8 Tips for Dealing with Crohn’s Flare Ups!

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes ulcers and inflammation throughout your entire digestive system. Many people suffer from chronic diarrhea, cramping, stomach pain, and weight loss — and stress makes it even worse

Right now I’m going through a Crohn’s disease flare up, which can be a negative and downward spiral. Starting with physical pain: sore legs, inflamed feet, heels and joints. This leads to stress and negative thinking, but try to deflect those thoughts and focus on getting yourself back on a healthy track.

Suffering from a Crohn’s flare up? Focus on getting yourself healthy:

  1. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  2. Flare ups are caused by inflammation, eat fish or take fish oil supplements (omega-3 oils) to reduce inflammation
  3. Eat healthy — bananas, green veggies and simple soups can be your best friend
  4. Avoid coffee and caffeine; try chamomile tea instead
  5. Avoid milk and milk products
  6. Reduce stress, practice breathing for relaxation
  7. Avoid sugar and sweaters like sorbitol or xylitol
  8. Take slippery elm


This recent flare-up comes after a trip overseas to Europe and Fernpixel’s recent blog post “The Unstoppable Force and Traveling Abroad with Ulcerative Colitis” had this great quote about dealing with flare-ups after a trip:

“I believe that it was food that ruined my life, but it was food that also saved me. That said, there is one last tip that I have. When you get back home, go on the introduction version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet again. I feel that this can “undo” any damage that the unfamiliar foods might have done.”

Comments & thoughts

  1. Ann says:

    Can you eat lettuce during or after a flare? I am afraid to.

  2. Joey says:

    I can’t Ann, when I try I get pains and it dosent digest in my system. But boy do I want a salad

  3. Amber Nicole says:

    I can’t eat lettuce either. I hadn’t eaten it in quite awhile and tried and got sick first time with a horrible stomach ache. I too really want a salad lol.

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