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zast
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   Posted 4/21/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
New member. am surprised that more u/cers are not concerned about diet. I am 70 and was diagonsed in 2000,probably have had u/c for 15 years.
ihave used asacol and entercort ec to no avail. I had one flaire that lasted 10 montths. My diet now is bland.no black pepper. Also no lettuce,this means absoutly no leaf,romaine,spinach,iceburg,or any other. Absolutly no carbonated beverages. no corn fresh or canned.I recently discovered the power of pineapple.  It appears to sooth the bowel. I eat one bowl of unsweetened pineapple and its juice a day. whithin two weeks all bleeding has stopped, two b/ms daily. symtoms seem to have dissapeared, Im hoping this lasts

Got2Believe
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   Posted 4/21/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell. I Find it hard to believe that uc'ers downplay the whole diet thing as well. I think b/c we have such a huge variety of foods available that we don't want to give up any of it. Also Doctors just want to push prescriptions I think.
I have been eating healthier and healthier and it seems to help. I tried the SCD diet once and It got me out of a horribly long flare but I am addicted to food so its hard to stick to the diet. Anyways, I am going to try pineapple and see what it does to me.
                                                                                         
28/M/TX (revised 4/16/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  3 weeks of flaring and finally improving.
RX/day:  Tapered Prednisone completely January 2008. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
(believe me I know my body and do not recommend doing this!!!)
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
 


pb4
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   Posted 4/21/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Pineapples are a natural digestive enzyme, along with kiwi, papaya and mango...if you eat these after each meal they help break the meal down for you so it's less work on the intestinal tract.

Many people feel a direct link to food and their symptoms, others feel it makes no difference...researchers have not been able to confirm one way or the other if certain foods may be a "trigger" for either/or the disease/symptoms of the disease.

Best thing to do is if you notice certain foods cause you issues, then it's best to avoid them.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


UC spouse
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   Posted 4/21/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought pineapple was forbidden for UCers and mango. Since they aide in digestion, won't they also make you go more and that's not what UCers want. My husband was told to not even have any kind of fresh fruit juice b/c of the natural sugars which aren't good for the colon and the juice causes acidity.

This is great news if he can eat these things!
Husband diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2007 at the age of 31

Predisone 40 mg for two months-every time weaned off, symptoms came back, Mesalamine(substitute for Rowesa)enema for 21 days-didn't see results in 14 days so stopped taking it, symptoms seemed to get slightly worse.
Xifaxan-on and off
Current meds. : Humira, Colazal 12/day, Probiotic-Align, Fish Oil
Has never gone into remission


quincy
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   Posted 4/21/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Try not to swipe all UCers with one statement.....not all people who DON'T have UC can't eat everything. My goodness.

Try to keep it all in perspective....

Who ever said that pineapple and mango was forbidden?? Who makes the rules?

Why use words like forbidden and illegal......focus on what you can eat and enjoy that fact.

I can eat anything I like, but I don't eat everything. The only discomfort I'd ever get is gas or the odd time diarrhea. No UC symptoms...they're based on the action of food themselved.

As pb4 stated, breaking down foods through digestive enzymes helps the body utilise nutrients and make it easier for the digestive system. One drawback....too much broken down can cause diarrhea, loose or soft stool.

quincy


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 4/22/2008 2:16:06 AM (GMT-6)


mika4me
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
hi i think everyone is different in what they can eat, for me i dont have dairy milk, spicy foods, onions, i can eat vegetables and some fruit but not as many as i would like, i suppose i have quite a low fibre diet as that helps me, it just trial and error, if i eat something and get upset tummy then i try to avoid that food for a while, i may try it again after a few weeks if i get the same result then i know i have to leave that food alone.  
 
 

UC spouse
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
quincy- I think you took my post the wrong way. I was not trying to make a sweeping statement. Unfortunately, I am not a doctor and this IS what my husband's GI told him. So, I guess we are following his rules.

Sorry, you didn't like my choice of words. Who said we weren't enjoying? We do focus on the what he can eat ..on the contrary, I was happy that those fruits can be eaten by my husband. You can't deny that foods aren't restricted. There are many posts about diet and the restrictions, maybe forbidden was a harsher word to use. It's semantics, but that's what it felt like to my husband. As your last paragraph stated, that was my only concern...the exact thing you typed. That "too much broken down can cause diarrhea, etc."

Many people refer to UCers...if you look on this thread someone said UCers should take diet more seriously...isn't that a sweeping statement?

We are all sufferers, so let's be a little delicate with our words
there is no need to attack someone. My post wasn't meant to offend anyone.

Thanks for your understanding.
Husband diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2007 at the age of 31

Predisone 40 mg for two months-every time weaned off, symptoms came back, Mesalamine(substitute for Rowesa)enema for 21 days-didn't see results in 14 days so stopped taking it, symptoms seemed to get slightly worse.
Xifaxan-on and off
Current meds. : Humira, Colazal 12/day, Probiotic-Align, Fish Oil
Has never gone into remission


pb4
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   Posted 4/21/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Remember a balance of enough fibre is quite necessary for IBDers, sure if you eat alot of cherries or grapes for example, you'll likely get D, but as far as I'm concerned, eating natural sugars (from fruits and veggies) will not cause D, of course if you eat tons of fruits and veggies, being fibre, this will promote more trips to the can but it won't likely be D either...I have nicely formed BM's and I eat plenty of fruit and veggies daily....it's processed sugar that is the devil, not natural sugars straight from the source of fruits and veggies.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


UC spouse
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   Posted 4/21/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4-I wonder why my husband's GI said no grapes or strawberries or natural fruit juices. This was said to him within the two months after he was diagnosed.He was not doing too well at all. Maybe that's why. It's hard to tell how fruits affect him since he hasn't gone into remission since he has been diagnosed. There is no consistency. Bananas seem to suit him and peeled apples. We haven't tried pineapple, mango, strawberries, oranges, etc. after his doc. told him no for these things.

I guess he should try again. So, basically, fruits seem to be ok, as long as taken in moderation. Is that safe to say?

Any suggestions on what time of day one should have fruits? When my husband used to have big bowls of fresh mixed fruits, he would get a lot of gas and wake up at night to go to the bathroom. We weren't sure if that was b/c of the fruits that he was eating before sleeping or the diet he had for that day.
Husband diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2007 at the age of 31

Predisone 40 mg for two months-every time weaned off, symptoms came back, Mesalamine(substitute for Rowesa)enema for 21 days-didn't see results in 14 days so stopped taking it, symptoms seemed to get slightly worse.
Xifaxan-on and off
Current meds. : Humira, Colazal 12/day, Probiotic-Align, Fish Oil
Has never gone into remission


quincy
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   Posted 4/22/2008 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
UC Spouse...I apologise for my rant.

I meant anyone who states UCers as all inclusive, especially regarding diet (notice the OP hasn't been back)....not you specifically...except the "forbidden" word. Not necessary for you to apologise for what you wrote or how I perceive your posts.

It's great you're enjoying....trial and error and moderation helps. Regardless...it won't make his UC worse...it will cause discomfort if he's flaring or maybe he just can't handle certain foods. Bananas, seem to be a staple in many diets...it gives me gasss worse than any other fruits.

Limitations are so .... well....limiting...creating so many fears unnecessarily. I've been at this too long I guess.

pb4...actually, too much fruit will cause the colon to increase peristalsis and loosen the stool...hence the reason they suggest to eat more fruit to help increase bms and prevent constipation. That reason as well as the fibre, both soluble and insoluble (which is separate from the fructose). As well, some of us don't have the ability to break down fructose...so, if it causes discomfort, then it should be consumed in either low amounts or not at all.

Fruit juices are more concentrated...if fructose is a problem, it's best to avoid it in juice form. One would tend to drink more than to consume in original form...

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


love4cats
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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Pineapple is a good digestive aid and is used in the production of Bromelain. It is used as an anti inflammatory. I eat a lot of pineapple and it doesn't seem to affect me, well a lot of fresh fruit actually.

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsa1/a/Bromelain.htm

http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/body_health/story.html?id=b6aa2795-ec8d-4569-a64f-238a878753f5

I believe you have to be careful when taking this with other meds, best check with your pharmacist or doc before taking it.

My GI told me that I can eat anything I want as long as it doesn't upset my digestion (nothing to do with UC as Quincy has stated) and it is healthy eating.

If we are to keep our immune systems healthy, we need fresh fruits and veggies.

 


 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 

Post Edited (love4cats) : 4/22/2008 8:26:45 AM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 4/22/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
UC spouse said...
pb4-I wonder why my husband's GI said no grapes or strawberries or natural fruit juices. This was said to him within the two months after he was diagnosed.He was not doing too well at all. Maybe that's why. It's hard to tell how fruits affect him since he hasn't gone into remission since he has been diagnosed. There is no consistency. Bananas seem to suit him and peeled apples. We haven't tried pineapple, mango, strawberries, oranges, etc. after his doc. told him no for these things.

I guess he should try again. So, basically, fruits seem to be ok, as long as taken in moderation. Is that safe to say?

Any suggestions on what time of day one should have fruits? When my husband used to have big bowls of fresh mixed fruits, he would get a lot of gas and wake up at night to go to the bathroom. We weren't sure if that was b/c of the fruits that he was eating before sleeping or the diet he had for that day.

Some people may react to certain fruits and veggies, it's best to give him a little at a time to see how HE tolerates it...I wouldn't eat past 8pm, but that's just me and in regards to any foods, not just fruits, it's better for the digestive system not to eat past 8pm....I go to bed at about 11pm, this works best for me.
 
I would also try the fruits that are natural digestive enzymes and try them directly after eating each meal...mango, pineapple, kiwi and papaya, even if he has 1/2 a peice of fruit to start with after each meal just to see how he tolerates it.
 
Could be part of the reason some people have issues with all or certain fruits is when they're eating them, maybe eating a little after a meal would be easier on those who have issues eating them as a snack persay.
 
:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


princesa
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   Posted 4/22/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
UC spouse said...
pb4-I wonder why my husband's GI said no grapes or strawberries or natural fruit juices.
Check out James Scala's book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut. It's not a restrictive diet, but does give general guidelines for IBDers, quoting numbers of people polled who had reported specific foods as causing problems or being safe.
 
For both fruits and veggies, he warns about the hard fiber matrix of peelings being extremely difficult for a compromised digestive tract and of course seeds can be an issue for an inflamed gut. His research indicates the safest fruits to try are very ripe bananas and baked or canned apples and pears. I've always enjoyed applesauce in different flavors, even when flaring.
 
When your husband gets his symptoms under control and is generally in remission, he'll be able to tolerate a much wider range of foods than he can while in full flare.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


Pooie1981
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   Posted 4/22/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Well... as far as fruits go.. I am ok with just about anything EXCEPT bananas and oranges.
The last time I had a banana was in 2004. I had an upset stomach and my boss told me to eat a banana and it would setlle my stomach.. WELL... all heck broke out.. I got intense abdominal pains, etc and had to leave work. I ended up going to see my Doctor, getting a colonoscopy and then my diagnoses. I doubt it was the fault of the banana.. but I can't say I have had one since. As for oranges.. I had a half of one about 3 months ago and it seemed to upset my stomach immediatly. And now, here I am in a flare.

I am avoiding lettuces and peelings <such as apple peelings> and haven't had corn in a few months either. I also avoid spicy foods and haven't had black pepper in about 2 years either. I was never told not to eat these things.. I just found they don't agree with me anymore. I also pick some of the pepperoni off my pizza... too much of a good thing turns out to be a bad thing!!

My boyfriend recently bought me a blender!! I LOVE IT!! I drop strawberries and pineapple and some ice cubes in there everyday and blend it all up and drink it for a nice cool snack. :O) Its probably easier to digest that way too. :O) UC SPOUSE you should try the blender for your husbands fruits !!

:O)
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG 4 times per day
Prednisone 5MG 3 per day for next 10 days
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid


princesscolon
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   Posted 4/22/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
Princesa stole my answer, or rather, she responded before me with what I would have said. That book is awesome.
Mangoes are packed with a variety of vitamins and mix well with bananas for smoothies (yum!). I think the key is to try it and to figure out what amount you can handle and if you can handle it at all. I can do ok with 1/2 mango but a whole one is too much for me. Strawberries are too hard for me to digest and for grapes, I only eat a few and spit the peels out. I eat pineapple often and do fine with it. I think that diet is very important for UCers. Each UCer is different and some may not have as much trouble with food than others so for them, ok, diet isn't a factor. If I were to eat a bowl of strawberries or ice cream right now, I'd be on the floor in a ball in about an hour so I have to watch my diet or suffer the consequences.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08


love4cats
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I love bananas, but I can't eat them on their own, they give me horrible heartburn, so I have them on toast or in a smoothy.

Because everybody is different, I guess you have to try different things and see how your tummy is affected by it. Our bodies need enzymes, vitamins and minerals to be kept healthy, so eat all the healthy items you can, IMO.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


UC spouse
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   Posted 4/24/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow,you all seem to have a great understanding of what fruits suit you and what doesn't. How did you figure that out? Some of you even know if you have too much of a fruit, it causes discomfort. If you are having these fruits after dinner...how do u differentiate if it's the dinner or the fruit that causes u more bm's??
 
This has been the most difficult/frustrating part for us. To figure out what foods are suitable to my husband. We don't know if it was dinner, lunch,a snack that increased his bowels or stress. My husband hasn't gone into remission, so the number of bm's are very inconsistent. Is it easier to find out what suits the body when one goes into remission b/c then your body is more consistent and if u feed it something wrong then it reacts?
 
I like the idea about blending the fruits. I am sure your're right, that will make things easier to digest. Thanks for the idea Pooie1981.
 
pb4, thanks for the suggestion about half a fruit and the enzymes...I will try that tonight and onwards. My husband is one of those that eats peeled apple/fruits as a snack. Maybe that's too much.
 
princesa & princesscolon, I have the book: What to Eat With IBD by Tracie M Dalessandro . Do you know about this book? Is the one you guys suggested similar to this one? My book mentioned parmesan cheese and butter in one of their recipes. I was a little surprised at that.
 
One last question: I've noticed some people saying that canned fruits are ok. I have even seen  that on some IBD diets too. Don't canned fruits have a high content of fructose and/or corn syrup? I guess this would be another trial and error thing...one has to just try something to figure out if it suits you.
 
 
Husband diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2007 at the age of 31

Predisone 40 mg for two months-every time weaned off, symptoms came back, Mesalamine(substitute for Rowesa)enema for 21 days-didn't see results in 14 days so stopped taking it, symptoms seemed to get slightly worse.
Xifaxan-on and off
Current meds. : Humira, Colazal 12/day, Probiotic-Align, Fish Oil
Has never gone into remission


princesa
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   Posted 4/24/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
UC spouse said...
Wow,you all seem to have a great understanding of what fruits suit you and what doesn't. How did you figure that out? Some of you even know if you have too much of a fruit, it causes discomfort. If you are having these fruits after dinner...how do u differentiate if it's the dinner or the fruit that causes u more bm's??
 
This has been the most difficult/frustrating part for us. To figure out what foods are suitable to my husband. We don't know if it was dinner, lunch,a snack that increased his bowels or stress. My husband hasn't gone into remission, so the number of bm's are very inconsistent. Is it easier to find out what suits the body when one goes into remission b/c then your body is more consistent and if u feed it something wrong then it reacts?
 
I like the idea about blending the fruits. I am sure your're right, that will make things easier to digest. Thanks for the idea Pooie1981.
 
pb4, thanks for the suggestion about half a fruit and the enzymes...I will try that tonight and onwards. My husband is one of those that eats peeled apple/fruits as a snack. Maybe that's too much.
 
princesa & princesscolon, I have the book: What to Eat With IBD by Tracie M Dalessandro . Do you know about this book? Is the one you guys suggested similar to this one? My book mentioned parmesan cheese and butter in one of their recipes. I was a little surprised at that.
 
One last question: I've noticed some people saying that canned fruits are ok. I have even seen  that on some IBD diets too. Don't canned fruits have a high content of fructose and/or corn syrup? I guess this would be another trial and error thing...one has to just try something to figure out if it suits you.
 
 

Trial and error. You can get advice from other sufferers all day long, but that won't guarantee how your husband will react. And you'll see plenty of conflicting advice on here.
 
The best thing to do is an elimination diet and keep a food journal. It's a tough deal and takes discipline, but it will help you pinpoint the problem foods.
 
I haven't read What to Eat with IBD, so I can't comment. Looks like it got great reviews on Amazon. Personally, butter and parmesan have never been a problem for me and I'm very intolerant of other dairy products, but it may be different for your husband.
 
Canned fruits are good because the tough fiber matrix has been broken down and peels have generally been removed. Look for "lite" varieties or those that are canned in their own juice. Better yet, go to an organic food store and get your canned fruit there where you won't have to worry about added sugar, etc.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 4/24/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if when people are eating fruits may make a difference.. Could be part of the reason some people have issues with all or certain fruits is when they're eating them, maybe eating a little after a meal would be easier on those who have issues eating them as a snack persay.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Got2Believe
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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
According to food combination guidlines one should not eat dessert or fruit after a meal b/c it is harder for the body to breakdown the sugars and it just sits there and ferments.
                                                                                         
28/M/TX (revised 4/16/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  3 weeks of flaring and finally improving.
RX/day:  Tapered Prednisone completely January 2008. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
(believe me I know my body and do not recommend doing this!!!)
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
 


pb4
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   Posted 4/24/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Seems strange considering pinapples, kiwis, mangos and papayas are natural digestive enzymes which help break food down when eaten directly after a meal.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


bookworm21
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   Posted 4/24/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree that it's trial and error on each person's part. I don't seem to have much of a problem with fruits. If I'm eating a peach or an apple, I won't eat the skin of it. But usually I just eat canned peaches or applesauce instead. Bananas and strawberries haven't given me any problems either. I think in my case, just about anything could give me a problem during a flare. Otherwise, I'm okay.
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
Seasonal allergies
9 Asacol/day, 1000 mg Canasa (caused side effects)
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 2 pills/day
Calcium chews
 


quincy
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   Posted 4/24/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4....but they aren't in the "enzyme" phase....they also have the fibre and fructose that might bother some, either normally or during a flare.

Moderation is definiely the key.

I've found that eating fruits or things that tend to cause discomfort are best eaten during the evening rather than during the day.

Make it an experiment rather than becoming of the belief that eating something is "wrong".

Taking a fibre supplement (believe it or not) can possibly help by bulking up the stool and starting to exercise the colon helping the normal peristalsis rather than the spasming. I'm meaning psyllium or inulin or the methylcellulose..etc....not the fruit fibre kinds such as citrucel, etc.


quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


pb4
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   Posted 4/25/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
What are you talking about Q, they are a natural enzyme...and as you already mentioned, the fact that they are a fibreous food is a benefit since we need fibre (as you mentioned taking fibre supplements)

Pineapple has been used by many people for centuries as a folk remedy for numerous ailments, particularly digestive problems. Modern research has shown that bromelain, an enzyme found in both the stem and the fruit of a pineapple, may be where pineapple gets many of its health benefits. Pineapple contains substantial amounts of both vitamin C and manganese, so eating pineapple can help strengthen bones, relieve cold symptoms, aid digestion, and stop diarrhea.

I know some people have issues with certain fruits, but my point is that pinapple, papaya, kiwi and mangos are all natural digestive enzymes which aid in digestion when eaten directly after a meal.

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   Posted 4/25/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The food combining theory recommends eating fruit in isolation because it digests so much faster than other foods.
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