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Finally....a result...oh and an alcohol question?

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Little Blue Penguin
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Food Intolerances : Exploring
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:40 am    Post subject: Finally....a result...oh and an alcohol question? Reply with quote

I keep on thanking you here.....but I cannot thank you too many times. I feel absolutely blessed for your advice on diet. I cannot imagine where I would now be without it. I know this isn't the end of the road - but after 4 months of hell....which I thought might last forever I have been diagnosed with c.c. I am pretty sure that if I hadnt found you and your book Tex I wouldnt have been on the road to healing. You assured me that I would heal if I followed the diet....and I did and I haven't had to take medication as yet. I am wary of introducing anything much back into my diet. I am gluten, soya, dairy, fructose and yeast averse BUT I find I can now tolerate gluten free bread- which suggests I can take a little yeast. My big question is alcohol???😆 going on holiday....a drop hasnt passed my lips for 6 months now. Any experience in this area would be gratefully received.
Never heard of Microscopic Colitis until yesterday when consultant advised me that my chronic, 3 month long, diarrhea indicated this diagnosis (though not confirmed). Shocked, stunned and reeling a bit, although part of me is pleased to be alive.
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jude,

The few times I take a glass of wine, I make sure to take Zyrtec; both before and after having wine.

From my experience my stomach does not react to wine, but my nose does. So, I take Zyrtec and it helps my nose from running, which probably indicates a histamin reaction.

Collagenous Colitis diagnosis in 2010
Psoriasis in 1973, symptom free in 2014
GF, CF and SF free since April, 2013
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jude,

Thank you for the kind words. It's wonderful to see that you are doing so well now.

Alcohol, at least in moderation, is usually not a significant problem for most of us, especially after our digestive system is working better. As Lilia pointed out, many of us have to minimize our intake of histamine-containing foods (such as wine), until after our intestines have had time to heal for a year or 2, but the relaxing effects can be beneficial. Distilled alcohol products such as whiskey, bourbon, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, etc., are gluten-free as long as they remain pure. Certain blended products may contain gluten because they are blended with beverages that contain gluten. Some wine coolers come to mind, as examples of this.

Beer contains gluten. However, brands labeled as gluten-free are available. Most of them are actually low-gluten products. IOW, they contain tiny amounts of gluten, but they contain less than the 20 parts per million limit allowed for legal gluten-free labeling.

One other consideration is that alcohol is rated as the number 1 cause of leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability). Since leaky gut is what allows food sensitivities to develop in the first place, it wouldn't be prudent for someone who has MC to go on an alcohol drinking binge. A drink now and then though, shouldn't be a problem for most of us.

Alcohol is the only "food" that is absorbed in the stomach. Everything else is absorbed in the intestines. Keeping the intake of alcohol down at a low to moderate level should help to ensure that it will be absorbed in the stomach, rather than overflowing into the small intestine, where it could cause problems.

Thanks for the update, and I hope that you have a very enjoyable holiday.


It is suspected that some of the hardest material known to science can be found in the skulls of GI specialists who insist that diet has nothing to do with the treatment of microscopic colitis.
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