Juicing and IBD

“Man, you know what your problem is? You got no juice.” (“Juice”, 1992).

With IBD (Crohn’s and Colitis), often it is difficult to eat enough vegetables or fruits; the fiber can be killer during a flare up. Even when we are symptom-free, we can be more sensitive to fiber from fruits and vegetables than gut-normal people. So what do we do? Most of us stay away from those foods (at least for a while), or limit our quantities.

But our bodies need them. We need the vitamins; we need the minerals; we need the enzymes; and we need the calories. So, what do we do?

One alternative you can use is to lightly or moderately steam your vegetables, and lightly cook, peel, and puree your fruits. This breaks down the fiber matrix and makes them more easily digestible. I did this during the first few months of the SCD, and it helped me to be able to eat a wider variety of vegetables (leafy greens like spinach, and hard vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and beets; good fruits like apples, peaches, and pears). However, when we are healing, we often need a larger quantity of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients for rebuilding, than we would if we were well.

What else can we do to get the valuable nutrients and healing properties of vegetables and fruits?

You can juice them! Read the rest of this entry

Short Shorts: Vegan SCD, Juicing, and Fasting

I typically use these short-shorts to quickly introduce a number of topics that are interesting to me, and might be to you as well. Today  is an agglomeration of new introductions to my life and gut.

  • I am starting, with the help of my naturopathic doctor, a two-week detox diet with some fasting included. It’s essentially a vegan diet with no nuts—except, for me, I’m on the SCD. Oops. I will maintain the SCD throughout, but it will be…interesting as I won’t be able to fill my tummy with rice or potatoes (for example). I’ve never done this before, and I love to eat, so we’ll see how it goes. At the end, I’ll be sure and let you know what I did, and how my health changed, if at all.
  • I recently got a comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA) in the hope of finding out more of why the bacteriotherapy didn’t ‘stick’; what’s going on in my gut. I learned a lot. I learned that my gut inflammation levels are still high, despite my recent blood work. My stool bacteriology revealed healthy amounts of good bacteria, no parasites or pathogenic bacteria, so in that sense, the FTT most likely worked. I learned that my n-butyrate levels were low and that my pancreatic enzyme production was on the low border line. I also learned that there is a huge (really huge, actually) allergic reaction going on in my gut. I’m undergoing blood and skin tests to see if we can figure that out. Maybe if we stop the allergic reaction, things will improve another notch for me. Another piece of the puzzle?
  • Juicing isn’t a new idea, but using it as an adjunct to help with IBD was new to me. So I’ve been trying it. I’ve been juicing, and successfully tolerating, vegetables that I couldn’t otherwise eat, either because they irritated my bowels (beets, kale, collard greens), or because they are not legal on the SCD (sprouts). This has been a huge boost to my nutritional intake, and the green juices give me lots (and lots) of energy. The juicing will help with my nutrition and energy levels during the two-week detox diet. One glass in the morning, one glass in the evening. Today was beet, carrot, kale, celery. Tonight is wheat grass.
  • Read this study about using wheat grass juice as a therapy for colitis.

 

Onward to Health.