While technically you can not Cure Ulcerative Colitis, it IS possible to experience remission and to live symptom-free with little to no medication—for many of us. (When I say cure, this is what I am referring to! We’ll call it cure with a little “c”.)
I can say how wonderful it feels to no longer struggle with UC! Getting here has been a big, big blessing for me and my little family of four.
I know what it is like to be in the bathroom over a dozen times a day, completely embarrassed to leave home. I know what it is like to suffer from autoimmune related fevers and aches and swelling and joint pain. AND I know what it is like to feel like my normal, healthy self again NOT constantly having to scope out the nearest bathroom. Oh man, there is nothing like it!
For me, it had everything to do with food, despite my gastroenterologist’s claim at diagnosis to the contrary. Thankfully I was skeptical and began experimenting with my diet almost immediately. What did I have to lose?
Desperate to feel better, I have tried all kinds of diets from gluten- free to paleo to the specific carbohydrate diet, with varying results. But NONE of them has worked nearly as well as what I have settled on. Which is SO simple by comparison and super effective. My doctor is very pleased at how well I am doing (I am currently on little medication and in remission to boot!).
Not only did those other diets NOT stop all of my symptoms, they made me feel all kinds of awful in the process… low blood sugar, exhausted, foggy-headed and dizzy, etc. Plus I am thankful to have discovered something that works and allows me to live a relatively normal life. Some of the diets I tried were so extreme I had to carry my food with me everywhere in a cooler—I could never eat out or pick up something quickly at the store or even have dinner at a friend’s house. It was very complicated and NO fun!
In case these may help you too, here are the 5 simple things that I have done with my diet that have helped me cure Ulcetative Colitis (with a little “c”)…
1. I eat fermented food on a daily basis. Since I am dairy-free, I eat saurkraut and other fermented vegetables one to two times a day. You can make them at home or buy them from the grocery store. Making them at home is a lot of work, and I am a busy homeschooling mom, so I tend to buy sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables at the store.
Update 6/26/17: Over the past month I have slowly reintroduced a bit of dairy back into my diet and seem to be doing fine. I am eating about 1/2 cup of greek yogurt on a daily basis now too and feel wonderful in the UC department!
Skeptical? Check this scholarly article out!
2. I eat little to no sugar (natural or otherwise). That obviously means no sugary desserts like cake or icecream, but it also means that I mostly avoid fruit and honey as well. The one exception I make is dark chocolate and the bit of honey I sometimes add to tea or the slice of fruit I ocassionally nibble on. I also have to watch vegetables like sweet potatoes and sweet squashes as well—having them infrequently and in small amounts, if at all.
l think this one, similar to the efficacy of probiotics, ties back to gut health. And with UC, my gut is very finicky and quickly heads south when given sugar.
Update 6/26/17: I am now eating a protein smoothie once a day and include 1/3 piece of a frozen banana with a couple of strawberries (2-4) and seem to handle it just fine. Although, on days I do this I have not been eating dark chocolate or any honey.
3. I avoid most spicy foods. Although, I have found that I can tolerate small amounts of black pepper.
4. I consume little to no alcohol.
5. I extremely limit processed foods.
I am not an expert, but these five little dietary adjustments have made ALL the difference in how I feel and have helped me cure Ulcerative Colitis (with a little “c”)—moving me into remission. I just had to share, in case it could help a fellow UC sufferer!
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Wishing you the best health,