Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcertative Colitis? This may be the diet for you! Does your physician talk about the importance of eating the right foods for your condition? If not, you are not alone. Most patients claim their doctor only tells them to not eat spicy foods or greasy foods or possibly dairy – but no more information is given.
How is that possible? Unfortunately, most doctor’s were never given nutrition courses in medical school, so that part of their expertise is lacking. That is why we are fortunate to have holistic nutrition counselors such as myself, to help you know that nutrition is key to heal and protect your gut! So let’s see what is best for your stomach condition:
- Go on an organic diet. That means getting rid of nearly all foods not grown, raised, or processed organically. Sticking to an 80% organic diet, and paying particular attention to organic grains, veggies, and dairy (including eggs) helps so much . Eating organic meats is a must too, but don’t eat beef while you are in any “crisis” state or symptomatic state. The processing of non-organic meats can really aggravate nasty symptoms.
- For a week or so, try to eat only organic rice, baked or mashed (with almond milk, butter) organic potatoes, organic chicken. For breakfast try organic oatmeal and drink only water or green tea. Once the pain starts to subside and the diarrhea became less prolific, you can start adding other things into your diet until you feel normal again.
- Eat a low carbohydrate and high vegetable diet. Eat baked or broiled fish, chicken or turkey. Steam the vegetables lightly so that they are still a little crunchy. Eat Brown Rice, Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, peas and rice cakes/crackers. No milk or cheese or corn.
Eggs are fine and are tolerated best as hard boiled. No spicy foods or caffeine. No red meat, or sugar or processed foods. You can try Greek Yogurt that is high protein such as Fage or those brands as Whole Foods Market (read the label and it should say at least 10 grams of protein per container. Tofu is also fine. Any vegetables except corn.
- You can also eat applesauce (with cinnamon but no added sugar), apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, watermelon, cantelope, honeydew, banana, and blueberries.
- Do not eat any nuts but you can try creamy organic almond butter. No peanuts or peanut butter. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily or the formula for water drinking is l/2 of your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 150 pounds, that is 75 ounces per day– you can add fresh squeezed lemon or lime to the water.
Taking supplements are always important for everyone, but the ones that are important with your stomach issues would be:
- Boswelia – 350 mg./3 times daily as an anti-inflammatory, heals ulcers – no adverse reactions or bad interactions with other meds has been found.
- Probiotic – I like Udo’s Choice Super 8 Probiotic (found and kept in the refrigerator at all times) or Renew Life 50 Billion Probiotic (also in the refrigerator).
- Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate capsule 1 per day/400 mg. Take between dinner and bedtime.
- I recommend two products from Metagenics called: Glutgenics and Endefen which are both powders you can mix with apple juice or water. They would have to be ordered by a professional since these are “pharmaceutical grade” products and sold to professionals.
You should get your iron levels checked to see if you could be Anemic which is common from bleeding in the colon and not eating beef. An Iron supplement that is good is by Solgar company, but take two per day ( one at lunch and one at dinner) rather than one if you are anemic.
Digestive disorders can be greatly relieved if you eat well for your condition, so don’t give up hope and see how great you can feel by following these suggestions. Let me know how you do on this plan and leave a Comment.