Ulcerative Colitis Remedy / Remission Idea

Remedy Ideas

Regime I was using as I reached remission

(May 2013) I'm never certain whether I should use the word 'remission' or not; I've currently got to a state, with Meds, where I have no symptoms; I guess you could say that's remission. However, I've noticed that if I make just a slight slip-up by eating the wrong food, it can bring on some light symptoms for a day or so. This then, would make me think I'm not 'fully fit' as it were, but getting there.

With that in mind, I'm really pleased to have recently got back to almost 'normal'! My latest flare-up has been the longest for me, lasting 6 months, and the worst I have experienced. I won't go into the details of the flare-up because that's not what the Remedy Ideas are about. Instead, I'll explain what I did to get into remission.

So the definitive improvement happened about a week ago; I think UCers know when they've turned a corner during their flare-ups, whether they suddenly realise that they don't feel so ill, or have more energy etc.

I've been gradually getting better for months but still had symptoms such as mucus, soft stool and aches along the colon. Finally, about 10 days ago they disappeared, although, as I already mentioned, there are some foods that occasionally bring back a some light symptoms (I'm currently trying to work out exactly what they are because I'm not certain).

However, onto the important info; the regime I've been following for the past few weeks is below:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Sliced water melon (seeds removed)
  • 1 sliced peeled apple
  • 3 spoonfuls of Onken natural set full fat yoghurt
  • (contains Streptococcus thermophilus)
  • Turmuric spinkled on and mixed in.
  • 2 slices homemade bread with marmite & Olive oil butter
  • Homemade bread ingredients: white bread flour, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 2 teaspoon caster sugar, half teaspoon yeast, water
  • with either:
  • 2 packets of Salt & Vinegar rice Snack-A-Jacks
  • or:
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (not runny e.g. boiled for 10 mins)
  • either:
  • Sweet potato: boiled, mashed, with sea salt
  • Carrots: peeled, boiled
  • Chicken or Salmon: cooked in oven
  • or:
  • Minced beef: cooked in oven, gluten free beef stock added for final 10 mins
  • Pasta: gluten/wheat free
  • Carrots: peeled, boiled
Drink Meds Supplements
  • Filtered water
  • Pomegranate juice
  • 2 x 400g Mesalazine (Ipocol) 3 times per day
  • Daily Tablets/Capsules:
  • 1 vitamin C tablet: 500mg (slow release)
  • 1 high strength cod liver oil with vitamins A & D
  • Occasional:
  • Multi Mineral tablet
  • L-Glutamine tablet
  • Epsom Salt bath soak (30 mins)

About a month ago I started to go jogging for about 30 mins approx 2 or 3 times per week (I take the L-Glutamine and Mineral tablets after the exercise). I also try to find time to soak in a bath with Epsom Salts for half an hour after jogging.

The main ingredient in Epsom Salts is Magnesium Sulphate. I've read that nearly everyone (with or without colitis) is deficient in magnesium - some of the symptoms of deficiency are: weakness, dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome and anxiety. Absorbing Magnesium Sulphate through the skin in a bath is the best way to get it into the blood stream. This is especially true for UCers who often aren't absorbing enough minerals and nutrients through their digestive system.

I've no idea if avoiding gluten has helped my colitis. I've read articles and heard some experts say that it's a good idea to avoid it. Some experts say that with IBD it can take weeks before you see any benefits of a non-gluten diet. So I've decided to stick to it as much as possible.

Overall, the most noticeable improvement happened when I started eating the homemade bread and the gluten free pasta - I hadn't eaten bread or pasta for ages. My personal feeling is that these foods have bulked up and slowed down my bowel movements which have now gone down to 1 or 2 firm movements per day.