Article written by Barbara Usak - ANutr (Registered Associate Nutritionist)

In short, yes, Purition will most likely be suitable for you; with some considerations.

Although living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract) can be difficult at times and flare-ups can sometimes disrupt your normal daily routine, it is vital to follow medical advice to control your symptoms so that you can live a normal life during remission with this condition.

Certain unreliable sources may claim that a particular 'diet' may ‘cure’ Crohn’s or Colitis, but it is important to know that there is no scientific evidence to support this. 

There is also no special diet recommended for adults living with IBD and following a medical diagnosis, according to the most competent health authorities (NHS, BDA, AfN, NS, Crohn’s & Colitis UK) it is advised that healthy, balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables is followed. This is very important as without adequate nutrition, the symptoms of Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis can cause serious complications, including nutrient deficiencies, weight loss and even malnutrition.

A healthy, balanced diet consists mostly of real, unprocessed (and minimally processed) whole foods that is low in saturated fat that is replaced with mostly healthy, unsaturated fats, high in fibre and contain adequate amounts of protein from good quality sources. It also should include plenty of non-starchy vegetables and some fruits (such as berries). Aim for at least 5 portions of vegetables and fruits (mostly vegetables) as these will help you achieve the target of 30g of fibre per day.

Foods such as these will keep your body functioning well and are healthier than processed alternatives. Please also drink plenty of fluids as this will also help keep you well hydrated. (It is best to have water and avoid fizzy, sugary soft drinks.)

Purition is real food, made only using whole food ingredients such as nuts and seeds, without anything artificial at all, so it will fit in well with your healthy, balanced diet during remission (both for people living with Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis).

 

Some things to consider when living with IBD:

1., A serving of Purition also contains an impressive 7 grams of fibre, therefore it is recommended to start slowly and gradually increase your fibre intake over the course of a couple weeks to prevent side effects associated with a sudden increase of fibre in the diet such as boating and flatulence. 

So, perhaps start with either half a serving (20g) per day or a serving of Purition (40g) every other day for the first week and once you feel comfortable, work your way up to a serving per day for the following week and thereafter.

 

2., Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

During remission please simply follow a healthy, balanced diet as described above.

During a flare-up certain foods, including insoluble fibres may worsen your condition and your healthcare professional may advise an elimination diet which is to be followed only under medical supervision.

Insoluble fibres are normally recommended as part of a healthy diet, however during a flare-up they can speed up bowel motion and may irritate the colon further as they travel through the gut so it may be that it’s best to avoid these while the flare-up lasts. Foods that are rich in insoluble fibre include wholemeal bread, pasta & rice, fibre rich vegetables and fruits (such as broccoli, cauliflower, cherries), pulses (lentils, beans) and nuts, seeds.

During a flare-up it may be advised by your healthcare professional to avoid foods rich in insoluble fibre. As Purition is a base recipe of approximately 70% seeds and nuts (Almonds, Golden Linseed, Sunflower Kernels, Coconut, Chia Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds) and is a rich source, you may be told to avoid Purition for a while.

Once a flare-up has resolved you should be able to return to your healthy, balanced diet and efforts should be made to reintroduce fibre gradually; you will then be able to enjoy Purition yet again.

 

3., Crohn’s Disease

As mentioned above, during remission please aim to follow a healthy, balanced diet.

During a flare-up:

Some people with Crohn’s can be more sensitive to the effects of fibre in the gut.

For some people fibre can help to reduce symptoms during a flare-up and in such cases Purition will be a great addition to an already healthy, balanced diet even during a flare-up.

For others, fibre can make their symptoms worse during a flare-up, so your Dietitian may suggest that you temporarily reduce your intake of fibre for a short period of time before adding it back to your diet. In such cases, you may be advised to avoid Purition until the flare-up resolves and you can return to your normal, healthy diet.

 

So, although unfortunately there is no single advice that works for everyone and there is no way of telling with absolute certainty if Purition will work for you at all times, it can be a healthy addition to your diet during remission. The best way to see how Purition works for you is by trying some samples and creating a discovery box.

If your GP or dietitian made specific recommendations for you to follow to manage IBD, please refer to them for further advice. If you have a medical diagnosis of IBD (Crohn’s and Colitis), it is also vital that you consult them before making any changes to your diet or embarking on a weight-loss journey.

Article written by Barbara Usak - ANutr (Registered Associate Nutritionist)

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