An Alternative Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

4 January 2021

Crohn’s Disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), it is a chronic health condition that affects the digestive system which causes it to become inflamed creating a number of unpleasant symptoms. As Crohn’s disease is a condition that affects each individual differently, there can be periods of time where the sufferer may not experience any flare-ups with few or no symptoms at all. However, in others the flare-ups or “relapses” can be far more frequent and aggressive. 

Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Blood in stools
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhoea with pus, mucus or blood
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Feeling unwell (feverish, flu-like symptoms)
  • Anaemia

Living with Crohn’s disease is a challenge to say the least, leading a healthy social and working life may be halted due to the painful symptoms, you may also need to spend more time visiting your GP and your assigned IBD team at the hospital. Constantly feeling unwell and being unable to properly digest the food we love will be sure to have a mental and emotional impact on you, but it is important to know that you are not alone and there are many methods that can be put in place as a treatment for Crohn’s disease.

While the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, there has been major advancements in research over the years that suggest it could be linked to a variety of factors:

  • Your diet
  • Genes
  • An imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria
  • Smoking
  • The immune system attacking the digestive tract
  • Stress
  • Certain medication
  • Viruses or stomach bugs

Research shows that IBD occurrence has been associated with diets higher in animal protein, total fat, dairy fat and refined carbs. Also, populations who eat ultra-processed foods have more cases of IBD. It should also be noted that common food emulsifiers and artificial flavourings have shown to increase the growth of adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) which is harmful bacteria in the gut microbiota of Crohn’s disease patients. In great contrast, plant-based food products have shown to downregulate AIEC and therefore reduce flare-ups.

There have been many leading medical practitioners that have published reports stating that Crohn’s disease flares can not only be treated with a plant-based diet, but it can also aid the maintenance of remission (periods of good health with no relapses).

In a report published on the National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health, a study shows that a patient who was not responding to standard medical therapy tried a plant-based, whole food diet. He majorly reduced his consumption of processed food and limited his intake of animal products to one serving, or less, per week. His diet mainly consisted of legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables. He also took up stress relief activities such as yoga, running and weightlifting.

After six months of implementing these dietary and lifestyle changes, a colonoscopy showed “complete mucosal healing with no visible evidence of Crohn’s disease”. The patient managed to stay in remission for ten months without experiencing a significant clinical relapse. Usually Crohn’s disease is treated with steroid injections, anti-inflammatory tablets or injections and surgery. This research is a great breakthrough for many suffering with Crohn’s because it means there is a non-invasive, alternative treatment available.

At Zur Gluten Free Ltd, we make living with Crohn’s disease a little easier. We have over forty decades of experience aiding those who suffer from gastrointestinal conditions like Crohn’s. After a complimentary consultation where we get to know you and your medical history, we can prepare healthy meals that will keep your digestive system happy and comfortable. You will no longer have to worry about the hidden ingredients in your food and will be able to enjoy delicious meals that won’t cause flare-ups. Get in touch for your free consultation so we can begin.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6628285/

https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-crohns-and-colitis/publications/crohns-disease

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/crohns-disease/

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