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What Can You Eat..When You Can’t Eat Anything?

What’s the Best Diet if you are Suffering with Crohn’s?

For many of the millions of people suffering with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis this is a question that they ask themselves at every meal. Many sufferers are looking for a way to modify their diet to help reduce symptoms. Through trial and error and eliminating foods one at a time you slowly begin to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is hoping to shed some light on the subject.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) have implemented many new studies which will change our understanding of how diet can be altered to improve the quality life. What should you eat? Soon, we will have new treatment tools that incorporate diet modification.

One such study was launched last year by the Microbiome Initiative under CCFA. This study called FARMM, Food and Resulting Microbial Metabolites has set out to compare a Western diet, a vegan diet, and one formulated to treat Crohn’s disease in children. This research partnership between the CCFA and the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be a powerful tool for nutritional therapy.

Volunteers in the study followed one of the randomly assigned diets for two weeks. Each individual was tracked by researchers to determine how their gut microbes were affected. “FARMM will advance our understanding of the complex relationship between our gut, and the small molecules they produce that end up circulating throughout our body,” explains Gary Wu, MD and Professor in Gastroenterology at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The hope is to achieve a broader view of how a specific diet works to introduce remission in patients with Crohn’s disease.

Currently there is little information on how diet affects Crohn’s Disease. Most physicians and patients are very uncertain about what dietary changes to make. CCFA hopes to have critical new information within 3-5 years that can be used to educate healthcare providers and patients on how to use diet and nutrition to improve health, reduce symptoms and prevent malnutrition.

For more information on studies and clinical trials near you visit the CCFA website. 

Fight Food Cravings the Smart Way with Probiotics

Fight food cravings with prebiotics and probiotics

You’re sitting at your desk and suddenly it hits you: I should grab a candy bar from the convenience store next door.

Dealing with intense cravings for junk food can feel like an all-out battle at times, and they can derail your diet faster than almost any other culprit.

If you’ve been clocking in 8 hours every night and aren’t overly stressed, it’s time to get the scientific facts so you can fight food cravings the smart way.

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Everything Comes Down to Poo: Pay Attention and Increase GI Health

Everything Comes Down to Poo

 

Your poo may be trying to tell you something. Are you flushing away the answer?

In all seriousness, faeces is one of the most underrated and valuable ways to see the state of your body’s GI health. But most people aren’t jumping to examine things after they go. We get it – it’s not exactly fun to examine (or pretty). But with the popularization of the book What’s Your Poo Telling You (not to be confused with Everybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year), featuring illustrations of different types of poo and explanations by a genuine medical professional, this is a topic that is trending. Everything comes down to poo!

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Probiotic Supplements vs Yogurt: The Battle for Best Bacteria

Probiotics vs Yogurt

Whether you just heard about the benefits of probiotic bacteria, or you’ve known about it for years, you can expect to hear a lot more about it in the future. But before you frantically stock up on yogurt, miso soup, and tempeh – all foods that are known for their belly-calming probiotic benefits – consider the benefits of choosing a probiotic supplement over yogurt as your main source of good gut bacteria.

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What Does a Colitis Diagnosis Mean?

Large Intestine

While there are many intestinal diseases, viruses, and disorders, colitis is a little different. Simply put, colitis is an irritation that causes the colon to become inflamed. Colitis can be a result of Crohn’s Disease, but isn’t quite the same. Both Crohn’s and colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases, but the difference is that Crohn’s can impact any part of the entire gastrointestinal tract while colitis is limited to the colon, caecum, and rectum.

Treatment plans are tailored to what may be causing your colitis. It’s important to ask your doctor what your options are and be ready to do some trial and error work. Some of the best treatment plans include using medication and a regulated diet, but of course not all diets and medications work the same on every patient.

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