Best Form Of Exercise To Help With Chron's
You've been to the
doctor and he or she has given you the bad news: there is no known cure for Crohn's Disease. You're not alone, 1:14,000 people are diagnosed with Crohn's and each person is most commonly between the ages of 15-30. This
disease is completely manageable and with some exercise and life changes and you may be able to turn down many of the drugs and surgeries that are so common with Crohn's patients. The best kind of exercise to help
improve your symptoms is two part: stretching and walking.
A Nice Light Meal
Studies from Web MD, EveryDayhealth.com, and healthline.com all show that it's not only the exercise that benefits the
patient but also when and where the exercise takes place. Since stress is such a high factor and stimulant to the symptoms, it is essential to take a look at the overall day and place and set aside time in which
exercise can be enjoyed. Usually, this time period would be in the late afternoon evening time after a light meal when the day has cooled and the stress of the day is settling or in the morning as part of a routine to
start your day off right (or even perhaps both). The necessity is that the time of exercise should take place in a calm relaxing time after you have eaten a light meal to promote a healthy digestion.
Do Some Stretches
After the meal, start with some stretches. Take your time with this step, it will help if you can do this in a place in which kids aren't going to be running around or jumping over you. Even
laying down a blanket on the floor where you will stretch will alleviate some stress. Focus on stretching your lower back and abdominal section. You can start by laying face down on the floor and lifting your torso up
so that you are resting on your elbows and your hips are resting on the ground. To stretch your back, sit up with your knees bent under your stomach and bringing your hands in front of you on the floor, bow your head as
low as you can. Take a few breaths during each stretch. There are many instructional videos on youtube but remember to go slowly. With Crohn's, you do not want to overwhelm your body with exercise, you just want to
A Nice Light Walk
Thereafter, a light walk would heighten the results. It is important to note that you should always take any kind of medication that the doctor has prescribed
and a bottle of water when you go out. Walking doesn't mean that you have to do it in any particular manner and you don't have to go to any specific location to do it. You might just want to walk to the corner of your
street. The trick is to go as far as you can without pushing yourself to far. Walk to the mailbox a few times during the day or doing some outdoor gardening, anything that will get you moving.
Exercise is not a cure
but it will help the digestive tract and lessen the symptoms. Though at first, a patient may not feel up to doing the little things the benefits of moving can send a Crohn's patient into remission. Light exercise such
as walking and stretching lowers stress and helps lift depression which is one of the hardest symptoms of Crohn's to overcome. Osteoporosis, which Crohn's patients are at higher risk is also fought with light exercise.
By becoming more active, a patient can live a well life.
Best foods To Eat To Avoid Crohn's (Shopping List Items Included)
Things that may increase your risk of getting Crohn's is completely
out your control. You can, however, change the cause of flare ups, and shorten the time that the symptoms affect you during a flare up by not eating certain things. In extreme cases of Crohn's the small intestine is
incapable of absorbing nutrients so it is important to speak with a doctor about your specific needs. In the end of this article, we are going to give you the best foods to eat to avoid Crohn's (shopping list items
included), but for starters, let us tell you what to not put in that shopping cart:
A tall glass of milk
Up until the late 1970's, doctors would recommend milk because of it's base and it was
thought to neutralize acid relieve pain from acid build up that comes as a symptom for Crohn's. However, further research by the Ten Hardy Research Participants proved that milk actually rises the gastric acid after a
few hours which explains why there is a feeling of temporary relief but often feels worse thereafter. Even in those who do not suffer from Crohn's develop ulcers from drinking more than 24 oz a day, regardless of fat
content. So though it is tempting for some relief, you're better off taking antacids.
Corn of any form
Though it is delicious, it really is not worth the pain! The fibrous outer shells of corn
kernels don't break down in the stomach because the digestive enzymes cannot break the chemical bonds between the sugar molecules in the cellulose. Basically, the outer coat of the corn kernel passes through your
intestines as a whole wrecking havoc of your damaged system. The shell often doesn't clump with the rest of the digested bits so as it passes it causes harsher irritation and often creating hemorrhoids.
Seeds - Strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, rye bread and more
To put it simply, seeds do not break down, much like the shells of corn. As the seeds work through the digestive tract they act like sandpaper
on your wounded intestines. In combat, the body tries to coat the damage to bring relief but the after effect is diarrhea.
Peel off the skin
The peel of fruits and vegetables have a compound in
them called cucurbitacin which irritates the mucous membranes in the stomach causing extreme distress. While in distress, the body struggles to absorb the nutrients. Therefore, it's always best to peel off the skin of
your favorite fruits. Buying canned fruits and veggies might lighten the burden if you don't want to take the time to peel.
Another food that you can't even mash down into a fine paste or
powder so that your stomach will digest it is nuts. Crohn's patients won't be able to absorb the healthy fats and protein available and only serves to irritate the lining of your stomach and worsen your symptoms.
The joy of sugar-free is that the digestive tract very slowly absorbs and is great for those who suffer from diabetes. However, this benefit becomes a disaster for a Crohn's patient.
Sugar alcohol found in sugar-free items causes gas, bloating, cramps, and extreme discomfort because it begins to ferment and attract water to the intestinal tract. Crohn's patients will suffer more so than others
because any non absorbable sugars are broken down by the bowel bacteria causing worse symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The bacteria in the damaged tract will feast on the sugar alcohol.
Foods to Include in your Shopping Cart
Now that you know which foods to avoid, here's some foods you need to include on that shopping list:
Note, before you turn to any of these food items, you should
speak with your physician, because some of them could have a poor interaction with the medication you are taking.
Probiotics has been popping up in front of us a lot lately – this is "good bacteria."
Some believe consuming good bacteria can help control Crohn's disease, so it is definitely worth trying. So definitely include some of these on your grocery list:
· Sour Pickles
· Sourdough Bread