Juicing + Blending for Crohns


Instead of arguing if juicing is better than blending or blending is better than juicing, why not just combine them!  If you are doing neither of these, then I suggest you close your eyes and pick one!

Juicing tends to be the best for those with Crohn’s Disease because the body does not need to spend any energy to digest the insoluble fiber. I personally have been trying both and I am enjoying the new variety of recipes.

I feel that when you get to a place where you have healed through the juicing and medical interventions, you can handle adding blending into your juice.

Jason Vale is an absolute expert on this and has created amazing recipes and diet plans. He also runs a challenge from time to time as well.

I love to make ABC juice along with lemon and pineapple, but with blending you can take it a step further and also feel full after drinking it. I also enjoy the natural tan color my skin gets after drinking this one for a while.

Natural Tan Juice (ABC Juice)

  • 2 apples
  • 1 large beet
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 7-8 carrots

**Add all of this to a bullet/vitamix along with 1/2 avocado, frozen pineapple chunks and half a banana.**

This one is sweet and creamy.  You are getting so much nutrition out of this and it tastes great!!

Send me any recipe that you have created or found.  I will give it a try and then make up a post about it, giving you the credit:):)

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**Weekly Reset Part 2**


This is just a quick follow up to my first post about resetting.  As I was doing this Sunday weekly reset, I got to thinking of some key things that make this a fantastic protocol:

First of all, I am taking my Lialda like a good boy should.

  • Imagine clearing your body of all the crap that sticks to the walls of your intestines that prevent nutrients from absorbing.  Also, flushing out the bacterial overgrowth that most with Crohns have. Doing this flush with some quality juice and or PH water.
  • Now once you are all clear, Imagine taking some of the world’s most nutrient dense foods and extracting the juice so that this coats your damaged linings beginning to heal them.  Just about 100% of the nutrition is easily absorbed though a clean gi lining.
  • Finally, since you are all clear the juice remains inside healing and creating a new healthy environment.  You feel amazing, energized and clear headed.

Here is what is now sitting in my gi tract instead of intestinal plaque, candida yeast and harmful bacteria that all help to drive Crohns:

Super food Reset Juice/Smoothie

Greens: Cilantro, Parsley, Dino Kale

Water Base/Sweet: Green Bell Pepper, 2 Apples, 1/4 Pineapple, 1 Whole Lemon

Super Foods:  Ginger, Turmeric Root, Blended 1/2 Avocado

Probiotic:  20 billion with multiple strains

I know we are all different and nothing is a cure all for everyone.  I just know that if I only take my prescription medication without adding natural remedies, I might let the Crohns get the best of my system some day.  Fight the good Fight!

 

 

**Juicing4Crohns Podcast**


http://juicingradio.com/173-juicing-and-crohns-disease/ = *Podcast Link*

The link above is from the podcast interview that I did for Juicing Radio about a few weeks ago.  Shane Whaley runs the Juicing Radio podcast as well as juicingpost.com

I was able to discuss the juicing therapy I use for Crohn’s Disease and overall health. Please take some time to listen and share.  Also, please follow Juicing Radio on Facebook and visit the Juicing Post link below for some really great information.

http://www.juicingpost.com/ = **Excellent Resource**

 

 

**Why Juice For Crohn’s Disease**


Questions to be discussed: 

  • Why should I take the time and money to add organic juices daily to treat Crohns?
  • What type of juicer should I get first?
  • What are some easy recipes to start with?
  • What else should I be doing to help my medicine do it’s job?

Why should I take the time and money to add organic juices daily to treat Crohns?

  • If you are like many victims with Crohn’s Disease, you have been told not to consume too much fiber from raw fruits and vegetables.  The lining of you gi tract is inflamed and cannot deal with breaking down the insoluble fiber.  As a result, most will avoid fruits and vegetables completely. The goodness in these foods may very well heal you if you could eat it.  This is where juicing for Crohn’s comes in to save you.  The juicer will remove 90+% of the fiber that you cannot break down and use.  This now leaves you with vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and nutrients that kill bacteria, strengthen, heal and nourish the inflamed areas of the gi tract. Your body is essentially a juicer anyway and the juicer on your counter does the work for you.
  • It costs about $25-30 per week for the ingredients I need to make these juices. Hospital and doctor visits cost much more and you are practicing preventative medicine at the same time for possible future problems.
  • It takes me a total of 15 minutes to prep, juice, drink and clean/rinse the juicer each day.  I make it part of my routine at the same time each day.  It is just what I do after work and it has become very easy.

What type of juicer should I get first?

What are some easy juices to start with?

  • I have always recommended that you start off with signing up for the FREE 30 day juicing challenge at https://juicerecipes.com/30-day-challenge/  = This link takes you there and Tracee Sloan provides a great easy start to juicing for you.
  • My favorite starters: 1 Apple, 3 Carrots, 1/2 Lemon, 1/2 inch Ginger                                                                              1 Apple, 1 peeled beet, 3 Carrots, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 inch Ginger

What else should I be doing to help my medicine to it’s job?

  • There are a couple of extra things that I do in addition to taking my medicine, juicing and eating foods that digest well.
  • I take organic potent Turmeric capsules 2x per day.  This is my natural anti-inflammatory booster to go with the juice and my medication.
  • I eat a lot of garlic!  Garlic is highly medicinal and will kill harmful bacteria that could be causing the Crohn’s in the first place. (Just don’t juice it) Just don’t!! haha
  • I also take vitamin D and B to help with a deficiency in it.  These 2 vitamins are lacking in those with Crohn’s.

I hope some of this information will be helpful to you.  I hope you choose to try juicing for Crohn’s, Colitis or any other health issue you may have.

I answer all messages quickly, so feel free to send a message or question.  Thank you and take care! All is free:)

The Cause of Crohn’s and Treatment


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/crohns-disease-hospital-admissions-surge-300-because-of-junk-food-and-antibiotics-9548524.html = Crohn’s increasing 300% over the past 10+ years!

The article above is a bit scary to know how sharply Crohn’s has increased in a short period of time.  Sure detection methods have gotten better and you can blame it all on genetics you want, but to increase by 300%!! To increase that much there has to be much more to it than just genetics and better technology.

As I read about the MAP vaccine and many other articles, I believe Crohn’s is caused by a bacterial infection.  I believe that our air, drinking water, GMO processed food, Milk and wheat are responsible for causing this bacteria imbalance.  All of these things have changed over the last 10 years and are highly processed.  The chemicals used to keep these foods fresher longer must have a horrible effect on the gut flora balance.

So far, when testing Crohn’s patients for MAP over 93% test positive for the infection! Those that receive the triple antibiotic therapy to kill MAP go into remission rather quickly and that points to infection not heredity.

I remember taking Cipro for a month way back and I remember that my symptoms for Crohn’s greatly reduced.  At the same time though the Cipro was killing off the good bacteria as well.

Everything seems to point to a bacteria imbalance and I don’t think the immune system causes this.  I think the flora imbalance causes the immune system to begin the aggressive attack on everything.

It makes sense that strong probiotic therapies work.  Fecal transplants have worked as it changes the gut flora dramatically. Juicing works because many ingredients are antibacterial and anti-fungal.  The garlic and oregano work because both have anti-MAP properities.

So there are two schools of thought here I guess:

1.  Heredity/Genetics cause your immune system to go on the attack that creates a bacteria imbalance and food/environment has nothing to do with it.  300% increase of Crohn’s this way??

2.  Our food becoming void of nutrients, GMO/Pesticides go into the body and start to slowly change the good vs bad bacteria balance.  The MAP bacteria begin to grow out of control and your immune system starts to go on the attack.  The immune system needs to kick it up a notch and starts to attack everything even healthy tissue. Crohn’s begins and so does the endless cycle.

Treatment:

Immunomodulators:  Suppress the immune system so it does not attack healthy tissue, but the bacteria is still there.

Anti-inflammatories:  The immune system stays the same and creates inflammation.  The drugs soothe the inflammation, but the bacteria is still there!

Anti- MAP:  The triple antibiotic therapy seeks out to kill the bacteria first.  The immune system calms down and does not need to fight so hard.  Inflammation stops due to the immune system calming down.

My Natural Approach:  By taking the Oregano oil(antibiotic) and juicing daily, I was killing off this bacteria that was driving the immune system.  The juicing was also healing and nourishing.

It is hard to say what school of thought to go with.  I think it seems pretty obvious that for most people it is not heredity because there are just way too many cases popping up in developed nations when compared to those that are not industrialized.  They do not have the processed everything that we have:)

Thoughts……..?

Crohn’s: Fueled by Food/Antibiotics?


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10908884/Crohns-disease-in-teens-jumps-300-per-cent-in-10-years-fuelled-by-junk-food.html

We are always looking to figure out why we have this disease.  Where did it come from and what caused it? It is not new news that Crohn’s has increased greatly in the last 10-20 years.  The article above seems to place the blame on overuse of antibiotics as children and junk food/processed food.  Both of these impact the balance of good and bad bacteria.

It also mentions environmental factors and genetics.  I do believe that genetics plays a big roll here, but to have such a sharp increase over the last 10 years sort of cancels out the genetic factor for most people.  We turn to look at the food and drug use with that fact in mind.

If our bacteria balance is truly a major factor in the increase of Crohn’s, how do we completely overturn it and keep it that way??

If anyone knows the answer to this question, please chime in and help us out?? So far I have been able to do this to some extent with juicing, antibiotic foods like garlic and oregano and fermented foods.

I think good vs bad bacteria is a very good option for treatment considering the success with high potency probiotics (VSL#3).  This is a treatment, but it does not permanently fix the imbalance.

There almost needs to be a sequence where you cleanse out everything like a colonoscopy.  Next, kill all bacteria with natural methods and then add in large amounts of good bacteria.  After this is done eat food that will keep the bacteria in check and that should induce full remission.

I am still looking for a perfect way to do this, but so far there is no way to keep the balance of bacteria in check forever. It seems like just taking a probiotic is just not enough.

Here is what I would like to try:  I would do a full colonoscopy prep to cleanse everything out.  Next, take flagyl for 2 weeks to a month to kill everything.  Next VSL#3 and juicing daily to repopulate.  I think that would be a good option, but it’s getting the doctor to prescribe the drug and the cost of the VSL#3 that stops me.  

Also, I get myself in trouble to doing things not suggested by my doc ,but sometimes it pays off.

Juicing: its role in Crohn’s


Back a year ago, I was excited to tell people I “had”(past tense) Crohn’s, that I healed it.  I did do this through juicing, diet and supplements, but I have learned unfortunately that it will always be there.  Little things like not sleeping enough, a bad diet choice and stress – (a BIG one!) can get it to flare up again.  Stress did this for me and I am having a tough time getting this under control presently.

Everything that I have written about as far as healing Crohn’s,  I still believe to be true.  I think when you juice raw organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and super foods you heal the damage Crohn’s inflammation has done.  It’s the strength of the immune system that attacks the good healthy parts, that is the mystery here.  Is it genetic that our immune systems are on overload? Is it the lack of a certain vitamin or the overgrowth of good to bad bacteria?

The one thing that I do know is that the true role of juicing for crohn’s is ultimate nutrition in one glass.  I am not trying to fight inflammation or bacteria overgrowth anymore.  I am looking to provide the maximum most potent vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and prebiotics to a body that cannot eat that food.  If you provide this nutrition daily, then you have a better/very good chance to suppress Crohn’s and put it into remission.

My diet at this point consists of soft and very digestible foods.  I tried the vegan diet and my body could not break down the salads and fiber.  For me it most likely got stuck causing the last obstruction I had.  I was not happy with this because that diet was so super healthy along with juicing and I felt great!

I still believe that drinking as much raw juice as possible can play a key role in placing you into remission.  You also need to eat foods like garlic to keep the bacteria in check.  You also need to take your medication as directed.  I learned this the hard way 2x, but hey I was being hopeful!!

I drink about 24oz+ of juice 1x per day and I get all the nutrition I am missing.  It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, nutrient dense, energizing and anti-cancer as well.  I take my medicine as I am told to now!  I take a liquid vitamin because I can’t absorb vit B and D very well – who knew!!:)

Now, if you don’t juice like this and you eat a diet void of fruits, veggies and herbs, how are you preparing your body to fight the inflammation or harmful bacteria if you cannot actually eat the food? 

My go to juice: 

  • 2 apples
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 beet
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Ginger

Enjoy your day everyone!:)

**New** Super Hydrating Juice Recipe


This is quite a good one folks!! The flavor is sweet and color is pretty awesome.  The benefits are through the roof on this one as it is highly alkaline from the watermelon and lemon.  The other ingredients are all anti-inflammatory.  This was just a very good one for taste and health.  Give it a try!  It made a lot of juice too:)

Energy Through Hydration

32+oz!!

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • ginger optional

**Current Natural Plan**


I seem to be always changing my strategy when it comes to natural remedies, but I think this whole thing is a changing process.  I have adapted my thinking on medicinal interventions and having natural remedies added has not changed.  You need it!

Diet:  I remain on a soft low fiber diet called Low Residue.  It just means that all food will break down easily and leave little waste to clog me up.  This means eliminating insoluble fiber from fruits and veggies.  Without these, where do I get nutrition? http://www.nmh.org/ccurl/84/948/lowfiber-diet07.pdf

Medical Interventions: I take my Lexapro 1x a day and this keeps the stress down very low.  I internalize all stress and I keep a smile on the outside.  I take Prednisone 2x a day and I will be off to the doc this week to see about weaning down and replacing with a longer term – Which I will Take As Directed!!!! 🙂

Current Natural Plan:  The afternoon when I come home from work is natural intervention time.  This is when I get my maximum nutrition to help with what I can’t eat throughout the day.

  • I make a 32oz mason jar of juice.  It usually ends up red or green, but the key to all the juice combos is to think anti-inflammatory.  Kale, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon, Beets, Celery, Pineapple, ect…This is when I get more nutrition than the average joe who eats a normal diet.
  • I take 70 Billion Count Probiotic.  I purchased Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic brand because I like the work he does and what he speaks about.  His also has research that backs up some of the strains.  The juice also helps to feed the probiotics with prebiotics to keep it healthy.
  • I take a liquid vitamin. I take a highly potent vitamin from Alive.  It has vitamins, green foods and tons of other good stuff in it. It does not taste awesome, but I have juiced garlic, carrot and parsley once and I can handle it:)
  • I take my Oregano Oil.  This is my natural antibiotic that will only kill any bacterial overgrowth and not harm my probiotic strains. Doctors do prescribe an antibiotic like this, but it might kill your probiotic.

In addition to all of this, I still need to take a tablespoon of Miralax with dinner to keep things super easy.  I also take a Metamucil fiber supplement in the morning with breakfast to get my fiber that I miss.

NICK THIS SEEMS SOO EASY!!

It is not, but it is my current plan and I deal with it daily.  I have a routine and I tweak it if needed.  I am trying and not giving up.  That is the key!! Later ya’ll:)

iquim.org – Photo Credit

Lifestyle changes: The Juice Remains the Same


It has been quite a year!  My 10th year of teaching was supposed to be a positive milestone, but I just didn’t have the best feeling about it going in for some reason.  I had been juicing non-stop daily for over a year with zero medications and then stress hit and I had no idea what a factor it really was.  As my poor puppy Cooper was getting sick, I had all that stress internalized and the juice and diet just could not deal with it.  Hospitalization #1 was due to Cooper passing and stress at work.  

To prevent another hospitalization I juiced more and took Lexapro for the stress and that really helped greatly at work. The 1st hospitalization from stress would not be the last unfortunately and did not completely resolve itself as I did not like taking medication again.

Hospitalization #2 taught me that I needed to take my medication and stop self treating! Not so much for me, but for my family who has to deal with me:)

I now take predisone for a small amount of time until the doctor makes the decision to wean me off.  He will replace that with a long term medication that I will take as directed!

The diet is all soft and not that full of nutrients like the vegan diet I sampled for over 2 months.  This is where juicing comes in along with a liquid vitamin for nutrition.

Since my diet is lacking nutrition, I need/must add the juice in everyday at about 24-32+oz.  I need to take my medication to prevent these unknown situations, but I need to provide a healthy gut and juicing will do that for me.

In summation, do what works for you and adapt as needed.  You must find a way to get rapid nutrition in so that your body is super strong to allow healing to happen.  The juicing remains the same and I hope always will.  Get that juice in you and start to feel the difference in energy, mood and feeling.  Take care!:) 

Today’ Recipe: It’s All Green

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2-3 celery
  • 1 lemon whole
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 2 apples
  • KALE
  • Ginger