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   Posted 12/30/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I am thinking of going on a liquid diet to help heal my colon.  I was thinking a week would help.  Has anyone done this?  If so, what do you drink.  I have some absorbplus powder that I can use, and then I think ensure would be good.  Any other ideas???  Is this stupidto try?  Am I grasping at straws here?
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I always had good success switching to liquid diet right before flares. Protein shakes, 100% juices, and fiber supp., distilled H2o. Probiotics, Glutamine, and some form of fatty acid supp. After my colon begins to normalize I would switch to comfort foods from my diary and ride with that until I started forming solid stools.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

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   Posted 12/30/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I am also considering the liquid diet. I noticed in your post that you have absorb plus powder so I googled it. It sounds wonderful. Have you found it helpful? I am interested in hearing how your liquid diet goes if you choose to do it. I am just so tired of feeling sick and having accidents so I am most likely going to do it now once I have ordered the absorb plus powder. I wish I could just go buy it in a store instead of having to wait for it. My only issue is that I am breast feeding and it is said to be okay, but I just want to do a little more research. Please post on your progress with this. I am also checking into juicing but so far I have felt worse so I am going to let my intestines heal before I try the juice again it seems every time I try it I bleed more sad Please post anything else you are going to drink and If I find something helpful I will do the same.

I drink a lot of Aloe Juice regardless that seems to help my intestines a little bit.
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone Enema and Rowasa Enema rotating days for the next thirty days
Prenatal vitamins

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   Posted 1/1/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Absorb plus, tastes good too, and it does seem to help a little bit. My plan is to use the absorb plus and ensure for one week, then start adding in things, but no grains and no sugar. We will see how that goes. I am thinking lean white meats (organic) and veggies to start. Will let you know how it goes....right now, I am hungry!!
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2  1 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 1/1/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Absorb Plus is predigested, which allows you to get the nutrients your body needs while your colon rests and heals. Ensure and Boost are not. Jini Patel Thompson has a book called The IBD Remission Diet that gives complete instructions on using Absorb Plus for up to several weeks, then transitioning back to regular foods.
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. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 1/1/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
     Be careful of the fiber.  It throws my UC into a real tizzy.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm trying it too... Not very excited about it though. I'm starving! I'm drinking Ensures all day (the kind with added Calcium) and bought other stuff like soup without solids in it, sugar free pudding and apple sauce. I read that you can do liquids (not Clear liquids) if you're not in a major flare. Plus, the clear liquids can only sustain you for a few days.

mjw82704- We are trying to get pregnant (although holding off until after this flare now). How did you decided to breastfeed when you are on Mesalamine? I used to be on Asacol and am now on Lialda and have been told that it passes into the breast milk.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I did a clear liquid diet for two days before my last scope and I felt really, really sick from it. I was almost on the verge of collapsing when I got home one night and caved and ate some toast, which I instantly threw up. It was really bizarre and I've been afraid to try it again. I'm sure it was mostly because it was clear liquids with no real substance or nutritional value, so just make sure you're getting everything you need to keep yourself going.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Guys, I haven't been on in a long time. You might not even remember me since I was never on that much anyway. I always seem to pop up when I am flaring. 

Lemonhead- I do absorbplus when I am flaring badly. I even use it sometimes for a quick breakfast in the am. I have been using it for years. I tried the ensure but I didn't handle it well at all. I found aborbplus and it was awesome for me. When I am in a really bad flare(which hasn't been in a while) I would drink about 4-5 shakes a day for 5 days. I would add Udo's oil and VSL3. Then I would slowly introduce soups and then solid food. If my flare isn't bad, I might drink about 4 shakes a day for 2 days and slowly introduce other food while still drinking a shake in the am. It is high in carbs, so would not do well for diabetics. Also, it can be expensive but it's worth it for me. I loose weight quickly when I am in a flare, but drinking the shakes keeps my weight in check. I think they are pretty good. I am not aware of any fiber in the shakes, that would kill me when I'm flaring. I think you would like it.


Diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in 1992
current meds
4 asacol 3x's a day
Rowasa enemas as needed
Bunches of vitamins

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