Tackling My Crohn’s Disease Without Medications
I discovered several years ago then I was not the only one that suffered from Crohn’s disease, Many people suffer from Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases. In fact, it is becoming a worldwide problem as this statement from the American Gastroenterological Association’s official journal points out.
“Inflammatory bowel disease emerges as a global disease.
As developing nations have become more industrialized, the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease has increased.”
Despite research into this digestive problem there is no cure. Given the complicated nature of IBD it will take more time and research before a cure is found. Meanwhile the best your doctor can do to help you live with Crohn’s is by prescribing drugs to alleviate the symptoms.
Mostly the medicines your doctor prescribes will be anti-inflammatory and antidiarrheal plus mild pain killers.
You properly know these prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medications have side effects when taken for a prolonged time.
Some of the side effects of long term use of these drugs:
Steroids: (steroids are used to reduce inflammation)
Mood changes, wasting of muscles, high blood pressure
Dizziness, headache, blurred vision, loss of appetite.
Of course no one will experience all these side effects, and many people will not suffer any side effects at all, but it still pays to be aware of the potential downside to any drugs or medications your doctor prescribes for you.
Managing this disease with medications is not the only choice you have, there are things you can do to help yourself. So what can you do to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms you suffer from Crohn’s disease without resorting to over-the-counter and proscription drugs?
Keeping records of the foods you eat and how they affect your condition will help to isolate foods and food combinations that cause flare-ups or those that help to prevent flare-ups. It may take some time to get a useful list of all the foods that help or hinder your Crohn’s disease but it is worth the effort.
Keeping your digestive tract in a healthy state is important if you are to manage your flare-ups successfully.
Drinking water on an empty stomach helps to flush-out any toxins from your intestines, liver, and kidneys helping to reduce any immune response, that cause inflammation in your gut. Drinking water first thing every morning before you eat or drink anything else is one of the healthiest things you can do. Not only does this help with digestive problems but it has a whole host of other health benefits.
It seems our digestive systems cannot cope well with the way our foods are being processed. In fact what we eat is over-processed to a degree that leaves us with lifeless foods, and foods that are difficult for our digestive system to cope with.
As you know Crohn’s disease is a serious condition that is unpleasant to live with, but it is not fatal and you can lead an active life by taking control of the symptoms.
Following these suggestions will help to improve your health and the health of your digestion system.
- Keeping your digestive tract in the healthiest state you can is important so here are a few do’s and don’ts that will help:
- Don’t smoke (smoking plays havoc on your stomach)
- Avoid food additives as much as possible
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat organic whenever you can
- Get plenty of exercise
- Don’t drink alcohol (at all)
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Staying active is also helpful when dealing with any form of illness as your body will function better if you can preserve your fitness, even if it is only by walking.
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