Putting Ulcerative Colitis Into Remission
Hello Everyone. I hope that you are well. This post comes out on Christmas Day, and I hope everyone is having a stress-free, happy time. It can be challenging when you have health conditions and need to be near a bathroom or somewhere quiet to lie down.
If you have colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, diverticulitis, or any inflammatory and autoimmune condition that causes such discomfort with physical, mental, and emotional challenges, I know exactly how that feels.
You see, I have ulcerative colitis (and hemolytic anemia), and I used to suffer so much with the symptoms, flare-ups, medication, hospital admittances, medical procedures, exhaustion, frustration, stress, juggling family and work life with two young boys, and worried whether I would survive.
I am now in remission, feeling fantastic and enjoying life, with the best body composition I have ever had, and I cannot remember the last time I had a flare-up.
If you, or anyone you know, has colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, an inflammatory disease, and autoimmune conditions, read on and share. It could very well be the lifeline that you/they need.
Living With Ulcerative Colitis
I took supplements and medication and tried everything that was suggested to me by nutritionists and doctors. I traveled the world seeking help for my autoimmune conditions, going from specialist to specialist, following their advice. Nothing helped me get well.
It felt like many plasters were being put on many cracks to cover the symptoms up, but no healing was going on. Nothing was healing the cause of the problem, and some treatment was contributing to the problem.
In a way, what saved me was that my body wasn’t responding to medical treatment, and I ended up being kept alive with weekly blood transfusions.
I was so overwhelmed and almost wanted to give up! I had no choice but to find a solution to this, which I could apply to my daily life as a busy Mother of two young boys.
This is what led me to start researching.
It is understandable people are not getting their symptoms under control despite taking on specialist advice for their ulcerative colitis, colitis, Crohn’s, and so on. You are given medication and supplements and told to watch your diet and keep up with tests and procedures.
You may be given a supplement for this and something for that, and the problem is, if you already have poor gut health, these will only exacerbate the issues, adding to a more unbalanced gut microbiota, which then leads to more inflammation in the body, which leads to more flare-ups.
Coping with ulcerative colitis can be exhausting. Physical, social, financial, and emotional complexities may be running alongside your inflammatory condition.
Dealing emotionally with ulcerative colitis symptoms is challenging, and not everyone understands what you are going through. The impacts on relationships can be difficult.
You could very well be dealing with bone and joint issues like arthritis, which presents itself in the cooler months, which throw extra challenges at you (have you read Prevent Knee Osteoarthritis Progression?). I developed hemolytic anemia.
What Is the Best Management of Ulcerative Colitis?
The other issue is that you may have excellent care and doctors around you, but they cannot think for you, eat for you, exercise for you, or follow you around and advise you.
Finding resources to help you reduce stress, reduce ulcerative colitis symptoms, heal your body, get good nutrition, and calm your system down is essential, as well as your medication.
I know that finding a resource of education and helpful tools in one place to aid in healing ulcerative colitis is tricky. This is why Eat Burn Sleep exists and is available to you 24 hours a day, every day. Your own nutritionist advice, which doctors worldwide recommend and is Bupa-global-approved, is there on your app, following you around, guiding you on what to eat, how to exercise, etc.
I searched everywhere for something like Eat Burn Sleep through the years. I have read anything and everything to heal myself and then qualified at a top London naturopathic nutrition school.
There’s a minefield of information about ulcerative colitis out there. Believe me; if there’s a diet recommended for ulcerative colitis, I will have tried it.
Some, like medication, worked briefly, and I was so happy that symptoms died off for a while, but sure enough, they came back with a vengeance. It is so disheartening—one step forward, three steps back.
Unfortunately, once you get one autoimmune or chronic inflammatory disease, the pathways are open, putting you at high risk for developing another disease. Like I did. The toll on your physical and emotional health is intense.
A Recommended Diet for Ulcerative Colitis
A recommended diet for ulcerative colitis on the internet by many medical authorities is the low-residue diet so that your intestines won’t need to work as hard as usual. The low-residue diet is restrictive and does not meet nutritional needs, so it is only for temporary measures under medical supervision.
This restrictive diet plays a role and is often recommended after bowel surgery or preparing for a colonoscopy, for instance. For a minimal time only because it won’t reduce inflammation or treat ulcerative colitis and will likely cause more inflammation.
It is no wonder that people with ulcerative colitis often have to seek a nutritionist or dietician because many ulcerative diet recommendations will cause more inflammation and malnutrition.
If you already have weakness, headaches, anemia, and fatigue due to ulcerative colitis malnutrition, these diets will only contribute to gut dysbiosis, weaker immunity, and less-than-optimum health. This, of course, opens the body up at high risk for other illnesses and conditions.
Nutrition deficiency will present symptoms like mouth ulcers, tingling in your limbs, itchy rashes, feeling drained, weight loss, and so on. If you have Diabetes, a low-residue diet will impact blood sugar, present more challenges, and so on.
You may be interested in reading: How Do You Get Nutrients With Celiac Disease?
Medical professionals worldwide recommend Eat Burn Sleep, which pertains to clinical practice and has shown excellent results.
What Is the Best Natural Remedy for Ulcerative Colitis?
A nutritionist experienced with ulcerative colitis can provide a detailed gut health nutrition plan with a day-to-day schedule. They can devise weekly menu ideas and hopefully give advice on eating out (they are all here in the Lifestyle Guide, members).
They will help you recognize your triggers and reduce flare-ups (members can find it here) but also ensure that you get optimum nutrition that will be absorbed.
Gut microbiota contains trillions of bacteria that change continually with lifestyle factors such as food and drink we have, stress, what we breathe, medication, health conditions, and so on.
An alteration of your intestinal microbiome is a significant factor in the pathogenesis of a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.
This means that promoting good microbiota with the right type and quantity of foods regularly will reduce gut dysbiosis. It will promote regular immune activity, reduce inflammation, and aid the healing and repair of the inflamed, permeable digestive tract, putting ulcerative colitis into remission.
Optimally modulating gut microbial diversity and stability will prevent gut dysbiosis. This will prevent chronic inflammatory diseases. Eating the right balance of good foods is imperative for further absorption of nutrition.
Pairing this ulcerative colitis nutrition protocol with an anti-inflammatory lifestyle will help you turn this around. I assure you! It frees up a lot of thinking time.
When you have any inflammatory or autoimmune condition with flare-ups, you are continually thinking about food and flare-ups:
What food will not create a flare-up, or how hungry you are, or trying to work out what was in something that caused a flare-up, how to navigate a day without one, and so on.
It truly is exhausting all around.
Check out what others say on the Testimonials page. There are also video testimonials in most of the chronic inflammatory conditions under the Conditions tab.
Does an Ulcerative Colitis Diet Have to Be Bland?
So often, when you want to avoid the issues that come with colitis, Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease, and autoimmune diseases, you can stick to very few foods that seem safe. This means that you can miss out on nourishment, even when you have your bowels under control.
Fearing an attack at unpredictable times can make you not trust what you are eating. It affects you when you are out and about, traveling and visiting (which is all worried about, I know); what can you eat that won’t cause a flare-up?
All of this worry increases the chances of abdominal pain and needing the bathroom.
Chances are also that your body will not absorb enough nutrients because of the attacks, causing dehydration, fatigue, anemia, and headaches.
You can often be starving, but that is easier to deal with than worrying about navigating public transport, attending a meeting, being social when you need a bathroom, etc.
You may know your triggers and head to a health food store for alternatives, only to find yourself in pain not long after eating. The thing here is that the food industry relies on good marketing. We are leading such busy lives that we are not reading the small print.
What Common Thing Can Make Ulcerative Colitis Worse?
Even with known triggers, you can miss the fact that there are inflammatory ingredients in millions of ‘healthy foods.’
For instance, soy lecithin. It’s practically in everything. Check the packets of the box of healthy crackers that you may have picked up or the healthy cookies. It is linked to gut inflammation, obesity, metabolic disorders, and Diabetes.
People are misled because soy lecithin is also known as a health supplement. The fact is that the soy lecithin promoted as a health supplement is supposedly different from the soy lecithin processed to be used as a food emulsifier.
Soy lecithin, as a food additive, goes through a multi-step chemical process that strips it of soy and protein, and it involves pesticides, solvents, and goodness knows what else.
Whether the purified soy lecithin supplement is healthy is also under debate since supplement companies are not FDA-regulated. Many supplements contain bulk items that will cause inflammation.
There’s more about soy lecithin in this article: Is AG1 Supplement Good for You?
It is good to keep in perspective that shielding ourselves from chemicals would be near impossible, but limiting damage and reducing the amount we are exposed to in foods is possible.
An ulcerative colitis diet can be the complete opposite of bland. All of the anti-inflammatory recipes on this platform have been devised by me using carefully selected anti-inflammatory ingredients that have nutritional properties. I then test them on myself and others before uploading them to the Eat Burn Sleep platform.
The personalized advice section includes extra support, advice, and flare-up protocols for many symptoms, situations, and conditions. Again, all were tried and tested by me and recommended by me.
What Is Good Comfort Food for Ulcerative Colitis?
People are often surprised at the variety of food I eat to keep my ulcerative colitis in remission. They are amazed by my having wine and champagne, a steak now and then, and the cake I eat.
Oftentimes, they are shocked when they see me have a slice of pizza at a party.
When I devised this anti-inflammatory lifestyle to put my inflammatory conditions into remission, I knew that it had to be exciting, and the foods had to be delicious and varied. It could not be in any way boring, restrictive, or bland. That is not how I would ever want to live.
Food is life! It is beautiful. We need it and nutrition for vitality to enjoy our lives.
So, this platform has 300+ comfort foods for ulcerative colitis and all inflammatory conditions. Sweets, savories, snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners…
Life is to be enjoyed. It is not about perfection. That is unattainable and unsustainable. It is about damage limitation.
Reducing Stress With Ulcerative Colitis
If you have ulcerative colitis, there is no doubt that your days will be challenging. The debilitating symptoms and the psychological stress that can come with your condition are so significant, and what that entails puts extra pressure on you.
Ultimately, extra stress is the last thing that you need because stress can trigger a flare-up.
Comfort is what you need and what will calm your system down.
Although there may be some things that you cannot control, there are things that you can control to live your life well with ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory diseases, which may control the rest.
To have a chronic condition every day is a challenge (let alone the holidays), but I am here to say that you can live life well (if not better) with an inflammatory disease.
How to Put Ulcerative Colitis Into Remission
You may feel even better than before because you may like me; after being so ill for so long, without light at the end of the tunnel, feeling amazing feels miraculous.
To have a fitter, nourished body without flare-ups, and to plan and enjoy holidays and every day and not have compromised time with my boys, family, and friends.
I am grateful that there are things I do now that I didn’t do before. I know they help me and others tremendously.
If you have an inflammatory condition, know that you are not alone and that others understand. Reach out to me, my team, and our beautiful community forum. Being part of a community of understanding people who know precisely what you are going through is incredibly supportive and inspirational. Your physical, mental, and emotional health can be improved immensely.
I hope that you have a wonderful, stress-free holiday.
One in which you can enjoy some stress-less activities, which will help your condition.
I wish you all comfort, good health, and joy.