Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nutrition Program

While there’s no cure for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diet can play an important role in managing your symptoms during flares-ups and periods of remission. Our nutrition specialists at the Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease can help you find a diet tailored to your unique needs.

Maintaining proper nutrition – eating enough calories, protein and nutrients – is a challenge for anyone with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. And since every patient’s disease follows a different course, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet.

You require a nutritional plan built around your experience with the disease. Your needs will vary based on a range of factors, including what part of your intestine is affected, current symptoms, whether you are in remission or having a flare, and whether your body is lacking certain nutrients, vitamins or minerals.

Our specialty dietitian is trained to provide comprehensive nutrition assessments, prescribe nutrition support and help you make better diet choices at home. These services are provided to patients with IBD, adult celiac disease and other gastrointestinal conditions. You can see the dietitian in the office, through telehealth and at community teaching programs and classes.

Diet and Nutrition as a Treatment Option

Your diet needs will vary significantly, based on what’s happening with your disease at any point in time:

Nutrition Support Therapy

Inflammatory bowel disease often makes it difficult for you to get enough calories and nutrition from food and supplements alone. You could be hampered by weight loss, uncontrolled symptoms, surgery, obstruction and severe inflammation. If that’s the case, your healthcare provider may recommend nutrition support therapy.

This could include enteral nutrition (tube feeding) or parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) – if the gut is not working properly and is unable to absorb nutrients.

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There is no universal approach to nutrition and IBD. The optimal diet plan is one that meets your individual nutritional, medical and lifestyle needs and helps you manage symptoms and inflammation. Because many of these diets involve restriction of certain food groups, this could put you at further risk for nutritional deficiencies. It is advised to discuss any dietary changes with your doctor or registered dietitian to make sure you find a plan that is nutritionally balanced and healthy.