My doctor tells me that it's an auto-immune issue and that diet really doesn't have a lot of impact
It wasn't very long ago when most doctors said don't bother with probiotics, but look at all the UCers who are now helped by taking probiotics. Many members here swear food has no effect but many others including myself believe diet is crucial for maintaining remission. I can see UC symptoms creep in almost immediately after eating something bad.
The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is about
the most popular diet for UC. But I don't follow official diets such as SCD, 'low residue', or Paleo etc. Many foods that are 'legal' under SCD such as cruciferious veggies and shellfish cause problems for me. And many foods that are SCD 'illegal' such as corn and dairy don't give me any problems.
I prefer keeping a food diary to isolate foods that trigger symptoms. Two very common problem foods are gluten (wheat) and dairy but any food can turn out to be a problem. For example I can eat dairy but not shellfish. I suggest avoiding gluten for 2-3 weeks to see if your symptoms lessen. Then try the same for dairy. IMO much of the success attributed to the SCD is because it is an anti-gluten diet and gluten is a very common trigger.
Many including myself feel that soluble fiber such as psyllium is very helpful (see my signature). Insoluble fiber found in whole grains can irritate the colons of some people. I don't know much about
dextrin but if it is related to maltodextrin then I would stay away from it. Maltodextrin can aggravate UC symptoms.
BTW it is always a good idea to stay on a relatively mild med such as Lialda to remain in remission even after the flare has ended.
Male, born 1951, DX IBD Feb08. No meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Food diary instead of SCD or Paleo.
When needed VSL#3DS sprinkled over powdered psyllium seed is very helpful.
Lactobacillus Reuteri (NCIMB 30242), Culturelle, Saccharomyces boulardii.
Fish oil, curcumin, extra D3, magnesium, multivitamin, glutamine when gut repair needed.
Resistant Starch and lots of fruit & vegetables (but no cruciferous), No Gluten, no soda, no HFCS, no shellfish. No processed foods with maltodextrin, sorbitol, polysorbate80 or carrageenan. No GMO foods saturated with Roundup.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys
Post Edited (IamCurious) : 1/6/2018 12:41:16 PM (GMT-7)