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New Indicators to Aid Crohn’s Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

A new study has found several biomarkers unique to patients with Crohn’s disease. The findings will help with early diagnoses and therapy for these patients, EurekAlert reports. Researchers said the findings show increasing evidence of the link between altered microbes in the gut or harmful toxins.

Crohn’s Disease is an unpleasant type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that occurs when an abnormal immune system response leads to chronic inflammation anywhere in the GI or digestive tract — from the mouth to the anus. When you’re diagnosed with it, you may be advised to follow a low-residue diet designed to put less strain on your digestive tract. The premise is to increase the time foods take to travel through your gut.

Some foods you need to avoid when following this diet include: dairy, high-fiber foods such as those from the cabbage family, fried foods, nuts, seeds, tomatoes and corn and popcorn. Whole coconut, dried fruits and berries, deli meats, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeinated beverages are other problem foods that can worsen Crohn’s disease symptoms, so be careful when eating them.

Other dos and don’ts when you have Crohn’s disease involve two strategies: avoiding things that disrupt your gut microbiome, and implementing dietary strategies that nourish beneficial microbes. This means eliminating refined sugars, grains and processed foods from your diet; not using antibacterial soaps and not taking antibiotics except when absolutely necessary, and not drinking chlorinated and fluoridated water.

All of these factors throw your gut flora out of balance. Simply altering your diet to avoid processed foods and focusing on real foods (ideally locally grown organics) will make a big dent.
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