fistula diet options

SCD diet in fistula

Specific carbohydrate diet helps many people with Fistula, various bowel diseases & other ailments to improve their quality of life. It is a diet intended mainly for Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, Diverticulosis, Cystic fibrosis, & chronic diarrhea. However it is a very healthy balanced & safe diet that has health benefits for everyone. The specific carbohydrate diet aims to starve out the bacteria by only allowing easily digested foods to be eaten & repopulate the intestine with ‘Good’ bacteria. Of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes (yeast and bacteria) which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders. Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy. The SCD works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes. When carbohydrates are not digested, they are not absorbed. They remain in the intestinal tract, encouraging microbes to multiply by providing food for them. This can lead to the formation of acids and toxins which can injure the small intestine. Once bacteria multiply within the small intestine, they can destroy the enzymes on the intestinal cell surface, preventing carbohydrate digestion and absorption. At this point, production of excessive mucus may be triggered as the intestinal tract attempts to “lubricate” itself against the irritation caused by the toxins, acids, and the presence of incompletely digested and unabsorbed carbohydrates. The SCD is a group of foods which are grain-free, sugar-free, starch free, lactose-free & unprocessed. While removing many foods that are toxic & digesting harmful the diet remains natural extremely nourishing & representative of what our ancestors ate. The SCD is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrate requiring minimal digestion are well absorbed, learning virtually nothing for intestinal microbes to feed on. As the microbes decreases due to lack of food, their harmful by-products also diminish. The SCD corrects malabsorption, allowing nutrients to cell of the body, thereby strengthen the immune system’s ability to fight. Further debilitation is prevented, weight can return to normal & ultimately there is a return to health.