Identify and avoid food triggers
It was once thought that diet caused Crohn’s disease, but that has long been disproven. As mentioned above, proper nutrition is key to preventing symptoms and living a healthy lifestyle. While diet cannot cause or worse inflammation along the gastrointestinal tract, certain foods can exacerbate symptoms. People tend to be more or less tolerant to different foods than others, and even in people without Crohn’s disease, food intolerances can cause diarrhea or cramping.
Caffeine, soda, dairy products, nuts, seeds, and certain raw vegetables have a history of causing gas or triggering symptoms. Depending on a person’s tolerance of lactose, dairy products may or may not lead to an increase in symptoms. Rather than cutting out all these dietary regions at once, a person should become familiar with what does or does not trigger their Crohn’s disease symptoms, and go from there. Every person is different, and the only way to properly avoid triggers without risking malnutrition is to find out what triggers Crohn’s disease for the individual.