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I was diagnosed with colitis about 4 years ago. Prior to my colonoscopy I read everything I could
on the subject finding many people were helped with a change in their diet. I went on a diet of fish and fresh vegetables and herbal tea for 2 weeks. No processed foods, breads, starches, caffeine, soda, eggs, dairy, no restaurant food and none of the many items that we all know aren't really good for us. Let me preface by saying that prior to this diagnosis I had suffered for years with bouts
of constipation followed by bouts of diarrhea, severe indigestion and acid reflux, fluid in my legs,
achey joints and constant fatigue. In my early 50's I assumed that it was part of aging. Once I
altered my diet for two weeks, my colonoscopy showed nothing other than an area of healed ulceration. Since then I slowly added food items back to my diet. If they gave me indigestion, I
eliminated them. One by one and over a period of a couple of years I have been able to eliminate any symptoms related to colitis and all of the other symptoms I suffered with went away as well. I
am 57 and my only ailment is a bone spur on my heel. That's it. Although there has been no
formal diagnosis my own journey has led me to believe that I am allergic to some food items such
as eggs and some preservatives commonly used and although I don't believe I am allergic I have a low tolerance for gluten, chocolate and sugar. So I may eat and egg knowing it will give me
indigestion, but I would not do that everyday. If I had a bagel for breakfast I would not have any
other items such as bread or pasta the rest of the day. I minimize my eating out and only then go
places I know cook fresh. I have learned to listen to my body.
There is a book out now that is by a nutritionist named JJ Virgin and she has a diet called the
Virgin diet. I would highly recommend reading her findings.
As a nutritionist her findings are based on actual clients she worked with and the long term affects
the changes in their diets made in their health. The elimination of dairy cured acne, etc. She has
coupled this experience with hard scientific data that supports her theories. She recommends eliminating 7 foods from your diet for 21 days. And you will be so surprised to see the "healthy" foods
listing amongst the 7.
Although I would never recommend stopping any medication that a doctor has prescribed I can
only say that changing my diet has changed my life. It is my theory that the excessive amounts of acid I experienced were an allergic reaction to certain foods. The long term affects of this acid
were the ulceration. I would urge anyone suffering with this to at least look at your diet. It
certainly can't hurt and hopefully may change your life as it has mine.
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