Posted: 19/02/2010 at 09:17
i was diagnosed with crohn's in 1999/200. flare ups can be caused by stress and if running helps alleviate this then running definitely helps. during times where you aren't necessarily having a flare up as such, but things have been grumbling you might find it harder to run. as far as diet goes, it's pretty much individual - what one person can tolerate another one can't. i find eating a well balanced diet, not drinking too much alcohol, not eating spiced foods and high glucose foods, not overeating, and drinking plenty of water have kept things at bay. also some people find a high fibre diet is good whilst others find it makes things worse. running unsettles the gut anyway, and exercise is always the doctors advice for people with constipation, so running when your gut isn't great in the first place can exaccerbate things. if you take your meds prophylatically rather than just upon flare up it should help to reduce the inflammation and keep things at bay.