I am both a member of this forum and an anatomy student researching autoimmune disease. I was just wondering if anyone has tried any sort of anti-inflammatory diet and had success. Let me know what you tried and how well it worked. I am considering trying some of it myself. Except for boosting my fiber, of course.
I know I have had issues in the past where eating certain foods would cause inflammation in my joints worse and I would stay away from those foods like potatoes. This hasn't happened again since being off Prednisone for so long. Never specifically went on any diet and noticed a difference during UC or jpouch.
Good luck on your search
I have not tried an anti-inflammatory diets. The one area of research that does intrigue me is related to the hygiene hypothesis. . .worms. whip/hook worms I've read release a chemical that has anti-inflammatory effects (that's the cliff notes version).
Well... Somewhat recently I have applied parts of the FODMAP diet. Basically I noticed undeniably that avocados upset me. Avocado is high in polyolys, so I avoided then and found another 'food' high in polyolys (xylitol). So I had lots of xylitol in peppermint tea and that also upset me... Looking at the list on Monash website it made sense, so I avoid polyolys and notice a definite improvement.
What I will say is not all the polyol foods seem to upset me (at least not in the same way). Corn and sweet potatoes don't seem too... Then again Apple does. Fortunately polyolys aren't hard to avoid (the major foods in this group are the ones I listed) so just trying that for a bit.
I realise that is not the way to do fodmap correctly btw.
I just read about fodmap today, but I have not looked into it yet. I am to the point that I just need to get the research done instead of looking into things that intrigue me for my personal use, but I will check it out soon enough.
I was able to control some of my chronic pouchitis symptoms by eliminating refined sugar and simple carbs. I would inadvertently eat sugar, perhaps at a restaurant, and within six hours experience extensive G.I. bleeding. For some strange reason scallops also triggered bleeding. That never made sense to me. Diet only minimize the symptoms. It never eliminated the pouchitis.
A year before my J pouch was removed I developed SIBO and could somewhat control it with the low fodmap diet. It is supposed to be an elimination diet, but I was on it for the entire year, until I had the k pouch surgery.
perhaps you are already aware of this diet/ research – – it’s called breaking the vicious cycle. You can download the entire book from the Internet. The research is old, but I think it is still valuable. i’m delighted to know you are researching diet and auto immune diseases. It’s such valuable information. Hopefully doctors pay attention to it also. Janet
I have not heard of the book and will look into it. I don't want to change my diet, but if I have to I will. It just seems like food is such a simply pleasure (and big part of a person's life) that I don't want to change mine.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle advocates a diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). That’s not the same as a low FODMAPs diet. There’s enough variation from person to person that no particular diet works broadly enough to become a general recommendation. Some folks do seem do get a lot of benefit from a diet they work out for themselves, though. I’ve personally tried several and haven’t seen any benefit. As MCH says, giving up a pleasurable diet is a big deal, so it needs to have a substantial benefit to be worth doing.
The only diet that has actually been developed by medical professionals specifically for persons with inflammatory bowel disease is the UMass Medical School’s AID-IBD diet which has been discussed in other threads and is based on the SCD diet:
I do agree that the one size fits all approach of this and other diets largely doesn’t work and adaptation is necessary and essential through trial and error.
I also think none of these diets work well or noticeably unless there is long term commitment meaning many months or a year. The tendency of many is to expect instant results and lose patience when it doesn’t happen right away, and this has to be resisted.
This is not a professional opinion but...
I eat a 'fit for life' diet. It is not just what I eat but when. I only eat fruits, fresh fruit juices, water, coffee and meds in the mornings til noon. Then at noon it is usually a protein and a vegetable (work days it is Greek yogurt and cherry tomatoes and radishes for simplicity sake). At home, it can be grilled meats or chicken and a salad and artichoke.
Ditto for dinner or a bowl of pasta with no proteins.
Last Thursday...I decided to go on a massive croissant binge on the way to work. I hit 3 different bakeries to try their croissants...1 from each (I threw out the worst one). Within 1/2hr of eating them my knees hurt, my body felt 'heavy' and slow and I was sleepy, crampy, cranky, achy, gassy, bubbly, bloaty (all 7 dwarfs).
I hadn't done that in years...So although not a scientific study, I got my answer.
FIt for life has worked for me since 1991. It gave me back the control of my life and my pouch, reduce my pouchitis and saved me years of misery.
But that is me...not necessarily for everyone