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Iron deficiency is a common problem for many IBD patients,who have a hard time absorbing and storing iron. However, iron supplements are not allowed when practicing SCD as a diet therapy, since iron in a supplement form is harsh on a sensitive gut. Research also suggests that iron supplements can alter the bacterial balance in the gut of people with IBD

When adhering to the Specific Carbohydrates Diet, there are several alternatives to the use of iron supplements. While mentoring SCD families I have seen people that managed to restore their iron levels shortly after starting SCD. As their gut was healing their absorption of iron from foods sources was sufficient to normalize lab results of iron levels. At the same time, some other people struggle to restore iron levels even while on SCD, and must try different methods to supplement their iron until they find a good fit that their body absorbs well. Listed below are various methods that are in compliance, or minimally interfere with SCD.

 

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A colonoscopy can be the butt of many jokes, funny and dreadful at the same time. It is not a procedure that is reserved for older adults - thousands of kids, some very young, undergo this test every year. The cleansing preparation is notoriously unpleasant, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are some good options to ease the discomfort: ...continue reading "Gentle colonoscopy prep"

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coldWhether you wipe your nose on your sleeve, a tissue or an expensive handkerchief, the cold virus is a uniquely humbling experience. In most cases it takes just a few days of good self-care to bounce back to wellness, but a lingering cold, a sinus infection or a bad flu can be taxing on the immune system and can trigger a gut flare.

Cold and flu prevention are still an unresolved frontier. We can already book a flight to space, but we have not made much progress in the fight against the common cold virus.   ...continue reading "Colds"

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3D render of a plumber fixing a leakContrary to the old joke, plumbers are not the only ones that can turn shit into gold. Retail and pharmacy shelves full of laxative products are proof that when our ‘pipes’ are ‘clogged’ we will pay handsomely for fast relief.

Constipation is not normal and not pleasant. It is important to figure out the reasons for one’s constipation and try to address the root cause of the problem. ...continue reading "Constipation Protocol"

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  1. It may be helpful to transition to low-residue foods which are pureed with lots of liquid on the third and second days before your procedure, then changing to clear liquids the day of the preparation.
  2. Since a colonoscopy can be tough on the gut, be proactive in preventing a “post colonoscopy flare”.after the procedure, ease gradually back into a normal SCD diet. Start with pureed soups or smoothies, and then your most digestible (and low residue) soft foods before restarting your regular SCD foods.
  3. During the cleanse use the Miralax mixed with white grape juice/club soda or homemade SCD lemonade.
  4. The day before the cleanse, make one or two varieties of jello using unflavored gelatin and white grape juice or homemade lemonade.
  5. Order ahead of time some Honey candies from Digestive Wellness.
  6. Homemade popsicles from the white grape juice and SCD lemonade.
  7. Any juice must be SCD legal and should be used diluted.
  8. Chicken broth should be clear, with no solids in the liquid. Strain the broth several times to filter out any particulates. Skim the fat off as best you can, this is easier when the broth has been chilled. The fat is likely to affect a pill cam, so you do want to make sure the broth isn't too fatty.
  9. Plan ahead to keep the child busy (toys, movies, playtime) and take their mind off of what’s going on so the time will go by faster!
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Stage one is “defensive SCD”. We use it when the digestive system and the immune system might be extra sensitive, for example when sensing a bad cold or a flare which might be brewing. It can also be used as an introduction to SCD for newcomers. ...continue reading "Starting SCD or Handling A Flare"

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