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Nutrition Apps to Manage IBD

If you’re like many people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you may have noticed that what you eat can directly influence how you feel.

Since IBD affects the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, your diet plays an important role in keeping symptoms at bay. A healthy diet also supplies you with beneficial nutrients that can help ward off complications such as malnutrition and weight loss, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

“Eating a diet high in fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, whole grains, fish, nuts and seeds, and avocados while limiting processed foods, red meat, and added sugars may be beneficial,” says Stacy Cavagnaro, a registered dietitian with a focus on IBD at Cleveland Clinic.

As important as it may be to monitor your diet, tracking your food intake can be, well, exhausting at times. Technology can be an effective tool in helping those who have IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. When choosing an app, Taha Qazi, MD, a doctor of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Cleveland Clinic, recommends prioritizing functionality and usability.

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