Added/Modified on October 12, 2013
Colitis is an inflammation of the colon; a diagnosis of colitis is often used in reference to an inflammation of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system.
Colitis can also be used to describe chronic digestive problems that include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, loss of appetite, bloating, and an urgent need to urinate or tenesmus.
There are some studies suggesting that people who are eating foods that are high in saturated fats and sugars may be more at risk of developing the disease.
Those suffering from colitis should drink plenty of water, and other fluids that include weak lemonade, light lemon tea, and clear soups.
While experiencing bouts of diarrhea you should avoid foods that are high in fat, grease, spices, and fiber. During this time most dairy products should also be avoided except for cultured yogurt and kefir that contains probiotics.
One of the best places to start with colitis is making sure that there are enough friendly or good bacteria in your intestinal track. This is done by taking probiotics or eating yogurt, kefir, or other products that have probiotics in them.
Not all yogurt brands have probiotics, you need to check and make sure it’s in the brand you buy. Probiotics will help control the amount of harmful bacteria that are in your intestines, reduce inflammation, and help your stomach by improving the mucus lining.
This popular remedy for inflammatory bowel disease appears to be safe and doesn’t have any significant side effects.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Found in fish or fish oil capsules, omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation in people with ulcerative colitis.
Aloe Vera Gel:
Used internally aloe vera gel in capsules or a juice drink also has an anti-inflammatory effect on colitis.
This herbal supplement is native to India. The active ingredient is resin from the bard of the tree. This supplement has been found to stop inflammation by blocking the chemical reactions that cause the swelling. Boswellia has been found beneficial in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Taking vitamin C helps prevent flare ups of ulcerative colitis. Either in supplement form or increasing your food intake of items rich in vitamin C will help. Besides oranges your choices include strawberries, red bell peppers, parsley, and spinach.
Acupuncture or Acupressure can unblock energy in the body and relieve colitis symptoms. Reducing chronic stress and increasing your coping skills can also help keep colitis in check, as does exercise and other dietary supplements that include flaxseed, coconut milk, and ginkgo biloba.
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