Home Remedies to Reduce Crohn's Disease Flare-Ups

These simple steps will help you better manage your symptoms.

Home Remedies to Reduce Crohn's Disease Flare-Ups

By Crohn's Connect Staff Published at October 23, 2014 Views 1,203

If you or someone that you love is living with Crohn's disease, then you're already aware of the crippling effects a flare-up can have on an otherwise normal day. While both the severity of the disorder and treatment plans vary from patient to patient, there are steps all Crohn's patients can take in their everyday lives that may help to reduce the strength of their symptoms or increase time between occurrences. Try integrating these tips into your daily routine to see if they can reduce the effects of your Crohn's disease:

Try Herbal Treatments

Numerous herbal treatments, such as peppermint, chamomile and aloe vera juice, may help reduce the severity of Crohn's symptoms, according to Healthline. Before integrating any of these into your daily life, consult with your physician to ensure they won't react negatively with your medication.

Limit Stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, undergoing periods of intense stress can cause the symptoms of your Crohn's disease to worsen over time. While you can't completely eliminate stress from your life, you may want to try learning to control your stressors through alternative methods such as meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery or biofeedback.

Eat Healthy Fats

While fatty foods can worsen Crohn's disease, it's important that your body be provided with the small amount of fat it needs. Try providing yourself with fat from healthier sources, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel. If seafood isn't appealing to you, try shooting for the sort of polyunsaturated fats found in soybean or flaxseed oil, walnuts and tofu.

Quit Smoking

The dangers and damages of smoking are well known and need not be detailed here. However, what's not as broadly understood is that smoking can aggravate Crohn's disease. The Mayo Clinic reports that Crohn's patients who smoke have a higher likelihood to require multiple surgeries than those who do not.

To learn more about staying healthy with Crohn's disease:

Understanding Crohn’s Disease
Dieting to Ease Crohn's Disease
10 Best Foods for Crohn’s Disease

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