A Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Crohn’s and Colitis with Nishtha Patel



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We see it all the time in Functional Medicine: when the gut isn’t functioning properly, the whole body suffers. For those struggling with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the symptoms can be so severe that every day is painful and filled with uncertainty.

Luckily, by taking away instigators (like gluten and dairy) and looking at the ingredients needed for healing, patients with IBDs can regain digestive balance and take back their quality of life. Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Nishtha Patel about her experience in helping her daughter heal from Crohn’s colitis, which is when Crohn’s disease specifically impacts the colon. Symptoms of this disorder range from diarrhea and rectal bleeding to ulcers, fistulas, abscesses, joint pain, and skin lesions. Not to mention, most people dealing with IBDs carry very real emotional burdens as well. 

Nishtha Patel is a Functional Medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist who specializes in gastrointestinal health. Her journey into this arena started 10 years ago when her child was diagnosed suddenly with indeterminate Crohn’s colitis. She was told that the disease was chronic and there was no cure. 

In this episode, we dive into: 

  • Nishtha’s experience helping her daughter heal from Crohn’s colitis (7:22) 
  • The difference between Crohn’s and colitis (25:58) 
  • Why IBDs are on the rise (31:04) 
  • The problem with gluten and dairy when it comes to IBDs (34:56) 
  • Foods that are considered healthy, but may impact someone with Crohn’s and colitis (43:20) 
  • Why nightshade vegetables may be challenging for some people (53:07) 
  • How to prepare beans and legumes so they are easier to digest (56:49) 
  • How stress impacts gut health (1:02:31) 
  • How Nishtha’s daughter is doing today (1:22:27) 
  • Cure vs. remission when it comes to IBDs (1:24:31) 

For more on Nishtha Patel you can follow her on Instagram @TheGutExpert_, on Facebook @TheGutExpert, and through her website thegutexpert.com. Follow her daughter Sasha on Instagram @TheNotecook_, and through her website www.thenotecook.com.

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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