Naturally Treating Ulcerative Colitis
From Pomegranate Blog
Cut Out Sugar
To help relieve symptoms of ulcerative colitis you need to eliminate sugar-refined carbohydrates- in your diet. Sugar causes your lower bowels to become too acidic, disrupting the normal bacterial flora in the colon and is often the cause of chronic diarrhea. An overgrowth of harmful bacteria, yeast and Candida feed off of sugar, which lead to further inflammation and impair the health of your bowels.
Certain foods can trigger ulcerative colitis. Wheat, dairy and corn are the most common foods people have allergies too. More and more people are becoming gluten intolerant because the wheat grain has been so hybridized; it is extremely difficult to digest. This results in significant inflammation not only in the colon but throughout the body. Eliminating major food groups for a two week period can help you identify which foods you tolerate and which worsen symptoms.
Get 35-40 grams of Fiber Daily
Begin to eat fiber with every meal. Choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (still avoid wheat), and flax or chia seed to your diet. Flax and chia seed can easily be added to cereals, smoothies, or salads.
Supplement Missing Nutrients
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis prevent your body from absorbing key vitamins, minerals, enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics found in whole foods. These nutrients help support every body function from digestion, to energy production, to reducing inflammation and healing. Until your symptoms subside it is important to take a whole food based multi-vitamin and probiotic every day.
Increase Omega-3 Intake
Inflammation is the number one cause behind ulcerative colitis. It is important to take Omega-3 supplements to help reduce inflammation not only in your digestive tract but throughout your entire body. Salmon Oil contains the full spectrum of Omegas, and a powerful antioxidant called Astaxanthin. Flax oil is also a good choice for people who want a vegetarian source of Omega-3.
The essential amino acids found in protein are imperative for helping rebuild and repair the muscles of your colon. For easy absorption and digestion, take protein in powder form. I suggest a RAW Protein by Garden of Life. It is made from a combination of sprouted grains (no wheat) that contain prebiotics, enzymes, and probiotics, and it has a full amino acid profile. It is easy to digest and now comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors.
Help your Body Heal
Aloe is one of the best supports you can give you colon. It has the ability to line and repair the entire digestive tract, and reduce inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. Drinking an ounce of aloe in some water 2-3 times a day will show tremendous improvement. Liquid chlorophyll helps to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation as it relates to ulcerative colitis. It has been shown to be extremely beneficial for treating ulcerative colitis and IBS.
Take Bromelain with Every Meal
Bromelain is an enzyme that helps to break down proteins. It also works to reduce inflammation in the lower colon. Taking Bromelain consistently will help reduce the symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
Take Manuka Honey Before You Eat
Active Manuka Honey helps to coat the lining of the digestive tract, and prevent any irritations caused by food. Manuka honey also works to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing of the colon.
Clean Up Your Water
Start drinking filtered or distilled water. Trace contaminants in drinking water can make symptoms of ulcerative colitis worse, and prevent healing.