Self Help for Ulcerative Colitis
Whether you have a mild or severe case of ulcerative colitis, it is a painful, at times embarrassing, disease. The symptoms are usually abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea but can also include nausea and bloating. There is no cure presently known for the disease, but it can usually be successfully treated through medication and self help. For many people who suffer from colitis, treatment can lessen the severity of the symptoms and bring about remission that can last for months or even years.
The best home treatment for ulcerative colitis is to make changes in your diet. Although diet is not considered the cause of this disease, it does contribute to the severity of your symptoms and whether or not the disease will stay in remission for an extended period of time. The first step is to eliminate known trigger foods from your diet such as fried, high-fat, and spicy foods. Alcohol, acidic juices, and caffeine should also be avoided. Eat fiber sparingly until you know how well your body can tolerate it. Eat a diet of steamed or baked fruits and vegetables, roasted or grilled poultry and lean red meat, low-fat dairy products (or avoid them if you are lactose intolerant) and low-fiber grain products such as white flour breads, cereals, and rice.
Another beneficial method of self help for ulcerative colitis is to reduce stress. Like diet, stress can make flare-ups occur more frequently and make symptoms worse. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost endorphins and reduce stress. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing are also good for relaxing the body and lowering your heart rate. Classes are available for you to learn these methods or you can watch a DVD or online video at home. It is also beneficial to set aside time for activities you enjoy such as reading, spending time with friends, playing games, or watching movies.
Along with reducing stress and making changes in your diet, food combining is excellent self help for colitis sufferers. Food combining takes the foods you enjoy and shows you how to combine them for eating in ways that do not cause stress on your stomach. Foods such as sausage, hash browns, and eggs may taste good, but they are not good for your ulcerative colitis.
They are also not good for your stomach, because they cause it to produce enzymes that conflict with each other to digest this incompatible food. The result is gas, heartburn, and diarrhea, all of which aggravate ulcerative colitis. Food combining teaches you what foods to eat together and which ones to eat separately, so your stomach can digest food easily in a way that is gentle on your body. Try food combining today and you’ll see why millions of people use it to help them have better digestion and fewer gastrointestinal problems.
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