Ulcerative Colitis Remedy / Remission Idea

Remedy Ideas

Strict diet & supplement regime

Well, here's my latest regime as of Aug 2014 - it has helped me taper off of Mesalazine and remain symptom free.

It certainly hasn't been a quick process, if I look at my diary I can see that it has taken around 5 months (since my last flare-up) to get to this point. During that time, I've more or less stuck to the same regime you can see below. I've had two blips with a couple of symptoms during the time I've been tapering, but neither lasted more than 2 days.

Outside of the digestive system, I've had a couple of periods when my skin became itchy, which is a symptom that developed in my more recent flare-ups. However, the itchy skin that occured in the past few months stayed in the chest area. Part of me thinks these itchy episodes are to do with being slightly rundown, when my body is fighting off a low level virus (that doesn't proceed into flu or a cold). My diary tends to lean towards this theory, where I see poor sleep and tiredness were noted each time.

Our bodies are constantly fighting off pathogens, but those with a healthy system would never know it. However, due to Ulcerative Colitis I think I now have a noticeable sign that my system is fighting off a virus - an itchy chest! I'm going to call it my Viro-Chestometer

Anyway, the goal of my regime is to improve overall health in order to compliment my ability to fight off pathogens e.g. I'm hoping to stop inflammation before it becomes a flare-up. Producing healthy blood cells is the key to this, which is why the organic fruit and veg, Vitamin C, moringa and exercise are all important. The omega-3 and red cabbage juice are aimed more at my digestive system, although of course, it all compliments my health at the end of the day.

So, onto my regime...

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Constant theme
  • Smoothie: 1 banana, 1 peeled apple, 1 cup kale, 2g turmeric, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 200ml almond milk or coconut water
  • Gluten & wheat free bread (toasted) with olive oil spread and marmite
  • Gluten / wheat free bread (toasted) with olive oil spread and marmite
  • Some salt and vinegar rice snacks
  • Gluten & wheat free pasta
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • with:
  • Chicken
  • (2 days per week)
  • Beef
  • (2 days per week)
  • Avocado
  • (3 days per week)
  • Water
  • I drink filtered water thoughout the day
  • Organic fruit, veg and meat only
  • I go for a half hour run twice a week
  • After running I take 2 x 500mg L-Glutamine capsules, 1 x multi mineral capsule
  • I try to go for a walk on days I don't jog
Supplements - after breakfast Juice - after lunch Supplements Foods Avoided
  • 2g moringa leaf powder
  • 2200mg pure vitamin C powder
  • BOTH mixed into a single shot of acai berry, pomegranate & blueberry smoothie
  • Capsules taken with water:
  • 1 x 1000mg Ultimate Omega (by Nordic Naturals)
  • 1 x 5000IU Vitamin D3 (by Healthy Origins)
  • I make a juice based on the one drunk by the UCer in the film 'Super Juice Me':
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage
  • 1 apple
  • Approx. 5" cucumber
  • Handful of blueberries
  • A small piece of ginger
  • Handful of spinach
  • I am asked a lot about this particular juice, so here's the actual juice used in the film:
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 2 apple
  • Approx. 5" cucumber
  • A knob of ginger
  • Mixed into Dinner:
  • 2g moringa leaf powder
  • Liberal sprinkle of Himilayan pink salt
  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Fried food
  • Processed food
  • Junk food
  • Cooking oils
  • Coffee or tea
Notes

After my last flare I read that UCers are more likely to be deficient in electrolytes (potassium and sodium). So for potassium I eat bananas and avocados; for sodium I use Himilayan pink salt on my dinner and eat marmite. Interestingly outside of UC, marmite is listed (among others) as food to eat when dehydrated because it contains Sodium plus Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B12 and folic acid. More info on colon and electrolytes

I've learnt that when we sweat we don't simply lose water, we actually sweat out a soup of electrolytes: potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium as well as trace metals such as iron, zinc and copper. After going for a run I make sure I rehydrate with water, but also take on board electrolytes and minerals.

Over the time I've been sticking to a strict regime I noticed that I can get rid of headaches by drinking water, which probably means they're partly due to dehydration.

Since being in remission I've had 2 episodes of diarrhea - in both cases my notes seem to point towards dehydration. They both occurred on very hot humid and days, after I'd done some fairly strenuous work (rapid dehydration is cited as one of the possible reasons behind diarrhea). More info on this

After writing these notes I realised they all revolve around dehydration - just a thought, but could constant dehydration be a trigger for UC flare-ups?