Soya in Colon Health: Severe Colon Disorders

In this article we look at the Advantage of Soya Products in the Daily Dietary Regime of the following severe colon disorders:

  • Coeliac Disease

  • Diverticulitis

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Coeliac Disease

  1. Description of the condition

A disease of genetic origin characterized by intolerance to the gliadin fraction of gluten, with consequent malabsorption. Symptoms include diarrhoea, steatorrhoea, weight loss and other symptoms of the malabsorption syndrome. Symptoms are provoked by ingestion of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, and in some rare instances, oats.

  1. Objectives of dietary treatment

– Remove the offending protein (gliadin) from the diet.

– Improve the patient’s nutritional status, and improve absorption of nutrients.

– To facilitate healing of the colonic villi.

– Replace wasted tissue due to malabsorption of protein (caused by the condition).

– To correct micronutrient deficiencies.

  1. Basic Dietary Recommendations

– Exclude all foods containing wheat, rye, barley, and initially oats (tolerance to oats can be determined by a food challenge 2 weeks after following the diet): READ FOOD LABELS.

– Corn, rice, tapioca, potato, sweet potato and SOYA can be used as alternative starch sources.

– Lactose-free foods are also recommended initially, as there is often secondary lactose intolerance.

– Micronutrient supplementation.

– Low fat intake.

– Use soluble fibre sources at each meal and snack.

– Frequent, small meals and snacks – every 3 hours.

– Use of probiotic supplements are recommended to enhance colon function, improve villi repair, improve absorption of nutrients, and minimize abdominal symptoms of flatulence and discomfort.

  1. Advantage of Soya Products in the Daily Dietary Regime

Soya products provide:

– A GLUTEN-FREE source of carbohydrate      EXAMPLE: SOYA LIFE PORRIDGE, SOYA LIFE PREMIUM PORRIDGE

– A lactose-free alternative to cow’s milk in those coeliac sufferers that are also lactose-intolerant. EXAMPLE: SOYA LIFE SOYA MILK (This is also calcium –enriched: advantageous in those that are taking in inadequate calcium)

– A good source of essential fatty acids, phospholipids, natural sterols – which are well digested in coeliac sufferers

– Prebiotics (e.g. Raffinose and Stachyose, which “feed” the good colonic bacteria = probiotics, resulting in a stronger, healthier colon with enormous benefits to the immune system).

– Soluble Fibre

Diverticulosis

  1. Description of the condition

– In this condition, often a natural part of ageing, many small mucosal sacs (diverticula) protrude through the intestinal wall. These diverticula can occur throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

– Diverticulitis occurs when one or more diverticula become inflamed (and some even perforate). Inflammation usually results from accumulation of food particles or residues in the sacs and subsequent bacterial action.

– Symptoms of diverticulitis include steady pain in the lower left abdomen, abdominal distension, constipation, colonic spasm.

  1. Objectives of dietary treatment

– Minimize colon symptoms

– Reduce incidence of acute attacks

  1. Basic Dietary Recommendations

– Gradual increase of fibre intake, especially when a low fibre diet has been followed previously

– Mainly use soluble fibres and exclude insoluble fibres initially

– Low fat intake

– Small, regular meals and snacks

– Plenty of water (1 ½ -2l/day)

– Use probiotics

– Exclude caffeine

– Exclude foods containing nitrites

  1. Advantage of Soya Products in the Daily Dietary Regime

Soya products provide:

– An ideal source of SOLUBLE FIBRE (essential in the diet for diverticulitis, as it will not aggravate the colon, and yet will ensure optimal colon function) EXAMPLE: SOYA LIFE PORRIDGE AND SOYA LIFE PREMIUM PORRIDGE; SOYA LIFE INSTANT MEAL REPLACEMENT DRINK.

– Pre- and probiotics for enhanced colon function and reduction in colon symptoms.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis

  1. Description of the condition

– A diffuse inflammatory and ulcerative disease of unknown etiology involving the mucosa and submucosa of the large intestine.

– Ulcerative Colitis may occur at any age, but predominates in young adults.

– The onset is insidious in most cases with mild abdominal discomfort, and urgent need to defecate several times a day, and diarrhoea accompanied by rectal bleeding.

– Loss of water, electrolytes, blood and protein from the colon produces systemic symptoms such as weight loss, dehydration, fever, anaemia and general debility.

  1. Objectives of dietary treatment

– Each case of ulcerative colitis is very individual and varies in its degree of severity. The diet needs to be very carefully individualized dependant on the patient’s symptoms and severity of the disease. Regular follow-up with the Dietician is essential.

  1. Basic Dietary Recommendations

– The diet must be nutritionally balanced

– Adequate protein. Due to high nitrogen losses from the colon

– Adequate calories

– Lactose-free initially, and possibly long-term

– Mainly use soluble fibre sources at each meal and snack.

– Avoid fibre roughage as this can be aggravating to the already-inflamed colon.

– Supplementary vitamins and minerals to compensate for gastrointestinal losses.

– Iron must be supplemented when anaemia is present.

– Calcium must be supplemented if there is lactose intolerance.

  1. Advantage of Soya Products in the Daily Dietary Regime

Soya products provide:

– A good source of high biological value protein

– A lactose-free alternative to cow’s milk

– A good source of soluble fibre

– Soya Life Premium porridge provides a good source of vitamins and minerals, essential where there are colon losses and where there is deficiency disease caused by the condition

– Soya Life Soya Milk provides a source of calcium, essential when inadequate calcium is consumed due to lactose intolerance and thus inadequate cow’s milk being consumed.

The full Soya Life Range of products provides suitable products for all meals:

SOYA LIFE PORRIDGE at Breakfast OR any other meal replacement

SOYA LIFE MILK as a milk substitute

SOYA LIFE MEAL REPLACEMENT DRINK as a meal replacement with enormous nutrition advantages.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s disease / Regional Enteritis

  1. Description of the condition

– A chronic, non-specific inflammatory disease involving chiefly, the terminal ileum, but which affects any part of the intestine.

– The cause is unknown, although genetic and environmental factors have been implicated.

– The inflammatory reaction extends throughout the entire intestinal wall causing oedema and fibrosis.

– Symptoms include: abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhoea, steatorrhoea, weight loss, fever, and weakness. Intestinal protein loss and anaemia occur in a high proportion of patients. Deficiencies of a number of vitamins and minerals are frequent as a consequence of inadequate intake, increased losses, interference with absorption by drugs, or increased requirements.

  1. Objectives of dietary treatment

– Correct nutritional deficiencies

– Minimize symptoms

– Prevent acute attacks

  1. Basic Dietary Recommendations

– Adequate protein and calories

– Medium Chain Triglycerides to reduce steatorrhoea and electrolyte losses

– Foods high in potassium should be provided where there has been prolonged diarrhoea

– Supplement iron, folic acid and Vitamin B-12

  1. Advantage of Soya Products in the Daily Dietary Regime

Soya products provide:

– Rich source of HBV protein

– Essential fatty acids for anti-inflammatory effects

– Micronutrients to address deficiency diseases.

The full Soya Life Range of products provides suitable products for all meals:

SOYA LIFE PORRIDGE at Breakfast OR any other meal replacement

SOYA LIFE MILK as a milk substitute

SOYA LIFE MEAL REPLACEMENT DRINK as a meal replacement with enormous nutrition advantages.

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