Many people with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have reported benefiting from
a particular diet. However, there are some things you should know before we
get into more detail about these diets:
Involves eliminating certain foods from your diet to see which ones may be causing problems. It's helpful to keep a Food Journal if you and your doctor decide the elimination diet is right for you.
Low-fiber with low-residue diet
Minimizes the intake of foods that add bulk residue to stool (raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts). It's sometimes used during flares, or in patients with strictures (narrowed areas of the bowel).
The Colitis 5-Step Formula
Uses a “natural pathogen killer” to eliminate infection and — when used with proper diet and physical activity — may put digestive system back in order.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™
Involves reducing poorly digestible carbohydrates to lessen symptoms of gas, cramps and diarrhea. Consists mainly of meats, vegetables, oils and honey.
The Maker's Diet
Focuses on four components of total health — physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.
Total bowel rest
Short period of complete bowel rest (during which time patients are nourished with fluids delivered intravenously) may decrease IBD symptoms.
Limits carbohydrate intake to reduce microbes that might contribute to IBD symptoms.
The best diet is one that meets your individual nutritional needs while helping you better manage your IBD symptoms. Your customized meal plan will be determined by:
Work with your doctor, dietitian or nutritionist to create the meal plan that's
right for you. And keep in mind that at various times in your life, your IBD can
change in terms of how it affects you. So your diet may need to change, too.