Healthy Eating Solutions for Crohn’s Disease Symptoms
If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease you know the flare ups can be very painful and sometimes very embarrassing. You have no control over when these flare ups may occur or how severe they may be. Even though your doctor has prescribed certain medicines for you to take there are some everyday items that my help you curb your flare ups or lessen their severity.
Fish oil can be very helpful in fighting a flare up. Sounds yucky, but really it isn’t. Many types of fish such as salmon, tuna, lake trout, herring, mackerel and sardines contain fish oil. These types of fish are known as fatty fish. They contain the right levels of fish oil and can be incorporated into your daily diet very easily.
If you are not a fish lover fish oil can also be found in a supplement. These are available at most health stores. Be sure to check out all the different ways fish oil supplements can help and find the right one for your needs and taste.
Another way to curb your flare ups would be flax seed. Flax seed is a seed that comes from a flax plant. This tiny, flat seed is very smooth and has a flavorful nutty taste. Many people are now using flax seed in baking items or as a topping for their favorite foods. You can find flax seed at health food stores along with cookbooks that will help you incorporate the seed into your daily diet. This seed can also be found in a supplement at health stores.
The reason fish oil and flax seed can help with Crohn’s disease and many other health issues is because they contain Omega-3 fatty acids. In today’s world of healthy eating most people have heard of Omega-3 fatty acids also known as “good fats”. These types of fats are very important in maintaining a healthy diet. Many people with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain types of cancer and irritable bowl syndrome have come to find both fish oil and flax seed helpful in controlling their symptoms.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and flax seed are completely different. It is important to incorporate both into your daily diet because of this difference. The two different chemicals work together as anti-inflamatories. They will help reduce the swelling of the bowls that cause Crohn’s to be so painful.
As with any disease, be sure to talk to your doctor before incorporating either of these into your treatment. Also remember that these are helpful in alleviating Crohn’s flare ups but should not be your only source of treatment. By adding fish oil and flax seed in your daily diet you can help fight off flare ups and live a less frustrating life.