Today’s guest is Elizabeth Alvarez, also known as The Dancing Crohnie. Elizabeth was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2011 at the age of 21. Since then, she’s described her journey as one wild ride trying to attain remission. She’s been on numerous medications–including included Remicade, Entyvio, Humira, Stelara, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Valium and many others–and is now pairing conventional medicine with non-conventional treatments and organic lifestyle changes.
Elizabeth shares her journey in pursuing a career in professional dancing, how she gave it all up when she experienced the worst flare of her life, and how she’s regaining her health and finding her way back to dancing. She relies on the expertise of her Gastroenterologist, her Naturopathic Physician, and a Dietitian to help guide her in her healing journey.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of diet–including suggestions for cutting out known inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten and sugar–and her latest addition to her nutritional protocol: celery juice. (http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/celery-juice) She urges every IBD patient to learn how nutrition can play a role in IBD management and encourages everyone to be an advocate for their own health.
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