Healthy Living

Crohn's Disease: How to Begin to Fight Uncertainty

Make healthy changes to your lifestyle.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve Crohn’s symptoms and complications. Watching your diet, exercising, reducing alcohol intake, getting enough sleep, and stopping smoking will all improve your daily life. There are five foods known to benefit gut bacteria and improve digestion in people with Crohn’s; they include: sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, Jerusalem artichokes, and fermented foods. Also, minimizing carbohydrate intake will help reduce bacterial overgrowth. Bacterial overgrowth can cause a type of fermentation that negatively impacts our small intestines. Try to eliminate alcohol and smoking if you can.