Digestive Wellness is an online community resource for people living with IBD. Digestive Wellness provides information on becoming and staying well with IBD. Our mission is to provide you with expert perspectives to manage your disease, lifestyle advice to support your personal version of optimal health, and psychosocial support through our inspiring contributors, who help you realize you are not alone.
A diagnosis of Crohn's or colitis can manifest in many ways, making your disease different from others' experiences. Digestive Wellness provides a variety of information to empower you to be an educated consumer and to encourage you to work with your healthcare providers to become as healthy as you can be.
We inspire you to take control of what you can control and to accept what you cannot. While other online resources focus on fighting your body and provide views that your body is your enemy, we choose a different perspective. The human body is a complex, miraculous machine, and when functioning optimally, protects you from disease flares and other infections. Digestive Wellness aims to help you support your body's natural healing process. We hope to inspire you to view your body as a partner on your path to optimal health rather than as the enemy.
IBD cannot and should not be managed alone. It is up to you to educate yourself and find appropriate healthcare providers and support systems as you learn how to manage your disease and integrate healthy habits into your life. You will likely have a lifelong medication regimen to keep your disease under control, as well as a need to change aspects of your lifestyle. We will be here to support your journey in every way that we can.
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CCFA Teen Group Hosts Fundraiser at Pure Yoga in NYC THIS Saturday 12/5/15!
NYC! Join us at Pure Yoga for this fantastic hour of yoga. Make new friends and raise money for a good cause! Buy tickets here!
WHEN: December 5 from 2pm-3pm
WHERE: Pure Yoga 203 E 86th Street NY, NY
Open to everyone who likes yoga, raising money for a fabulous organization Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, and making new friends!
Ancient Ayurveda and Chinese medicine honored the belly as the seat of wisdom, intelligence and the root of good health. Fast-forward a few thousand years and, not surprisingly, the ancients had it right.
SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is a condition wreaking havoc on your digestive process. The good news is that if you find a doctor who will properly test you to confirm a diagnosis, it is simple to treat.
Probiotics are acclaimed as miracle supplements for digestive health, and if you believe what you read, can cure anything from joint pain to cancer. Not that we don't believe in miracles ... but ... we decided to investigate probiotics a little further.
We have been so fortunate to have wonderful friends share their inspiring stories with us on how they have dealt with Crohn's, colitis and celiac disease. Here is the best advice to kick off a healthy and prosperous 2015!
Happy Halloween from Digestive Wellness! We recently had a pumpkin carving party at DW to add a little fun and intrigue to the holiday! It seems fitting to share an amazing Pumpkin recipe with you today from @plantbasedbabe.
If you are experiencing a flare up of Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, your doctor may put you on a low-residue/low fiber diet, much like the diet in our favorite resource, Inside Tract. A low-residue diet includes some of our favorite cooked vegetables just in time for colder days.
It seems fitting on Halloween to feature Pumpkin as an excellent vegetable choice. Pumpkin is rich in beta-caroten, vitamin C, and potassium. One of our favorite recipe aficionados, @plantbasedbabe, has share this amazing Pumpkin Coconut Soup with us!
Life is hard, and it can seem much more difficult when you are newly diagnosed with a disease or are smack in the middle of a flare. Luckily, technological advances have provided some great tools for monitoring your disease, allowing you to spend more time doing the things you love and less time tracking your symptoms.
As someone experiencing digestive problems, you may have noticed how your stress levels can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Meditation is an easy and healthy way to quiet your mind and relieve stress. You can transform your negative thought patterns and digest (no pun intended!) old emotions. You will be amazed at how your life is positively impacted with even a few minutes of meditation per day.
Changing your diet to allow for your digestive system to heal can be a tricky (although necessary) undertaking to assist your body in healing your digestive tract. Smoothies can be a convenient and easy way to support your body's healing process.
OUR INSPIRING CONTRIBUTORS
The best way to lose the stigma around inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is to educate people on what the disease is - and let everyone in your life know that people with IBD are not limited by the disease and that they can do anything a non-IBD person can do.
Be patient. The beginning is very difficult figuring out what upsets your stomach and what foods you can eat. Know that you will heal as long as you listen to your body. Tune into what your body is telling you and keep a food journal so you can figure out what foods upset your stomach. ~Alexa Rose Carlin
Patience, have patience with your body. It is going through drastic changes. Listen to what it is telling you. Time heals all wounds. ~Lindsey Krakower
Always ask before you eat. ~Tara Gottlieb
One of the main reasons for my disclosure was to prove to patients or relatives of sufferers that you can not only survive this disease, but THRIVE. Yes, there is a lot of medication, yes, there are set backs, yes, there is worry ... But with strength that you may not have ever known you possessed, you can live a full and productive life. ~Benjamin King
Stay healthy. A good diet and exercise is so important. Also stay strong. There are so many others to lean on, and others helped me get through the tough times. ~Adam Levine
Slowly introduce things back into your routine -- whether it is exercise, diet or social activities -- and always do things in moderation. It's all about trial and error and finding out what works for you. ~Emily Miller
Your life is probably going to be different -- but that doesn't mean it's going to be worse. ~Robert Maril