Ulcerative Colitis, also known as UC, usually begins in people under thirty years old. It is characterized by sores — ulcers — happening on the lining of the large intestine. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramps and abdominal pain, and the feeling of an urgent need for a bowel movement. It is often considered an autoimmune condition. There are some home remedies you can undertake for relief.
Limit Dairy Products
Often people with UC find that their problems of abdominal pain and diarrhea are worse when they consume dairy products. If you notice this pattern or if you want to see if there is a difference, try limiting or eliminating dairy items such as ice cream, cheeses, and milk. If you notice a significant improvement, then consider making these changes permanent.
Watch Fat Intake
Sometimes UC can cause a problem with the absorption of fat from foods. If you find that fatty foods make your diarrhea worse, then cut down on fats such as butter, margarine, cream sauces and fried foods.
Fiber Foods can Fan the Flames
Fresh fruits, vegetables, and other high fiber foods may make you symptoms worse. Reduce and limit these kinds of foods from your diet. If raw fruits and vegetables lead to more gastric problems, consider steaming them before you eat them. Some foods in particular may cause more problems. Some of them are nuts, seeds, broccoli, cabbage, and corn.
Small Meals Help
Eating a large meal can put a strain on your digestive system. Rather than eat a few large meals, try eating smaller meals. Eat six small meals per day. This will give your system time to digest and process the food at a reasonable pace.
Adults need about eight glasses of water per day. Make sure that you are getting enough liquids. Avoid alcohol and highly caffeinated beverages as both will irritate the intestines leading to worse diarrhea. Some other beverage choices are ginger tea and chamomile tea which both are known to help with digestion.
A Multivitamin is Recommended
Because UC can affect the absorption of nutrients from food — and that you may be limiting your diet down — you need to be sure that you are getting proper nutrition. So, consider a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Pay special attention to the amounts of vitamin D and B12 in the multivitamin.
Probiotics Promote Health
Some research has shown that probiotics, which are the beneficial bacteria normally found in the intestines, can help with UC. Some foods rich in probiotics are sauerkraut, kimchi (sauerkraut’s Asian cousin), miso soup, pickles, tempeh, and kombucha tea. If dairy products do not cause problems for you, then yogurt also is a good source of probiotics. Add some probiotics to your diet every day.
Add Some Aloe Vera
Consume aloe vera gel during UC flare ups. Have a quarter cup of aloe vera gel several times a day. You can mix in some pure honey or turmeric with the gel. Alternatively, in a more maintenance mode, drink two tablespoons of pure aloe vera juice followed by a full glass of pure water at least once a day. As with the gel, you can mix some turmeric or honey in with the aloe vera juice. Sometimes aloe vera can cause diarrhea, so be mindful if aloe vera is right for you.
Exercise Improves Mind and Body Health
Exercise, even mild exercise, helps improve the mind-body relationship. It will improve your mood and reduce stress. Consider doing brisk walking — walking with purpose — for twenty to thirty minutes daily. Exercise also works towards the normal functioning of the digestive tract.
Turmeric is Terrific
The compound cur cumin found in turmeric, has been noticed to be helpful with UC. Consider incorporating turmeric into your diet plans. It can be added to cooking, mixed with probiotics, or even smoothies can be made with it.
- Limit dairy products in your diet.
- Watch intake of fatty foods.
- Limit or reduce your consumption of fiber.
- Break up your meals into six small meals instead of a few large meals.
- Drink plenty of pure water; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- A multivitamin supplement is a good idea; especially watch the amount of vitamin D and B12.
- Probiotics are often very beneficial.
- Have some aloe vera juice daily; try eating aloe vera gel during UC episodes.
- Light exercise such as daily brisk walking helps the mind and body.
- Turmeric supports digestive health.
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