I know there's a lot of talk about various diets and what people can/can't/should/shouldn't eat and a lot of people have problems with vegetables. I'm a vegetarian (around 7 years now) and I'm worried that I'm going to run into issues. Anyone have any experience with this?
Anyone have any good probiotic recommendations? I have some acidophilus capsules in the fridge, is this the sort of thing I should definitely be taking? Is there a certain combo that's better than others? It's funny that a lot of people have the over-growth problem. When I went to a chiropractor 2 years ago he said that my hip problem was due to a yeast overgrowth around my ileocecal valve.
Welcome to the board, Megera!
Since you're a vegetarian, you may want to consider investing in a really good juicer. I bought one online for about
$225--an Omega. I can't remember the other brand that's nearly identical. Anyway, veggie juice is so beneficial for everyone, but for CD folks it seems ideal. It removes a lot of the fiber, so you're getting the benefit of all the vitamins and enzymes w/out too much fiber. But if you have no issues w/veggies, don't worry about
it. Some folks tolerate them really well.
As for probiotics, there are many good brands on the market. The better brands require refrigeration. For me, I like to see several strains or species of beneficial bacteria. Make sure you buy a potent one, though. The brand I used to buy prior to my son's diagnosis (just for me) had only 3 species and 3 billion viable organisms. Since then, for him we bumped up to 5 or 6 species and 20 billion CFUs (colony forming units). I buy Theralac, but again, there are many good brands. VSL#3 is the most potent available--the capsules have something like 8 species and 225 billion CFUs (don't buy the packets. Some folks report issues w/corn starch used in them). We recently purchased VSL (and used in in addition to his other one) because my son had to take an antibiotic for a bronchial infection. It really kept the antibiotic from messing things up in there for him.
It can sure make your head spin... These are all a bit pricey, but honestly, I believe it to be the single most important supplement my son takes. You can order many of these online if you can't find them locally.
Good luck to you! Again, welcome!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.