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Colitis Overview

Ulcerative Colitis, or Colitis, is part of a group of digestive disease known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. As the name suggests, colitis is an inflammation of the bowel, specifically, the inner lining of the colon. Inflammation always begins in the rectum and then may spread upwards throughout the bowel. This inflammation leads to persistent abdominal pain and profuse, watery diarrhea, with or without the presence of blood. Because the colon is unable to process and digest food in a normal pattern, there is often spasmodic cramping and pain in associated symptoms with colitis. The colon's contents pass through rapidly without a chance to be absorbed properly, which is what leads to the watery diarrhea and this inflammation can cause ulcers to form along the intestinal lining. Ulcerative colitis can cause dehydration, malabsorption, weakness, and associated inflammation throughout the body such as joint pain, canker sores, and fever.

Causes of Colitis

A person can have Infectious Colitis, or Ischemic Colitis. Infectious colitis is caused by bacterial overgrowth, such as a parasite or pathogenic bacteria from contaminated food or drinking water, like pathogenic E. Coli, Salmonella; or from Clostridium Difficile, a resident microbe which can be allowed to populate the gut after an antibiotic treatment. Ischemic Colitis is caused by restricted blood flow to the colon by either a hernia, bowel obstruction, anemia, or low blood pressure. Conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and even smoking can also be risk factors for developing Ischemic Colitis because of compromised blood flow to the colon.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Colitis

Colitis is considered an autoimmune disease, and for this reason the best treatment for colitis is to avoid contracting it in the first place with a strong immunity and healthy lifestyle. For those who are already dealing with a compromised immunity, or have been diagnosed with the preexisting factors like diabetes, high or low blood pressure, or smoking, the best strategy is to gain control of your health condition, and reduce general inflammation within the body, by avoid eating or drinking foods that will contribute to inflammation or pain. Whenever there is autoimmunity present in the body, there is a great deal of inflammation as well. Inflammation leads to diseases such as Colitis, and the root cause of inflammation is having a compromised gut which is what leads to the weakened immunity that rises to inflammation. It is a seemingness endless cycle, and for those suffering with digestive conditions such as colitis, it can seem like you are doomed to suffer with only managing the symptoms for the rest of your life. However, if one becomes adamant about making proper dietary and lifestyle changes, and committed to strengthening immunity, the disease can be controlled and sent into remission. The first step is to remove all inflammatory foods, and foods that feed pathogenic bacteria. This includes, sugar, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, dyes or colors, GMO's, ingredients that can't be understood or pronounced, and gluten. Processed, pasteurized dairy is also another inflammation food, though if one does wish to consume dairy, homemade yogurt, sour cream, or kefir from organically raised animals is a good choice because of the probiotic factors and low sugar content. In addition gluten free grains may be difficult to digest in those with digestive diseases such as colitis, and so they are best avoided. Embarking on a gut healing, pathogenic bacteria starving, immune-boosting diet such as the SCD diet, GAPS diet, or AutoImmune Paleo diet may be extremely beneficial to those suffering from colitis. In addition, being sure to consume plenty of immune boosting foods such as bone broths, homemade meat stocks, soups, and stews, fermented dairy and vegetables, and wild fish high in omega 3's will all work to boost immunity and strengthen the gut. Eating raw vegetables, fruits with seeds and fibrous skins may also be difficult to digest for those with inflammation in the colon. Juicing organic vegetables and fruit is a wonderful way to obtain their nutrition without encountering hard to digest fiber. Taking a strong, therapeutic strength probiotic, as well as Vitamin D and fish oils are all wonderful immune boosting supplements as well.

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