Can eating Gluten free help symptoms of UC?

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Kim Segal
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   Posted 3/11/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently asked my GI if going on a gluten free diet would help my symptons to ease up. I'm on 3 tablets Mezavant, and cortenema 100mg./nightly.  So far, not working amazing yet..but it's only been a week and 1/2.  before that i was using salofalk enema 4g.
I've had UC on and off for 6 years.  I was in remission for a few years, then it started again when my daughter 17 was diagnosed with UC..nothing worked for her except remicade which is still working great.
The breads and other products that are gluten free are costly.  before I invest in a bread machine and start doing some baking at home..I'd like to hear if this approach has worked for anyone or is a load of crap...pardon the pun.

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   Posted 3/11/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Going gluten free can do nothing but help. Gluten is very difficult to digest so cutting it from your diet will give your digestive system a break if nothing else. You should try cutting it out completely for 2 weeks and then slowly adding it back in and see what happens. You may have a sensitivity without having an actual allergy and this way you can see if not eating it feels any different from eating it. It can be very hard to stay away from gluten though. I was gluten free completely for about 5 months and it was really tough to avoid it in restaurants but pretty easy at home; you just have to get used to the alternatives like corn tortillas instead of flour or no buns on hamburgers etc. But it gave my system a break from digesting all those tough proteins. When i brought it back into my diet i didn't notice a difference in how i felt so i now know that i don't have any kind of sensitivity to it. I really don't eat a lot of gluten any more having been off it for so long. Occasionally i have toast, or cookies but that's really it as far as eating gluten at home.

Try cutting out before you go investing in anything big. I found it really easy to not have bread to be honest. all i wanted was crackers and baked goods. Glutino is the best brand out there and you can find for those things Its at the nicer Kroger's or any health food store. Yes it is a bit expensive but its better to try that first than buying a bread machine. If you do find that gluten-free makes a difference for you, i will recommend Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Analise G. Roberts for all your bread and pastry needs. It has some great recipes that aside from being not quite as moist, taste just the same as their gluten filled counterparts.

The other thing to try and avoid is dairy as the Casein protein is also very difficult to digest. but one at a time for elimination diet. that way you know the way each one affects you.
diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
diagnosed with IBS at 15
5mg prednisone
weekly accupuncture, probiotics, l-glutamine, and a combo of digestive enzymes. Staying gluten and dairy free as much as possible to avoid hard to digest proteins.
allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp

Kim Segal
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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Good advice..I thought about the dairy aspect as well..but I figured I wouldn't know which was more helpful.
I'm finding out that I miss the baked good..and crackers more than the bread as well..I'll look into the Glutino products.

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   Posted 3/12/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

For anyone who's interested in managing UC through dietary changes, gluten should definitely be eliminated or greatly reduced. Dr. Mercola even recommends avoiding gluten for non-IBDers. You'll see from this link that eliminating gluten is the FIRST STEP in his beginner nutrition plan:

In my experience, when you eliminate gluten, you may not notice an immediate change unless you have celiac disease. If you don't have CD, but are sensitive to gluten, it may take a while for symptoms to gradually improve as the colon heals. And you also have to be aware of hidden sources of gluten so you know you're truly eliminating it.

For the most part, I just don't eat breads, crackers and pasta any more. This can have the happy side effect of weight reduction. I do occasionally eat gluten-free waffles or cookies, but I've found I actually feel my best on a completely grain-free diet. If you haven't already, check out the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for more info: Breads for the SCD are baked using nut flours - primarily almond flour - and are delicious. And they don't require the purchase of any special kitchen equipment.

For information on gluten/casein free diet:

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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