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Food is probably the most important section on this website. The supplements, herbs and stress management can only take you so far. I can't stress enough how important it is to maintain a great diet, preferably with organic produce and free range grass fed meats. It's not essential to be 100% organic, but where possible it is definitely worth the extra money. There is no price on your health.
It is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of most degenerative diseases. Cutting these things out gives our body time to reverse any negative effects it has previously caused.
I have read numerous success stories with different diets all in relation to ulcerative colitis. One in particular is the Paleo diet. The following link is a great testimonial by Charlie Barker who reversed his Ulcerative Colitis by following the Paleo diet. [Read More]
Certain foods may make Ulcerative Colitis symptoms worse. So in addition to the normal loss of appetite that accompanies a flare-up, some people purposely reduce how much they eat in an attempt to ease the symptoms or out of fear of symptoms getting worse. This comes down to trial and error. Everyone is different, and everyone will have an altered experience with the same foods. The best way to determine what is best for you is to reduce your diet to foods you know have no effect on your system and introduce new food slowly. If you have a reaction, or it makes your condition worse, eliminate it from your diet completely.
It may be an option to take a Food Intolerance test, which is a simple blood test used to screen blood against at least 250 items (may differ depending on tests available in your area). Test results are then reviewed by either a naturopath or other medical professionals who will describe the foods and other products that you are intolerant to, and your degree of intolerance.
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Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
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Even if conventional medicine tells you that your condition is incurable or that your only option is to live a life dependent on drugs with troublesome side effects, there is hope for improving or reversing your condition. - Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O.
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Foods to avoid? Again this is different for the each individual, but the most common foods to avoid are as follows.
• Beans and Legumes.
• Caffeine.
• Dairy.
• Wheat.
• Corn.
• Alcohol.
• Refined sugar.
• Spicy foods, chilli.
• Oligosaccharides (onions/leek etc).