Recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

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Hi, I have only just been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I just wondered if there are any particular foods i should avoid or any that cause flare ups? My bowel is still rather inflamed and I am on steroids so still waiting for it to calm down.

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    Hi Charlotte,some people avoid dairy products whilst in a flare and gluten has a bad effect on some. I have IBS with my uc and find that onions,rich sauces,spices aggravate me, but everyone is different. Try keeping a food and symptom diary,it may help.
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    10/05/2014 @ 23:15

    Everyone is probably sick of me and my rhyme but this is what works for me. I take lepicol which has got the pre and probiotics to encourage good bacteria in bowel. Lepicol is psyllium husk base. I also take psyllium seed which is available from Just Ingredients online not expensive stuff postage is dearer I think. Psyllium seed the brown as there is also black one available but it is not for bowel health. Psyllium seed encourages processing of butyric acid which coloncytes ( bugs in bowel ) love and reduces the inflammation. I take teaspoon of each ( used to take it twice a day when I was on steroids and when improvement set in down to one teaspoon) in glass of water....let it sit for an hour and then take. I also include teaspoon of hemp seed but that's a personal choice. It took a few days to kick in. Someone else started the potion recently and they are noticing an improvement. I only discovered this potion of stuff from a forum in my last flare in Jan past and I wish I had discovered it years ago. I however to have to b careful diet wise. I think I hav certain sensitivity to gluten so I try and eat gluten free bread ....usually toast I do with 'genius' bread bought in tesco or asda. Sugary stuff I try to avoid to best of my ability and that includes fruit ,keep alcohol to minimum and small amounts of plain yogurt if I fancy any .....no fruit yogurts cos of sugars. Think that's bout it diet wise. I did immunosuppressants for six months ...colitis did settle but there are mega amount of side effects and long term stuff that I came off it . I take asacol tabs and occasionally the suppositories and I take cocodamol for pain relief. I also take imodium if I have to for diarrhoea but haven't had to do that in yunks. U can buy the cheaper version from tesco or asda if u need to. Think that's about my list of remedies. If u hav any other queries do message. But I do think the lepicol and seeds are best combo. I wish u best of luck. Mary Jo

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    Hi Charlotte, i have had colitis since i was nine, has been quiet mild from what i have read about others however my diet changes most days as i will try anything but when i used to do what other people advised i genrally felt worse, mainly because i felt it was controlling me. i feel better eating what i want and ignoring diets that people say i should eat.
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    Hi Charlotte - I have had ulcerative coliis for about a year. What worked for me was the Low Fodmaps diet, a scientifically proven diet. It is quite broad and you won't feel deprived. Remember to record your responses to individual foods in a food diary. For example, I find red meat inflammatory but others may not. Also you may try some digestive enzymes. I buy from the gi prohealth site, it's called prozymes. Also bee propolis and psyllium seed powder along with vit d supplementation have helped. Remember also to get your b12 shots. Let me know how you go. Don't stess, take one step at a time. God bless
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