Morning Functional Medicine Protocol for Crohn’s Disease by Lawson Aschenbach

Since I released my story to the world, I’ve been getting a lot of great questions about my protocol to overcome Crohn’s disease. 

Let me start by saying not everyone’s protocol will be the same, but I feel that a lot of the foundational aspects of my protocol can work for most people and for a variety of different diseases, not just Crohn’s disease. 

Many of today’s chronic conditions are caused by inflammation due to GI distress, and that is the focal point of the program. I’m always working with my practitioner to keep my digestive tract in check.

A healthy gut is the bedrock of a healthy life; everything starts there. From nutrition to hormone release, your digestive tract is, as some people call it, a second brain. It’s an essential part of living your life to the fullest.

Protocol Details

There are a variety of products I use each day for the management of Crohn’s disease and athletic performance. However, the MOST IMPORTANT part of my daily regimen starts at 6:30 am after a 12-hour fast through the night. 

I feel that the morning is the best time to take foundational supplements as your empty stomach and gut are ready to be flooded with nourishment. This is a great time to take medical foods, fish oil, probiotics, and many others. 

Although what I’m about to share isn’t the same as my initial protocol from seven years ago, I feel this is an excellent viewpoint for people dealing with digestive distress. Remember, you should be working with a functional medicine practitioner for your own specific recovery program. 

November 1st to January 31st Protocol:

Morning Medical Food Shake:

12 oz Mountain Valley Spring Water

Metagenics UltraInflamX Plus 360 – 1 scoop (1/2 serving)

Metagenics UltraGI Replenish – 1 scoop (1/2 serving)

Natierra INKSALT – 1/4 Tsp

Morning Supplements Taken With Medical Food Shake:

Metagenics OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 720 – 2 pills

Metagenics D3 5000 – 1 pill

Metagenics Meta Lipoate 300 – 1 pill

Metagenics SPM Active – 1 pill

Metagenics Candibactin-BR – 3 pills

Metagenics UltraFlora Control – 1 pill

Metagenics UltraFlora Integrity – 1 pill 

My functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Robert Silverman, continues to tweak the plan every few months, and I’m currently on an updated one that I’ll share down the road. 

The protocol has taken many different variations over the last seven years as my body has changed and become stronger and more resilient.

Protocol Compliance

However, one thing stays consistent: my determination for 100% compliance.

After seven years of listening to my body, I know what happens when I deviate from the plan and what it will do to my focus, energy, fitness, and recovery. 

You have to stay compliant, especially if you are newly diagnosed with a chronic condition or working with a functional medicine practitioner for the first time. Most people are not capable of allowing themselves to deviate because they don’t have the willpower to return to the path of health and wellness.

When I received my first protocol, I stuck to the plan with 100% accuracy for eight months, and during that time, I achieved a health status I had never known existed. 

When I decided to stop self-diagnosing and self-prescribing and trust the practitioner, I finally found a plan that worked. I saw 80% of my symptoms vanish within 48 hours.

I had to tell myself to take a step back and listen and stop thinking that I know everything. Once you do that, your recovery speeds up at an exponential pace. 

If you have a disease or chronic issue, don’t go at it alone. Work with a functional medicine practitioner to find your path to health and wellness! 

Never give up!

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