According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, as many as 1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. To put this into perspective, that would be like every resident of Phoenix, Arizona having an IBD.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are treatable but not curable. Every day is a struggle with symptoms that include frequent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue, and reduced appetite. What makes Crohn’s disease even worse is that symptoms can unexpectedly change in severity or symptoms. Crohn’s disease sufferers live in fear of painful flare-ups, during which the lining of the intestines swells and thickens, obstructing normal movement through the digestive tract.

Crohn’s disease can also lead to complications such as obstruction of the intestines, small cuts or tears in the anal canal, which may bleed; abscesses, and fistulas. There are prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat Crohn’s disease, but individuals must also avoid foods high in fiber that might irritate the intestines. Nutritional supplements are recommended to make sure Crohn’s sufferers get proper nutrition and maintain body weight.

Thrive Ice Cream, which is considered “total nutrition” due to its 24 vitamins and minerals, active probiotics, protein, fiber and other nutritious ingredients, can be used as a meal supplement or meal replacement. Because it contains high quality milk proteins and natural ingredients, and melts to either a nectar or honey consistency, it is easy for Crohn’s sufferers to consume and digest (although our Buttered Pecan flavor is not recommended as it contains pieces of nuts). The probiotics, including patented GanedonBC30™, help support digestive and immune health. Thrive is suitable for gluten free, lactose intolerant and kosher diets.

In addition to Thrive’s nutritional benefits, the premium ice cream tastes great and is available in vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel online. Adding it to one’s diet is a treat, not a burden.

Thrive Ice Cream may be a welcome addition to the diet of those with Crohn’s disease. However, if you have an IBD, we suggest talking with your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.

For more information on Thrive and to order online, visit our website.

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