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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
So i know that many people talk about sugar alternatives, but does anyone know of any salt alternatives? I am a full blown saltaholic! I put salt on EVERYTHING, even sweet stuff. Then i found out (on this fabulous forum) that salt strips your bones of calcium and as i already have osteopeonia i figure i should cut back....
salt is kinda my last remaining vice though and giving it up is not going too well.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, cortifoam 1x every other day.
30 mg pred,and tapering. 50 mg 6 mp- as of 5/11/2008
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil
osteopenia from all this prednisone.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never been a big salt person but i am an herb junky!

My husband is a salt junky too so my cooking was very different for him. He now loves it though.

I take and mix a bunch of dried herbs and use that as others would salt. Some garlic granuales, oregeno, cumin, paprika, ground many combinations to try! Its not quite the same as salt but gives food that pop of flavor like salt does.
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion

Old Hat
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
What about fresh parsley, dill, or basil sprinkled over food? Salt is very irritating to my colon so I try to keep my consumption of it low & rely on veggies/herbs to add flavor to main dishes. Try adding bay leaf to red meat sauces, steam fish with celery, carrot, & chard. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Using spices for flavor is a great idea.  I would suggest using high quality sea salt when you do need salt.  It seems to have so much more flavor, therefore you need less of it.  I do the same thing with butter - I use a high quality French butter, and a little goes a long way.

Female, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG 4X daily, Fish Oil 2x daily, Disgestive Advantage (Colitis) 2X daily, Metamucil 2X daily, Yoga daily.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (showing some improvement)

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi winni,
Another thing you may want to try is sea salt. Because the taste is so much stronger you can use a lot less. We purchased a salt grinder (like a pepper mill), and purchased sea salt crystals. You get a very salty taste without using very much, and it's natural & not processed so your body will absorb it differently than regular salt. Might be worth a shot.
My remaining vice is coffee. I've cut down to one a day, and I know I need to get rid of that too!! Good luck!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis April 2008
Meds: Mezavant, Vital Greens
Status: no change

New Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 7/2/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I swear by Sea Salt as well. You don't need very much and you can compliment it by using more herbs....that's what I do. If anything, while you look for a alternative, this may help 'ween' you off the deadly stuff.

Diagnosed with UC in 2000

Medications:  Asacol 800mg tablets 5/day, Salofalk enema nightly

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
winni...curious if your doc has done a blood test for sodium and potassium and zinc?? As well as a thyroid/iodine test.

I would say get them checked firstly to make sure nothing is out of whack...

Do you have chronic

I would suggest adding more flavour in other ways and try to cut back you salt intake by maybe doing a shake less a least it's a start.

*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
~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 !!!

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 7/2/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a salt freak too, I love salt. My mom just died from late stage osteoporosis so I guess I should try to cut back too. I didn't know it was bad for the bones. My mom always bought sea salt. I am going to get some today. Dill is good too. I remember a spice, was it called Mrs. Dash? Lemon pepper is good too, it has some salt in it. I've tried sea salt, it is very good. Good luck to you. Also, if you are like me, I salt before I even taste. I will try to make an effort to cut back on that. Take Care, bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 7/2/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your replies!! I bought some salt-free mixed spices that have dill, fennel etc in them. we'll see how i do!
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, cortifoam 1x every other day.
30 mg pred,and tapering. 50 mg 6 mp- as of 5/11/2008
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil
osteopenia from all this prednisone.

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 320
   Posted 7/3/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sea salt all the way. Its great. And yes, I too am a salt-a-holic!

LOVE my salt :-)
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, Technomage
  • 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
    - Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
    - 2x Colazide, twice a day; 25mg of 6-MP a day; 1xAllopurnol;
    - 1x teaspoon of Metamucil 3 times a day;
    - 3x Garlic oil capsules & 7mL Olive Leaf Extract twice a day.

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