What is Crohns & Colitis
Crohns Disease, also known as granulomatous colitis, is an autoimmune disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It is an inflammatory disease of the intestines, but it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. The person’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract and causes inflammation.
Males and females are equally affected by this disease and it usually presents itself in the late teens to early twenties; though it can show up and any point in a person’s life. Smokers are also far more likely to get the disease.
There is no surgical or drug cure for crohns disease and at best symptoms can be managed. It can also go into remission and treatment can maintain that remission and prevent relapse.
Crohns & Colitis Symptoms
The primary symptoms of colitis are vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and weight loss. There can be frequent watery stools, up to twenty a day. Sufferers may also experience bloating and gas that can cause pain. Some people may have bloody bowel movements.
Crohns and colitis can cause weight loss and nutrient deficiency. This is due to the inability to absorb carbohydrates and fats. Weight loss can also be caused because people with Crohns disease may feel better when they do not eat.
Crohns & Colitis Cures
Crohns disease is an autoimmune disease so it is very important to support immune system health. You are also going to want to support the health of your liver because it detoxifies your body and can reduce inflammation. You can help your adrenal glands stay healthy with liquorice because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
This is especially important with Chrons as it may cause pathogens to grow in the lining of the intestines. Wild yam and yucca supplements can detoxify and prevent the inflammation response.
Exercise can help reduce stress and stress control is vital when you are fighting an autoimmune disease. Exercise will also assist in getting good nights sleep which is also vital for balancing the body. Ginseng can assist with stress management and help you keep an upbeat attitude.
To help control inflammation you can also use antioxidants. A diet high in fruits and vegetables would normally provide these antioxidants. If you are having trouble eating you can use green tea and supplements to get the antioxidants you need.
Use a fish oil or flax seed oil supplement to provide you with Omega 3 fatty acids. These are known to halt the body’s inflammation response.
Autoimmune diseases are aggravated by environmental toxins. Your liver will filter toxins such as pollution and mercury from your body. Milk thistle seed and fennel will help cleanse your liver. You can also drink lemon juice; add a bit of honey if it is too bitter for you.
Zenulife recommends Xbiotic as a formula to aid in the treatment of colitis.