Crohn's Disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affecting more and more young adults every year.
Conventional medicine treats Crohn's with steroids to reduce inflammation and immuno-supressing drugs to prevent the immune system from attacking the cells of the intestinal lining. Both types of medications have side effects, and immnuo-suppressing drugs leave you vulnerable to infections.
Luckily, Crohn's can be also be managed by addressing diet and lifestyle factors.
Due to the severity of this disease, the serious complications that can arise, and the pain associated with the inflammation, it is recommended to work very closely with a nutritionist or naturopath who specialize in this area.
The outcome of implementing diet and/or supplement changes cannot be predicted, therefore, a very gentle and slow approach is recommended.
Here are some general tips for addressing Crohn's:
Foods to include:
The body has a hard time absorbing nutrients when Crohn's is present so depending on how long you have had it, your diet, and how advanced it is, everyone will have different levels of nutrient deficiencies. A blood test can be taken to assess the exact levels of nutrients and then more specific supplement recommendations can be made.
Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.