Crohn’s disease is a chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease. Although there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, there are ways to help manage the symptoms and keep the disease in remission for longer periods of time. Two of the best methods to help with Crohn’s disease are taking medication and making changes to your diet. Together they can reduce the symptoms and help you lead a more comfortable, rewarding life.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are the first step in treating Crohn’s disease. These drugs help to reduce the inflammation in the intestines, which eases the symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat mild cases of Crohn’s disease. They may have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and headaches and your doctor should be notified of any side effects immediately.
Corticosteroids are another medication used for moderate cases of Crohn’s. They also reduce inflammation, but are more effective than anti-inflammatory ones. The side effects are potentially more severe and can include developing facial hair, night sweats and hyperactivity.
Immunosuppressants are used to help with severe cases of Crohn’s where other medications do not. They reduce inflammation by inhibiting the immune response. They may be used in conjunction with an anti-inflammatory to be more effective. All of these medications can help Crohn’s disease go into remission.
Along with medication, your diet will have a significant effect on the severity of your symptoms and helping to keep the Crohn’s in remission. Certain foods will irritate your digestive system, aggravating symptoms and prolonging flare-ups. These known trigger foods include fried foods, fatty and greasy foods, high-fat meats and dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods. By avoiding or greatly reducing your intake of these, you will reduce the risk of flare-ups.
Because of the side effects of medications for treating Crohn’s and nutritional changes brought by the change in diet, take nutritional supplements to ensure you get adequate nutrition. Vitamin B12 and iron help to prevent anemia in Crohn’s patients. Vitamin D and calcium supplements will help with calcium absorption, which is impacted by corticosteroids. They will also reduce the risk of you developing osteoporosis.
Another dietary change that will help with Crohn’s disease is to eat using the guidance of the food combining system. While eating low-fat, natural foods will help reduce the inflammation, how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Why? Because foods that should not be eaten together, such as steak and a baked potato, force your stomach to produce too much of acids that conflict with each other. The result is a few hours later you feel heartburn pain, bloating and just plain sick.
When you eat the right foods together, these digestive problems will be a thing of the past. Your food will be absorbed gently, without the added strain and stress of the conflicting acids. It is a difference you will feel very quickly: many people experience relief in as little as 24 hours. Less irritation in your stomach means easier digestion, less irritation, and less inflammation for your stomach and intestines. That means fewer symptoms of not only Crohn’s disease, but IBS, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux. Start eating with food combining and join the millions of people who already feel and look better than ever.