SCD diet, IBD and coeliac

Are you struggling to manage your gut issues, despite being on a gluten free diet, or another elimination diet? SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) may be something worth looking into and trying as it can help you heal the gut and resolve those pesky symptoms!

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Hi, I wated to tell you a little bit about the SCD diet, which stands for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as it’s one of the diets I tried myself with great results!

So, the SCD was developed by Dr Sidney Haas about one hundred years ago. He used it to manage, quite successfully, Celiac disease in children. His protocol was revised in the 1990 by a biochemist Elaine Gottschall and published in her book, Breaking the Viscous cycle.

Gottschall’s daughter was a patient of Dr. Haas who followed SCD to manage, quite successfully, her ulcerative colitis.

In short, the SCD diet eliminates grains, starches, added sugars and processed foods, so essentially foods that may cause digestive system inflammation in some people.

Only simple sugars, called monosaccharides such as glucose or fructose, are allowed under SCD.

Complex carbohydrates, such as starches, can be problematics for those with gut issues and gut inflammation as they need to be broken down into simple sugars to be absorbed, and this may not happen when the gut is inflamed. This may leave undigested food in the digestive systems, which can promote an overgrowth of bad bacteria, resulting in bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and so on.

Research shows that the SCD diet can be beneficial for Crohn’s and Colitis, the autoimmune conditions of the gut. But it can also be helpful for coeliacs who still experience gut symptoms even when they are on a gluten free diet.

The SCD diet is worth having a go and it can help heal the gut, allowing for complex carbohydrate to be then introduced back into the diet.

I hope this is helpful. Please get in touch if you’d like more information.

Till next time!

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