You CAN Heal Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Without Drugs Despite What You May Have Heard
Call it cure, call it heal, call it what you want. You may have been told by multiple doctors that ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s Disease CANNOT be healed without drugs. It is SUCH a shame that this is the information that is shared with patients by general practitioners and specialists alike. In fact, it is this very information that accounts for so few people actually being able to heal from these conditions.
We place so much confidence and belief in today’s medical doctors that when we get told we are unable to cure something (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease or otherwise) it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Today’s belief system is such that doctors know more about our bodies than we do, so they must be right. And if they’re right, why would we seek out natural remedies? It would be a waste of time wouldn’t it?
Not only does this belief system stop us from seeking out a cure, the belief itself actually affects physiological changes in our bodies. The mind is infinitely more powerful than it’s acceptable to ‘believe’.
There are many studies you can find today discussing the bidirectionally of the gut-brain axis and how our thoughts can impact our bodies. That is to say that our state of mind, conscious or subconscious, has a measurable physiological impact on our digestive and immune systems.
But changing your belief system is incredibly difficult and takes years. So perhaps the angle to take is to act and gain your belief through first hand experience. That’s what I’m here to help you to do.
Without further adieu, here are the steps to heal ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s Disease naturally.
It all starts with bowel rest. Bowel rest can be achieved in a number of different ways, and everyone’s bowel is different. Bowel rest can either be achieved by eating soft foods, or by eating nothing solid at all, and consuming what’s called an elemental diet.
Whether you eat soft foods or opt for an elemental diet, it is important that your foods are devoid of gluten, A1 beta casein, and possibly other lectins too. Gluten (which is a lectin), A1 beta casein and other lectins are proteins that can trigger an autoimmune response when they poke holes in your gut wall and allow foreign proteins to enter the bloodstream through a compromised epithelial lining (intestinal permeability). These foreign proteins are then recognized as invaders by the body, and the body then tries to ‘zap’ them which causes inflammation and symptoms of ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease.
What I will say about lectins, however, is that a lectin-avoidance diet as a curative measure for ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease is a contentious topic. I know many people with ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease who thrive on consuming large amounts of potatoes (which are known to have one of the highest lectin contents around). All things considered, though, if we stay on the side of caution, a low lectin diet would seem sensible.
You may consider taking the rest phase a step further and following what’s called an elimination diet. An elimination diet is devoid of all major allergens including dairy, gluten, eggs, fish, and nuts, and works by ensuring that the proteins found in these foods do not promote intestinal permeability as mentioned described above.
It is also important that your soft foods are whole foods. No processed crap or added sugar allowed if you are trying to heal ulcerative or Crohn’s disease naturally. If you are confused by what a whole food is, read the label. Does it contain a bunch of chemicals? Does it have any sugar added to it? If so, it is NOT a whole food. Generally speaking, I will not consume something that doesn’t look like it did when it was picked or culled. But that’s just me.
So what is rebalancing? Rebalancing in this context refers to your gut microbiome – that is, the ratio of good to bad bacteria in your gut. Fixing any dysbiosis (imbalance) will serve to protect your musical lining from damage, thus mitigating against intestinal permeability and the nasty autoimmune response (symptoms of ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease) that follows.
You can begin the rebalancing phase at the same time as you are consuming either your soft foods or your elemental diet. If you are consuming soft foods, then you can add in fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, raw milk kefir, and any other fermented vegetables that you can purchase or make yourself.
Note – whether you are purchasing fermented vegetables or making your own, stick to organic vegetables if the cost is acceptable. Organic vegetables are devoid of nasty chemicals that can have an impact on an already compromised gut. Do not add any sugar, of course.
If you are consuming an elemental diet, then you should start consuming probiotics at the same time. Choosing the right probiotic is a minefield – there are way too many brands out there. This isn’t a post to get into choosing the right probiotic, but suffice to say at this stage that you shouldn’t be sold based on how many strains are in a probiotic capsule, and in some cases not even by the number of CFUs. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this.
What I will say about probiotics is stay away from VSL3 or VSL#3. This brand is widely used for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease but unfortunately they’ve just been in court (and lost) for selling a completely different formula to the one that was originally met with so much success. You can see one of the articles about it here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181126005445/en/Maryland-Federal-Jury-Unanimously-Finds-Probiotic-Sellers.
You may also need to start what is called an anti pathogen regimen at the same time as adding good bacteria. This is something that should not be undertaken lightly so it would be wise that I don’t throw a bunch of herbs & supplement names out there because they can have serious impacts on your symptoms and your health if not applied correctly. You can contact me to discuss.
Once you’ve completely eradicated your symptoms, AND added 1 week as a safety measure, you can start the reintroduction phase.
The thing to remember about this phase is that your lifestyle and nutrition choices in the past have put you into a state of disease (lifestyle choices would include consumption of antibiotics by the way). For this reason, you should be very diligent when you go about introducing foods & lifestyle factors back into your life again.
The food reintroduction phase is probably the hardest part and it’s very important to be structured about how you go about it. I would highly recommend a formal tolerance test for each new food that you decide to add back into your diet, being especially cautious with the food groups I mentioned above in the Rest section when discussing an elimination diet.
It would be wise to ALWAYS stay away from cow’s milk containing the A1 protein, and also gluten which causes everyone’s gut issues whether they’re aware of it or not.
The basic premise of food tolerance testing is introducing one food for a period of 4 days before marking it as safe for consumption. This is because it can take 4 days from the moment you eat a food until you eliminate it. Be sure to only add one food at a time, or you will NOT be able to identify the cause of any symptoms that you experience.
This phase really is very tricky and it is ONGOING. Our lifestyles, however, lend us to adding foods back in way too quickly most of the time, which is why a lot of people fail at this stage.
Yes, this is the second time I’ve mentioned rebalancing. Rebalancing is absolutely worthy of second (and repeated) mention when discussing how to heal ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease naturally and permanently.
If you were to focus on only 1 of these steps, it should be this one. Of course, I would not recommend that, I just want you to know how important this phase is.
As mentioned earlier, by increasing the number of good bacteria in your system and decreasing the number of bad bacteria, you will make yourself resilient to recurrences of ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease symptoms. A high number of beneficial bacteria will protect your mucosal lining from damage, hence protecting against intestinal permeability and the autoimmune response that follows.
It is very important you understand the above fact. That could very well be the difference between you healing permanently or not.
To heal ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease and also become resistant to other types of illness and autoimmune disease, you should be taking steps towards maintaining microbial balance in your intestines for the rest of your life. That is to say that..
… you should be eating fermented foods (almost) every day.
It can take years to fully heal from autoimmune disease.
So you’ve eliminated your symptoms, you’re eating fermented foods, now what?
It’s time to relax. I often see this part missing from healing regimes.
You CANNOT heal, if you are under large amounts of stress. I’ll say that again.. you CANNOT heal, if you are under large amounts of stress.
Because when you are stressed, a number of things happen:
- Stress itself causes inflammation. Stress, in its latter stages specifically, increases the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. See this study. Stress causes symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease.
- Stress is directly linked with an increase in intestinal permeability which is CASUAL of ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease. Here is just one study attesting to this.
- Stress disrupts your microbial balance and the normal functioning of your gut bacteria, which again leads to intestinal permeability.
- Stress causes the release of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones inhibit your parasympathetic nervous system from functioning properly. Your parasympathetic nervous system is essentially what is known as your ‘rest and digest’ system, and you REALLY need it running smoothly to heal from ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease.
I can’t ‘stress’ this enough. You need to find ways to relax. How can you do that?
Well, chronic stress happens when certain areas of your life are out of alignment. These areas vary person by person, but I most commonly see the following areas as requiring special attention for those people looking to heal from ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease:
And usually in that order too. Lifestyle changes that address the areas above can have major impacts on your stress levels and therefore on your body’s ability to activate its parasympathetic nervous system and undergo some true, DEEP healing.
As for specific practices that can elicit relaxation, you should be thinking about things like meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, reading etc. Really it’s anything that occupies your entire focus and doesn’t leave space for worrying. By this rationale, exercise can also elicit the type of relaxation we’re interested in.
This journey is not easy. If it was, everyone would have healed their inflammatory bowel disease and as we know all too well, that’s simply not the case. We live in a world where information is readily available, but it is not access to the information that is the problem. It’s the inability to USE that information effectively, because there’s simply too much of it.
It is my role as a health coach specializing in IBD to filter that info for you, and give you only what you need to heal.
You can get in touch below and we can start your healing transformation together.
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