Natural Alternative Remedies for Chrohns / Colitis / GERD / IBS Sufferers

If any of you have been following from week 2 onwards, you will have seen a run through for this year’s discussion piece each week. There’s loads to explore.. If you have, you will have seen that there is plenty of this year’s weekly articles dedicated to introducing & exploring the potentially positive effects of natural remedies available as possible alternatives at our disposal there to help the body whether it be, for example, poor digestion, bloating or even inflammation!  If you so wish, check the article out, New forum for Gut Health; this gives you a run through of the weird and wonderful, where they come from, what they’re there for, and in the world of us Gut Sufferers, what they might be able to do for you!

They’re all different in their own little way, and thus have the ability to achieve different things.

So without further ado, through the eye of James welcome to my article about ‘Gastro-related illnesses including, Leaky Gut’  We will look at some of the main culprits for Gastro sufferers, the symptoms these conditions cause the sufferer, and possibly, what alternatives  there are to combat such conditions.   Again, if you’ve read any articles currently on the forum you will notice I am a sufferer of Leaky Gut, I am not a Doctor.  Through my own quest of discovery post NHS, I have been required to work out what works for what for myself.  Leaky Gut brings along its own unique complexity in terms of symptoms which require dealing with if you wish to maintain a decent quality of life.  So take from this what you will, and by all means research the naturally derived remedies that have worked effectively for me to make your own minds up &/or seek medical advice. And remember, any suggestions made are not a substitute for a healthy diet. 

Any naturally derived remedy below will be documented later this year in the forum. Gut love is not endorsed or paid by any party, thus the below is my based upon my own humble experience!


Below lists some of the biggest culprits in terms of gastro related illnesses. It’s estimated that 5m people worldwide suffer with Inflammatory bowel disease.  A study in the UK carried out by Queen’s Hospital, Barking, Havering & Redridge Hospital’s NHS Trust has calculated that the annual cost of treating any patient with ulcerative colitis is estimated to be £3084 a year, while the annual cost of Crohns Disease, chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, usually occurring in the terminal portion of the ileum, the region of the small intestine farthest from the stomach, is suggested to be in the region of £6156 a year (£1800 for patients in remission; £10 513 for patients in relapse).  So without needing to go into each and every condition and its cost, significant money is required to care and look after people across the UK specifically with stomach related conditions.  

Main underlying cause of symptoms for suffers:  Inflammation

Inflammation is obviously going to be caused by a multitude of reasons, so will feature in many stomach related issues.  What is unquestionable is that every stomach requires the same basic nutrients, fiber, acids and body function to maintain healthy body function.  Below is a list that that appear to have been linked with positive effects for Crohns disease.

  • DGL Liquorice
  • Pre Biotic (to feed your probiotic)
  • Pro Biotic(to support the good bacteria already in your gut!)
  • Slippery Elm(known as an demulcent, it’s known to calm inflamed areas of stomach effectively)
  • Ginger

A quick ‘Google’ of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the numbers affected go up rapidly.  Bupa suggests that 2 in 10 people in the UK have this condition and can suffer a flare up 6 times, perhaps more a year!  Although it says there’s no clear reason why people suffer with this condition but not others, it is widely accepted there is an element of inflammation evident , even if the reason for the inflammation is not always the same.  As ever, discussion around the ‘brain-gut’ relationship is ever present and something discussed in by a guest speaker a little later this year.

Main underlying cause of symptoms for suffers:  Colonic Motility, Increased Sensitivity to food/Gas.


Below is a list of natural alternatives that appear to have been linked with positive effects for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


Slippery Elm 

  • Pro Biotic (specifically bifidobacterium infantis)
  • Pre biotic 
  • L-Glutamine (reported to reduce diarrhea while maintaining healthy barrier within gut lining)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is also a common gastro abnormality.  Acid from the stomach finds comes into contact with the esophagus.  This then causes the patient a burning sensation in the chest or throat.  Now we have all likely experienced this in the past, a super tasty curry perhaps! but for some, this can be a source of constant discomfort effecting quality of life.

Main underlying cause of symptoms for suffers:  Hiatus Hernia, Certain medication, Stress/Anxiety


Below is a list that appear to have been linked with positive effects for reducing the level of acidity in the stomach naturally.

  • Avocado (naturally low in acidity, creamy texture. The healthy fats help me a lot for inflammation too!)
  • Ginger
  • Slippery Elm
  • DGL Liquorice

All the above conditions have over the counter, and prescription medications available to help reduce symptoms.  What I am suggesting is, given all the above are naturally derived (and some have been used for 100’s of years to calm ailments!) you may decide to do your own investigation to see what you think about them.  My own journey has and will continue to be mine however, just like the above differing conditions have common themes in terms of the symptoms they produce within the body , it’s reasonable to suggest the effects I have experienced myself when using these alternatives , may well provide some welcome relief to discomfort and potentially an alternative to some of the medicines out there available to today, some for the fraction of the price.  

Please comment & share; I would like to hear from you and your experience!  We like to share knowledge, opinions and experiences to better inform each other. Look forward to hearing from you!