Chrohn's and Colitis
Crohn's and Colitis nutritional needs
Specific Carbohydrate Diet Medications and Supplements
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD Diet) is a very basic way of eating. It eliminates sugar, starches, gluten, and lactose. It is often used to treat a variety of disorders including Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, and Autism. Many Crohn's/Colitis patients are beginning to adopt the SCD Diet to aid in the healing of the gut.
Many medications and supplements contain fillers that are not to be ingested when following the SCD Diet. For these patients, we provide here at VitaMist Spray vitamins supplements that are free of any fillers or other ingredients that are not allowed on the SCD Diet.
Studies have found that a high prevalence of abnormally large level of homocysteine in the blood is found in patients who have Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. This is especially true with Crohn's Disease, where one study found that 52% of Crohn's patients studied had abnormally large level of homocysteine in the blood. (1)
In addition to the cardiovascular risk factors of having high homocysteine levels, some recent studies have looked at whether high homocysteine levels could play a part in the pathophysiology of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. The conclusion drawn from these studies is that homocysteine is found at high levels in the colonic mucosa of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis patients, and can lead to a chronic inflammatory state in the colonic mucosa.
Many studies have found that Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis patients have malabsorption issues. For this reason, it may be advisable to replace the missing nutrients that can effectively lower homocysteine levels by a route other than through the gut.
A high prevalence of Osteoporosis is associated with Crohn's and Colitis. One of the risk factors for Crohn's and Colitis patients developing Osteoporosis is inadequate levels of Calcium due to malabsorption from the gut.
It is important to monitor a patient's Calcium levels while taking the Calcium, so that the proper dosage can be discovered for each patient.