Nutritional Therapy

If you have Crohn's disease, changes in your diet may affect the inflammatory activity of the disease. Occasional periods of bowel rest may speed up your recovery.

Photo: Dietitian with supplement options

The clinic dietitian, in consultation with your physician, may recommend a diet that includes a special liquid supplement.

Some patients drink this formula as a milkshake, while others prefer to take it through by "tube feeding," via a nasogastric (NG) tube.

Nutritional therapy is generally more effective for Crohn's disease than for ulcerative colitis, and generally works better for children and teens than for adults.