5 All Natural Treatments for Crohn’s Disease

5 Best Natural Approaches to Treat Crohn’s Disease

 This disease can cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract and leads to poor immune function. Discover how the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and their adverse effects can be strategically controlled with the help of natural alternatives.

  • Crohn’s disease is a type of autoimmune digestive disorder where the body’s immune system produces antibodies that target the body’s own digestive system instead of fighting the infection-causing agents which lead to progressive inflammation.
  • A type of inflammatory bowel disease, it can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.5 All Natural Treatments for Crohn's Disease
  • Common symptoms generally include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and vomiting. The inflammation and overload on the digestive system further extends to symptoms such as ulcers, rectal bleeding, anal fissures, anemia, nausea, and skin and concentration problems.
  • The area of concern is that, in Crohn’s disease, the inflammatory response of the digestive system creates an ongoing inflammation. Simultaneously, it leads to low levels of lectin-binding proteins that help to bind yeast cells and discard them from the body. To compensate that, the body produces anti-yeast antibodies in excess which results in activation of an inflammatory response. This damages the Gastrointestinal (GI) lining which again causes a cycle of immune response and inflammation.
  • The nutrients from the food are not absorbed effectively in the body creating nutritional deficiencies and manifestation of consequent diseases.

Natural Alternatives for Crohn’s disease

The following are some of the steps to treat Crohn’s disease naturally:

  1. Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation helps to restore the cellular membrane integrity. Omega 3 fatty acid is the primary need in every cells efficient and effective function. Their supplementation can restore the metabolism and improve the immune response because of their anti-inflammatory properties and may help in treating Crohn’s disease. Found in fish oil, this supplementation is not for patients who are on blood thinning medications (warfarin) due to omega-3’s possible interaction with that drug.
  1. Vitamins and Mineral Supplementation: Due to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals, the body’s immune response could be weak. Supplementing with zinc, folic acid, vitamin B12, calcium and vitamin D3 in the right dosages will help the body repair cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Calcium and vitamin D3 is mostly low in patients with Crohn’s disease due to their sensitivity to dairy products and are at a possible risk for osteoporosis. However, consulting a doctor before taking dietary supplements is essential.
  1. Probiotics: You all must know by now about the ‘good’ bacteria that lives in your gut which helps to absorb nutrients and keep your gut healthy. Probiotics are similar to these bacteria. The only thing is we need to eat them! Consuming naturally fermented food helps in promoting a healthy environment for gut bacteria. Mostly, the friendly gut bacteria population is decreased by taking antibiotics as they destroy almost all the bacteria in the body. Moreover, if you wish to take Probiotics, you should consult your doctor for a suitable one and one that is not from a dairy source.
  1. Prebiotics: These are non-digestible carbohydrates found in honey, artichoke, banana, onions garlic and whole grains. Prebiotics is literally ‘a food’ for the gut bacteria. The gut bacteria and Probiotics thrive on Prebiotics, which further stimulates their action and improves the body’s digestive abilities.
  1. Herbal and botanical treatments: Some herbs and botanical treatments are believed to alleviate effects of Crohn’s disease and they can be complemented with medical treatment. Herbs like turmeric, cat’s claw, Boswellia, aloe vera, slippery elm bark, chamomile and peppermint to name a few have been known for their medicinal properties and effective in reducing inflammation, which is a leading symptom in Crohn’s disease. However, they need doctor’s supervision because of their possible interaction with other medicines or supplements.

Moreover, in matters of dietary changes, it is best to avoid yeast, gluten (found in wheat) and sugar to help contain the outbreak of symptoms and inflammation subsequently. Hence, with these natural alternatives, the root cause of Crohn’s disease can be handled efficiently.

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