I certainly have noticed improvements all around from altering my diet (keep in mind I have crohn's colitis which is crohn's affecting my colon, and I also have crohn's perianal skin tags that are also associated with my urgency issues that I will likely always have for the rest of my life), that said, I'm also allergic or non-responsive to traditional oral RX used for IBD, I only have luck with cortifoam which I haven't had to use since altering my diet and taking probiotics. Pretty amazing since I would have frequent flaer-ups of proctitis on a regular basis, guess that's the biggest thing I've noticed since altering my diet and sticking with it.
As you may have read in your post about
working out that I replied to, I've been doing that avidly for the last 8 yrs (flaring), I've never been in full remission (mainly due to my issues with my anal tags) and my GI suspected about
5 yrs ago that I also ended up developing IBS (which diet plays a big role in, especially the fibre aspect, same with regular exercise and probiotics). I just alter my work-outs according to my disease activity, pretty easy actually, it's all perspective, I knew totally quitting my work-out would make it that much harder on me in many ways, especially trying to start up again IF I felt better (and I do mean IF).
I used to be a junk-food junky, when I was a kid and a teenager I loaded up on sugary crap and processed junk and fast-food muck like there was no tomorrow...when I was a teen I had a very fast metabolisim and everyone in my family is on the lean side anyways so I could eat as much as I wanted and what I wanted and not gain an ounce if I tried (as you can imagine lots of jealousy from my friends but hey, I paid for it not by getting fat but instead by getting sick with crohn's). The CCFC has NOT ruled out food/diet as a possible trigger (environmental) for IBD so it's funny to me that others do when researchers haven't even confirmed it one way or the other (makes me laugh cuz I think for the most part it's wishful thinking that it's not related).
It was a long and hard fight for me to totally give up fast-foods, refined sugar and all that other junk especially since I never had to be cautious about
what I ate (or at least that's what I thought), but I'll tell you this, my skin, hair, nails and my physique are all in pretty great shape just from altering my diet (and regular exercise of course) and although I know some people think that it's not so important how you look on the outside so long as you can get healthy on the inside but the truth of the matter is, often what is on the outside reflects the health of your insides and vise-versa. Unfortunatley, diet, exercise and getting enough sleep will all have a huge impact on any body let alone a diseased body. Of course there will be those that disagree but hey, how boring would it be if everyone agreed eh!
You're likely one of the few and far between (here) that admire me so I thank you for that compliment, like I said, I didn't make changes over night and initially it wasn't easy, unfortunately we all tend to get wrapped up in ourselves at times and don't give credit where credit is due...I applaud you for recognizing that what you put into your body will most definitely have an impact on what your body will put back out (no pun intended LOL).
I don't do the SCD or any of those other "diets"m and I do eat red meat (afterall us chicks need our extra iron for each monthly "episode") and I'm not big on iron supplements cuz they tend to be prettty hard on the guts...I eat onions, and other pro-inflmmatory foods like that but nothing processed, just good old fresh whole foods, all veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, chicken, beef, water and chamomile tea.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~