There are a number of foods in which I have witnessed in my private practice as well as personally to react negatively with Crohn's disease. The top culprits are usually dairy, gluten and eggs. It seems that the protein in dairy (casein), and the protein in wheat, rye and barley, (gluten) are the top 2 offenders.
How do you know if you are sensitive? You can complete a food diary for several weeks. Track down all of the foods you eat and then see how you feel immediately after you eat and then 2 hours later. Do you feel tired, bloated, irritable, or have stomach troubles? All can be a sign of food intolerance that can aggravate Crohn's disease. Food intolerance or IgG immune response can be tricky to detect, as these reactions are delayed hypersensitivity reactions that can manifest anywhere between 6-72 hours after an offensive food has been consumed. Blood tests are available to test for these types of food intolerances and can be quite helpful in tracking down the food that is troubling you. I find 90 percent of my clients with IBD have food intolerance, as it is increasingly common.
It should also be noted that milk was thought to contain MAP virus, which researchers felt could actually cause Crohn's, but the theory remains unproven as of this writing.
Finally, those with Crohn's should take care to watch their sugar intake, as sugar can contribute to inflammation, which of course is an issue with Crohn's. Caffeine has also been long known to affect the gastrointestinal tract as well as greasy, fried foods and pastries, cakes and other saturated fat containing desserts. Foods that are non-organic should also be avoided, especially meat, since they contain antibiotics that can disrupt the healthy balance of intestinal flora.
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There are a number of foods in which I have witnessed in my private practice as well as personally to react negatively with Crohn's disease. The top culprits are usually dairy, gluten and eggs. It seems that the protein in dairy (casein), and the protein in wheat, rye and barley, (gluten) are the top 2 offenders.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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