The Inner Cleanse: Juicing for Crohn’s Disease
3 Top Soothing Recipes
Crohn’s is a chronic disease of the bowel that is unfortunately becoming more common in today’s society.
The inflammation within a Crohn’s patient can impact any part of the gastrointestinal tract, and include painful symptoms such as inflammation, ulceration, and stricture.
Crohn’s is often regarded as an autoimmune disorder, and it’s incredibly painful for those who suffer from it.
Part of the treatment for Crohn’s disease is an adjustment to your regular dieting habits. This is one of the reasons that Crohn’s suffers and health gurus are frequently touting the benefits of juicing.
Juicing can offer a quick and effective boost in antioxidants, fruits, and vitamins in a highly-concentrated dose. Juicing is far more than a good way to lose weight. For Crohn’s patients, it’s a solution for getting essential vitamins and nutrients into their system, fast.
Why Is Juicing So Beneficial to Crohn’s Sufferers?
You might be wondering – if fruits and vegetables are so great for people with Crohn’s disease, why don’t they just consume more of those foods in their everyday diet?
While that might seem like a simple solution to the problem, it’s the fiber inside fresh produce that causes concern. People with Crohn’s can’t always process and digest the fiber of fruits and vegetables, which causes stomach upsets. This makes it more difficult for them to get the nutrients they need.
Juicing removes the fiber completely, so that you’re left with just pure, liquid goodness. For those with Crohn’s, IBD, or IBS, that makes getting the vitamins and minerals you need easier than ever. This process is also great for those with poor health, because it allows the nutrients to have more of an impact as they are absorbed quickly throughout the digestive system.
Similarly, diarrhea is a very common symptom of Crohn’s disease. Since diarrhea dehydrates the body, this can leave you feeling sick, and weak. Drinking juice can help not only to restore the water you’re missing, but the enzymes and nutrients that are flushed away during periods of diarrhea. Juice also restores electrolytes too!
To help you get started with your juicing diet, let’s take a look at a few great recipes for getting goodness back into your system.
1. Cantaloupe Surprise
This first blend is rich in cantaloupe melon, which is high in beta-carotene, perfect for reducing inflammation and restoring natural health within injured mucosal tissue. Nectarine juice has also been suggested to reduce inflammation within the colon and ileum. Aloe Vera Juice can also encourage healing and limit inflammation.
- 1 half a cantaloupe (cubed)
- 1 nectarine
- 1 half of a cucumber
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 spoonful of aloe juice
2. Carrot Turbo Blend
Crohn’s patients offer suffer from an inability to get the right blend of vitamins and nutrients in their diets. This can lead to deficiencies in vitamins K, A, and D.
Drinking carrot juice offers a fantastic way to get a range of vitamins and minerals fast. It includes vitamins K, A, and D, as well as E, C, and B too! Carrot juice is also rich in calcium which can improve the strength of the intestinal walls.
For a quick and effective carrot juice mix try the following:
- 3-4 carrots
- Half a cantaloupe
- 1 orange
3. The Wheatgrass Wonder
Finally, wheatgrass juice is perfect for removing harmful bacteria and toxins from the colon. Studies have shown that the chlorophyll in wheat grass has been used as a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and more in various treatments.
During a study of 23 patients with ulcerative colitis, scientists found that the group that consumed up to 100ml of wheat grass juice for a period of 30 days experienced fewer symptoms. Compared to the group that drank no wheatgrass juice, the patients felt less abdominal pain, and had significantly more energy too!
- Handful of wheatgrass
- 4 carrots
- Spoonful of aloe juice
Remember, before you try any of these juices, it’s worth speaking to your doctor about your changes in diet. Often, your doctor will be able to advise you as to which foods you should try to get into your meals and juices to improve your symptoms and remove any deficiencies you may be suffering with.
Article by Rebekah Carter
Rebekah is a passionate wordsmith and health blogger who spends her time delivering fitness and dieting tips to audiences around the world!