Inflammatory bowel diseases - is it an advantage to become vegetarian?

At some stage of your clinical history you will probably ask yourselves: “can I profit from a dietary change?”

 

Obviously you will ask yourself that question is drugs don’t work the way hoped for. If you are a very reasonable person you even may ask yourselves that diet question at the very beginning of your clinical history. If you decided to give it a try then there is a choice to make: the selection of diets is so vast it boggles the mind. So you should ask someone who is an expert, should you?

 

The problem is though that most experts are experts for the nutrition they choose.

 

Somebody has chosen paleo diet and of course, will recommend you to switch to the paleo diet. Another person will recommend you to become vegetarian (or vegan, raw food etc.). So if you encounter a vegetarian nut, you will probably try vegetarian. And of course you will feel better. The question is; will it last?

 

You have to understand that improvement on a vegetarian diet is not only due to the fact you skip the meat. There are some other things to consider…

 

For example,

 

You will start to eat more mindful.

 

You will choose less processed food.

 

You will start to chew more thoroughly.

 

Along with your diet you will probably do some lifestyle changes.

 

You will cut down on sweets and sugar and you’ll probably indulge fewer stimulants, such as alcohol, soft drinks and so on.

 

All these dietary changes are good. But they don’t cut to the chase. Because you will judge your improvement as result of skipping meat! That idea might give you an impression that vegetarianism is not only better for you but also better for everybody with the same disease.

 

You might be awfully wrong!

 

If you are lucky you will stay in a good health condition for many years with your chosen diet and lifestyle. But it’s not due to vegetarianism. It’s due to your metabolic type. If your metabolic type Das well on vegetarianism that probably means you lack the enzymes to properly digest animal protein. And that is a cause which can easily lead to the intestinal problems in the first place. If you lack the stomach acid entered pancreas enzymes to properly cut down animal protein, there will be residues in the large bowel which will be decomposed by putrefaction bacteria. And if they lead a good life, your large bowel probably doesn’t.

 

But what if your metabolic type is totally different?

 

What if you are of a metabolic type which doesn’t tolerate much starch? What if your cell metabolism is too fast to stay in line with much of glucose at disposal? It’s like over revving an engine and compromising your whole metabolism.

 

Even then you will first improve on vegetarian diet because of the changes aforementioned you made. These changes are good. They are good in any case. But that improvement won’t last long because sooner or later the effects of wrong nutrition for your metabolic type will cut in and you will eventually wonder about feeling worse.

 

Good nutrition can be done with or without meat. It all depends on your metabolic type whether it works on the long-term run!

 

So if you are on the vegetarian diet and felt great for the first few months but you discover your health improvement to wear out over time – add some meat and skip a few starchy carbs instead. You can even do this before reading a book about metabolic typing or doing one of the expensive tests!

 

By the way,

 

I am perfectly aware that there are more reasons than health to skip meat and animal proteins altogether: ethics, spirituality, religious reasons; and so on. Here I am arguing entirely from a health point of view. So if you are a vegetarian for reasons other than health consider supplementation of the nutrients that might be missing.

 

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