A low FODMAP diet is not a cure for Crohn’s but rather a short-term solution to decrease inflammation in the body, giving your gut bacteria time to correct any imbalances while simultaneously reducing bloating, cramping, gas and diarrhea often associated with a Crohn’s flare.
What is FODMAP?
Standing for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, Polyols; FODMAP are a long list of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are poorly absorbed by the body, resulting in abdominal pain and bloating.
How to do it?
The diet itself lasts anywhere from 3-8 weeks. Beginning with a ‘reset’ period by eliminating all FODMAP foods until symptoms subside. Once you are symptom-free for a predetermined period of time (determined by your Dietician, typically 3 weeks), you begin by slowly reintroducing FODMAP foods one at a time back into your diet during the ‘rechallenge phase’ or ‘reintroduction phase’. For example, adding fructose back into your diet for a week, if no unpleasant symptoms occur, then you add in lactose the next week and so on. Once you’ve identified foods that cause your system to discomfort, you would work with a healthcare professional to create a diet that practices avoidance of these foods. Download our low FODMAP food guide here.
Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis affect each person differently, thus diet changes will also affect people differently, what can be helpful for one may not be helpful for another. A new diet-based protein beverage treatment aspires to heal the intestinal walls of Crohn's patients and is now accepting participants. This new treatment is a supplement to your current Crohn’s medication. If you’re interested in reviewing your candidacy or hearing more about this treatment, fill out our quiz and schedule a call with our Care Team.
There are many ways to manage your Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis symptoms, being mindful of your diet may help in decreasing the discomfort you feel during a flare. Fore more information on managing your flare, follow our Prepare for your Next Flare: 7 Diet Tips.