Hey I know what it is like. I have been where you are today. I have been tired, stressed and bloated beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I have felt that I didn't want to get out of my bed in the morning and do anything let alone go to work. I felt so stressed I thought my head would explode.
Actually just having crohn’s disease is stressful enough.
Then we add our 24/7 always plugged in lifestyle into this equation. This causes the stress to become more chronic and long term.
Now we all react to this long term stress in different ways and it causes different reactions in our bodies. Knowing how you react to stress can cause a dramatic improvement in your everyday health. The following steps are the things I have used to help get control over my stress and they will help alleviate your reaction to stress and keep you on the path to great health and happiness. So if you are feeling stressed, bloated, tired and demotivated you’ll feel better doing these seven steps.
MY SEVEN STEPS.
Take 1-3 digestive enzymes at each meal. This will help your body break down food and enhance digestion by reducing the release of stress hormones. Digestive enzymes help with the following
• Digestive insufficiency
• Fat malabsorption
• Food allergies and intolerances
They are best taken in the first few mouthfuls of your meal.
Take good probiotics, they reduce stress related anxiety and aid the immune system.
They will also help by keeping away the bad bacteria that might aggravate your Crohn’s disease symptoms.
Also low levels of these probiotics are linked to inflammation in the body. It is very important to reduce inflammation if you suffer from crohn’s disease.
Consume a large amount of Parsley. This helps rid the body of excess water, uric acid and salt.
Other herbs that are beneficial are ginger, mint, cumin and turmeric.
I like to make a tea by combining these herbs and drinking this throughout the day.
If you wake up tired then definitely do not drink caffeine after 2pm. Also make sure you drink coffee after your meal as coffee on an empty stomach leads to exhaustion and false hunger later on.
Make sure you top up on your energy nutrients - Iron, B12 and foods that increase serotonin. Include foods containing B vitamins and protein at every meal. We also recommend a good quality multivitamin to ensure you are getting enough.
We also recommend getting your iron levels tested and if you are deficient then we advise you to take a good quality supplement.
To help reduce your stress sunlight and exercise are essential to help you lift your mood and improve your stress levels. People who feel stressed often hide from the world and this ends up lowering their serotonin levels which can affect their mood. Vitamin D is also necessary for good mental health. Because Vitamin D also plays a very important role in regulating our immune response we need to make sure we are getting enough.
Say no to sugar as it provides a surge of natural opioids in the brain. This is why it is an obvious quick fix and often craved when we are demotivated. We can provide our own surge of these opioids by having fun. So choose laughter. Listen to music, socialize with friends and have sex!
If you have any more questions then please free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Facebook Page at My Crohn's Doctor.
Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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