“The way to a man’s heart,” it is said, “is through his guts.” But what if his gastrointestinal tract is beset with intestinal inflammation, especially, if he has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? I think, even if you feed your man with delicious food, he would surely not appreciate whatever you are offering him. In such a case, you need to feed your man with foods that reduce intestinal inflammation to completely win his heart and help him overcome the disease at the same time. Moreover, you should avoid feeding him foods that could further aggravate his malady.
Can Proper Diet Control Intestinal Inflammation?
The problem with some inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is that their causes are still not yet completely figured out by medical science. Hence, the cures to these diseases are still not clearly determined. Yet, it has been known that dietary treatments of IBD could, in some ways, assuage the symptoms of these diseases. Here are some of the food, therefore, that you could help you manage the symptoms of IBD:
Eggs, as good sources of protein, could be easily digested by the body, and one large egg has around 78 calories. If you want complete protein, you should take eggs every day. You can calculate your protein need in between flares by calculating your weight in kilograms. Hence, if your weight is 56 kg, you would need at least 56 grams of protein per day. One hard-boiled egg usually has around 8 grams of protein which is almost 14% of the daily protein need of a woman and 11% of the daily protein need of man. Additionally, eggs also contain vitamin A and B which you may be lacking in between flare ups of IBD.
Around 25% of calories eaten by a person with IBD should come from good protein like salmon. This is critical to the healing process of an IBD patient. One serving of salmon is enough to provide you with 240 calories and around 70 percent of your need for protein. You will get, for example, around 30 grams of protein from five ounces of uncooked salmon. Moreover, it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce intestinal inflammation. Salmon is best prepared by broiling, grilling, or steaming it.
Many people who are beset with IBD are usually lactose intolerant. The good thing, however, is that you can use alternative milk sources like that of the almond milk that is derived from almonds that were grinded and usually fortified with calcium. The almond milk contains vitamin D. It also contains vitamin E without saturated fat or cholesterol. Almond likewise contains protein, calcium, and fiber, and other vital trace elements like magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese.
You would surely need soluble fiber from oatmeal if you have IBD like Crohn’s disease. The oatmeal fiber can reduce diarrhea by readily absorbing excess water in the gut. Oatmeal fiber can also delay intestinal emptying. On the other hand, you should refrain from eating insoluble fiber because it will only aggravate the symptoms of IBD by irritating your intestine.
You would surely need potassium if you have Crohn’s disease; hence, you would need to eat potatoes. Potatoes, especially, mashed potatoes, are good sources of potassium, and this food can be easily introduced into your system after a flareup of IBD. Potato contains 100 calories and 620 mg of potassium. It also has trace amount of iron, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, and folate which are critical to maintaining the homeostasis of the body.