If you guys are like me, and I know you are, you go through periods of intense research looking into UC.
Has anyone read this article? Do any of you have a sulfite allergy, or sulfite reactions?
Basically this study concluded that sulfites and caffeine are main triggers of UC flares. The reason sulfites and caffeine cause flare ups is due to their anti-Thiamin properties. Thiamin is important in feeding and maintaining the balance of our gut flora. The study even lists what foods should be consumed weekly (in measurements of grams).
Sulfite intolerance is also common in Celiacs.
I had a serious flare (my first serious flare, after the disease worsened dramatically over the last year) in November and have been customizing my diet to mostly adhere to the SCD. I eat a few illegal grains (Corn, Quinoa, Brown Rice, occasional sushi) with no issues (absolutely no gluten or refined sugars though) and will share more when I’ve figured out what is working for me and have been continuously symptom free for a much longer period. I’ve been almost completely symptom free (no blood, 2-3 large healthy bms daily, sometimes small harder ones but always solid) for the last 3 months and have been off the prednisone for over 2. I have been making a ton of homemade probiotics; yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut (but may discontinue the sauerkraut due to the large amounts of sulfites which I think may be bothering me). I am on 2 Asacol HD ever 12 hours and 1 Canasa per day. My girlfriend (not a UCer) seems to have a ton of Celiac symptoms, and I believe our previous (ridiculously high in gluten) diet over the last year before my flare had A LOT to do with it.