A Crohn’s disease diet can be determined for you, but is not the same for everyone. There is no one Crohn’s disease diet that will work for everyone but beginning with some common food eliminations that all patients will follow and following up with a food allergy test, your plan becomes more specific for you. Adding all natural supplements to your treatment plan, it is possible to restore the health, balance and efficiency of your gastrointestinal system to maximize your chances of treating this condition sucessfully.
A common diet for everyone doesn’t actually exist because the diet best for you is different than for another Crohn’s disease patient. You can determine your specific diet by following initial dietary restrictions common to all patients and then fine tuning it with the results of a food allergy test. It is possible to learn the foods to avoid and that means almost all other foods can be eaten.
Success by treating Crohn’s disease with diet alone is rare, so one must understand that other variables can contribute to Crohn’s disease.
Learn a step-by-step treatment plan that addresses all the variables a patient should be concerned about. Described in a free Crohn’s/Colitis report, available for download at the bottom of this page are descriptions of all the variables necessary to take into consideration in order to conquer Crohn’s disease. The first five variables apply to all patients. Additional variables will be necessary to address in a step-by-step manner for more difficult patients.
Crohn’s Disease Variables
Nine separate variables may complicate one’s understanding of how to treat Crohn’s disease. The reason for your symptoms will be found within them. The first four are altered levels of beneficial bacteria, possible presence of bad bacteria, yeast or parasites, lack of digestive enzymes and imbalanced bowel chemistry. Everyone addresses them as well as eliminating all dairy products as described how to do below in the Crohn’s/Colitis free report. Note that the last five variables are all diet related.
Intolerances to Dairy Products
Dairy products may be the most important of all foods for a Crohn’s disease patient to eliminate. This food group must be eliminated for anyone suffering from Crohn’s disease or any uncomfortable symptoms associated with your gastrointestinal system. This is a 100% elimination.
All dairy products such as all cheese, milk, ice cream, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt and kefir must be eliminated from your diet. Butter is the exception, it’s pure fat and usually is not responsible for your symptoms. Eat it if you choose to do so. Read all labels looking for five words: milk, cheese, lactose (milk sugar) and whey and casein (milk proteins).
Intolerances to Gluten Containing Foods
An additional important dietary elimination to conquer Crohn’s disease is the elimination of all foods that contain gluten. Gluten has quickly become recognized in the last number of years as a food group that is now well known to be pro inflammatory and the growing amount of gluten free foods in the grocery store is proof. Gluten can cause many different gastrointestinal symptoms as well as many others and its elimination many times solves numerous health concerns. Many patients, with or without Crohn’s disease may benefit from eliminating it from their diet. For Crohn’s Disease, this is another 100% elimination.
Gluten is contained in any foods made from wheat, barley and rye. Details on exactly how to eliminate gluten can be found in the free Crohn’s/Colitis report.
Intolerances to Fructose Containing Foods
If the above diet eliminations and the all natural supplements don’t begin to resolve your Crohn’s disease, some patients may also need to eliminate all fructose containing foods. Not just fruit, it means all foods that contain fructose. A little recognized food group that has been found in the last 10-15 years to be increasingly responsible for gastrointestinal complaints. Most traditionally trained medical doctors completely ignore this as a possible variable that contributes to symptoms.
Fructose is contained in all fruit, sugar (table sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses, high fructose corn syrup and agave), corn, beets, carrots, onions, peas, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet potatoes, turnips and winter squash (acorn, buttercup, calabaza, delicate, Hubbard, spaghetti, sweet dumpling and turban).
The main symptoms that suggest a patients has a fructose intolerance can be pain, gas and bloating, loose bowels or inconsistent bowel behavior (good days and bad days). A patient can have 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of these symptoms if they have a fructose intolerance.
Celiac Disease, which can only be diagnosed through colonoscopy or bloodwork, is a condition where an allergic response takes place in the small intestine and wears away the villi that line the small intestine. These villi are responsible for the large surface area for absorption. Without them, many gastrointestinal symptoms may occur.
For celiac patients, complete elimination of all gluten containing foods as described above is necessary and must be combined with understanding if gluten containing foods are processed on the same equipment as non-gluten containing foods. This is called cross contamination and is important for celiac patients to know. Celiac patients must also be concerned with hidden gluten in items such as makeup, lotions, hair products. Complete lists of these products can be found online.
Cross contamination or hidden gluten is not a concern for patients not diagnosed with celiac disease who simply eliminate gluten because of trying to determine their Crohn’s disease diet.
Possible Food Allergies
Allergies to a food is different than an intolerance to food. Intolerances are difficulties digesting food and happen within the digestive system. Allergies are immune system responses that happen in the blood stream. It is possible to be allergic to a food group or food from that group, but not intolerant of them. It is possible to be intolerant of a food or food group, but not allergic to them. You can be both intolerant and allergic to any given food or food group.
It is impossible to differentiate between the two and learn what foods you are allergic to without a food allergy test. Intolerances might be determined by trial and error elimination of any food or food group. If you see a change in your symptoms, you might have learned something by that elimination. You also might be wrong.
So, any or all of the above variables may need to be addressed for you to improve your symptoms as there isn’t an exact Crohn’s disease diet that can be recommended to everyone. You’re different than the next person, aren’t you?
It’s too complex of an issue for just dietary change, but you can determine your specific diet for Crohn’s disease by understanding what not to eat. By understanding the foods to avoid, almost all else is OK to eat and we ultimately design your personal Crohn’s disease diet.
Have you tried some of these dietary eliminations with no success? Many have, but it is a planned step-by-step process of elimination of these foods while we utilize all-natural supplements to re-establish beneficial bacterial balances and restore proper chemistry that is the strength of Dr. Dahlman’s Crohn’s disease diet treatment. Not all patients need to eliminate all of the food groups mentioned and any elimination may or may not be permanent.
Dr. Dahlman can personally design the exact diet for you that is necessary to treat this condition. Don’t suffer!*
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