vitamin D

CROHN’S is a disease of the gut and too complex to discuss in great detail here. However, it is generally accepted that food intolerance may be a factor. 

Research by Dr. John Hunter at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, found that Crohn’s patients are often intolerant to foods such as wheat, yeast and dairy. Patients were able to get rid of their symptoms by excluding the problem foods.

Hunter also believes eliminating fat from the diet may also play a major role in controlling the disease.

Vitamin D could also be important, as up to 56 percent of Crohn’s sufferers have been found to have low levels of this vital nutrient. You can have your vitamin D level checked with a simple home finger prick test. You will then be sent your results along with a recommendation to correct a vitamin D deficiency if you need it.

Several herbs have been shown to help Crohn’s symptoms, which can include diarrhea. Slippery elm and psyllium husks absorb excess fluid and have softer fibres than normal bran. Meadowsweet and comfrey have specific anti-inflammatory properties.

Herbalists also use lady’s slipper, valerian root, skullcap and chamomile as general calming agents.

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