journey through UC, diet helps!!! fiber-yogurt

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lucas_21
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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
hey,

it has been a year since my last post. I am glad to be back.

I have been thinking about sharing my experience.

I have UC for more than three years. The beginning was not not as nice as i wished. Constant trips to the bathroom and long time spent at the emergency room. Last year i was put on steroids but fortunetaly i did not experience any side effects; they did not help much anyway. I was looking for another way to cope with the condition. I did a lot of research and i came up with a theory on the origin of this condition. I believe that there is a bad bacteria, or a weakness in our bodies, that dissolve the thin lining of the colon letting the bacteria touch the colon surface. To prevent from flaring we need constantly clean it , getting rid of the bad bacteria, and repopulate with good bacteria.

Cleaning:
A diet with a lot of fiber, i am talking about lots of it. Fiber from lightly cooked vegetables is the best and have it with every meal. You will have a lot of of gases at the beginning and maybe occasional strange feeling like your B is passing through the infected colon. Do not worry about it, that's good it means that the organ is being cleaned. Once cleaned ulcers heal very quickly. Avoiding wheat and milk is a must and i would also recommend getting rid of potatoes and rice.

Repopulating:
yogurt, yogurt, yogurt!!!! Drink a lot of home made yogurt. The probiotic pills did not help me. Buy a yogurt maker, let the milk to ferment for 24h and then drink it. My gas level depends of how much yogurt i would drink. To get rid of a large quantity of gas you need to drink at least two cups of it every day.

Right now i am not taking any pills except of supplements. My doc is constantly asking me what did i do so my UC is so calm. If you are experience a set-back, just increase the amount of vegetables and yogurt and you will be fine. I had recently a setback, because i had too much pizza in a week, but with the help of vegetables and yogurt i am fine again.

I know that many people would not believe me, but if you are desperate just try it. Nevertheless, I cannot guarantee that the diet would work the same magic as it does for me.

if you have any questions/comment just let me know.

Peace,
Lucas

ps. an interesting reading http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/11/2371.pdf

Harpo
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   Posted 10/11/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
What do you mean let the milk ferment? Set on the counter for 24 hours and rot ?
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lucas_21
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   Posted 10/18/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
not actually. get a yogurt maker and turn it on for 24h. I would recommend Yogourmet Multi Yogurt Maker. I make like 2 liters of yogurt every three days...delicious


the milk cannot ferment less than 24 since the lactose needs to be consumed by the yogurt bacteria. Also the diet is very important. again get a lot of fiber from vegetables all the time. You will be fine just give it some time...


Lucas

Sara14
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   Posted 10/18/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucas - What supplements are you taking? Did you try any meds previously besides the pred? Also, what types of vegetables do you eat most often? Do you eat fruit, too? Thanks for sharing your story.


23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; experimenting w/fiber supplements (Metamucil and Fiber Choice); Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; ground flaxseed


lucas_21
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   Posted 10/18/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
wow that was quick...:)

Sara14,
i was on Colazal, pred and some other steroids which include enema drugs which i have the whole closed filled with.


Any kind of vegetables. Nevertheless, pay close attention to rice and potatoes since they should be avoided too.. If possible try to cook the veggies a little before consumption. I also eat a lot of fruits....
The trick is to keep enough fiber within the gast system to clean the colon. My diet is a modified SCD since i did not have time to strictly follow it.


Peace out,
Lucas

supplements: fish oil, folic acid, multivitamine, selenium.

love4cats
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Although I do not believe food causes UC, I do believe diet comes into play to minimize it.  I changed my diet after diagnoses, cut way back on potatoes, and added romaine salads,with high garlic salad dressings (added fresh crushed garlic to dressing) to my meals instead.  Also eat a lot of yogurt (probiotics added to it) and fruit and have not had a bad flare since.  I do take probiotics, fish oil, and tumeric daily though.
 
 
Dx:  2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


love4cats
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Oops should have added:  A bonus to cutting out potatoes and adding salads with low fat content dressings, I have lost weight (10lbs) and kept it off!
 
 
Dx:  2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 

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