Crohn’s disease is chronic, meaning that it never goes away or is cured. It is an inflammatory ailment that affects the entire gastrointestinal tract causing serious health complications. This illness dramatically affects quality of life for sufferers. It is not, however life threatening. Those with Crohn’s can expect to life a full lifetime with recurrent remissions. Men with the disease have a normal life expectancy of about 78 years while women may live a while longer on average. Morbidity attributed to Crohn’s is usually caused by untreated side effects and complication.
Symptoms vary from patient to patient and consequently there is no specific treatment. All treatment is crafted to fit the individual. Some common symptoms do include, anorexia, stomach pain, diarrhea, fever gas, bloating and dramatic weight loss. Sometimes there is blood and pus in the stool resulting from the damage done to the mucus lining of the bowels and intestines. Crohn’s is often complicated by malnutrition or the body’s inability to absorb the nutrients it needs to repair itself. In addition the immune system is compromised by the on going damage. Undigested food can accumulate and cause dangerous blockages in the intestines. Lesions and tears in the linings can sometimes cause spillage and damage to surrounding organs and force the need for surgical repairs.
No one has yet been able to pinpoint the exact cause of Crohn’s but there are a number of factors that contribute to its presence. These include poor diet and nutrition, food allergies, a compromised immune system as well as other environmental factors. Stress and anxiety are contribute to the discomfort felt by most sufferers.
Some researchers speculate that ridding the diet of processed foods, refined carbohydrates and fats along with the chemical additives and pesticides that go into food these days will go a long way in affecting a cure for Crohn’s. These same researchers blame the American way of eating as the main culprit behind all chronic illness existing in the world.
Other researchers and scientists are taking a closer look at the link between food allergies and symptoms of Crohn’s. All doctors routinely test for food sensitivities and allergies in connection to eliminate them as the cause of the problems. Common allergy foods are milk and dairy products, wheat, gluten, corn and chocolate to name just a few.
Many researchers feel that by restoring the natural biochemical balance in the body is the way to naturally cure Crohn’s. Naturally healing Crohn’s begins with removing all food triggers and harmful processed products as well as the pesticides and chemicals with which they are grown. Doing this while adding a natural and diet will see a return of strength and energy enabling you to add an exercise regimen to go another step toward better health without drugs and medications.