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Mia @;------
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   Posted 3/30/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Princesa, you kindly replied to my osteopenia post, i was wondering if you could give me a few tips of the reigieme you followed, i.e. excercise and foods? To reverse your bone loss. I know theres some excercises you shouldnt do as they could cause more harm than good. Also how long did it take you to build bone loss back?
Thanks!
 
P.s. would pregnancy be the wrong thing to do right now? will it mean more bone loss?
 
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Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   

At the time, I was weight training with free weights using heavy weights, slow tempo and compound moves. I would work each bodypart at least once, but preferrably twice a week. Because I was underweight I did very limited cardio and just focused on strength training. I started out working out at home with a set of dumbbells and gym-style weight training DVDs by Cathe Freidrich... a great way to get started if you've never lifted before and Cathe teaches great form and emphasizes safety. When I progressed to the point of needing the challenge of heavier weights - particularly for squats and deadifts - I joined a gym.

I believe the body naturally comes back into balance and heals itself when the digestive tract begins to heal, allowing better assimilation of nutrients. My sig shows some of the supplements I've found helpful in healing the gut and getting the gut ecology back in balance. For diet, I concentrated on high protein, low carb and plenty of healthy fats. This type of diet is not only good for the gut, but it will help with body recomposition - reducing excess body fat and building healthy lean muscle mass.

I'm not sure how long it took for the bone density to return to normal. I was extremely ill for the first couple of years after diagnosis and the healing process took alot of time and trial and error. I'd guess at least a year would be needed to rebuild bone loss.

I can't speak to the pregnancy question, although an educated guess would be that it would slow down and/or complicate your efforts to heal and rebuild bone loss because so much of the nutrients you're ingesting are being diverted to the developing baby.

Feel free to email me if you want more details.



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.
 
 


Mia @;------
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   Posted 3/31/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks alot princesa!

Im going to have a go at training at home and see how i go... Fingers crossed!


Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 3/31/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck. I found it to be very empowering and it helped me gain healthy weight for the first time in my life. I still remember how excited I was the first time I was leaning on the bathroom counter with one arm, brushing my teeth and saw TRICEPS DEFINITION in the mirror! LOL

BTW, there's a great, supportive forum at Cathe's Web site that will encourage and inspire you if you choose to try her workouts: www.cathe.com


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.
 
 


Mia @;------
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   Posted 4/1/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh i cant wait!Im really motivated to get started and see results... I have searched for her dvd's shes had so many!Can your recommend any in particular?Im in the UK so i'd have to order then online.

Also i purchased some l-glutamine today i noticed you take it too, is 500mg daily enough?Have you seen positive changes?

Thanks for the help and support!


Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


Scorpion24
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   Posted 4/1/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
There are many athletes with UC out there... bodybuilders, rugby players, hockey players, triathletes etc.

When I flare up, I usually take down the intensity of my workouts (a lot) because that helps the healing process! but when I'm in remission I have a green light to get back to my hardcore workouts BUT remember to get your rest so that you don't have any physiological stress. Remeber, intensity is consistency so don't expect results within 2 weeks but expect them within 2 months!

Best of luck...

PS. before you take L-Glutamine it is best to get a few tests done because that could either better your situation or worsen it

Cheers

princesa
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   Posted 4/1/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Scorpion24 said...
PS. before you take L-Glutamine it is best to get a few tests done because that could either better your situation or worsen it

Please elaborate on how l-glutamine could make UC worse.
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.
 
 


Mia @;------
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   Posted 4/1/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies, scorpion24, what tests would these be?
Princesa, do you have the names of the type of dvd's you work out to?
Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


Scorpion24
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   Posted 4/1/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
A test such as IgG would be useful...
and priincesa, I personally have no clue how but I have a friend with UC who got worse from taking it... I take it myself but all I'm saying is that it isn't that ideal for some

princesa
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   Posted 4/2/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
A handful of individuals could react to just about anything, but they're in the minority. I've read countless recommendations for l-glutamine to help leaky gut, to heal and regenerate the lining of the colon, to help control diarrhea, to help rebuild or preserve muscle. You don't need to have tests run (and what tests would those be?) to try it and the majority are going to benefit from it.

That said, all supplements should be started cautiously, at low doses and worked up gradually to a full dose while you watch for any unusual symptoms or reactions.
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.
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 4/3/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Mia ----;@ said...

Oh i cant wait!Im really motivated to get started and see results... I have searched for her dvd's shes had so many!Can your recommend any in particular?Im in the UK so i'd have to order then online.

Also i purchased some l-glutamine today i noticed you take it too, is 500mg daily enough?Have you seen positive changes?

Thanks for the help and support!


Cathe kicks butt. I did only a portion of her Kick, Punch and Crunch kickbox workout last night and it's a killer. One of the cool things about the newer DVDs is she has "premixes" that are shorter versions of the full workout or combinations of a couple of different workouts so you can really mix things up and choose a workout that fits your available time frame.

I'm a big fan of her Slow and Heavy weight training series. I think this is the best weight training workout set for ectomorphs who are underweight and are looking to gain healthy muscle.

http://www.shopcathe.com/slow_heavy_series_p/350.htm

The Pure Strength series is also great:

http://www.shopcathe.com/pure_strength_series_p/340.htm

And a newer weight training series (one that I don't have) is the Hard Core Series: Gym Style which comes in three separate DVDs:

http://www.shopcathe.com/Hardcore_Series_Gym_Style_Chest_Triceps_DVD_p/643.htm

http://www.shopcathe.com/Hardcore_Series_Gym_Style_Legs_DVD_p/644.htm

http://www.shopcathe.com/Gym_Style_Back_Shoulders_and_Biceps_DVD_p/645.htm

 

Regarding l-glutamine dosages, in my experience, 500 mg would not be enough. One to three grams (1,000 - 3,000 mg) is more the recommended range for treating IBD. You definitely want the powder, not the capsules because you'd have to take so many pills to reach that dose. The powder is tasteless and dissolves easily in water or juice. I actually mix mine in my aloe vera juice for a double healing effect.


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.
 
 


Mia @;------
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   Posted 4/3/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Princesa, i've ordered a few dvds cant wait to get started when theyre shipped over!
P.S. when you were diagnosed, did your doctor suggest any supplements, mine has its call ADCAL are you familiar with it?
Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


lambkins
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   Posted 4/4/2009 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mia i am from the uk and my dr has me on Adcal D3 and Alendronic acid 70mg to help to protect my bones from pred side effects the Adcal are chewy tabs if that is any help
  
  Diagnosed 22.5.08 with Lft sided U/C
  Meds Predfoam 20mg 2x day stopped started pentasa supps 1gm 26/6/08
 Asacol 800mg x2 twice daily
  Domperidone 10mg as needed
  co codamol 30/500 x2 when needed
  Asacol foam 2g nightly 19/3/09
  Prednisone 60mg 19/3/09 tappering after2wks


Mia @;------
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   Posted 4/4/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lambkins, i wish i was put on them earlier, i've been taking pred for years and its caught up with my bones!
I started them yesturday, they're not that bad.. :)
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times,
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day. Recently diagnosed with osteopenia.
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 4/4/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not familiar with it. Is that a calcium and vitamin D combo?
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.
 
 


Mia @;------
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 4/5/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes princesa they are chewable/suckable sweet like tablets, taken twice a day. The vitamin D is need to absorb calcium in the gut, so its a good combo. I was prescribed them last year but was lazy and didnt take them. The health care in the UK prescribes them to patients with calcium deficiency.
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times,
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day. Recently diagnosed with osteopenia.
 
 

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