Curing Crohn’s Disease

DSC_0115By: Shana Perkins, HHC

Crohn’s disease is an inflammation in the intestines. The inner linings, as well as the innermost layers of the intestines, start to swell and corrode in patches; the layers become aggravated and can thicken in some parts, as well as completely wear away in others. To cure Crohn’s disease, it is imperative to both calm the inflammation and repair the intestinal tract.

The first step you need to take is to implement a healing diet to the body. Many different foods can aggravate and contribute to Crohn’s, and you likely developed food allergies as a result. Therefore, a strict elimination diet is of the utmost importance when healing. This involves removing highly allergic foods, as well as hard to digest foods. Remember, the less energy our body is expending digesting food, which requires more energy than anything else, the more energy our body has to heal. The first step in an elimination diet is to remove milk, eggs, sugar, most meats, peanuts, caffeine, alcohol, and gluten. What you are going to add into your diet is nutritionally dense and easy to digest food that should repair you at a rapid rate. This includes healing green juices, lots of bone broth, cooked vegetables, small amounts of fruit, special teas, avocados, and protein shakes. I know this diet sounds very restricted, and it is, but it is a small price to pay for feeling well again.

The next step is to take supplements specific to quell the inflammation. As you proceed, you should feel an immense amount of relief, but do not stop the process. The intestinal tract still needs to be healed. Below you will find a list of key supplements, drinks, and activities, all of which will help enhance you on your road to recovery.

Fish Oil- This plays a major role in eliminating inflammation. Fish Oil soothes the walls of the intestinal tract and prevents irritability.

Aloe Vera Juice (very important!)- This will help with easing and eliminating the pain. It has cell-regenerating abilities, and has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties that make it very desirable to those with Crohn’s disease. The polysaccharides in it heal the layers of the intestinal wall and reduce intestinal spasms. To receive the most benefits, drink twice a day.

Peppermint Tea- It’s anti-spasmodic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-septic. It will cleanse your body of impurities while reducing pain. Drink three times a day.

Probiotics- These will help replenish the good bacteria an crowd out the bad bacteria. This is crucial for healing your intestines.

Digestive Enzymes – You need to make sure your food is fully digested, and we also want help your body out as much as possible with its workload. You should feel much better after meals when taking digestive enzymes. Make sure to take 2 capsules at the beginning of every meal.

L-Glutamine- This is an essential amino acid that is anti-inflammatory, and is crucial for the growth and repair of the intestinal lining. L-Glutamine acts as a protector and coats your cell wall, acting as a repellent to irritants. Take 2-5 grams 2X a day.

DGL- This is an adaptogenic herb that helps balance cortisol levels and improves acid production in the stomach. DGL supports the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining. Take 500mg 2X a day.

Quercetin- It improves gut barrier function by sealing the gut because it supports creation of tight junction proteins. Quercetin also stabilizes mast cells and reduces the release of histamine, which is common in food intolerance. Take 500mg 3X daily with food.

Disease is always multi-factorial and so is healing. As you heal there will be certain practices you can perform that will speed up the process exponentially.

Reduce Stress- Stress reduction is a key factor in any type of healing, and there are practices that improve the function of the body and reduce stress simultaneously.

Dry Skin Brushing- This should be done in the morning before your shower for 2-10 minutes (depending on your schedule). This will not only rid the body of dead skin and cellulite, but it will increase circulation and move the lymph fluid around in your body helping to eliminate toxins. Remember, there is more lymph fluid in the body than blood, but unlike the blood, the lymph fluid has no pump and it is up to us to move it through exercise, massage, and dry skin brushing.

Coconut Oil Massages- After you dry brush your skin in the morning, take another 2-10 minutes to give yourself a massage with coconut oil. Anything you put on your skin feeds your body, much like putting it into your mouth.

Exercise- Moderate exercise is shown to promote healing, while vigorous and strenuous exercise does the opposite. 3 important exercises I would make a priority are walking outside, yoga, and rebounding. All 3 of these practices have amazing healing abilities and when combined, the combination is synergistic.

Fresh air and sunshine- another vitally important aspect of being truly healthy is spending as much time as you can in fresh air and sunshine. To compound the effects, spend time walking barefoot on the grass. This is called grounding, and is shown to reduce EMF’s.

Meditation has also been proven time and again to help with everything. There are many ways in which to meditate, and finding one that suits you will not only help you with healing, but will continue to be a blessing for the rest of your life. If interested, I find it helpful to go to a meditation group. If that’s not something that appeals to you, then I recommend starting with meditation music, which really helped me when I was getting started.

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