Most of us can probably agree that talking about our bowel movements and digestive issues is not high on our list of conversation topics. We’d much rather talk about the weather or something boring like that than our colons or the cramping we might experience.
But sometimes it needs to be talked about, especially for those struggling with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is an awful one, but not a hopeless one.
If you want to learn about a natural Crohn’s disease treatment, then you’ve come to the right place. We’d love to share with you our thoughts on this topic. Let’s begin with what this disease is all about.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease goes by a few different names including ileitis, ileocolitis, or regional enteritis. It is labeled as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With this disorder, areas of the digestive system swell leading to ulcers.
Symptoms of Crohn’s include the following:
- Diarrhea or loose bowel movements
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Bloody Stools
- Gas, cramps, bloating
This illness is not only painful, but also debilitating. If it’s not treated properly, it can even be life-threatening. Let’s discuss where this disease originates.
What Causes Crohn’s Disease?
This sickness can be genetic and is more common in people who have a family member that has the condition(1). It can also be caused by an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks itself.
Other factors that play a part in this IBD are an improper diet, stress, smoking, and a leaky gut. The leaky gut is a huge issue and can actually be caused by antibiotics, which medical professionals use to try to correct this disease. Antibiotics rid your intestines of the good bacteria leaving it susceptible to yeast and viruses that can cause further illness and allow harmful bacteria into your bloodstream.
If you or a loved one have this illness, there are remedies.
Crohn’s Disease Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no curing this awful IBD, but there are ways of treating it so that it is manageable. We can divide these ways into two sections:
Crohn’s can be treated medically through drugs that lower inflammation such as corticosteroids and aminosalicylates; through antibiotics, which can reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the intestines; and through colon and intestinal surgery.
Because all of the above ways are extremely drastic and many of them only help with Crohn’s in the short-term, we will be focusing on how to remedy this disease naturally, including eliminating foods and adding in a variety of supplements. Let’s dive in.
We’ll start off with what not to eat. Now, this is different for each individual; therefore, it’s vital to be in tune with your body to see where there is an adverse reaction. Studies have shown that a low fat, low fiber diet is great for helping those with Crohn’s. It’s also helpful to reduce foods or drinks that cause inflammation. Here are a few foods that you should eliminate to help with your issues.
- High fiber foods such as popcorn, nuts, raw vegetables and fruits
- Artificial Sweeteners like Splenda
Some have recommended keeping a journal to log the different types of food that cause you discomfort.
These supplemental aids are all the rage and for very good reasons. Probiotics can be taken in powder, liquid, or capsule form. However, if you have more than three bowel movements a day, it’s important to avoid the capsules as it takes too long to absorb them. These probiotics will help reduce diarrhea and aid with digesting gluten and lactose, as well as manufacturing Vitamin B12, which those with Crohn’s Disease have a low supply of. Probiotics are essential to resolving gut issues and help with reintroducing good bacteria to your gut.
Here are a few herbal supplements that are proven to help with Crohn’s(2):
This is a supplement from an evergreen shrub and is used as a therapy for the intestines. It produces oleanolic acid which helps with inflammation. It also has antioxidants and antibacterial effects within it.
This isn’t exactly an herb, but an amino acid that is vital to helping the intestine function properly. Some say that it is the “best-known compound for reducing intestinal permeability.”(3)
When mixed with water, this herb becomes very slick and is beneficial for coating your intestines and stomach and is soothing when you might have an unpleasant episode.
These are just a few of the herbal supplements we encourage you to look into for this disorder. Others include turmeric, wormwood, and boswellia.
Vitamins and Minerals
Those with Crohn’s can lose many nutrients because of too many loose bowel movements and the intestines not absorbing nutrients properly. Because of this, it’s necessary to fill yourself up with more nutrients. The following supplements are crucial to helping build up the supply that you might be lacking:
- Grape seed extract
- Cod liver oil
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Real, full multivitamins and mineral supplements
- Vitamin D3
Two essential oils can really bring aid to this IBD: Frankincense and Lemongrass. Frankincense is AMAZING. It helps with digestion, reduces a leaky gut, and aids in circulation. It’s simple to use, too. You can either put a few drops into a glass of water or ingest pure oil orally. Lemongrass can be a tasty addition to water, tea or soup. It is an anti-inflammatory and helps with gas irritation, nausea, and diarrhea.
You may have been told that there is no Crohn’s disease treatment or that you’ll live life on antibiotics or drugs or that you need surgery. Before heading into anything that drastic, put these natural remedies to work. It’ll take time, but they truly can bring great results.
We could continue on with so many natural ways to help remedy Crohn’s. If you’d like further resources, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to help you feel and be healthy, to eliminate the awful things that Crohn’s disease can do to your body. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Third River Health.