Natural Remedies for Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is one of the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. It affects the colon and rectum, and Doctor’s aren’t sure what, exactly, causes people to get ulcerative colitis. The keys to dealing with ulcerative colitis are dietary adjustments, making sure you can always reach a restroom during a flareup, and caring for your mental health as it can be an embarrassing disease to deal with. The disease is diagnosed by a series of tests that your doctor will want to perform including a colonoscopy, blood tests and stool sampling.

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • An urgent feeling of needing to go the bathroom
  • Inability to have a bowel movement despite an urgent need.
  • Weight loss
  • Joint pain
  • Eye inflammation
  • Rashes and lesions
  • Mouth ulcers

Can I prevent ulcerative colitis?

Unfortunately because the cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown you cannot prevent it. Health experts recommend avoiding foods that cause the symptoms of ulcerative colitis in order to avoid potential flare-ups.

How can I treat ulcerative colitis?

  • With careful dieting and a few simple adjustments, controlling your flare-ups is manageable.
  • Use probiotics. These helpful bacteria control the harmful bacteria, reduce inflammation, and help to improve the mucus lining in the colon. Plus they are safe for most people.
  • Take fish oil capsules to increase your Omega-3 fatty acids. These help to decrease inflammation in the bowel.
  • Try oral Aloe Vera in a gel or juice. It helps to reduce inflammation and soothe the bowels.
  • Try Boswellia capsules to help decrease inflammation and curb pain; do not take for more than 12 weeks without talking to your doctor.
  • Increase your intake of foods that are high in Vitamin C such as red bell peppers, strawberries and spinach.
  • Control your diet; eliminate hard to digest foods such as red meat, carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and gluten.
  • Because people with chronic ulcerative colitis problems are more likely to get colon cancer, they should increase their intake of folic acid.
  • Increase your intake of electrolytes to help rebalance your body and prevent other, secondary, problems.
  • During a flare up try to switch to a gentle diet of soups, well cooked veggies and whole grains to make it easier for the body to digest.
  • Take Slippery Elm Bark in capsule or water form during an attack and for at least one week after an attack has ended. This will help to reduce inflammation and soothe the bowel.
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