If you are suffering from Crohn’s disease and dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut bacteria), it is important that you eat mostly foods high in insoluble fiber and prebiotics to combat the harmful effects of bad bacteria in your colon. By consuming prebiotic foods and taking prebiotic supplements, you will be helping the good bacteria in your gut reproduce exponentially to enrich your colon wall. Discover the many benefits of prebiotics if you have Crohn’s disease by watching this video by gastroenterologist Dr. Frank W. Jackson.
Symptoms and Causes of Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition included in the spectrum of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). Crohn’s disease primarily affects the ileum — the end of your small intestine — and the beginning of your colon — the large intestine. However, Crohn’s disease may also affect other areas of your GI tract. (Note: Ulcerative colitis, which presents symptoms similar to Crohn’s, only affects the colon).
According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America website, symptoms of Crohn’s disease varies among individuals but typically involve:
• Bleeding from the rectum
• Abdominal pain and cramping
• Persistent diarrhea that does not respond to medication
• Constipation that sometimes leads to bowel obstruction
• Urgent need to have a bowel movement
• Fever, fatigue, appetite loss and rapid weight loss
In addition to genetics and environmental factors, dysbiosis is highly suspected of aggravating Crohn’s disease. This serious imbalance of gut bacteria develops when you have more bad bacteria in your gut than good bacteria. Since 70 percent of your immune system is supported by your colon and small intestine, this imbalance impedes the normal functioning of your immune system.
Causes of dysbiosis include stress, illness, undetected food allergies and overuse of antibiotics. While antibiotics are useful for fighting infections, these drugs also kill the good bacteria necessary for optimal gut and immune system health. More often than not, antibiotics are not necessary to overcome less invasive infections. A healthy immune system sustained by an optimal balance of gut bacteria may be all that is necessary to defeat an illness.
Food Additives and Crohn’s Disease
Food additives, especially toxic substances called emulsifiers, destroy the protective mucous layer within the colon and small intestine. Emulsifiers are chemical additives designed to extend the shelf life of perishable foods and improve the texture of food.
Common emulsifiers found in foods include xanthan gum, guar gum, polysorbate 80, lecithin, hypromellose and carboxymethyl cellulose. Studies have shown that emulsifiers disturb the balance of bacteria in your gut and produce the same kind of intestinal inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and metabolic syndrome. To avoid consuming emulsifiers, always read the ingredient label. Dr. Jackson says that if you find an ingredient you’ve never heard of listed on a food label, it is probably an emulsifier.
Relieve Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease With Prebiotics
Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds that move through your colon and support the growth and activity of good bacteria in your intestines. Raw chicory, dandelion greens, raw garlic, onions, wheat bran and raw asparagus are some of the foods that contain prebiotics.
Prebiotics are not only necessary for good gut health, but probiotics also need them to sustain their activity as well. In addition, research has demonstrated that prebiotics increase production of short-chain fatty acids essential for colon health. Exhibiting strong, anti-inflammatory properties, short-chain fatty acids are your colon’s primary source of energy and enrich colon functioning.
For more information on our prebiotics and to access our Crohn’s Disease Dietary Therapy Guide, visit: https://www.prebiotin.com/resources/diets/crohns-disease-dietary-therapy/
Source: Crohns Disease & Prebiotics