peeled, pureed, and cooked veggies and fruits.
  • Avoid popcorn, seeds, and nuts, as these could particularly harder to digest, resulting in irritating your digestive tract.
  • Don’t eat prunes. Although prunes are beneficial for individuals with regular digestion and without bowel inflammation, they could aggravate your symptoms during flares.
  • Refrain from eating spicy and hot foods because these have chemicals that could easily irritate the digestive system.
  • Avoid eating fried, greasy, or fatty foods since these could worsen your symptoms, particularly if your small intestine is inflamed.
  • Limit your consumption of dairy items if you’re lactose-intolerant. Some individuals with Crohn’s have difficulty digesting lactose.
  • Limit carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks. These could easily irritate the bowel and worsen your digestive symptoms.
  • Start a food diary. Food triggers vary widely from one individual to another, so writing down how you felt after eating specific foods will help you better determine your own food triggers.

Getting the nutrients you require for good health is best sourced from real food, whether or not you have Crohn’s disease. However, your gastroenterologist in our Hialeah/Miami, FL, Coral Gables, or Pembroke Pines, FL, office might recommend certain dietary supplements if your condition is causing nutrient deficiencies. Likewise, while diet plays a significant role in alleviating your symptoms, you will still need medication to manage your condition effectively.

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By Digestive Medicine Associates
September 28, 2018
Category: GI Care

Unfortunately, many of us eat the foods we crave before thinking about how it affects our digestive health. Your digestive health is directly impacted by the lifestyle you live and the foods you eat. Exercising, drinking water, and adding fiber all contribute to better digestive health. Here are five digestive problems that are caused by a poor diet.

1. GERD- GERD is a digestive disorder in which stomach acid or bile irritates the food pipe lining. Symptoms include heartburn, hoarseness, and trouble swallowing. Some foods and beverages are known to cause reflux. If you're at risk for GERD, avoid fatty foods, acidic foods, spicy foods, chocolate, and caffeinated beverages. Being overweight and obesity are also causes of GERD. 

2. Cancer- Diet can also directly affect your risk of stomach and bowel cancer. Some foods, such as processed and salt-preserved foods, and red meat can increase the risk of developing stomach and bowel cancer. While others, such as vegetables and fruits, are especially potent cancer fighters. Choosing whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas instead of refined grains, and eating poultry, fish, or beans may also help lower your risk of stomach and bowel cancer.

3. Gallstones- Slimming down (if you're overweight) and changes to your diet may help prevent gallstones. Gallstones are hardened deposits of bile inside the gallbladder. Because cholesterol plays a role in the development of gallstones, you should avoid eating too many foods that are high in saturated fat. Eating too many foods that are high in cholesterol and fat and not enough of a high-fiber diet can increase your risk of gallstones.

4. Ulcerative Colitis- Eating a high-fat diet increases the risk of developing ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a digestive disease that results in inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include fatigue, rectal bleeding, anemia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and feeling an urgent need to take a bowel movement. It's a serious disease that can cause dangerous complications if you don't get the right treatment.

5. Diverticulosis- Diverticulosis is a condition in which protruding pockets develop in the digestive tract. These pouches form when high pressure inside the large intestine pushes against weak spots in the intestinal wall. A high-fiber diet will reduce the risk of developing diverticular disease. Symptoms of diverticulitis include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloody stools, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Diverticulitis can become serious, requiring hospital admission.

We really are what we eat! Swap those poor eating habits over for better ones. A healthy diet provides important minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to keep the body healthy. You can start making proactive changes to your diet today that can benefit your digestive health now, and throughout your entire life.