Why to stay away from wheat, and take probiotics

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InSoFla
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   Posted 7/4/2011 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Yet another reason to stay away from wheat, and take probiotics:
Here are some parts of this article:
"Unfortunately, there's a large body of evidence indicating that whole grains, and whole wheat in particular (yes even organic), can contribute to significant health problems—both physical and mental.
The primary disease mechanism at play is chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions are endemic to grain-consuming populations.

However, other rampant health afflictions include depression, ADD/ADHD, and Alzheimer's disease, just to name a few. As it turns out, excessive wheat consumption may play a significant role here as well. In fact, there's evidence suggesting that gluten sensitivity may be at the root of many neurological- and psychiatric conditions.

Wheat contains high amounts of wheat germ agglutinin (WGA); a glycoprotein classified as a lectin, which is largely responsible for many of wheat's ill effects. Other grains high in lectins include rice, spelt, and rye.

Most people fail to realize that your gut is quite literally your second brain,

wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) can damage both your gut and your brain in various ways. But damage to your gut can also, by virtue of the gut-brain connection, alter your mind, mood and behavior all by itself... Anxiety and depression are actually part of the signs and symptoms of celiac disease, for example.

One mechanism that can help explain the mysterious connection between wheat and mental health problems is the fact that wheat inhibits production of serotonin.

Neurotransmitters like serotonin can be found not just in your brain, but also in your gut. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your brain!

Therefore, it actually makes perfect sense to nourish your gut flora with probiotic foods and supplements to maintain optimal serotonin function, as it can have a profound impact on your mood, psychological health, and behavior."


Dx with UC in Sept. 2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.Diet consists of mostly only protein: protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g, chia seeds,5-Loxin.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Canasa suppos. as maintenance. But Transdermal LDN is working!!

imagardener2
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   Posted 7/4/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had a problem with wheat products before getting UC. I could eat anything and everything, no stomach issues at all. Allergies? Yes.

Once my colon became compromised however I could not eat everything but because it seemed that everything caused D and bleeding it took a long, long time to identify wheat as a prime bad guy. Most healthy people will never be able to remove wheat products from their diet, it is simply too difficult. Wheat in all it's manifestations is pervasive in our food culture. It has been difficult to make that change but well worth it for a healthier colon.

Thanks for the posting but I suspect you are preaching to the choir. Those who are convinced about the benefits of being wheat-free are already convinced.

For me dairy has a similar effect as wheat except that wheat caused active bleeding with no stomach upset or other symptoms whereas dairy causes D and stomach upset. Both are bad for me and I loved them both :-(

The biggest problem with the current probiotics is that they do not last, that is continue to live, in our guts, and must be constantly replenished. What a money-makers dream huh? You'd almost think Big Pharma thought that one up. I still take VSL3 every night but wish I was med/supplement free.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, starch-free, low carb, honey as sweetener
(9)Balsalazide+(6)Citrucel, mesalamine enema as needed
Spinach & sunflower seeds daily, (1) VSL#3 nightly

InSoFla
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   Posted 7/4/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Thanks. I agree with your summation.

Dx with UC in Sept. 2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.Diet consists of mostly only protein: protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g, chia seeds,5-Loxin.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Canasa suppos. as maintenance. But Transdermal LDN is working!!

Againstodds
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   Posted 7/5/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure if I can take wheat or not.

My last (very slight) flare was caused (I guess) by stress and wheat(?). However, I often had noodle even after UC, and it did not cause problems. So, as said in a post here before, wheat is not a problem at a time, but may be next time.

Or, maybe it was the combination of stress and wheat that caused flare?

MaxMilian
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   Posted 7/5/2011 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember when taking wheat I had 4 BMs per day. When I stopped or reduced intake of it I had 3 BMs per day. Coincidence? I still don't know, but I have stopped eating gluten.
March 2010: Symptoms (mild blood + coccyx pain)
October 2010: Diagnosed with mild proctitis and cecum inflammation
November 2010: IBS symptoms

Currently in 'clinical' remission

Treatment:
- 1g Pentasa suppository (1 every 2 nights)
- 1g Salofalk granule sachet (2 daily)
- VSL #3 probiotic sachet (1 daily)
- diet: reduced sugar, gluten, meat. avoid lactose

KiWi44
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   Posted 7/5/2011 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I doubt that a day has gone by in my 36 years with UC that I've not eaten wheat, whether in flaring or remission. I've not been able to see any negative effect at all, and I profess to be quite sensitive to my own body when it comes to food or UC.

As to probiotics, it makes simply pure sense to introduce good bacteria to replace the bad.

http://journals.lww.com/jcge/Fulltext/2010/04000/Probiotic_Therapy_for_Ulcerative_Colitis.7.aspx
UC since 1975
Asacol 3 x 3
50 mg 6MP
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Ca with D, B, C, iron, etc
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Tried just about every diet and "cure" under the Sun

MustLoveDogs
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   Posted 7/5/2011 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting this. My daughter has decided she wants to become gluten free and we are REALLY hoping doing so will cut down on her symptoms
13 yr old daughter diagnosed UC 12/08

1st Remicade infusion 6/16/11
Also on oral METHOTREXATE 7.5 mg

weaning off 5o mg Prednisone
also taking Aloe, VSL, prilosec, Folic Acid

C-Diff 6/10
previously on 6MP, Asacol, Lialda, Rowasa, Cortocoid
Developed pancreatitis 2/10 after being on Rowasa & Lialda

Husband dg'd Crohn's 2/09 at age 46 -
Remicade every 8 wks

InSoFla
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   Posted 7/6/2011 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Glad to do it. But you have to do more research, WHeat free and Gluten free are not the same thing, albeit wheat contains gluten. But many things that are not wheat contain gluten.
Good luck, and I hope she starts to feel better.

Dx with UC in Sept. 2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.Diet consists of mostly only protein: protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g, chia seeds,5-Loxin.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Canasa suppos. as maintenance. But Transdermal LDN is working!!

mkl11
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   Posted 7/6/2011 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
MustLoveDogs,

Do have her tested her for Celiac just in case and do test the waters with wheat vs. gluten. I just avoid products where wheat (and there's an IBD diet, FODMAP, which takes this route at all) is the primary bulk ingredient...so breads and baked goods and things. The gluten itself does not bother me at all so I don't need to worry about dressings or soy sauce or anything like that, but eliminating the wheat helped. I can even tolerate fried foods well have a flour batter. I think it's just something about the composition of the baked goods that I have trouble with. Mostly, though, it forces you to eat healthier and really think about your choices--you can't just grab 90% of what's out there. And fortunately all the gluten-free products are getting better! Good luck!
22 y/o graduate student

Misdiagnosed with Crohn's June 2007, Diagnosed with left-sided UC and IBS August 2010
Currently: Prednisone (20mg), Apriso (3g), Hydrocortisone Enema, Canasa, Proctofoam, VSL #3, Culturelle, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, B12 injections monthly
Previously: Lialda, Imuran (Allergic), Asacol, Remicade, Humira

InSoFla
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   Posted 7/6/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
MustLoveDogs,
 
Here is some interesting info as well for you:
 

These Five Foods May Cause Problems VERY Similar to Wheat...

Posted By Dr. Mercola | July 05 2011 |
While eliminating wheat from your diet is an excellent and necessary step for improving health, it may not be alone sufficient, especially in those with serious health challenges.

According to a series of articles on the website Green Med Info, there are other foods in the Western diet that have properties similar to wheat, because they contain "chitin binding lectins", which are similar to wheat lectin (WGA).

Chitins are long polymers of n-acetyl-glucosamine, the primary binding target of wheat lectin. Wheat lectin and chitin-binding lectin are therefore functionally identical. Chitin-binding lectin containing foods include:

  • Potato
  • Tomato
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Rice

Additionally, sprouted grains, which are typically considered to be healthful fare can also be problematic for a couple of different reasons. Not only do sprouted whole wheat contain the highest amounts of wheat lectin, sprouted grains also contain benzoxazinoids (BAs)—a surprisingly toxic component!

Even a modest reduction in consumption of these types of carbohydrate-rich foods may promote loss of deep belly fat. This could help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease, as excess visceral fat (intra-abdominal fat) raises the risk of these diseases.

According to Eurekalert:

"... [S]ubjects who consumed [a] moderately carb-restricted diet had 11 percent less deep abdominal fat than those who ate the standard diet ... [S]ubjects on both diets lost weight. However, the moderately carb-restricted diet promoted a 4 percent greater loss of total body fat".

Yesterday, I discussed how wheat can deteriorate your mental health, and I mentioned that even sprouted wheat can contribute to poor health. I'll delve into this a bit more in just a moment, but first, let's review the health effects of some other non-wheat grains. As it turns out, wheat is not the only grain that can wreak havoc on your health.

Non-Wheat Grains May Be Just as Bad as Wheat...

If you have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), it's absolutely imperative to avoid all kinds of gluten—primarily wheat. But did you know that other non-wheat grains, and even some vegetables, such as tomato, may be problematic as well? Yes, there are a number of other foods with very similar properties to wheat! The following foods contain "chitin binding lectins", which are similar to wheat lectin (WGA):

"Chitins" are long polymers of n-acetyl-glucosamine, the primary binding target of wheat lectin. Wheat lectin and "chitin-binding lectin" are therefore functionally identical. This is probably news to most people, and could be an important tidbit for anyone struggling with celiac disease, or any other gastrointestinal issues.

 

 


Dx with UC in Sept. 2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.Diet consists of mostly only protein: protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g, chia seeds,5-Loxin.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Canasa suppos. as maintenance. But Transdermal LDN is working!!
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