You Can Treat Cystic Fibrosis Naturally
Cystic Fibrosis is a debilitating inherited illness that causes intense pain and ongoing discomfort for the sufferer. It is incurable. But natural therapies and naturopathic approaches can help you manager your Cystic Fibrosis better. While one cannot claim to cure this disorder, its management can be improved by the use of various nutrients, herbs and recommendations that make life easier for the sufferer. Today we look at some tried and true management strategies that can help.
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Organisation of Australia, it is “the most common life threatening recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children.” It affects a number of bodily organs including the lungs and the pancreas and results in repeated chest infections, phlegm build up in the body and a deteriorated quality of life. Sufferers require ongoing management to maximise their life term and their life quality.
Main symptoms of CF include:
- Thick mucus production that affects lungs and digestive tract including pancreas
- Lethargy and tiredness
- Increased urination
- Increased salt loss
- Low or poor appetite
- Secondary diabetes in older CF sufferers
- Propensity to develop osteoporosis
There are a number of supplements that can help with CF symptoms. Here is a few:
- Pancreatin – this will help to manage pancreas problems and help with food digestion
- Vitamin A – particularly good for repairing the epithelial tissues which comprise the mucus membranes
- Vitamin B – helps with tissue repair and digestion
- Vitamin C – a good dose at 3,000-6,000 mg daily (divided over the day.) excellent for immune function
- Vitamin K or alfalfa – CF sufferers are often deficient. It aids with digestion.
Coenzyme Q10 and copper and Selenium also help with detoxification and immune function.
When CF sufferers come into the naturopathy clinic, I am always quick to advise on the following in relation to diet:
- Feat raw fruit and vegetables as much as possible
- Consume raw nuts and seeds
- Make sure the diet is high in protein, calories and other nutrients as CF sufferers may need extra intakes of these
- Increase salt and fluid intake
- Minimise ALL foods that exacerbate or activate mucus production. Stay away from dairy products and cooked and overly processed foods. Stay away from sugar and all white flour products.
- Limit the use of antibiotics if possible and if you do have to use them, always follow this up with a probiotic and a good intake of acidophilus bifidus.
For more information, visit your nutritionist or natural health specialist.