colitis

Treat Colitis Naturally

Colitis is a term for inflammation of the bowels. When this inflammation happens chronically it can cause ulcerative colitis where the constant inflammation causes small ulcers to appear in the intestines. There are a few different types of colitis, but prevention is tricky as in most cases you cannot control what causes it to occur. If you have frequent bouts of colitis you should seek medical attention to ensure that you do not have inflammatory bowel disease.

 

How do I know if I have colitis?

  • Abdominal cramps or spasms
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in stools
  • Feeling as though you need to have a bowel movement
  • Chills
  • Fever

 

Types of colitis?

  • Infectious Colitis: Caused by virus, bacteria or parasites often through food borne illnesses such as salmonella or e. coli.
  • Ischemic Colitis: Caused by other health conditions and can only be addressed by handling the primary condition causing it
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Often characterized by an auto-immune disorder such as Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease cannot be cured and must just be treated.
  • Microscopic Colitis: Usually seen in older women and is not fully understood though there is some belief that it may be an autoimmune disease.

 

How can I prevent colitis?

Depending on the type of colitis you are suffering from, there may not be anyway to prevent suffering from it. Make sure foods that you eat are fully cooked and that they have been prepared properly so that you don’t suffer from an infection like e.coli.

 

How can I treat colitis?

  • Enjoy probiotics in your food. Eat foods with live cultures, like yogurt, in order to help repopulate the body with good bacteria.
  • Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids as they help reduce the inflammation.
  • Drink or eat some aloe vera gel. It helps to decrease inflammation and improve healing.
  • Boswellia, when taken carefully, can help reduce some of the stomach pain.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C such as strawberries and spinach. Vitamin C helps to heal and protect against colitis.
  • Make sure you increase your intake of Folic acid to help combat cancer!
  • Try alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga and massage.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and foods such as broccoli, cabbage and beans that cause gas.
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