It’s commonly said that there isn’t much that can be done about the symptoms of Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.

And that its all just down to someone’s genes, and that a lifetime of medication is all anyone can do to try and help keep things under control.

However, there is a small Greek Island, called Ikaria, which proves this to be wrong.

The inhabitants of this island, live, on average, 10 years longer than people in the rest of Western Europe.  But what’s more, the people there VERY rarely suffer from the chronic diseases (such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis) now so common in the rest of the western world.

So what are they doing so differently?

Well firstly, there’s their diet which is almost entirely made up of nutrient dense, unprocessed foods.

They eat plenty of fish, fruit and vegetables, olive oil and fish are the main sources of fat, and water, goat’s milk, herbal tea and red wine are the drinks of choice.

Then there is the fresh air and outdoors lifestyle (the island is extremely hilly and the primary mode of transport is by foot).

There is a community feeling across the whole island.  Friends and family are a priority. They work, play, socialise and LAUGH together.

Finally they sleep well, smoke rarely and often steal afternoon naps.

These factors are combining to allow a degree of health rarely seen elsewhere.

–{  but there’s an even more interesting thing to note }–

When an Ivarian leaves the island and decides to live elsewhere  (a rare occurrence but it does happen) then their health often deteriorates, and they are as susceptible to chronic illnesses and diseases (INCLUDING Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis) as everyone else.

When they are exposed to the same lifestyle, environment, and diet as the rest of the western world…then guess what?  Their bodies react the same as the rest of the western world.

What does that mean?

Well it means that Ivarian’s are NOT blessed with better genes than the rest of us (so they aren’t avoiding chronic diseases such as IBD because they have good genes).

It is rather that the environment in which they live, the lifestyle they lead, and the nutrition they provide their bodies with are not allowing the disease susceptible genes to express themselves

To be clear I’m not saying that someone with IBD caused it themselves.  It is VERY difficult, in this day and age to be able to avoid something like IBD if genetically susceptible to it.  But once someone has Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, and once they get the advice needed to what in their lifestyle, diet and environment is contributing towards their problems, then they can eliminate them and transform their health

It’s easier to achieve for some than others.  But IMO everyone can do it if shown how, and they don’t have to move to Ikaria to achieve it (though it doesnt sound like that would be such a bad thing!).

Here’s some examples of people who have turned things around

Speak soon


p.s. I’m holding a free online event where I’ll take you through, step by step, my 5 phase process that has helped numerous IBD sufferers completely turn their health and energy around. To have a watch of that then just click here.

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