Everyone has a daily routine or plan that seems to either stay the same or change by the day for IBD control. I thought I would share my current plan and some reasoning behind it. Some or all of the methods might just provide some relief or help attain remission:)
- Juicing: I will plan to juice either 1x a day or every other day. I like to create about 16 – 24oz to drink and I like to include ingredients of all colors of the rainbow. This goes through the gi tract and heals, nourishes and provides nutrition that I can’t get because I cannot eat it. It is also antibacterial and feeds the good flora in your gut.
- Prescription Medication: After landing in the hospital 2x for stress induced blockages, I now take my medicine exactly as prescribed. I think I have learned that you need to attack IBD with both natural and medical methods. I take Lexapro 15mg once a day to help decrease the stress that can cause flare ups. I also take Lialda 2 pills in the am and 2 in the pm. This controls inflammation that the juicing cannot handle in its own.
- Vitamin Supplements: Even though I juice fresh fruits and vegetables, I was found to be low in vitamin B and D. I am also out in the sun a lot for work and I was still low in vitamin D. It has been found that those with IBS and IBD seem to be very low in these two vitamins and those who took them improved. I will be adding these in to start the new year.
- Turmeric Supplements: I take these not only for the natural anti-inflammatory properties it has, but for every other benefit it provides. I would prefer to just juice it, but it is not easy to get all the time. I take one capsule twice a day.
- Fiber/Laxative: Lastly, I take one dose of metamucil and a 1/2 table spoon of Miralax. I take the metamucil for the fiber that I avoid eating and I take the Miralax as directed from the doctor to keep from getting blockages.
It seems like I do a lot and need to take a lot, but this is what works right now. I am sure it will change, but that is just how it is. Here is to a great new year and health to all. Happy New Year!