These recommendations are based on my experience over about 30 years related to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC).
Crohn’s disease tends to be a lot more severe and painful than UC. About 70% of people with Crohn’s disease require gastrointestinal surgery at some point in their life.
Ulcerative colitis implies the involvement of the colon. UC generally affects the lower parts of the digestive system. Crohn’s disease can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract but usually affects the distal portion of the small intestine (ileum).
UC has blood and mucus with Crohn’s having more pain, cramping, and serious pathology.
Inflammatory bowel disease can be a very stressful condition that significantly reduces the quality of life.
You need robust solutions for inflammatory bowel disease. Here are some of my suggestions for the natural management of IBS.
#1: No alcohol is an essential part of my protocol for managing Crohn’s disease and UC.
#2: Taking pharmaceutical drugs can make things worse, particularly NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. Try to avoid medications that can contribute to gut erosion.
#3: Get a comprehensive stool analysis x 3 (three samples). Ask your doctor to arrange for this testing. Find out whether you have Candida, parasites, bacterial imbalance, and beneficial bacteria.
#4. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Processed foods are often very inflammatory. Make your meals from scratch, using high-quality organic ingredients. At the very least, buy meals made with simple, organic foods. Eat minimal preservatives, additives, and artificial flavors and colors. Avoid deep-fried foods and trans fats. Avoid vegetable oils, except healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil. Coconut oil is also appropriate for the gut. Avoid red meat because it is inflammatory. The best proteins will be vegetable proteins (e.g., non-GMO tofu), legumes, fish, and organic free-range chicken.
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Be very careful with sulfur-based food such as eggs as they can cause inflammatory bowel flare-ups.
Vegetables are very important for UC.
Low fiber results in spasms, flares, and pain. The wrong fiber can result in overly frequent bowel movements. The right type and amount of fiber will result in well-formed bowel movements.
Healthy fiber can help increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the colon.
A little bit of tapioca in your diet is very beneficial for inflammatory bowel disease. Tapioca helps build up short-chain fatty acids in the colon, which reduces gas and bloating.
Fresh aloe vera leaf or aloe vera juice is very soothing and healing for the digestive tract.
Staying well-hydrated is essential for the management of IBS. Drink plenty of herbal teas. Try fennel tea to manage gas and flatulence. Camomile and peppermint tea are also good. Drink six to eight glasses of high-quality water each day.
Caffeine is not a good idea, although most people can get away with one coffee in the a.m.
#5. Supplements are vital due to the deficiencies seen in inflammatory bowel disease. Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 are just two of the nutrients that are commonly deficient in people with IBS.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics work well for IBS. CanXida Restore is going to help a lot. CanXida Remove is also excellent for inflammatory bowel disease because it is going to clean up the gut. CanXida Rebuild is an excellent multivitamin designed for people with conditions like IBS.
#6: Stress is one of the most important triggers for an IBS flare. If you have an event coming up that is stressful, make sure you put aside some time for relaxation.