Four steps to fighting Crohn's disease.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody), vomiting, or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.
Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation; it is classified as a type of inflammatory bowel disease. There has been evidence of a genetic link to Crohn’s disease, putting individuals with siblings afflicted with the disease at higher risk. It is understood to have a large environmental component as evidenced by the higher number of cases in Western nations. Males and females are equally affected. Smokers are three times more likely to develop Crohn’s disease.
4 Rules to Fight Crohn’s Disease
1. Remove what causes so many of these diseases:
Chances are you won’t be able to get in to see a specialist straight away so while you’re waiting for the confirmation tests get started on your food.
One of the major causes of such a large percentage of these diseases is the lack of nutritional value in our foods and high amounts of sugar consumed. Most conventional foods contain a large percentage of sugar which encourages a happy breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Fungus and bacteria weaken our digestive system and also our immune system and leave us susceptible to diseases such as Crohn’s.
The first place to start is to remove high-sugar, high-fat, processed foods from your diet.
2.Testing and replace:
The foods that were removed in phase 1 should be replaced with organic wholesome foods that the parasites and bacteria won’t be interested in feeding on. These foods also give your body the energy that it is lacking from having Crohn’s.
Crohns tends to make you extremely fatigued so it’s important you feed your body with the highest quality nutrients to give you the energy. You’re now ready to see a health professional who has an understanding of the digestive health system. The health professional needs to be able to complete the necessary tests, which include a stool test along with a potential biopsy to determine exactly what has happened to the immune system and the digestive system. It’s important to take this step as there might be other underlying factors that are causing the disease.
Raw Solutions standard process is to take each new client through a 10-page health diagnostic and based on the results we can determine which test is most appropriate.
3. Rebuild and repair:
Once the tests are taken you can start to rebuild the body with the necessary supplements to help with the damage that Crohn’s has caused and make the necessary lifestyle changes. Some supplements that could help include glutamine, pro biotic slippery elm and aloe vera. Other supplements that should be included include fish oils, zinc and pantothenic, which are used to reduce the inflammation and help to regenerate the mucosa of the gut.
4. Re-evaluate lifestyle and training:
A lot of these diseases are related to the amount of stress we place on our body whether it be through work, relationships and lack of, or too much, exercise. Exercise is a necessary part of everyone’s life but in the case of a serious illness (like Crohn’s) you need to be careful of the intensity at which you train as your body is under extreme stress, so take it easy to start. Start with light weights, light cardio, yoga and pilates which will reduce the stress on the body. If you go too hard your body won’t be able to recover and repair.
Unfortunately this isn’t a quick process, so take your time and do it properly.