i've been eating paleo for over a year anywhere from 80/20 to 90/10. About 6 months ago I stopped receiving a biologic to control my chrons/colitis. Well, long story short about a month ago I started to flare - of most concern is the daily intestinal bleeding. I've cut out eggs, coffee, all grains, all dairy, legumes, almonds and most other nuts as of this week, have started drinking homemade bone broth and gelatin daily, supplement with fish oil, l-glutamine, vitamin d, zinc, vitamin a, i take a probiotic and enzyme...anyway i feel like i'm trying so hard, yet I can't seem to knock this. any ideas??? or direction? and i drink the occasional glass of red wine or dark chocolate (72%-86%) for sanity...
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on October 19, 2012
at 02:30 AM
I would recommend trying a very basic elimination diet for a few days. Have you heard of the specific carbohydrate diet or GAPS? Both follow Paleo principles, but are specific for those with GI disorders. There is an intro diet that will allow you to figure out your specific food triggers and slowly add back in foods. Even though you've recently cut out common triggers (eggs, nuts, dairy, etc.), how about the amount of fruit and natural sugar in your diet? What about nightshades? Also, a week isn't enough time to evaluate if cutting out the eggs, nuts, etc. is really helping or not. I'd give it a bit longer. Also, when you're having a flare, sticking to cooked or baked fruits and vegetables, at least for a short time, helps your body to digest them a bit easier. You could also try adding in fermented cod liver oil and some herbs that can work to reduce inflammation. I use tumeric and boswellia.
on October 11, 2012
at 01:15 AM
You really must stay grain free and I believe strict paleo with some tweeks is important.
Get your vit A & D from natural sources (high quality cod liver oil), the zinc should be a chelate, the glutamine & probiotics are a good idea. Make sure you take a probiotic containing Saccharomyces boulardii as research shows it can help heal the gut. I would start taking chlorophyll daily. That's the stuff that makes plants green. Many companies sell it in liquid and cap form. It is a blood cleanser. I use it as an internal deodorant. The other great thing about it is it heals tissue. I have it in a ointment for burns but internally it heals the gut tissues as well. Also marshmallow root and slippery elm are mucilaginous and can help the lining of the GI tract heal(contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org for a recipe which is on my work PC).
The diet should be an allergen elimination diet. Something is triggering your immune system to attack itself. This can be a number of things (food most commonly).
- Paleo (grain, dairy, legume, processed/packaged food free)
- nightshade free (potatoes, tomatoes, all peppers, eggplant, tobacco free)
- common allergen free (peanuts, soy, shellfish, pork, corn free, etc.)
- excess antioxidant free (coffee & chocolate can stimulate the immune response which is good in a healthy individual and at times bad for an autoimmune patient)
- Eat all organic (meats, veggies, etc.)
- Avoid all chemicals in food and personal care products (replace anything you use with a natural alternative)
- Work on stress relieving practices
- Stay positive
- Seek out an expirenced natural healthcare practitioner and Please Please Please look into http://www.cyrexlabs.com/ (they provide cutting edge food allergen/autoantibody testing)
What you do is stay strict to the diet for at least 8 weeks after your flare up is passed. Then you can add single foods back into your diet one at a time with 3 or more days in between having a new food. This is because some reactions are delayed. Example: 8 weeks feeling great, tries a little organic dark chocolate or coffee, feels GI problems within next 72 or so hours = coffee/chocolate is something you must avoid. Grains & nightshades you should just swear off forever in my opinion. I have just read enough research and spoken to enough fellow healers that I personally won't touch them.
I know some of this diet may seem extreme but your disease is extreme. Read "The Maker's Diet" Jordan Rubins healed himself of Crohn's. You can put it in remission if you can discover the triggers and avoid them long term. Also read this site http://gutflora.com/.
I wish you healing & happiness.
on October 11, 2012
at 08:27 PM
also, can your clarify the dosing on the supplements you recommend?
on October 11, 2012
at 12:47 AM
Having been down that road in the past, I'd say look for a rich arachidonic acid source. AA is a long chain omega-6 used to make (among other things) prostaglandins, which are really important in blood clotting and the proper functioning of the intestines.
NSAID drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen commonly cause intestinal bleeding, and they work by blocking the conversion of arachidonic acid into prostaglandins and various other compounds. This might demonstrate AA's importance.
The fish oil likely isn't doing you much help is this regard as well; it can manipulate AA production and conversion and as such it can aggravate bleeding issues.
So egg yolks, especially from pastured sources, could be (and have been, in my own experience) very helpful for this purpose. I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck in your recovery.