Inflammation of the bowels:

What diet is recommended?
What to eat in case of intestinal inflammation?
What the ideal nutrition plan for intestinal inflammation looks like depends largely on the type, duration, and intensity of your symptoms. In the case of mild symptoms, it is initially helpful to eat several small meals instead of large, rich meals. This is because an irritated stomach or intestinal tract copes better with the small portions. It also helps to make sure you chew your food well to further help processing in the gastrointestinal tract when the food is being further broken down. After all, thorough chewing facilitates the work of the gastrointestinal tract. In the case of intestinal inflammation, a diet that is gentle to the stomach is recommended. If you eat light foods, make sure that you always get a sufficient amount of essential nutrients, even if you only eat small amounts. Light food is usually high in fibre, low in fat and acid, and easy to digest. An affected gastrointestinal tract needs a light diet so that it can recover and is not irritated any further.

With intestinal inflammation , there is no optimal diet plan. For a sensitive stomach or intestine, spicy, sour, and too hot or too cold foods are not recommended as they irritate the mucous membrane. For mild to moderate symptoms, a normal but light whole food diet is recommended. Severe inflammation of the intestines may require a liquid diet. Moreover, after an operation, an artificial tube feeding is often necessary.

The most important factor for a diet that addresses your intestinal inflammation is to simply try it out. You should test what is good for you and what you should better do without. It is important that you keep a nutrition diary so that you can understand exactly what foods you can tolerate well and which ones you cannot. Along with a smart nutrition plan, sports activities often lead to better overall well-being. If you have a certain food intolerance, for example against fructose or gluten, it is better not to experiment with these types of foods in order to protect your stomach and intestine.

Nutrition and the Enteritis diet in case of intestinal inflammation: Which foods are well tolerated?

In case of intestinal inflammation, a diet that consists of unsweetened tea (e.g. black tea or chamomile), oatmeal, low-fat broth, rice, rice waffles, white bread, rusk, or mashed potatoes is recommended. Fruit and vegetables such as zucchini, fennel, banana, apple, or pear are low in acid and are therefore considered to be tolerated well if there are gastrointestinal problems. This also applies to spices and herbs such as caraway, aniseed, coriander, or lemon balm. Depending on individual tolerance, low-fat dairy products can be easily digestible.

You should avoid the following foods:

  • avocados
  • fatty meat
  • oily fish
  • hot spices
  • coffee
  • alcohol
  • carbonated drinks
What foods trigger intestinal inflammation also depends on the preparation method of the food. Boiled or steamed vegetables are particularly gentle to the intestinal tract and are generally tolerated well. However, if you are following an enteritis diet, you should avoid the following:
smoked Individual nutritional plan in case of intestinal inflammation

A stool examination using the intestinal test provides information about abnormalities in the stomach and intestines. For example, the test shows whether you have sufficient bifidobacteria. These bacteria are important because they inhibit certain inflammatory reactions in the intestine. Additionally, a healthy intestine should have sufficient vitamin B12. Since a person cannot produce the vitamin himself, he needs bacteria to do this for him. For this reason, it can be helpful to regularly consume dairy products that contain exactly this type of bacteria.

This detailed evaluation shows you how your intestinal bacteria are doing. You will find all the results in your personal and protected Login area. This includes detailed statements about the following:

immune strength
nutrition and digestion
caloric intake
intestinal disorders
your possible predispositions to intolerances and allergies
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Plamena Dikarlo

Research & Development

Plamena Dikarlo studied pharmacy at the Free University of Berlin and worked as a pharmacist for many years. Interested in clinical research and patient-oriented approaches, she also studied Consumer Health Care at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. In her Master's thesis, she finally focused on the topic of prevention and completed further training as a holistic nutritionist at the Paracelsus Heilpraktikerschule in Berlin. She is therefore very familiar with the effects of our diet and various medications on our microbiome.