Ulcerative Colitis Diet - Foods to Eat and to Avoid
What are the important elements of a good ulcerative colitis diet? What foods should a sufferer eat, and what foods should he or she avoid?
Those with ulcerative colitis (UC) suffer from swelling as well as ulcers that are located in their colon (large intestines) and rectum.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
In a broad sense, the disorder falls under the purview of IBD, or irritable bowel disease, which encompasses all the disorders relating to the digestive tract that can or cannot be explained and include the large and small intestines as well as the rectal area.
Ulcerative colitis is a disease involving the break-down and inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and rectal wall leading to its ulceration. Symptoms are common to many of the digestive tract ailments, including cramping, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Many sufferers also experience poor appetite, anemia and various degrees of fatigue, while others combat pain, swelling, redness, and even liver problems.
While ulcerative colitis may be an autoimmune disease, meaning the body is attacking its own organs and tissues, there is no clear picture why it takes place. It is caused by neither stress nor particular foods, but both can be very responsible for keeping sufferers in an acute stage.
So, what is a good anti ulcerative colitis diet?
Basic dietary practices for ulcerative colitis sufferers are not that different from those who are now being recommended for the general population, with some stringent modifications concerning foods that are known to aggravate its symptoms.
For your ulcerative colitis diet, focus on complex as well as simple carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and their products (rice, beans, lentils, sprouts, bread, pasta, grain cereals, etc) to make up the bulk of the diet (packed with nutrients and natural energy), with proteins from low fat meats (poultry, fish), eggs, nuts, and seeds following closely behind.
Protein foods in your ulcerative colitis diet will serve for the continual growth and repair of the body as well as provide iron. Though some fat intake is essential for the body, it should be monitored as an excess can contribute to diarrhea and bloating. This is especially true for dairy products, which contribute to the calcium and / or protein intake but also keep the sufferer in agony due to a gas build up.
Getting amino acids (compounds proteins are made up of) from whole grains, rice and legumes will contribute to the body's needs and go so much easier on the system. Quantities of dairy that are beyond 2 to 3 ounces can lead to lactose in the colon. This encourages the growth of unhealthy bacteria, leading to further inflammation. Thus, dairy products should be cut out or at least cut down in your ulcerative colitis diet.
Another area to watch closely is the symptom of diarrhea. It can easily lead to a number of other potential dangerous areas, such as dehydration, along with the loss of essential nutrients and electrolyte imbalance. A glucose / salt solution in water may improve absorption.
Beer and other alcoholic beverages, an excess of fruit or fruit juice, a high intake of sugary foods, onions, as well as spicy and / or fried foods should all be avoided in your ulcerative colitis diet.
During active inflammation, supplements can help, as can healthy amounts of fluids. Add foods rich in magnesium (fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, nuts, soy products, whole grains and beans) and vitamin C to lower the risk of further relapse.
Having read about the foods to eat and to avoid in a good ulcerative colitis diet, you can learn more about this condition by reading the other related ulcerative colitis articles and pages on this website.
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