Tips for Improving Your Lifestyle with Crohn's Disease

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging but you don’t have to rely only on medication to feel better. You can make several lifestyle changes to minimize flare-ups and also to enjoy a better quality of life. Watching what you eat, maintaining a healthy sleep schedule and pursuing some natural treatments to manage symptoms can help to improve your lifestyle and cope better with Crohn’s disease.

If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or are taking care of someone with Crohn’s disease, learn more about treatment options and lifestyle tips by setting up an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can discuss some of the latest treatments available and recommend some coping strategies to improve the sufferer’s quality of life.

Here are some effective ways to improve your lifestyle when living with Crohn’s disease:

1. Try natural herbs. Herbs that soothe the digestive system can help to reduce flare ups and inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease. Herbs such as Echinacea and chamomile can help to sooth the stomach and reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract. Talk to an herbalist or other natural health practitioner about some of the herbs and tinctures that may relive Crohn’s disease symptoms.

2. Add more anti-inflammatory foods and beverages to your diet. Green tea contains antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Since most people with Crohn’s disease need to eliminate coffee and black tea from their diet, they can enjoy a caffeine fix from green tea instead. Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as avocado, tuna, salmon, flaxseed, walnuts and spinach (in moderation) can also counteract the effects of Crohn’s disease and reduce inflammation in the body.

3. Consume Aloe Vera regularly. Aloe Vera is very soothing to the intestinal tract and can make it easier to digest certain foods. Taking an Aloe Vera supplement or drinking healthy beverages or smoothies with Aloe Vera can reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract and prevent flare ups after eating.

4. Reduce stress and depression with exercise. Many people with Crohn’s disease experience high stress levels and may even sink into depression. Aerobic exercises can boost circulation and also help the body release endorphins, which in turn reduce stress and depression. Talk to your doctor about exercises that are appropriate for you to improve your lifestyle with Crohn’s disease.

5. Plan ahead when traveling and attending social events. When you have Crohn’s disease, you will need easy access to the bathroom and will need to have your medication with you at all times. Plan ahead so that you know how to reach the bathroom and find a place you can rest in if you’re feeling fatigued or stressed. Pack your medication in its own pouch so that  you can access it easily when needed. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, or find out where you can get water easily so that you’re not putting yourself at risk for dehydration.

There are several things you can do to improve your lifestyle when living with Crohn’s disease. Talk to your doctor about these and other lifestyle changes you can make to improve your quality of life.