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The Top 3 Vegan Foods That Are Incredibly Healing For Crohn’s Sufferers

IBD and Shingles Virus Crohn's Diet

The inflammation of the intestinal lining that comes with Crohn's flare-ups causes debilitating intestinal swelling, cramping, and diarrhea and affects half a million people in the United States. It is a little known fact that IBD and shingles virus have long been affiliated. If you suffer from Crohn's and shingles virus flare-ups you'll be relieved to know there are healing foods that can bring you some relief.


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Crohn's disease is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Also called ileitis or enteritis, Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gut, from the mouth all the way through to the anus. Crohn’s disease is one of a variety of intestinal bowel disorders that affect the nerves in the lining of the intestine. In the majority of cases, however, the lower part of the small intestine - the ileum - is usually most affected.

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Is Crohn’s Caused By The Shingles Virus? Don’t Rule It Out.

Sometimes Crohn's and shingles can flare-up in tandem. In fact, IBD and shingles have long been affiliated. Anthony William, NY Times Best Selling Author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, is so bold to claim that an undiscovered internal variety of the shingles virus (he claims there are 31 varieties) is the root cause of Crohn’s disease. While this has caused a mild uproar in the Crohn’s community, researchers are not too far behind in backing up the theory that shingles and Crohn’s disease are in fact, affiliated.

A cohort study of 108,604 patients has found that the risk of contracting shingles virus risk is greater in IBD patients than non-IBD patients. The nested case-control study aiming to determine the independent effects of medication use (immunosuppressive agents, biological anti-TNF therapy, and corticosteroids) on zoster risk was conducted on patients under 64 years old with at least 12 months of continuous health plan enrollment and access to anti-TNF medication.

The cohort IBD and shingles virus study included 50,932 patients with Crohn’s disease, 56,403 patients with ulcerative colitis, and 1,269 with unspecified IBD. The IBD cohort was found to be at an increased shingles virus risk, compared with non-IBD patients.

Foods That Soothe Both Crohn’s Disease And Shingles Symptoms

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The good news is there are three foods you can eat more of if you are dealing with both Crohn’s and a shingles virus outbreak:

1. Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a healing food that may be helpful in treating your shingles-related symptoms and consequently Crohn’s. The reason for this is because sweet potatoes contain large amounts of vitamin B-6, which may -- in conjunction with other B-vitamins -- be important in promoting nerve health and function. What is more, the humble sweet potato is a low glycemic and highly nourishing food that is packed with antioxidants such as beta-carotene, and vitamin C & E. (Remarkably, some varieties of sweet potato even contain vitamin D.) When eaten daily the sweet potato is hailed as a highly nourishing (and vegan) anti-stress food known to relax muscles, ease anxiety, balance cognitive function and ease nerve pain affiliated IBD and Crohn’s disease.

2. Coconut - Research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has found that including fat from coconuts into the diet is a highly effective Crohn's disease treatment that has lead to specific positive changes in gut bacteria that help to fight inflammation.

This is a major discovery for patients dealing with Crohn’s disease. The new study showed that a diet high in plant-derived "good" fats, such as coconut oil or cocoa butter, drastically reduced bacterial diversity in mice with Crohn's-like disease. What is more, the mice that were fed the “good fat” had up to thirty percent fewer kinds of gut bacteria as those fed a normal diet, as well as a very different gut microbial composition. Some of the changes showed up in feces, while others were shown in the cecum -- the portion of the intestine commonly inflamed in Crohn's disease. Mice fed even low concentrations of coconut oil or cocoa butter also had less severe small intestine inflammation.

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3. Bananas are incredibly healing. As a potent anti-viral food, bananas have been shown promise in being the potential answer for ending the HIV virus. Research from the University of Michigan has shown that the banana is the only nature-grown food, that can inhibit the deadly HIV virus, however new research goes further into why this is so. New research, published in the journal Cell as found banana to be helpful in providing treatments for Ebola, hepatitis C, Sars and HIV, which makes bananas a worthy match against the common cold, and the flu, according to more recent research, published in the Journal Cell.

If you're dealing with Crohn’s disease flare-ups along with shingles breakouts, you can find relief by incorporating more sweet potatoes, bananas and more coconut into your daily diet. Always work with your practitioner or Naturopath or consult with a Holistic Nutrition Professional to find what other diet changes and supplementation are necessary to bring further relief to Crohn's disease and shingles.