I was always afraid of trying psyllium, isnt it fiber, I thought fiber is bad for UC, but I have seen few people here taking it. Do you think I can try it in flare up or should wait until I'm in better condition?
Can you explain how to use the psyllium seed? I just bought some seed powder today and would like to know exactly what to do with it. Thanks!
There are two kinds of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber such as wheat bran can irritate the colon. But many with IBD find that soluble fiber such as apple pectin and psyllium helps with digestive problems. If not soluble fiber then perhaps you can try demulcents such as DGL licorice, Marshmallow, comfrey, or slippery elm which many have found to be helpful.
I like to mix psyllium seed, probiotics, with yogurt and/or applesauce. I also like to add blueberries which I find to be compatible with my gut. The following thread explains psyllium seed that is used by many UCers:www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=2152224
Male/61 DX IBD in Feb08. No meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar2010. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 is very helpful. Several Culturelle a day firms up stools. Food diary instead of SCD or Paleo.
Lots of fruit & vegetables (but no plums or cruciferous), No Gluten, no soda, no HFCS, no xylitol or sorbitol, no trans fat, no shellfish, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
Probiotics, Fish oil, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, E complex, magnesium, phos choline, boswellia, curcumin, DGL, glutamine.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys