How to Treat Digestive Diseases At-Home: Deal With the Symptoms of Crohns, IBS & Colitis For Good!
Millions of people today suffer from digestive-related conditions like Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease.
The medical world tends to label these diseases as mysterious or genetic and yet the truth is that ALL of these dis-eases are absolutely preventable and can be healed by 'cleaning house' and following some steps and simple protocols.
99% of the time, diseases that form in the intestines or bowel are caused by the overconsumption of dead animals (meat), a lack of plant and fibrous foods, supplements being stuck in the colon and not drinking nearly enough water on a daily basis.
What Is Colitis?
If you've been diagnosed with colitis, you'll be familiar with some of its unpleasant symptoms like diarrhoea, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding.
Colitis is one of a group of conditions known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease.
Ulcerative colitis causes open sores in the large intestine and almost always results in bloody or watery stools.
Plain colitis, which is less severe, doesn’t involve ulcers and tends to be confined to the upper part of the large intestine.
The good news is that you can 'un-cause' these symptoms and discomforts by overhauling your eating habits so that your digestive system has the chance to cleanse itself and heal.
To begin with, kick up your water intake to ensure that you're drinking at least 2-3 litres per day.
Next, you can relieve the pain by incorporating into your diet a variety of herbs, seeds and mild spices like chamomile, comfrey, ginger, peppermint, psyllium husks and slippery elm.
Also, add more high water content fruits like melons and papayas to your diet, powerful digestive vegetables like cucumbers and celery and smooth vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
What Is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine causing symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, gas and diarrhoea.
IBS is a digestive ‘condition’ comprising a set of certain symptoms impacting a person for an extended period, usually greater than 3 months.
As the name suggests, several forms of irritation, as well as inflammation, constitute many of the effects people normally experience.
Learn more in Tips To Heal Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Leaky Gut
What Is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation in the small intestine.
Although it can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus, it usually occurs in the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum.
The inflammation extends deeply into the lining of the affected organ. The inflammation can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhoea.
Crohn’s disease is inflammatory.
Diarrhoea and abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, are the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease although rectal bleeding, weight loss and fever may also be evident. Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anaemia.
Be aware that abdominal discomfort may occur if by eating foods high in fibre simply because they're unable to adequately pass through the digestive tract due to serious blockages already in the colon.
How to Treat Digestive Diseases At-Home
The five steps below can bring you significant relief when dealing with digestive diseases, while also helping to maintain and improve your overall health and wellness.
The best part is, most of these tips are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle, and once you make these changes, you’ll see so many varied benefits that keeping up with changes will be easy.
Plus, your digestive diseases like Crohns, IBS and Colitis will finally be eased once and for all, which will change your life in ways you never thought possible.
The simple solution for any digestive disease is to FAST (on juice or water) for multiple days, to relieve stress and cleanse your digestive system, thereby giving it the opportunity to heal.
One of the quickest ways to see improvement in your digestive health is to perform a fast.
Even a 1 day fast can yield highly beneficial results when done regularly.
Fasting completely overhauls your digestive system by giving it a break from constantly processing food and the toxic residues that get left behind in your digestive tract.
When fasting - particularly on water - you should avoid rigorous activity, rest and do only light stretching and walking.
Then, once your fasting period is over, break it with very light foods like soups, smoothies and salads to begin with. Then gradually introduce nourishing solid fruits, vegetables, unrefined whole grains, herbs, spices and fermented foods.
This will slowly rebuild a healthy bacteria balance into your gut to support healing of digestive diseases like Crohns, IBS, and Colitis.
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2. Detox & Cleanse Your Gut
If a FAST is not feasible right now, you can still help your digestive system to heal with other protocols.
A colon cleanse with natural clays and fibres is a good place to start, because it will help to strip accumulated waste stored in the colon, that typically contributes to the offence.
Bentonite Clay is one of mother earth's true gifts when it comes to detoxifying the body internally.
When ingested responsibly, it absorbs and binds like a sponge toxic waste and releases it from your digestive tract.
Bentonite Clay (together with Psyllium Husk and ground Flaxseed) is the flagship ingredient in our signature colon cleanse product called, Cleanse Me
This is a two-part protocol that you follow for 2-4 days, depending on your personal level of comfort and health. When you order Cleanse Me, we'll include instructions as to how to prepare and approach your cleanse to get the most benefit.
Another option is to visit a colon hydrotherapy clinic that specialises in gravity-flow technology. These clinics are very popular these days and are readily available in many areas.
Tip: Responsibly ingesting food-grade essential oils can also help with gut issues. Pure oils like Lemon, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Peppermint and Fennel can help relieve the symptoms of digestive diseases and give you relief.
3. Go at least 80% Plant-Based
One of the biggest causes of digestive problems is a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet.
Plants are nature's true detoxifying and blood-building agents, so if you're not eating enough of them, you're going to experience excess toxicity in your body - which is the root cause of digestive and other diseases.
Completely eliminate all processed meats e.g. bacon, salami, sausages, corned beef etc. from your diet altogether. If you're going to eat meat, eggs or dairy, keep it to a minimum and ensure it's free-range (or organic), grass-fed and hormone-free.
Next, delete your consumption of refined carbs and sugar - think crystal sugar, white pasta, bread and rice, cakes, cookies and biscuits.
Make your first meal of the day a cold-pressed fruit/vege juice, a bowl of juicy fresh fruit, or dairy-free smoothie.
For lunch or dinner each day, eat a big salad with plenty of fresh, leafy greens as the base, add chopped red onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and dress with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
When you do this you’ll start to notice a huge difference in the way your digestive system operates.
These tweaks can help reduce the inflammation that causes digestive tract diseases like Crohns, Colitis, and IBS, while also reducing the number of toxins that reside and build up in your digestive system.
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Tip: If you are generally healthy but have days when your digestive system needs a helping hand, our Get Things Moving Daily Fibre Blend (Psyllium, Chia, Hemp & Flax) can help.
4. Add Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are loaded with probiotics that help to ensure the healthy colonies of bacteria to form in the gut, which regulates a number of vital functions of your body.
You can find plenty of plant-based fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kombucha, pickled vegetables, olives, kimchi, sourdough bread, miso soup, tempeh, and more.
Dairy based varieties like organic plain yogurt, naturally aged cheeses and kefir are also very good for maintaining and restoring healthy gut flora.
5. Drink More Water
Water is vital to every single bodily function and it's even more important when trying to treat digestive diseases like Crohns, IBS, and Colitis.
Water and high water content fruits and vegetables are essential for supporting the release of any type of offence that is causing you discomfort in your digestive system.
Drink at least 2-3 litres of clean water every day. Add a drop or two of Lemon Essential Oil to your water - at least first thing in the morning if not throughout the day, and then go for a walk. The lemon oil has powerful cleansing compounds that will assist the detox and healing process.
Another way to stay hydrated and go light on your digestive system, is to try our RAW Juice Powders which are not only delicious, quick and easy to prepare - just add water! - but packed with vitamins and minerals too.
Your body needs water to flush toxins out of your system and keep everything running smoothly, so make sure you’re getting enough to help heal digestive diseases like Crohns, IBS, and Colitis.
6. Lightly Exercise
Exercise can ease bloating and digestive issues.
Just a little movement will encourage food and toxins to move through your system, easing the pain and uncomfortable symptoms that can occur after eating.
At the very least, you should walk for 30-45 minutes each day, preferably first thing in the morning if you can.
Additional exercises to incorporate are low impact activities like swimming, cycling, pilates and yoga.
Exercise not only releases wonderful endorphins to naturally help relieve pain and discomfort, but also is vital to stimulate healthy digestive function and healing.
Learn more in Top Low-Impact Exercises For Health & Wellness
If you’re suffering from digestive diseases like Crohns, IBS and Colitis, it's time to stop letting it rule your life.
Start by following at least one or two of these steps and then gradually incorporate them all. And in doing so, you'll begin to purge your body of toxic residue, rid yourself of the torturous symptoms and get your life back.
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