Systemic Inflammation & Diet

Systemic Inflammation

Everybody has it in some way or another. Chronic systemic inflammation (SI) is the result of release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from immune-related cells and the chronic activation of the innate immune system. It can contribute to the development or progression of certain conditions.

Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue.  Without inflammation, wounds would fester and infections could become deadly. Inflammation can also be problematic, though, and it plays a role in some chronic diseases.

Inflammation is often characterized by redness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes pain and some immobility. When you stub your toe, for example, biochemical processes release proteins called cytokines as “emergency signals” that bring in your body’s immune cells, hormones and nutrients to fix the problem.

Causes of inflammation website Women to Women

Removing night shades from the diet will decrease inflammation almost immediately. The Whole30, Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Against All Grain are great cookbook resources to aid in eating healthy to avoid inflammation so that you can give your body and fighting chance to heal!

~Andrea

 

 

IBD ~ Crohns & Colitis

IBD. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Crohns Disease. Ulcerative Colitis. It is rare for a single individual to have both but it is not impossible.

This is a summation of what my blog offers an individual who has been diagnosed with Crohns and/or Colitis who want to avoid prescription drugs and surgery. And individuals who have been suffering a long time and want their life back. Finding healing naturally will change your life!

I know that when in a flare the stigma has us all pegged as needing a bathroom asap, that we have diariah all the time, that Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is all about bowel movements. When symptoms are present it’s like this to a degree but it’s about so much more!

Pain, pain and more pain! Iritis pain, debilitating arthritis pain, mouth ulcers, debilitating pain in small intestine, colon and bowel. Debilitating weakness and utter exhaustion, weight lose/gain, constipation, diarrhea, and liver or bladder pain.

Our immune system is weakened, leaky gut syndrome is usually the cause. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Colon, bowel and small intestine pain. The pain often is described as cramping and intermittent, and the stomach may be sore when touched. Pain may turn to a dull, constant ache as the condition gets worse.
  • Fever or other symptoms that affect the entire body may develop. A high fever may mean that you have an infection, such as an abscess, inflammation or infection.
  • Weight loss. Ongoing symptoms, such as diarrhea, can lead to weight loss.
  • Too few red blood cells (anemia). People with Crohn’s disease develop anemia because of low iron levels caused by bloody stools or the intestinal inflammation itself.
  • Small tears in the anus (anal fissures) that may go away, but come back again.
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
  • Delayed growth In children
  • Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn’s disease. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may experience anything from slight discomfort to severe pain, including nausea and vomiting.
  • You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don’t see (occult blood).
  • Mouth sores: ulcers in your mouth similar to canker sores.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Abdominal pain and cramping and the inflammatory reaction in the wall of your bowel affects both your appetite and your ability to digest and absorb food.
  • Perianal disease: pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula).
  • Higher risk of colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Brain function altered
  • organs shutting down
  • muscle wasting

Holistic healing

  • ayruveda
  • breathing
  • meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Biofeedback
  • Dosha – vata, pitta and kapha

Diet changes

  • Against All Grain
  • Whole30
  • AIP Autoimmune Paleo
  • SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Pre & probiotics

All the above support the gut!

I can’t believe how many people with Crohns and Colitis don’t get that the foods you eat affect your digestive track. Obviously, if your Crohns is flared you have ulcers in either your small intestine, colon and bowel and possibly your stomach and mouth. Having Colitis the ulcers are in the lining of your colon so, it makes sense that what we eat is having an affect on our GI Track.

Other important lifestyle changes

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep
  • rest, naps
  • Drink water
  • Walking, yoga, exercise
  • Find gratitude in every day
  • Modalities
  • Chakras
  • Self care, love yourself (be kind and respectful of your body)
  • Mind, body and spirit balance
  • Vitamins
  • Other holistic remedies
    • remove stresses from your life
    • grain free, gluten free, alkaline based diet
    • removal of sugar, legumes, dairy, and night shades
    • also avoid sulfites, msg, carrageenan and artificial additives
  • Minerals
  • Mindfulness
  • Homemade foods….go back to the basics

Information on all that is in this post can be found on my blog. Check out the bottom section of my blog to find clickable links to monthly or categorized posts. It’s all here…how I found remission by changing my lifestyle. I avoided prescription drugs all together and didn’t have to have surgery and I am living a normal life. Yup, that’s right Crohns and colitis knocked my on my butt and I found ways to get back up so I could get back to being my normal self.  Symptom free, flare free and living life!

Love, peace & hope

~Andrea

 

 

 

01/16/15 – 01/16/17

January 16th….Today is a big day for me! It marks two years since I started this amazing Homeopathy and Biofeedback healing, recovery and finding my authentic self journey. I am so grateful I found Phyllis my homeopath who saved my life.

You can not imagine the relief I felt two years ago when I walked out of Natural Remedies the Homeopathic Office in the town I lived in, knowing that I had hope, a future, someone who knew how to help me regain my health and finally a diagnosis. I finally knew what was wrong with me, what I had been dealing with since I was 9 years old.  It had a name, I had words that would lead me to research and find ways I could make my life easier and manage these diseases.

It had crossed my mind to go to a homeopath but I probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for a coworker at my last job who’s son had gone through an incredibly scary time just before I started working there and was also saved by Phyllis, homeopathy and biofeedback. Listening to her tell his story and how she struggled to find her son help, along with how biofeedback and holistic remedies helped him, convinced me that this was what I needed since western medicine nor doctors were unable to help me either.

I am grateful for Kathy and Phyllis who came into my life at just the right time!

On January 12th and 13th last week I felt a huge difference in my thinking ability, processing, and clarity.  Crohns symptoms, energy and overall general health had improved a significant amount over night.  It’s so great….I feel like I’m getting back into functioning normally, I’m so darn close!

I am so grateful for every step I’ve experienced over the past years from fighting for my life to getting my life back.

Now that I know my diagnosis I’ve been able to learn how to manage and handle these diseases so that I don’t repeat my mistakes from the past.  I can’t guarantee that I will never have another flare but I can say with certainty I will never be this sick for this long again.  A usual flare lasts a couple of weeks or months not years when treated with change in diet, holistic remedies, homeopathy and biofeedback.

With proper treatment, allowing the GI track to heal on it’s own and taking holistic remedies a Crohns and Colitis flare can be managed easily. The severity of the flare is the only measure in that it will take as long as the body needs to heal from the damage of the flare.

Check out the rest of my blog posts to see my journey from being incredibly imbalanced and sick from anemia, being malnourished, crohns and colits flares to remission and recovery.

[EDIT] I want to add that I am not in any way against western medicine or doctors. I could make a long list of the people and ways western medicine and doctors have saved lives just in my family not including people I know or have heard about. The theme throughout my blog is that they weren’t for me, this time, for these diseases. 

This is an incredible post to read about Crohns disease

Peace ~Andrea

 

The journey continues…

I have shared my soul searching journey with you in hopes of giving at least one person hope, knowledge and peace in the uncertain time of feeling lost, unbalanced and confused in the months that follow receiving a diagnosis such as IBD.  If you look back at my posts you will see a pattern, a path, some answers, honesty, hope and a variety of ways to help your body adjust to and heal IBD naturally. That’s right Naturally! That means NO prescription drugs, NO over the counter medicines and NO surgery! Not ever, not for the treatment of IBD!

Healing, Remission & Recovery

I needed this outlet (blog) to share what I have learned, the course my life took to find balance and the search and research I have completed to find myself and heal! The people, ideas, health information, cookbooks and positive attitudes in an uncertain time I found along my way were inspirational, helpful and healing. I will keep all of this with me as I move forward in my ever changing life. I am grateful for the hope, peace and my true authentic self I found while healing, finding remission and now recovery over the past months.

Looking back I see how I’ve slowly healed naturally, with homeopathy, holistic medicine, biofeedback and a change in diet. I have to admit it can be done and it is absolutely amazing to say the least.  Watching the transformation my body has taken in the last twenty two months is beyond what I expected.

There is grace in healing naturally!

How life has changed for me in the last couple of months

A couple of weeks house hunting, secured a rental townhouse, moved out of storage into a one bedroom home, winterized my travel trailer an got it safely to storage. Researched accredited colleges, applied, was interviewed and got accepted. I’m going back to school to become a Homeopathic Practitioner. It’s the power of the mind, manifest what you want. Six months ago it never crossed my mind that I would be at this place in my life.

On my way….

This leads me to my next entrepreneurial and website endeaver. I am beginning a new adventure, an entrepreneurial venture that I am extremely excited about. Now that my colitis and crohns are in remission I am starting my dream career. Woodlands Tree Farm!! It’s seasonal but being outdoors and running my own company has been a dream of mine since I was in my 20’s and the time is finally here! I’m jumping in feet first!

Woodlamds Tree Farm start up is in a couple of weeks, going to get people thinking about Christmas! I will be selling Pine, Spruce and Fir Christmas Trees.

Woodlands Tree Farm on  Twtter and Faceook; website will be launching soon.

Stay tuned for more of my recovery and beyond! You can find me here at http://www.OneGutsyLady.com, on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

-Peace-

~Andrea