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Dietary strategies for IBD: IBD-AID

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Criteria for starring system: 

  • Incorporates appropriate microbiome strategies
  • Incorporates appropriate gut healing strategies 
  • Inflammation reduction is a priority
  • Long-term symptom reduction
  • Easily implemented
  • Reduces disordered eating patterns

Caveat for starring system: This system is our opinion based on the available research at this time. We reserve the right to modify our recommendations as new literature is published and we learn more about the complexities of IBD. Review our recommendations with an appropriate amount of discretion and understand that oftentimes there is not a one size fits all approach for every situation.

IBD-AID: Anti-Inflammatory Diet for IBD


Overview:
IBD-AID is a modification to the SCD to reflect modern research on the gut microbiome. The diet allows pre and probiotic foods and omega 3 fatty acids to restore a healthy gut microbiome. The diet has three phases based on food textures and correlates with symptoms. 

    • For more on what is allowed and the different phases, click here.
  • Increases consumption of prebiotics (fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, oats, and honey), probiotics (fermented dairy products), and beneficial foods (lean animal protein and omega 3 fatty acids) 
  • Evidence suggests IBD-AID favors bacteria commonly low in IBD to support healthy microbiome shifts and modulation of immune tone (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35311458/) 

Meets criteria for: 

  • Incorporates appropriate microbiome strategies
  • Incorporates appropriate gut healing strategies
  • Inflammation reduction is a priority
  • Long-term symptom reduction

Does not meet criteria for: 

  • Easily implemented
  • Reduces disordered eating patterns