Ulcerative Colitis Explained
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. It differs from Crohn’s disease in that it only affects the lining of the digestive tract in the colon (large intestine) and rectum. It is a chronic condition that develops gradually instead of having an abrupt onset. Ulcerative colitis has no known cure; however, with therapy involving medications, stress relief and dietary changes, it is treatable.
The inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis can cause sores (ulcers) to form in the affected areas of the colon. The inflammation usually appears in the sigmoid colon (the lower part of the intestine) and the rectum; however, it can appear in the entire colon. Unlike Crohn’s disease, it occurs in continuous stretches of the intestine lining instead of in sections.
Ulcerative colitis affects children as well as adults, and it can strike both men and women. Most diagnoses of the disease are made early in life, before the person is thirty years old. The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. The disease usually goes into remission and symptoms can stay dormant for months or years. The severity of ulcerative colitis does not lessen over time. Lifestyle changes can help ulcerative colitis stay in remission longer and help control the symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and want to explore additional ways to help manage the symptoms, one of the best steps you can take is to begin eating wholesome, natural foods. Many processed foods are heavy in fat or grease and can cause gas, heartburn and diarrhea. Along with a healthy diet, eating by food combining will make a positive impact on your digestive system.
Foods that should not be eaten together, such as bacon and toast, harm your body because it puts a strain on your stomach to digest them. This strain makes digestion take longer and causes food to sit in your intestine undigested, making you vulnerable to yeast growth and infections. This is why certain foods you eat together make you feel greasy, bloated and sick.
When you eat foods in compatible combinations, however, it helps your blood to be alkaline and your stomach to have an easier time digesting your food. You will feel better and more energetic. You will also do away with the unpleasant, unhealthy side effects that eating the wrong foods together can create. In as little as 24 hours, you will feel better than ever and help keep your ulcerative colitis in remission. Start food combining today for improved health tomorrow.
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