The basics….

With winter months coming, and colds and flus, I am planning to get outside every day and snow shoe, walk, x-c ski…This really helps you stay healthy! I also take garlic capsules daily, and drink green tea and take L-lysine supplements to boost my immune system, which has been compromised this fall due to a mild flare-up of my Crohn’s…. Here are some other tips!

Me on my bile after I rode to Montpelier--58 miles!--for Moving Planet. Biking is a great way to keep in shape...

Improve your diet. The very first change that should occur in patients wanting to improve their health is a dietary change. Even minor dietary changes can affect health significantly and usually larger dietary changes can bring even better results. Diet is extremely important to health. Try avoiding processed foods and foods with additives, colors, and preservatives. Avoid sugars, especially items sweetened with refined sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup.

 

Make lifestyle changes. Changing your lifestyle can be liberating and engaging. It allows one to become more aware of their body and changes that are occurring, as opposed to merely taking a drug and waiting for the symptom to disappear. Integrating whole-body treatment and lifestyle changes can help to improve overall health rather than focusing on one issue or one specific problem.  One important lifestyle change to make is creating a routine and rhythm for yourself. Go to bed at the same time, get up at the same time and eat meals at the same time. Routines promote better breathing and better, more relaxed, breathing creates better health and better resistance to illness.

 

Begin an exercise routine. Exercise is one of the most important lifestyle practices to adopt when considering treatment options. No matter what your physical state is, there is always something you can do for exercise. Following a daily plan is essential to maintaining good health. Try walking at first if you currently don’t have an exercise program. Thirty minutes to one hour walking outside can help improve mood and energy.

 

Maintain a holistic approach to your health. Taking supplements, getting a stool sample analysis, and going to a psychotherapist, massage therapist, or naturopathic physician are all effective starting points to building an overall, holistic, treatment plan that achieves results for patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Be well…. Dede

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Women & Crohn’s

This could be a good group to start! I found this excellent article about women, who have Crohn’s, for reference:

http://www.empowher.com/colitis/content/colitis-symptoms-diagnosis-and-risks

 

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This could be a good site for venting…

Adam is helping me get this blog/site going, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I wonder if it exists ? Seems like there are members, but they are not posting or joining my groups … The good news is it is a site and maybe it will help some people!

With the recent flood after hurricane Irene, I spent two days helping with clean-up crew work, and now I feel lousy. I think the silt and dust was particularly toxic! I did a ton of sweeping and shoveling. I will post a photo of how hard-hit our area was (Vermont). So sad. Now, I am trying very hard to get back into my routine and not get into the flare-up mode, which I can sense is coming if I don’t slow down! Hope everyone on this new site is feeling okay! Please write a response if you are really members! Tx! Your friend, and fellow Crohnnie, Dede

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