Crohn’s Disease falls under the broader term of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It affects mainly the small intestine, but occasionally it can manifest in the large intestine too. Crohn’s Disease affects both adult and children. Statistics say that 1 in every 400 children suffer form Crohn’s Disease in the UK. There was a 50% increase of frequency among the younger generation in the last 10 years.
The pathology of Crohn’s Disease results in scarred tissue and ulcers on the intestinal walls. It can manifest in patches with the healthy intestinal lining in between. The scarred tissue can create obstructions, decrease nutrient absorption and affects healthy bowel mass formation. Similar to another IBD condition Colitis, there is high inflammation in the intestinal lining.
Up to 85% of people with IBD condition are affected by poor nutrient absorption which results in multiple deficiencies.
What are the causes of Crohn’s Disease?
There is no evidence as to the direct cause of Crohn’s Disease, but many common triggers have been observed.
Modern times see more and more people being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Although the exact cause is still being researched, diet and lifestyle do seem to be a factor. Therefore, it is important for individuals to trial changes to diet and lifestyle in order to seek effective ways to manage the symptoms of the disease and the regularity of flare-ups.
For example, often people report that eating smaller meals but with more regularity can help; not eating fatty or fried foods; restricting intake of dairy products; and finally limiting gluten rich foods. Seeking advice from a professional is likely to be beneficial in order to effectively manage how to follow a diet that will reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease and restore any nutritional imbalances. Book your Nutritional Consultation with Nadiya the Digestive System Specialist and start your healing journey with right priorities.
Signs and Symptoms of this IBD:
Crohn’s Disease is painful and can it cause a variety of unwanted symptoms:
- Mouth ulcers
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in the stool
- Sever Abdominal Pain
- Cramping in the stomach
- Unexplained weight loss with possible appetite loss
Some of the symptoms above, such as fatigue, anaemia and weight loss are due to the fact that the body cannot absorb nutrients from food properly. This leaves the body susceptible to illness and further diseases. For test suggestion see below.
What are the treatment options for Crohn’s Disease?
There are a wide variety of drugs available to help with the symptoms of IBD’s including Crohn’s Disease. Many of these are drugs that aim to reduce inflammation and suppress immunity. However they do not cure, they simply work on the symptoms. Moreover they come with side-effects and sometimes these can be even more damaging than the disease they are supposed to work against. Surgery can also be an option in the allopathic treatment. The damaged part of the GI is removed and the healthy tissue connected; however, surgery is not without risks and the disease may re-occur.
Natural remedies helped many of my clients to manage their symptoms and flare-ups. Some remedies to explore are:
Boosting gut bacteria in Crohn’s Disease:
There is much research coming to light about the importance of having a healthy gut microbiome. Eating fermented foods, avoiding processed food and supplementing with probiotics are all good ways to support the body’s gut health.
Two of the probiotics I use in my Clinical Practice with Crohn’s Disease patients are:
Symbiotic Flora from Living Planet. It is enriched with healing herbs that act like a prebiotic and have an anti inflammatory, calming action.
Symprove – a course of 6 weeks of liquid high strength probiotics. This probiotic has shown great result in clinical practice among my clients, especially when flare ups were frequent.
Consuming foods with anti-inflammatory properties:
Foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids are reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Foods such as salmon, mackerel, hemp and flax seeds are all high in Omega 3; or consider a high-quality supplement recommended by a professional range like:
Vegan Omega Supplement with high concentration of omega 3 (Norsan). Additionally to a great concentration of anti-inflammatory fatty acid it contains 1000IU of vitamin D.
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Test Must do if you are affected by Crohn’s Disease:
It is important to investigate all possible deficiencies, Basic Blood Test or Advanced Blood Test is a good starting point. If you are not sure which test is most suitable for your situation you can book a complimentary 15 minutes consultation here.