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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Lifestyle and Dietary Changes That Will Help Manage Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affect as many as three million Americans, most of whom are diagnosed before age 35. These chronic, life-long conditions can be managed but not cured, so as a result IBD can significantly affect a person’s quality of life and may have a high financial load. Up until now, traditional medicine has taken a linear view of treatment options by focusing only on addressing and commonly suppressing symptoms, ignoring the impact of the whole person; their mind, body or lifestyle, causing many people continuing the struggle. (1)

In contrast, the Functional Medicine approach to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) is the most supportive road to optimal health. Once you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation, I will start by addressing the root cause of the imbalance that is generating the symptoms. To do this, I make use of many tools and methods, including but not limited to: food plan and balanced nutrition, lifestyle modifications, acupuncture, homeopathy and mindfulness therapy.

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Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD is a condition in which there is inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) anywhere from the mouth to the anus. (2) Two kinds of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and when symptoms of these diseases occur they may include:

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Too often, people think of “wellness” in temporary terms. They want to work with doctors and take short-term steps, like medication, to improve annoying symptoms but never deal with unhealthy routines and lifestyle choices that created the illness in the first place.

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Foods to Include in an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diet and Why

For many of my clients, specifically those with mild IBD or who are in remission, I encourage dietary pattern that promotes the intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lean proteins and healthy fats rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Once you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation, I’ll walk you through ways you can minimize processed foods containing additives and artificial ingredients, and limit red meat, processed meats, sweets and added sugars. (3)

I recommend this diet for two primary reasons. First, it’s full of prebiotic fibers from sources such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. These help to feed the beneficial microorganisms in your gut, known as the microbiome. I explained that a healthy and diverse microbiome is important to maintain the lining of the intestines. These beneficial organisms also play a role in immune function and vitamin and mineral metabolism. We’re just starting to understand the microbiome’s role in disease development and conditions like IBD so I will recommend your CONTACT me to explain your unique case. (4)

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The second reason I recommend foods rich in phytonutrients and omega-3 fatty acids is that they decrease the inflammation that’s at the heart of IBD. The diet is also low in added sugars. Too much sugar promotes the growth of bad bacteria, which can negatively affect the health of the intestines and the function of the microbiome. For some people, added sugar can worsen symptoms and cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea.

A good guideline for moving toward this way of eating is the arrangement of the plate for meals. I recommend that half the plate be non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, leafy greens and the other half of the plate should be split between starchy vegetables or whole grains, like barley, quinoa or brown rice, and the remaining forth of the plate be a lean protein like fish, seafood, poultry or beans. Fruit can be incorporated into the meal as a dessert or a snack between meals. Once you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation, I encourage cooking with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and consuming non-fat or low-fat dairy. (5)

I remind my clients that eating red meats such as beef, pork and lamb, along with processed meats, may increase their risk for colorectal cancer. Clients with IBD already have an increased risk of colorectal cancer. A healthy diet is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and some cancers but I will recommend your CONTACT me to explain your unique case.

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Other Lifestyle Changes you should Consider Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In general, I advice my Inflammatory Bowel Disease clients to follow a healthy diet while keeping these tips in mind:

Be careful with vitamins and mineral supplements. Remember that most of our needed vitamins are obtained just by eating a balanced diet. Some over-the-counter supplements can contain lactose, starch, and other ingredients that can worsen your symptoms. (6)

Here are some healthy lifestyle practices that I would also recommend to make it easier to manage your diagnosis:

By tuning in to your body, making healthy choices and you CONTACTING me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation, you can enhance your quality of life living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (7)

Summary

Functional medicine’s approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease is like building a house. This why I always start by supporting a client to build a good foundation which is a healthy lifestyle, a healthy environment, and a personalized food plan. I will recommend you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where would focus on the roots and start to cultivate a healthy inner environment such as a strong microbiome that supports the rest of the body. Adequate hydration is also critical, especially for clients that experience frequent diarrhea. I’ll often recommend oral rehydration solutions.

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Are you tired of masking your symptoms with harsh medications and want to get to the root cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease ? You could take charge of your health today with a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. We will identify the key areas that need support and give necessary support to show what needs to be done uniquely for your case. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation if you or your loved ones are seeking relief from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Chen Ben Asher will give you her best care and give recommendations based on what’s happening inside your body on a cellular level, in a bid to achieve optimum results. Be rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as we look for the root cause!

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Working With A Functional Nutritionist To Help With Gut Issues

Weight Loss and Digestion | Functional Nutrition provides a personalized, holistic, and integrative approach towards better health, healing, relief, and well-being.
The process typically starts with a comprehensive initial evaluation that includes a review of your individual medical history as well as any necessary lab work such as food allergy testing. We also learn your current eating and lifestyle habits so we can optimize them and reduce any negative impact these choices might have on your health.

Weight Loss and Digestion | Once your needs and current nutritional support and lifestyle are understood, the process of nutritional consulting includes everything from food and cooking recommendations to education on why certain foods and nutrients are helpful or harmful. We also discuss functional and targeted supplementation where needed.
Most importantly, we take a practical approach to our work. It does not help you to give you recommendations that don’t work for you or aren’t realistic with your schedule and obligations.
Most importantly, we offer a coaching component to make sure you have all the emotional support and encouragement you need to believe in and make the choices that will promote health and healing within your body.

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Take The First Step On Your Journey &


Perhaps you have questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a client. Our client coordinator is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Mor’s Nutrition & More is right for you.

If you or your loved ones might be suffering from gut related issues, please contact me to schedule a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation. I can help you find relief—even if you've tried most traditional solutions.

Services

  • Initial Nutritional Evaluation
  • Comprehensive Personal Nutrition Consultation & Coaching
  • Personalized Therapeutic Nutritional Consulting
  • Nutritional Supplements & Supplement Guidance
  • Testing Guidance
  • Educational Workshops & Groups

Sample Program

Every program is different, but a typical client might expect the following:

  • Comprehensive Intake
  • Diet & Nutritional Evaluation 
  • Medical History & Family History Review
  • Medication & Food Supplements Review
  • Blood Test Analysis Guidance
  • Comprehensive Nutritional Recommendations
  • Food Shopping Guidance
  • Cooking & Food Preparation Guidance
  • Herbs & Food Supplements
  • Weekly or Bi-Weekly Sessions
  • Educational Materials & Resources
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