8 Best Foods to Eat During a Crohn's Disease Flare-Up
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Make eating a healthy diet your overall goal.

When you have the chronic gastrointestinal disease known as Crohn’s disease, it’s important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. It can, however, be a challenge for people with Crohn’s to get all the nutrients they need. That’s because it’s common for the small intestine to get inflamed, making it hard for your body to digest and fully absorb nutrients from food. Unfortunately, this can lead to malnutrition for many people who may already have a diminished appetite; this is a big problem because you need those calories and those nutrients! Eating certain foods won’t cure your Crohn’s disease, but they may help you cope with the symptoms. You may also need nutritional supplements. Ask your doctor for guidance and recommendations for nourishing your body.

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