So a few months ago I posted THIS POST about some weird stomach issue I was having. Well in October I found out I have Chron’s disease which is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.
*So glam I know*
“Crohn’s disease cannot be cured. Medications such as steroids and immunosuppressants are used to slow the progression of disease. If these aren’t effective, a patient may require surgery. Additionally, patients with Crohn’s disease may need to receive regular screening for colorectal cancer due to increased risk.”
So upon getting the results back from my gastroenterologist we decided to map out a plan that teeters towards holistic as opposed to harsh steroids or medicine that leave me vulnerable to getting sick more frequently. I was willing to give it a go for a few months to see what happened. We decided this was a better option because I am only 24, physically active, and in otherwise great health.
So here are a few things I have tested out for about 8 months that have kept me flare free and off harsher drugs. The main goal for this regiment is: help with digestion, keep my immune system strong, keep my gut healthy, and help with my bones/joints.
| side note: all of these products are available at many health food stores, Vitacost, whole foods, sprouts, or vitamin shoppe, I also like to stick to the NOW brand if I can get my hands on it |
Oil of Oregano – Used for immune disease, healing infections.
Ashwagandha – Helps with stress that can cause flares.
Papaya Enzymes – Helps with digestion and proper nutrient absorption.
Braggs ACV/ Lemon Essential Oil – helps with upset stomach and cramping. The lemon just makes in bearable to take a shot of.
l-lysine – a key amino acid, that I do not get much of because I do not eat much food containing it.
l-carnitine – helps my muscles and joints not ache constantly.
Plant enzymes- helps break down hard to digest food by taking stress off the colon and GI tract.
Echinacea Goldenseal – help keep a strong immune system
Probiotic – helps support growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.
Digize Essential Oil – Use topically to aid in digestion/ relieve cramping.
Do you have any suggestions of other things I should be taking? Do you or someone you know battle with IBD or IBS? Let me know below how they manage to live normally.