Crohn’ Disease

Natural Treatments for Crohn’s

The following herbs can be used to manage Crohn’s disease symptoms: •Aloe juice to soften stools and heal the intestines •Bromelain tablets to help with digestion of proteins •Fennel seed tea to help relieve gas and constipation •Marshmallow root forms a protective layer in the digestive tract •Slippery elm soothes inflammation and can be taken as a powder mixed in hot water as often as needed   Because nutrients are not properly absorbed in people with Crohn’s disease, vitamin supplements may help strengthen the body and reduce symptoms. •Zinc, folic acid and vitamin B12 help repair the intestine •Calcium and vitamin D help keep your bones strong. Crohn’s sufferers are often deficient in vitamin D. •Probiotics may reduce bouts of diarrhea •Glutamine can improve overall intestinal health
By |December 17th, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

Beverages to Avoid with Crohn’s Disease

Although there’s no one single diet that can help prevent the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, there are certain foods that can aggravate the problem, including high-fat, fried and spicy foods; processed foods; and high-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Certain beverages can also exacerbate Crohn’s disease symptoms and should be avoided. To determine which foods and drinks may be causing you problems, including gas, bloating, cramping and diarrhea, experts suggest keeping a food diary to record what you’re eating and drinking and how they affect you. If you discover that certain foods and drinks are causing your symptoms to worsen, try eliminating them from your diet. Seeking the help of a registered dietician to help you plan meals that will give you the most nutrients without causing symptoms, can also be beneficial. 5 Drinks to Avoid According to the American Dietetic Association, drinking plenty of fluids-about eight cups each day-during active bouts of Crohn’s disease can help prevent dehydration. However, not all fluids are good for you. Stick to water when you can. Drinking herbal teas or fruit juices are also good choices. Here are five drinks to avoid: 1. Alcohol-Alcoholic drinks, including mixed drinks, beer and wine, contain caffeine, which can stimulate the intestines and make diarrhea worse. 2. Carbonated beverages-Carbonated colas, fruit juices and sports drinks can produce painful gas. 3. Caffeinated coffee and tea-Caffeine aggravates Crohn’s disease symptoms, especially diarrhea. 4. Milk products-Many people with inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and gas after drinking milk products. The reason may be due to lactose intolerance, the inability of the body to digest milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. If you’re lactose intolerant, talk to […]
By |November 28th, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

Home Remedies for Crohn’s Disease

Sometimes you may feel helpless when facing Crohn’s disease. But changes in your diet and lifestyle may help control your symptoms and lengthen the time between flare-ups. Diet There’s no firm evidence that what you eat actually causes inflammatory bowel disease. But certain foods and beverages can aggravate your signs and symptoms, especially during a flare-up. If you think eating certain foods make your condition worse, keep a food diary to keep track of what you’re eating as well as how you feel. If you discover some foods are causing your symptoms to flare, it’s a good idea to try eliminating those foods. Here are some suggestions that may help: Limit dairy products. Like many people with inflammatory bowel disease, you may find that problems, such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and gas, improve when you limit or eliminate dairy products. You may be lactose intolerant — that is, your body can’t digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy foods. If so, limiting dairy or using an enzyme product, such as Lactaid, will help break down lactose. Try low-fat foods. If you have Crohn’s disease of the small intestine, you may not be able to digest or absorb fat normally. Instead, fat passes through your intestine, making your diarrhea worse. Foods that may be especially troublesome include butter, margarine, cream sauces and fried foods. Limit fiber, if it’s a problem food. For most people, high-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, are the foundation of a healthy diet. But if you have inflammatory bowel disease, fiber may make diarrhea, pain and gas worse. If raw fruits and vegetables bother you, try steaming, baking or stewing them. You may also find that you can tolerate some […]
By |November 23rd, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

App Released for Crohn’s Disease

Managing Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, can be physically and emotionally taxing. In order to help patients manage their condition more easily, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has developed an app that patients can use to track their health. Called “GI Buddy,” the free app allows users to take notes on their symptoms, log missed doses of treatments or monitor which foods they’ve eaten. Through the app, users can also pose questions to their doctors and access community forums. In turn, the app generates reports to help patients understand the factors that may be impacting their disease. However, these reports are not a substitute for going to see the doctor – so patients should make sure they keep up with their appointments. For more information about the app, visit https://gibuddy.ibdetermined.org/  
By |November 2nd, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

Healthy Foods for Crohn’s

People with Crohn’s disease often have a lack of appetite. In addition, Crohn’s is associated with diarrhea and poor absorption of necessary nutrients. This can affect Crohn’s patients’ ability to receive the daily nutrition needed for good health and healing. For some people a diet high in fat (like fried foods or fatty red meat), dairy, or certain types of fiber may make their symptoms worse. On the other hand, most experts agree that eating high-protein foods and drinking plenty of fluids can be beneficial for people with Crohn’s disease. You may want to consult a dietitian for tips on how to stay nutritionally healthy. Check with your healthcare professional to find out about specific dietary guidelines before making any changes to what you eat, and check with your doctor before taking any vitamin supplements. Start with the basics A healthy, well-balanced diet is always a good choice for people with Crohn’s disease. No special Crohn’s diet plan has been proven effective for preventing or treating Crohn’s, but it is very important that people who have Crohn’s follow a nutritious diet and avoid any foods that seem to worsen symptoms. There are no known consistent dietary rules to follow that will improve a person’s symptoms. ChooseMyPlate was released by the USDA in 2011 as a guideline for healthy nutrition. Obviously, as a person living with Crohn’s you must take into account any food sensitivities you have, but ChooseMyPlate provides a good place to start because it promotes activity and moderation along with a proper mix of food groups in people’s diets. ChooseMyPlate consists of 5 food groups: •Grains, recommending that at least half of grains consumed be whole grains •Vegetables, emphasizing dark green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, and dry beans […]
By |October 29th, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. It primarily causes ulcerations (breaks in the lining) of the small and large intestines, but can affect the digestive system anywhere from the mouth to the anus. It is named after the physician who described the disease in 1932. It also is called granulomatous enteritis or colitis, regional enteritis, ileitis, or terminal ileitis. Crohn’s disease is related closely to another chronic inflammatory condition that involves only the colon called ulcerative colitis. Together, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are frequently referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have no medical cure. Once the diseases begin, they tend to fluctuate between periods of inactivity (remission) and activity (relapse). Inflammatory bowel disease affects approximately 500,000 to two million people in the United States. Men and women are affected equally. Americans of Jewish European descent are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop IBD than the general population. IBD has historically been considered predominately disease of Caucasians, but there has been an increase in reported cases in African Americans suffering from IBD. The prevalence appears to be lower among Hispanic and Asian populations. IBD most commonly begins during adolescence and early adulthood (usually between the ages of 15 and 35). There is a small second peak of newly-diagnosed cases after age 50. The number of new cases (incidence) and number of cases (prevalence) of Crohn’s disease in the United States are rising, although the reason for this is not completely understood. Crohn’s disease tends to be more common in relatives of patients with Crohn’s disease. If a person has a relative with the disease, his/her risk of developing the disease is estimated to be at […]
By |October 23rd, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

Vitamin A can protect against Crohn’s

Irish scientists have made an important research discovery on how vitamin A, found in green and root vegetables, can protect against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Inflammatory bowel disease includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and it affects over 15,000 people in Ireland. The damaging inflammation in these conditions is assisted by immune cells that penetrate the gut tissue and are activated locally by bacteria normally resident in our gastrointestinal tracts. According to researchers at TCD, the main function of the immune system is to protect from infection with disease-causing bacteria and viruses, but these responses must be evenly balanced to prevent them from causing damage from inflammation. However in certain individuals, genetic or environmental influences can upset the balance, leading to excessive inflammation and serious conditions like IBD. A TCD research team led by Prof Kingston Mills has discovered that administration of retinoic acid, a dietary molecule of vitamin A, can protect mice against intestinal inflammation. Administering retinoic acid was found to to reduce the damaging effect of the gut bacteria and to promote recovery of the damaged tissue in the intestine. Professor Mills said the new finding provides important new information on the immune system and how its imbalance can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
By |September 19th, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two major chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, together known as IBD. These two diseases, while similar in many ways, can differ in location, symptoms, and the character of the inflammation and ulcerations. Crohn’s disease, named after one of the physicians who described it in 1932 and also known as regional enteritis, results in ulcers, or sores in the gastrointestinal tract. It may involve any part of the gastrointestinal system from the mouth to the anus. However, it most often involves the lower part of the small intestine, known as the ileum, and the large intestine (the colon). In contrast, ulcerative colitis causes ulcers only in the large intestine. The symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, anemia, weight loss, malnutrition, and fever. Patients with ulcerative colitis more often complain of diarrhea and blood in their stools andpatients with Crohn’s disease more often complain of diarrhea and abdominal pain. Crohn’s disease also may present with delayed growth in adolescence or childhood, intestinal obstruction (severe painful cramping, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal distention), bowel perforation, fistulas (abnormal passages or tunnels from one part of the intestine to another, or to the skin, or less commonly to the abdominal wall, vagina, bladder or other nearby organs), or abscesses. In both UC and Crohn’s, patients can experience periods of remission from symptoms and periods of relapse or “flares”. About one-quarter of patients for both types of IBD may have extra-intestinal disease manifestations, most commonly arthritis, eye inflammation (uveitis, iritis or episcleritis), and skin inflammation, typically pyoderma gangrenosum and erythema nodosum. Unfortunately, once IBD occurs it tends to be present for life. Ulcerative colitis can be cured […]
By |September 16th, 2013|Crohn' Disease|0 Comments