What is SCD?
SCD stands for Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This is a nutritionally balanced diet focused on removing grains, most dairy products and sugars. [Ref]
Created to help people address certain medical conditions, the diet has become an important part of nutritional therapy. IBS Clinics are leading experts on the specific carbohyrate diet in the UK.
At its core, the diet recognises that certain types of carbohydrate need minimal digestive processes. They are readily absorbed and will not cause any microbial overgrowth in the intestine. The simpler the structure of the carbohydrate, the more easily the body digests and absorbs it. But not everyone can fully digest all types of carbohydrates. Indeed, complex carbohydrates are difficult.
The problem of undigested carbohydrates
When we have undigested carbohydrates in our gut, we over-feed bad bacteria and yeast in our intestinal tract. This triggers a nasty cycle of excess toxins, acids, and gasses in our guts, causing irritation and inflammatory bowel disease.
Following focus as a dietary intervention to counter celiac disease, the SCD has also been effective in healing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We use the diet for treating Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhoea. Also, some specialists use it for treating SIBO.