Fight Crohn’s Disease Naturally

Crohn’s is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that swells parts of the digestive tract as well as forming deep ulcers. Most often found in the small and large intestine, it can form anywhere along the digestive tract. It is diagnosed by tests such as barium x-rays, a colonoscopy, a biopsy, and stool analysis. Once you have Crohn’s it cannot be cured, but there are ways to help prevent flare-ups and control the symptoms.

How do I know if I have Crohn’s disease?

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stools
  • Anemia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Bowel blockage
  • anal tears or fissures
  • Fistulas between organs
  • Nutritional deficiencies

 

How can I prevent a Crohn’s flare up?

No one knows for certain how a person gets Crohn’s disease so there is no way to prevent yourself from getting it. However, if you are diagnosed with Crohn’s you can follow these tips to help prevent a flare-up and keep your symptoms under control.

  • Quit smoking.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Only used medication prescribed by your doctor.
  • Get regular exercise.

 

How can I treat Crohn’s disease and flare-ups?

  • Limit dairy products; digesting lactose is hard for a healthy body. Those with an inflammatory bowel disease don’t need the extra struggle.
  • Eat low fat foods. Fat is difficult to digest and make make diarrhea worse.
  • Limit you fiber intake and help to reduce the trouble from foods such as broccoli and cauliflower, by steaming them so they are easy to digest.
  • Avoid any food that makes your symptoms worse. This may include gassy foods such as beans, raw fruits and juices, spicy foods, popcorn, alcohol, chocolate and soda.
  • Eat smaller meals more often. This gives your body less to digest at one time.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Keep a food diary so you know which foods leave you symptom free and which you should avoid.
  • If suffering from a flare up eat bland foods like white toast, white rice and potatoes. These are easy to digest and will help calm your bowels.
  • Talk to your doctor to find out what nutrients you’re low on and which multivitamin is best for your needs.
  • Avoid raw fruits with skin, citrus fruits which are high in acid, and dried fruits which may get stuck. Stick to canned fruits that are canned in their own juices. Avoid canned fruit canned in syrup.
  • Avoid bad fats, but do eat mild amounts of good fats such as polyunsaturated and Omega-3 fats. These promote healing.
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