Crohn's Disease | Symptom

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Crohn's Disease Overview

Crohn’s Disease is a condition belonging to a group of digestive disorders known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Crohn's is a painful and debilitating digestive disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, ranging from the small intestine to specific areas of the colon.

Causes of Crohn's Disease

Like many other degenerative gut diseases, Crohn’s disease is a condition where the immune system plays a major role in the onset of the disease. It is thought that a compromised immune system, when confronted with certain bacterial or viral factors in genetically predisposed individuals, cannot properly protect itself and so the immune system responds by attacking the cells in the digestive tract. Symptoms of Crohn's include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, fatigue, lack of concentration, eye inflammation, and stomach ulcers. Additional symptoms can include multiple trips to the bathroom with painful, bloody diarrhea, flatulence and bloating. Those diagnosed can have periods of symptom flare-ups as well as periods of remission.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Crohn's Disease

Mainstream medicine often uses prescription drugs to manage pain and symptoms of Crohn's disease, as there is no pronounced cure. However, most in the medical community will agree that Crohn's is a disease of inflammation, and the best way to manage it is to keep inflammation down and learn what triggers your individual symptoms. Inflammation of any kind within the digestive system can be greatly managed by diet and nutrition. Gut healing nutritional protocols like the SCD Diet, GAPS Diet, and Paleo AutoImmune are geared towards removing inflammatory foods and consuming only gut healing foods. Regardless of how you choose to manage your Crohn's, it is important to avoid inflammatory foods at all costs, such as sugar, processed foods, foods containing chemicals, artificial sweeteners or preservatives, caffeine, alcohol, and any other foods that can irritate the stomach lining such as seeds or difficult to digest fruits or vegetables that contain seeds. It is also important to maintain healthy lifestyle habits to establish a strong immune system, since Crohn's disease is greatly affected by the immune system. This means reducing stress, not smoking, engaging in regular, gentle exercise, and getting enough rest. Consuming plenty of gut soothing foods like homemade soups and bone broth, as well as foods with high anti-inflammatory Omega 3's like salmon and tuna, should be a big part of your diet as well. Of course when it comes to boosting your immune system, it goes without saying that a daily probiotic supplement should be added to your regimen, as well as eating fermented foods and yogurt or kefir to populate your gut with beneficial flora.

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