Date of Completion


Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Health & Human Sciences (HHSC)

First Advisor

Hawley Almstedt


A person’s diet is a highly modifiable facet of lifestyle someone can change in order to alter their internal bodily processes. One of these processes is inflammation. While inflammation is beneficial as part of an acute immune response, it can become detrimental to a person’s health if it becomes chronic. There are many dietary factors that can be examined in order to avoid or diminish chronic, unwarranted, inflammation. This paper focuses on how people can change their dietary patterns to control symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), an immune-mediated inflammatory condition that is heavily influenced by excessive inflammation in the digestive tract. Day-to-day dietary changes that can create an anti-inflammatory effect include an overall elimination technique through following The Autoimmune Protocol, limiting residue within the diet, and meeting adequate requirements of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs).