A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Crohn’s Disease
I had a question the other day about Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease.
Parts of your digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers.
Crohn’s disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine.
But it can develop anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.
Doctor’s don’t know what causes Crohn’s disease.
You might get it when your immune system has an abnormal response to normal bacteria in your intestine.
Other kinds of bacteria and viruses may also play a role in causing the disease.
Crohn’s disease can run in families.
Your chances of getting it are higher if a close family member has it.
People of Eastern European Jewish family background may have a higher chance of getting Crohn’s disease.
Smoking also puts you at a higher risk for the disease.
The main symptoms of Crohn’s disease are belly pain and diarrhea (sometimes with blood).
Some people may have diarrhea 10-20 times a day.
Losing weight without trying is another common sign.
Less common symptoms include mouth sores, bowel blockages, tears (fissures), and openings (fistulas) between organs.
Infections, hormonal changes, and smoking can cause your symptoms to flare up.
You may have only mild symptoms or go for long periods of time without any symptoms.
A few people have ongoing, severe symptoms.
It’s important to be aware of signs that Crohn’s disease may be getting worse.
Seek medical attention if you feel faint or have a fast and weak pulse, if you have severe belly pain, if you have a fever or shaking chills, or if you are vomiting again and again.
To deal with Crohn’s disease it’s beneficial to:
*Eat healthy meals.
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to keep hydrated.
*Optiflora may be taken after each bout of diarrhea to replenish the “good” bacteria.
*Food sensitivities/allergies and diet must investigated and addressed.
*Become educated on the gluten connection to this issue.
*Avoid all dairy.
*Avoid sugars, grains, carbs, soda pop, alcohol, caffeine, processed products.
*May be beneficial to lightly steam veggies.
*Increase Omega-3 fats intake.
*Consider a liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanse.
*Practice good stress and relaxation techniques.
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