A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Ulcerative Colitis
I had a question the other day about ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis, along with Crohn’s disease, is the most common type of inflammatory bowel disease.
Ulcerative colitis affects only your colon and rectum, whereas Crohn’s disease can affect any part of your digestive tract.
Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of your large intestine (colon).
It usually affects the lower section (sigmoid colon) and the rectum.
But it can affect your entire colon.
In general, the more of your colon that’s affected, the worse your symptoms will be.
The disease can affect people of any age.
But most people who have it are diagnosed before the age of 30.
Researchers aren’t sure what causes it.
They think it might be caused by your immune system overreacting to normal bacteria in your digestive tract.
Or other kinds of bacteria and viruses may cause it.
You’re more likely to get ulcerative colitis if other people in your family have it.
The main symptoms of ulcerative colitis are belly pain or cramps, diarrhea, and bleeding from the rectum.
Some people also may have a fever, may not feel hungry, and may lose weight.
In severe cases, people may have diarrhea 10-20 times a day.
The disease can also cause other problems, like joint pain, eye problems, or liver disease.
In most people, the symptoms come and go.
Some people go for months or years without symptoms.
Then they will have a flareup.
About 5-10 out of 100 people with ulcerative colitis have symptoms all the time.
Ulcerative colitis affects everyone differently.
Some people find that certain foods make their symptoms worse.
To deal with ulcerative colitis it’s beneficial to:
*Eat healthy meals.
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to keep hydrated.
*Optiflora may be taken after each bout of diarrhea to replenish the “good” bacteria.
*Food sensitivities/allergies and diet must investigated and addressed.
*Become educated on the gluten connection to this issue.
*Avoid all dairy.
*Avoid sugars, grains, carbs, soda pop, alcohol, caffeine, processed products.
*May be beneficial to lightly steam veggies.
*Increase Omega-3 fats intake.
*Consider a liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanse.
*Practice good stress and relaxation techniques.
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