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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/22/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a couple of simple questions for some but difficult for me?  Any help would be appreciated!
1) When we say eating sunflower seeds is good for us, do we mean sunflower seeds like the ones that baseball players chew?  And how much do we need to eat to be effective?
2) I've noticed people use aloe, is this aloe like the aloe that we put on ourselves after being burnt in the sun?  How does one go about using aloe?
3) What are probitics?  What are examples of it and how do you use them?
4) Does garlic, pineapple and grean tea really reduce inflamation?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Started taking chamomile tea and multi vitamins (waiting for results)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 1/22/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't comment on the sunflower seeds other than to suggest you proceed cautiously with any whole nuts or seeds if you have active inflammation as the roughage can be irritating.

Aloe in liquid form is usually used internally, whereas aloe gel is used externally. Be careful that you choose one that has the laxative component, aloin, removed. George's Roadrunner Aloe Vera is one safe brand.

Probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that are essential to good health. Here's a link that will help you learn more:

Garlic and pineapple do. Green tea's a possibility. Omega3s are your best choice, IMO.

Here's another link you might find helpful:

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 1/22/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Buy the unshelled sunflower seeds rather than messing with the shells...I think the aloe that people use is likely from their healthfood store, already processed not directly from an aloe plant you may have at home....probiotics are friendly bacteria and since IBDers tend to have bacterial overgrowth (bad bacteria) we need to supplement with good/friendly bacteria for healthy balanced gut flora...garlic, pineapple and green tea are excellent naturals that have tons of health benefits (you should google each to find out detailed info), chamomile is even better than green tea in my opinion/experiance, it's a natural anti-inflammatory...pineapples are natural digestive enzymes along with kiwi, mangos and papaya, if eaten after each meal they help break you food down so it's less work for your intestines.

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

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