As a (previous) Crohn's patient and Naturopathic Doctor, I wanted to share some clinical insight and tips for great gut health!
First off, to differentiate the two pathologies:
Crohn's is an autoimmune disease that can affect the entire digestive tract from mouth to anus. It is characterized by canker like lesions and can present with pain and blood.
Colitis is inflammation of the colon and can be due to various different things - this diagnosis always frustrates me since it doesn't explain any sort of pathology, it just states inflammation.
Even if you don't have either condition, gut health is extremely important to how our bodies function! Our gut it is the foundation for how our brains work, our emotional stability, our nutrient and mineral stabilization and so much more!
Here are my 4 tips for a happy gut:
1) Take a good probiotic - I accredit this one tip for curing me of Crohn's disease! I take a daily probiotic and suggest it to most patients dealing with inflammation and gut issues. It is important to choose human strain bacteria in order to recolonize the gut permanently. My favorite products are the HMF (human micro flora) line by Genestra.
2) Eliminate gluten or dairy - these two inflammation builders can wreak havoc on the gut lining. We have modified these two so much in North America that I suggest removing if you are struggling with gut health.
3) Consume anti-inflammatory foods or supplements - there are so many options now but my favorites are Curcumin, Turmeric, Althea and Slippery Elm. All can be taken in capsule form for easy consumption.
4) Decrease acidity - in turn "Alkalize" the system. This means removing acidic foods that innately lead to more inflammation - culprits here (other than gluten and dairy) are alcohol, coffee, meats and eggs.
I have personally conquered Crohn's, so if you struggle with any gastrointestinal condition - book in with me so that we can treat your gut specifically and get you symptom free!
In good health,
Dr. Kate Hunter, ND