Microbiotics for Crohn’s disease.
Micro biotics and Probiotics have several health benefits, including helping to relieve the joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. They can also help to relieve the intestinal inflammation of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Some experts maintain that using probiotics to restore the microbiome (the microbiological balance in the body) can allow a person with Crohn’s disease to reduce irregular immune responses and experience fewer symptoms.
They believe that adding healthful bacteria to the digestive tract, potentially by incorporating natural probiotic food sources into the diet, can reduce both intestinal inflammation and abnormalities of the immune system.
This could minimize symptoms of Crohn’s disease, such as gastrointestinal irritation, diarrhoea, and stomach upset.
I recommend Udo’s Choice® Super 8 Microbiotic. It consists 8 different bacteria strains which are naturally found in both the small and large intestines, lacto in the small and bifido in the large. By including strains from both families Super 8 ensures that your entire digestive system is covered.
It has been on the market for many years and is widely available in pharmacies, health shops and online.
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Digestive Enzymes for Crohn’s disease
Because digestive enzymes help the body break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, the theory is that supplementing the body’s supply of these enzymes will promote healthy digestion and relieve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
If our system is compromised, because of certain conditions, food intolerances or aging, some foods prove particularly challenging to smooth digestion. Enter the ignoble signs of a flare-up: passing wind, belching and bloating.
At this point, many of us reach for Udo’s Choice Digestive Enzymes. This is where supplemental digestive enzymes come in, offering a much gentler and less invasive solution.
“Digestive enzymes basically speed up the breakdown of macronutrients.
For those battling a perpetual stomach ache, supplementing with over-the-counter digestive enzymes, especially in the short term, helps provide key digestive relief that allows the body to marshal its resources toward healing.
One of the most common objections to supplementation is that the body can produce all the digestive enzymes it needs.
However, stress and poor nutrition can be catalysts for enzyme shortages.
Lactase deficiency is another example of a widespread digestive enzyme shortage—it occurs in as much as 70 percent of the world’s adult population. Plus, as we age, enzyme production slows.
Udo’s Choice® Digestive Enzymes Gold is a good choice. It has three protein digesting enzymes including Alpha-galactosidase which is beneficial in reducing gas.
This makes Digestive Enzymes Gold particularly suitable for people with chronic gut based issues.
Krill Oil for Crohn’s Disease
Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be important in promoting critical brain function.
Some studies have suggested that they can help reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation in the body, reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension, reduce cholesterol and help alleviate the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
New research shows krill oil may offer several protective effects against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohns Disease, including a reduction in inflammation and oxidative stress, and the preservation of colon length.
The omega-3 fats in krill oil produce compounds that help quell inflammation before it can do damage to your tissues.
Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that suppresses a variety of inflammatory mediators, and which research has shown has value in as many as 100 different health conditions.
Taking high-quality, omega-3 fats like krill oil is one of several lifestyle factors that may significantly improve symptoms of IBD and Crohn’s Disease. Others include optimizing your vitamin D levels. Cleanmarine menomin krill oil won the Irish Pharmaceutical News best new product of 2016.
Relieve Joint Pain in Crohn’s Disease
One Nutrition Joint Factor is an anti-inflammatory supplement that helps to relieve joint pain in those with rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disorder). It has been suggested that it may also help to relieve the intestinal inflammation of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Each tablet contains a combination of powerful nutrients for maintaining the 4 key factors in joint mobility; cartilage, bone, muscle and connective tissue.
It also contains Vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorous from food, and vitamin C, which assists in collagen formation for the normal function of bones and cartilage.
Also contains Vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorous from food, and vitamin C, which assists in collagen formation for the normal function of bones and cartilage.
Joint Factor is ideal for anyone living with Crohn’s Disease and on long term medication as well as anyone looking to support their bone and joints
Mouth Ulcers and Sore Throat with Crohn’s Disease
Mouth ulcers can become more noticeable during a flare-up. Crohn’s disease commonly causes mouth ulcers known as canker sores. These develop around the base of the gums. They differ from other mouth lesions, such as herpes, which appear on the outside of the mouth on the lips.
In the oro-facial region, patients can present peri-oral swellings which results in severe facial disfigurement.
Award Winning Irish Botanica Throat Coat is a blend of lubricating extracts for when your throat and gums needs that extra support. It contains botanical extracts to help to soothe your sore throat.
The use of mucilaginous herbs help to protect the throat from infection.
Key botanical ingredients include soothing vegetable glycerine, marshmallow and liquorice as well as sage which has and anti-bacterial effect and osha root which acts as a mild anaesthetic. It has a blend of lubricating botanical extracts, including marshmallow root, osha root, sage leaf and liquorice, for when your throat needs that extra support.
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The unique benefits of Manuka Honey are well documented and are scientifically tested.
However, it is important to know that the level of the active ingredient methylglyoxal can vary greatly in Manuka Honey, so you want to be sure you know what you’re getting.
Results of one study indicated that Manuka honey is effective in the treatment of chronic ulcer and preservation of mucosal glycoproteins. Its effects are due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Manuka honey has been found to be effective in preventing colonic inflammation with Crohn’s Disease. It assists the repair of colon lining damaged due to chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Crohn’s Disease.
New Nordic Cran Berry 30 Tablets
Cran Berry is a tablet-based on a special cranberry extract with a concentrated and standardized content of Proanthocyanidin (PAC) in combination with lingonberries, black pepper, and vitamins. A Cran Berry™ tablet provides 36 mg of Pro-Antho-Cyanidines equivalent to a quarter to half a liter of cranberry juice. Vitamin C and B6 contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system and niacin to maintain normal mucous membranes.
- High strength 36 PAC
- Immune system
- Only one tablet a day
- Cranberry, lingonberry, vitamin C, B6 & niacin
- 30 tablets
Take 1 tablet daily with a meal. Food supplements are intended to supplement the diet and should not substitute a varied diet or healthy lifestyle. Do not exceed the stated dose. Warnings: Not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Do not use it if the blister package (inner foil) is broken or tampered with. Keep out of reach of children. Seek professional advice before using if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from allergies.
The cranberry extract in this tablet is made from cranberry harvested in the fall when the fruit has its characteristic deep red color. The berries are then cleaned and sorted, after which they undergo an optimized extraction process so that the desirable plant substances are preserved. This guarantees high quality.
THE HAPPY PATH TO GUT HEALTH
With our digestive health playing an integral role in maintaining the health of our bodies. Nutritional Therapist Kerry O’Connor explores how we can maximise it.
They say you are what you eat, but we now know we are what we absorb. Unfortunately for some it feels like everything they eat creates a disturbance or sensitivity in their digestive system. Our digestive system, which begins in our mouth has three main functions; to digest, absorb and eliminate. All of these processes must be working properly to maintain good gut health, which plays a huge part in overall health.
Up to 70% of people suffer from gastrointestinal disorders at some point in their lives, symptoms varying from bloating, fatigue, heartburn, IBS and burping to skin issues and for some even pain. Aside from so many symptoms being unpleasant this can occasionally lead to more serious gut health issues.
There are a lot of things we can do to help alleviate symptoms by adopting some lifestyle changes. Regular exercise, stress reduction and taking more probiotic and prebiotic rich foods, such as bone broth and fermented foods or a quality microbiotic supplement like Super 8 can help.
One of the best ways to discover if your issues are caused by food and drink intolerance is to keep a food diary and recording how you feel both physically and mentally for up to three days after eating.
If you discover that a food or drink seems to be creating symptoms then you should eliminate this for up to three months before gradually reintroducing and closely monitoring how you feel. Some people find great relief by adding a digestive enzyme when they eat to help break down foods and to help with absorption of nutrients.
Of course, if you are coeliac, which is an autoimmune condition, you will try to never eat gluten again as it causes such damage to the small intestine. However, there are around 13% of Irish people classified as having non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and are now following a gluten free diet. They report symptoms such as diarrhoea, wind, constipation, brain fog and fatigue and find that these are alleviated when they cut gluten out of their diet. The only EU approved enzyme for breaking down 86% of residual gluten in just 10 minutes, Gluten Shield, has just been launched in Ireland. This is an additional help for those following a gluten free diet who inadvertently eat gluten through possible cross contamination, thereby giving a sense of security to those who suffer from gluten sensitivity especially when eating out.
Figuring out food sensitivities and trying to avoid them, healing our gut and adding in beneficial microbiotics and digestive enzymes can help both physical and mental health. Eating a wholefood low sugar diet will always be better than eating processed foods containing additives regardless if they are gluten free or free from.
Gluten Shield is a food supplement. It is not intended to replace a gluten free diet and is not intended to prevent or treat Coeliac disease. It may be useful if you are following a gluten free diet and are concerned about unintentional or residual gluten in a gluten free diet.
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New Nordic Multi Vegan Gummies 120
It is said that a vegans diet does not certain nutrient requirements may be difficult to achieve through diet and fortified foods alone. This is especially true for vitamin B12, vitamin D, and long-chain omega-3s. All vegans who are unable to meet their dietary recommendations through diet alone should consider taking supplements.
With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegetarian and vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs to be healthy without the need for supplements. However, if your diet isn’t planned properly, you could miss out on essential nutrients. All vegans should take 250 mcg per day of a B12 supplement. All lacto-ovo vegetarians should consider taking 250 mcg per day of a B12 supplement a few times per week.
Multi Vegan™ Gummies are suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and everyone else looking for a clean product. This multivitamin for the entire family is an easy way to get your daily vitamin supplement. Enjoy the health-related advantages and try the new delicious gummies.
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