8 Healthy Eating Tips for Crohn's Disease

Optimize Your Nutrition

Eating well is especially important if you have an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's. Poor nutrient absorption, decreased appetite, and bouts of diarrhea can make getting good nutrition seem challenging at times. Finding the right variety of foods from all food groups—and learning those to avoid—can help optimize your nutrition while minimizing symptoms.

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